A corner kitchen sink boasts design specifically suited to its placement and is configured to wrap around the corner. This is different than simply locating a standard kitchen sink at an angle in the corner. Corner sinks are space savers and visually interesting, but they’ve got drawbacks too.
What is a Corner Kitchen Sink & When is it Used?
While not simple to describe, you know these sinks the minute you see them. They’re available in two general styles:
- Sinks with a narrow front and broader back that wraps the corner
- Sinks with two distinct bowls that connect in front and are separated in the back, with the faucet often located between the bowls (sometimes called batwing sinks)
Kitchen corner sinks are available in fewer materials than standard sinks. The vast majority are stainless steel. Despite that limitation, you’ll find a beautiful sink for your style from traditional to Old World to modern and every design scheme in between.
Corner sinks are a good choice when:
- Your kitchen has limited space, and you want to use it most efficiently
- Your kitchen has an unusual layout, and placing the sink in the corner is the best arrangement
- You position the sink and windows in a corner in order to enjoy an exterior feature of your landscape while working at the sink
Top Corner Kitchen Sink Brands
When shopping for corner sinks, you’ll find many models from these and other manufacturers:
Advantages and Disadvantages of Corner Kitchen Sinks
Their non-typical location and design creates corner sink pros & cons to consider.
Corner kitchen sink advantages – Corner sinks:
- Free up limited countertop space for food preparation, appliance use and storage
- Move the sink out of the main traffic flow, so more than one person can be working in a small kitchen
- Take advantage of space that goes unused in many kitchen designs
Corner kitchen sink disadvantages – Corner sinks:
- Are smaller than many standard kitchen sinks, so washing large items might have to be done elsewhere
- Are produced in fewer models than standard sinks
- Might have access to them blocked by the open door of a range or dishwasher located close to them because they’re at an angle to one another
- Can be a challenge to clean behind, especially when the sink is located in a 45-degree cabinet
- Can be difficult to light unless you locate windows or lights in the corner, which isn’t typical (but is by no means unacceptable design)
Usage and Style of Corner Kitchen Sinks
Our Corner Sinks Pinterest page is a colorful resource for getting to know the style options you have. When you shop for a corner sink, you’ll find them in most design styles including traditional and retro. They work in European and Old World designs too, and are exceptionally well suited to modern kitchen styles.
As noted in corner kitchen sink pros & cons, the smaller size of most true corner sinks creates washing difficulties. However, they’re suitable to food prep, handwashing and washing small items.
Corner Kitchen Sink Prices
- Starting price of corner kitchen sinks: About $125
- Price range for most corner kitchen sinks: $300-$550
- High-end corner kitchen sinks: $900-$1,300
The cost of the sink you choose will be determined by its size, material and style. To find the best corner sink prices, compare deals at local stores and online.
Is a Corner Kitchen Sink Right for your Kitchen?
If space is limited and/or the best location for the sink is in the corner due to the configuration of the kitchen, then explore your corner kitchen sink and sink cabinet options.
A cabinet that makes a 90-degree turn typically requires the batwing style sink with separate bowls. These sinks are quite small, so there is less room for washing. On the plus side, they take up the least amount of floor and counter space, so they’re ideal for cramped kitchens.
If having a large sink is important to you, and corner placement is the best choice, consider a corner cabinet with a 45-degree face that will accommodate either a wrap-around style corner sink or a standard sink of the size you desire.
Corner Kitchen Sink FAQ
This brief corner sink Q&A covers common questions from readers.
Do corner sinks require special faucets or drains?
No. Any faucet, drain or accessory that will fit a standard sink will fit a corner kitchen sink.
Are corner sink base cabinets made by all manufacturers?
Most cabinet makers produce both 90-degree and 45-degree corner cabinets in their semi-custom lines. If they’re not specifically made as sink cabinets, they can probably be modified to work with little effort or expense.
What materials are corner sinks made from?
Are there any installation difficulties with corner sinks?
Cutting the sink opening in the countertop is challenging because the sink is not rectangular. Also, orienting the sink hole properly can be difficult. If you choose a corner kitchen sink, it is recommended that you hire an experienced countertop installer for the work.
What’s the best corner sink accessory?
Homeowners surveyed on the question choose a sprayer in overwhelming numbers as the accessory they value the most. A filtered water tap is another popular accessory.
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