A common complaint from homeowners and apartment dwellers alike is a problematic double sink in their kitchen. Many people like to cook or bake, and they have trouble fitting large pots or pans inside of the small areas of a double sink. Still, many homes and apartments come default with a double sink, leaving homeowners envious of large and deep farmhouse sinks. The question is, can you easily convert one without breaking the bank?
Yes yes yes!
The short answer is: yes. Depending on your countertop material, and the state of your current sink (i.e. undermount or drop in/overmount), there are a variety of ways that you can put a new, large single bowl sink into your kitchen for the cost of a new sink, and likely labor if you’re not interested in doing it yourself (of course we’ll be more than happy to help you!). You won’t need to replace your entire countertop or cabinets, but depending on the style sink that you want, you may need to make some minor adjustments.
What’s the benefit of a double sink anyway?
Many homeowners are annoyed by the double sink conundrum — two drains to clean, two drains to keep clear, eight walls and eight corners to keep shiny and new, and no room to do anything. Still, those of us who are without a dishwasher may find a double sink handy. The benefit to a double sink is that on one side you fill with soapy water for dishwashing, and then the other with clean water for rinsing. But is that always how it goes?
Even without a dishwasher, many people opt to clean dishes ad hoc rather than fill up a whole basin full of soapy water. Larger dishes can be a nuisance in a double sink setup — especially anything that needs to be left to soak. Limited counter space can make this dilemma even worse.
How to convert to a large single sink
Converting to a large single sink from a double sink is actually not that hard as long as you make sure you’re purchasing the correct dimensions for your current countertop cutout, and you’re using a similar style mounting method for the sink itself. For example, if your current countertop has a drop-in sink, you can’t expect an undermount sink to look good in the current countertop without some adjustments. That may mean adding extra finishing bits to the drop-in hole, or adding some cut outs to ensure a farmhouse style sink apron fits. Marble and granite countertops will be especially finicky, so make sure you’re measuring twice and consulting with a professional to ensure your expensive countertop isn’t damaged in the process.
Generally, sinks will measure 33”x22”, but you’re going to want to ensure that this is the right measurement prior to ordering a replacement. For overmount or drop-in sinks, measure easily from edge to edge. For an undermount sink, you’re going to want to measure the size of the hole from edge to edge. This will give you a good starting point, but expect to make some small adjustments here and there for everything to fit!
Ready to convert?
We’ve done just this kind of conversion before and are happy to help you convert from a double kitchen sink to a single, or back to a double! Contact Luce Contracting today to get started on your kitchen project.