Beginner’s guide to kitchen fittings

by Meredith

If you love food and cooking, you’re going to be spending a good amount of your time at home in the kitchen. That means you’ll want to have the best and most effective tools in your kitchen to make your experience enjoyable. Fortunately, there are many options of kitchen fittings available to choose from. Unfortunately, there are MANY options for fittings available.

How do you choose Kitchen Fittings?

It may be difficult choosing, especially if you are new to the subject. Knowing what you’re dealing with helps a lot. So we are going to look at a couple of the different options of plumbing fittings that go into your kitchen. That way, you can make a more informed decision when you are designing your kitchen. Let’s start with plumbing fittings.

The plumbing fittings we will be paying attention to would be the kitchen sink and the tap. When considering sinks, there are a lot of characteristics by which you can group them.

How to Group your kitchen Fittings

You can group them based on the material by which they are made. For example, you have stainless steel, cast iron, porcelain, and granite composite sinks.

They each have different levels of durability and weight. They also look different and would fit different design themes in different ways. Also, some of them have their placements predetermined by their weight. For example, cast irons sinks can’t be under-mount because they are too heavy to be glued or fastened onto the underside of the counter.

They can also be grouped by placement. Corner sinks, Island sinks, and bar sinks are placed as their names imply. Farmhouse sinks are placed such that they extend slightly over the edge of the counter. Top mount sinks are dropped into the counter such that a rim around the sink lays above the counter. An under-mount sink is installed below the counter. This allows for easy clean up because debris can move seamlessly into the sink without getting caught by the rim of the sink, unlike top mount sinks.

Then you have sinks grouped by form. Here you have double basins, single basins, and single basins with a drainboard.

What you should know about Taps

As for taps, you usually only have to decide what form factor you want to go with your sink because Sink mixer taps are a must. There are faucets with removable spouts; these ones give you the most freedom and functionality.

However, some people question its durability. As is the case with most things though, it should be handled with care. You can choose between industrial style, contemporary and minimalist designs; their differences are simply visual. There are also colored taps. They are an easy way to make your kitchen more vibrant. However, you should tread carefully with bright colors. If you get it wrong, it will stick out like a sore thumb.

The idea here is to find understand the rules and reasons behind each of the fittings, to know when to use them. Once you know this, what comes next is choosing what works for you and fits your style. There are many variations of the many different types of fixtures, so take the time to research them carefully.

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