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First Time Renovators's Guide to Sinks.

Whether you’re prepping the veggies for your Sunday roast in the kitchen or soaking rags in the laundry after giving the car a good once over, the sink is a staple you can't live without. Even though we might all use this essential for the same things, there's no magic one-size fits all approach for finding the one that's right for you.

Finding the right sink can seem scary, especially if you're new to the renovation game. So which one is right for your space? We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help first-time renovators select the perfect sink for your home.

How to choose a sink

The right sink for you depends on your space and sense of style. Here are some of the major factors that will determine which sink works best for you.

Sink Installation Methods

Undermount sinks are positioned below the surface of your bench. They offer a sleek, clean look for your kitchen that really lets your benchtops shine. Another plus, is that you can sweep any crumbs and/or other debris straight into the sink for a quick and easy clean up.

Take the CLARK Monaco Double Bowl Undermount Sink for example, which gives you plenty of space to rinse and wash.

Overmount sinks are also called drop-in sinks, as they're dropped into your benchtop or fixture via a lip that sits atop your benchtop or other housing.

If you're a first-time renovator, an overmount installation style is a great option, as it can be easier to DIY than other installation styles.

Overmount sinks like the CLARK Punch 1.75 Bowl Sink often offer a place to air-dry and drain your dishes, which can be better for the environment (and your power bill).

Farmhouse sinks are wide, single bowl sinks with lots of space to wash those big pots and pans after cooking robust family-style meals. You can add real rustic vibes to your home with a traditional porcelain farmhouse sink, or if you’re going for a more modern look you can pick up a stainless steel version.

Integrated sinks take seamless design to the next level. They're carved into a large slab of material from which your benchtop is made of and can great option if you’re wanting a luxurious kitchen.

Sink materials

Even if you're no material girl in a material world, what your sink is made of should also play a big role in making your decision. Here are three of the most popular options.

Stainless steel is a real all-rounder, especially for your kitchen sink and laundry tub. It is a chameleon when it comes to design, complementing a range of colours and styles. It's also low maintenance, stain-resistant and durable enough to stand up to all the utensils, dishes and tools you chuck in it.

Porcelain sinks. Just remember you don't have to go with that classic white look – nowadays, it’s available in a range of colours! Many farmhouse sinks also are porcelain or ceramic.

Stone sinks really class up the joint, whether you're looking to spruce up your bathroom or kitchen. Just know, you’ll have to enlist some extra support if you go with stone. It's heavy AF, which makes it tricky to manage the installation of marble, granite and quartz sinks without potentially causing expensive damage

Sink shapes and sizes

Not every sink fits every space – literally and figuratively.

How you intend to use your sink, how many people you live with and how much room you have, will all factor into your decision.

Do you want a double-bowl sink with two separate areas for rinsing and washing? Or would you prefer using all your available space for one uninterrupted bowl? Or, perhaps you need a more compact sink for a smaller space.

These are all things to keep in mind when designing your spaces.

Tips of the trade

You think we're going to stop at sink shapes, sizes and installations? Think again, pal. Here are a few more things to keep in mind when you're getting down to reno business.

When it comes to kitchen sink renovations, your dishwasher status can influence your decision. If you don't own one, you'll probably want a double bowl sink for some side-by-side rinsing and washing action. With the extra space, you can add functional accessories such as the Prism Chopping Board and Stainless Steel Colander Set to take your sink to the next level.

When trying to maximise space in your laundry, finding a laundry tub that fits your budget, dreams and area is vital. If you’re working with a small laundry, an option like the Eureka 35 Litre Compact Tub and Cabinet can give you an all-purpose washing room while leaving space for other key features.

Regardless of your renovation dream, we’ve got your sink needs covered at CLARK. Find a CLARK stockist today!