Are you thinking about getting a new kitchen sink? If the answer is yes, then this platform is the right place for you. The article gives you a step-by-step guideline on how to measure a kitchen sink. When installing a new kitchen sink, having the right measurement is very crucial. Before taking any step, you need first to consider your desired fittings and the available space. Read through the steps highlighted on this platform, for the right information and guidelines.
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Measuring a new kitchen sink
Every type of sink is measured differently. Therefore, you should acquaint yourself with your current sink. Knowing the type of sink you are using is supposed to ensure uniformity between the new replacement and its components.
The components include the supporting cabinet, the draining pipes, and the stopper, among others. Uniformity between the sink and the surrounding components is related to measurement, aesthetics, and design.
Conversely, the failure to pay attention to uniformity is likely to leave you with leakages or an ill-fitted sink. Therefore, you should also understand the type of sink you want to replace the old one with. After knowing this:
- Consider your project scope
- Have the width and length of the current sink you are using
- Measure the width and length of the counter and the cabinet available in your sink
- Measure the depth of your sink and your cabinet
Materials to use
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- A tape measure
- A pencil
- A level
- A piece of paper
How to measure a kitchen sink
Step 1- Determining your project scope
You need to know whether you want to replace the current kitchen sink or you are only going to do the repairs. The consideration helps you know if you will change the measurement or go with the current ones. If you are replacing a sink with its original installation type, you only need to measure the sink’s length, depth, and width.
The measurements should help you choose the replacement sink with similar dimensions. However, if you want to put a new kitchen sink, you need to go through the following steps that we highlight here below.
Step 2- Measuring your current sink
Measure the countertop cutout’s width and length and the depth of the sink you currently use. If your current sink has a drop-in-sink, take the dimensions from under the cabinet. Measuring the drop-in sink from below helps you get the correct measurement at which the countertop opens. Make sure that the replacement sink has equal depth, width, and length with your current sink.
Step 3- Measuring the available length and width
The countertop space and the under-cabinet should direct your new kitchen sink’s dimensions. To know the usable surface space of your countertop, you need to measure its front edge wall and thickness of the backsplash. Exercise a lot of care when taking the measurements.
If you miscalculate, you will be forced to use wall-mounted faucets. Even though wall-mounted faucets have their advantages, they have a way of compelling you to punch more holes on the wall. This requires a lot of work with the plumb line.
Measure the interior length of the underneath space of the cabinet. Again, measure from the left of your cabinet to the right. From what you get, subtract 3 to 4 inches to get the right measurement needed for the sink-mounting hardware at either side.
For your cabinet to properly accommodate the new sink, you must ensure that the measurements exceed the minimum base of the cabinet’s width. All these dimensions should be part of your sink’s specifications.
Step 4- Determining the depth of the cabinet and the sink
To measure the depth of the cabinet and the sink, first place the level alongside the top of the sink. Use the level to measure from your sink’s deep part up to the point where the straightedge and the tape measure converge.
The measurement is essential because many sinks lack the flat bottom that allows better drainage. Some sinks also lack the deepest part of the sink, which is an integral part of the new under-mount sink.
You may want to scrutinize your cabinet if you want to have a new kitchen sink deeper than the present one. While doing so, confirm that the new sink is free of structural elements such as plumbing pipes, garbage disposals, and electrical connections.
The absence of these structural fittings should give your drain assembly enough clearance. You should also draw the new kitchen sink’s depth by measuring the length between the top of the cabinet doors underneath the sink and the sink’s countertop.
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Every person wants a pleasant and comfortable sink to work with. Due to one reason or the other, one would think of replacing or installing a new kitchen sink. With the steps we have highlighted in the article, you can comfortably have a DIY kitchen sink.