Working on your kitchen design?
My tip: Don’t put your sink in your island bench.
Why not? Well, review these six reasons now, and learn why you shouldn’t put your sink in your island bench when resolving your kitchen design.
Hello! This is Episode 254, and in it, I’m going to discuss something I get asked about A LOT.
Anytime I mention that I don’t agree with locating your sink in your island bench, I get a lot of people asking me ‘why’.
And so in this episode, I’ll be going through the various reasons I believe that you shouldn’t locate your sink in your island bench when designing your kitchen.
I’ll also take you through lots of ‘what if’ scenarios people then share with me as they try to nut this out for their own design. As in ‘what if I only include a smaller sink in my island bench’. I’ll dig into that and a few more as well.
I’ve got 6 main reasons to not include a sink in your island bench. And 5 what-ifs you may be thinking about.
Now, let’s dive in.
I was prompted to do this episode after posting something on UA’s social media recently.
I’d just watched the kitchen reveals on The Block. I often get asked if I watch The Block. I usually don’t. But on this unsuspecting Sunday night, I tuned into the kitchen reveals and was quickly reminded why I DON’T watch The Block.
I spent a fair amount of time talking at the TV, especially as I listened to the judges’ feedback, and personally struggled with the poor planning and layouts, lighting for feature and not for function, butler’s pantries that duplicated the kitchen itself, and lots of finishes and detailing I didn’t think was suitable for living on acreage with dust, dirt and daily kitchen grime.
I was also surprised by how many of these really generously sized kitchens, included sinks in those generously sized island benches.
And so when I posted about this, I shared that it’s a pet hate of mine to put the sink into the island bench … and so the question came: “Why can’t the sink go into the island bench?” And hence, this episode.
I have discussed this before in various locations. It’s mentioned inside my online program, HOME Method, and also the Kitchen Design Challenge – a mini-course I have specifically for kitchen design and layout. The Kitchen Design Challenge can be bought separately, and it’s also inside my course, ‘Interior Design 101’.
But this episode will be great for those who aren’t inside those programs to have this resource, and for me to point anyone to this episode, who is asking why I don’t like including a sink in the island bench.
So, let’s go through the various reasons I’m not a fan of sinks in island benches.
And, to be clear, it’s not just the sink I like to keep out of the island bench. My preference is actually to not have any services in your island bench, or at least no services in the benchtop. So, the reasons I go through will speak to that generally, but especially your sink.
Remember though, it is entirely up to you what you do with your kitchen layout, and how you arrange things.
My goal for this episode is to share a design opinion I have based on my experience, and to then help you think intentionally about whether this is a fit for you and your kitchen design.
You may not agree with my opinion. Which is totally ok! Interestingly, I find others can have really strong opinions about this, and if you feel I’m making your kitchen design wrong or terrible by suggesting you shouldn’t put your sink in the island, that’s not the case at all.
What I hope actually happens when I share these opinions of mine, is that it has you mentally rehearsing the use of your future kitchen, observing the use of your current kitchen, and making design decisions for your kitchen SO MUCH more intentionally
That’s a good thing.
Because my goal with all the information I share here is about encouraging you to think intentionally about your own home design, and not just do what seems to be done everywhere else, or unthinkingly gets put into a floor plan and not noticed. Which is so often what happens with the sink in the island bench.
SO, let’s dive into the six points I want to make about kitchen sinks and why I don’t recommend including your sink in the island bench.
And then I have five ‘what if’s’ I regularly get asked in response to my thoughts on sinks in island benches.
Listen to the episode now.
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