Workstation sinks are an increasingly popular option in kitchen design. These sinks can improve workflow and efficiency but typically take up more space than standard sinks. Is a workstation sink right for your kitchen?
What is a workstation sink?
A workstation sink combines the functions of a sink and a work area into one space. Ledges around the sink’s inside edges hold accessories such as cutting boards, drying racks, and colanders. Some can hold more than one accessory at a time. Workstation sinks come in various sizes but tend to be larger — sometimes significantly so — than a standard sink. They come in drop-in, undermount, and farmhouse styles and are made from the same materials as traditional sinks.
Depending on their size, style, and what they are made of, workstation sinks can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than $2,000.
Advantages of workstation sinks
- Workstation sinks streamline workflow and result in more efficient cooking by allowing you to do all your prep work over the sink.
- These sinks free up counter space for other activities.
- Kitchens with workstation sinks can be more sanitary by combining all food prep activities in an easily cleaned area.
- If your sink faces the social space of your kitchen, a workspace sink allows you to spend more of your meal preparation time facing family and guests.
Disadvantages of workstation sinks
- Small kitchens with minimal counter space may need more room for a workstation sink.
- If your sink faces a window or wall, you will spend a significant portion of meal preparation facing away from other people.
- In a small kitchen, you may need more space near the sink to store the accessories when not in use.
- If you wash a lot of large pots and pans or like to leave them to soak, you may often use the sink without its accessories.
- A workstation sink may require more plumbing than a traditional sink. This will increase the cost of installation.