The corner sink has not yet become familiar to our housewives, although in corner kitchen sets it is this sink that allows us to equip the space favorably. Most often, the name "angular" means more the location and the need to equip the cabinet under the sink, especially the supply of water supply and communications. However, if you decide that you need a corner sink, then it is better to choose it after you have decided on the design of the kitchen. Their forms and variations are so diverse that at times they seem to be works of art and engineering.
Advantages and disadvantages
The corner sink has a number of advantages. Such models can seriously save space, make functional storage areas under the curbstone and in the hinged corner of the headset. They allow you to design the work area in an unusual way, adjusting to the needs of the hostess, and become an additional surface. Such solutions are considered the best for small kitchens.
At the same time, choosing a sink is a responsible business. A mistake will entail serious inconvenience for the hostess and the whole family. The place in the corner behind the tap becomes ineffective and inconvenient for petite women: it is difficult for them to reach this area. It will also be inconvenient for those who are used to cooking with four hands: standing next to the sink will be problematic for both at once.
Corner models are more expensive and can be difficult to install due to the transfer of plumbing, so you should pay attention to unusual designs with several bowls, decide how often and why you use the sink, whether you need additional accessories.
When choosing a sink, think about hygiene, strength, practicality, resistance to household chemicals and temperature changes.
Corner sinks can seriously differ in the installation method, so you need to decide on this in advance, even when shaping the design of the future kitchen, so as not to violate the beauty and integrity of the interior. Can now be purchased overhead, recessed, undercounter and integrated washbasins.
Overhead sinks - one of the most simple in form and design, budget options … Such a sink is "superimposed" on top of a special furniture cabinet, there are special mounting bumpers that allow the sink to "sit down" tightly, not to slip or twist.
Mortise models became very popular due to the possibility organically fit a variety of options into the household space … Here the sink cuts into the countertop, so there are certain requirements for the size and weight of the sanitary ware to match.
Integrated sinks - a luxurious option when the sink and countertop make up a single sheet of one material without joints and gaps … They are made to order from composite material and natural stone. Such models are quite expensive and effective.
Under-table options appeared not so long ago, they are distinguished by a special supporting structure under the countertop.
Now manufacturers offer a wide range of plumbing fixtures for every taste. Due to the specifics of the place and special requirements (the sink must wash well, withstand high temperatures, be durable) the following materials became the most demanded:
Stainless steel - traditional and budget option. She has proven herself in the kitchen, meets all the requirements. A shiny glossy surface requires special care: it must be wiped dry so that no streaks and stains remain, and more expensive matte options are obtained due to special rolling, they look very impressive. The disadvantages of steel include great noise, and cheap thin stainless steel models can bend and fail. To be sure of quality and strength, look for the GOST 50851−96 sign
Fake diamond made of polymeric materials and fillers (for example, quartz, granite, fiberglass), they can be given different shades and shapes, they are unpretentious in maintenance, very durable, resistant to impacts, chemicals and high temperatures, "dampen" noise. Many manufacturers come up with their own compositions and actively advertise them (porcelain stoneware, silacryl, corian, silgranite, fragranite), such sinks are quite expensive, but they can be safely called unique and almost eternal
A natural stone (granite, marble) - expensive and effective material. It is only used for luxury custom projects. In ordinary life, it is difficult to work with them due to the impressive mass of products
Sinks are also made of ceramics (for example, porcelain), enamelled steel. They are prone to chipping, so they are not as practical in the kitchen, although they meet the rest of the requirements. In expensive interiors, you can find shells made of such beautiful and unusual materials as wood, glass, pumice.
The specificity of care, practicality and price are the main parameters when choosing a material.
Shape and size
Sinks vary in size, shape, bowl depth and configuration. In terms of the size of the corner sinks, it is important that they can be installed in your headset without affecting functionality. The width of the headset table will play here, because for convenience, you need a 5 cm indent from the edge of the working surface to the sides of the sink, then the sprinkling will be less. A sink recessed into the furniture will be aesthetically pleasing and convenient so that the hostess just needs to reach the far corner and wipe it.
Although the shape of the bowl can be any (oval, triangular, rectangular, square, trapezoidal), rectangular and square models turned out to be more practical - they can wash different dishes, hold much more and are suitable for simultaneous work with food and utensils.
The depth of the sink is of great importance. The smaller ones (15-17 cm) are good for a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher. Where there is no such unit, a depth of 16-22 cm is more suitable.
This level will allow you to wash large plates and pans without overstraining your hands, the hostess will be less tired.
The configuration in the corner means the number of bowls, wings, their position relative to each other. Multilevel options solve several problems at once (defrosting food, washing dishes, drying dishes, storing accessories). There can be up to 5 such bowls, usually models with two bowls (for food and dishes) are chosen, each container can have its own drain. Take a closer look at sinks with fenders - a relatively shallow grooved surface for drying dishes - are popular and practical.
Important little things and accessories
In the kitchen, all the little things play a special role, and the sink has its own accessories. Well-known manufacturers offer not only plumbing fixtures for their sinks, but also other gadgets (detergent dispensers, sponge and cloth holders, grinders, nets, colanders, cutting boards, etc.). They can be purchased separately or purchased as a set. Plus in ergonomics and elegant design (they complement each other perfectly).
If you purchase such things separately, then you need to first clarify whether your sink is compatible with such gadgets (for example, a chopper - dispenser - and an auto drain valve can not be installed on all models). Accessories allow you to get rid of some of the problems inevitable in the kitchen. The ergonomics of such a purchase in the perfect "match" of sizes and thoughtful storage. So, cutting boards, nets for washing fruits and colanders (collanders) are easily attached to the sides, do not slip, freeing hands and heads from hassle.
Installation of a flush sink
If you have already purchased a chipboard corner sink and have the skills to work with a jigsaw, then you can handle the installation on your own:
- Decide where and how the plumbing will be located;
- Use a pencil to mark the boundaries of the sink on the countertop (use the template from the kit or make it yourself. Remember that the width of the sides is not taken into account, otherwise the sink will fall inside);
- Make a hole 1 cm in diameter in the table top, stepping back inside the outlined contour;
- Use the jigsaw blade slot;
- Repeat the contour with the tool and form a place for the sink;
- Process the edges of the saw cut with a sealant to fit the bowl tightly and evenly;
- Sink the sink in the countertop and tighten the fasteners slightly;
- Walk with silicone sealant at the junction;
- Complete the diagonal adjustment of the fastener to the end;
- Cut off excess adhesive sealant.
You can invite an installer to do this work. When buying in the manufacturer's salon, such a service will be justified: the work will be done quickly and efficiently.
In a small kitchen every centimeter is important, so when deciding to install a sink in the corner, you should think over all the details. An independent drawing and the services of planners, which are offered in many specialized stores, will help in this. This will allow you to easily assemble a kitchen from standard modules, make a corner kitchen cabinet really useful and help you decide on the desired sink configuration. Therefore, be sure to design your kitchen before purchasing each individual item and refer to this drawing when choosing a corner sink.
Illumination can be considered a separate issue for installing the corner model. Most often, this part of the kitchen turns out to be very dark, which can cause tired eyes and a headache. Backlighting (special waterproof spots or diode tape) helps to solve this issue, which will be quite economical. However, it will be necessary to think over the scenarios of the light and its wiring in advance.
Pay attention to the ergonomics of the space so that it is easy and convenient for the hostess to work, and the area behind the tap can be used to store accessories and be available for cleaning. It depends on the width of the countertop and the height of the culinary specialist. The type of sink largely depends on the choice of the headset (whether you purchase a separate cabinet for an overhead sink, or you will embed it in the countertop).
A successful configuration will delight the eye with an unusual design and enhance the performance of the most compact placement.
Is there a connection between design and sink? It is believed that in classic styles with an abundance of natural materials, it is more appropriate to use stainless steel, artificial and ceramic materials for the sink. But in modern, hi-tech, urban styles, full of modern, multifunctional and practical solutions with color furniture minimalism and contrast of textures, it is more advantageous to choose interesting designs of stainless steel sinks and porcelain stoneware compositions (again, artificial stone). If you find it difficult to decide on the color of the bowl, then the designers advise light shades that are appropriate in pastel kitchens and set a beautiful contrast in dark interiors.
Although there are universal and almost standard corner sinks, you still need to choose this element of the kitchen biasedly. The sink sets the working mood, harmonizes the space, so there are no trifles in it. Choose the one that makes your heart sing and inspires achievements and culinary experiments!