Is it a Good Idea to Install a Sink on the Kitchen Island?

sink on island

When it comes to kitchen design, the island is a key focal point. And while many homeowners choose to install a sink in the Kitchen island, there are pros and cons. In this blog post, we’ll look at the benefits of having a kitchen sink on the island and some of the drawbacks. So, should you put your main kitchen sink on the island? Read on to find out!

Like me, you’re probably remodeling your kitchen and going over design options for your kitchen island, island sink, or no island sinks. There is no short answer to this because it depends on many factors, which I’ll simplify for you in this blog post. 

Full disclosure, I have “a” sink in my kitchen island for many good reasons. Please keep reading to make the best design decision for your kitchen island and the options available to you with what they entail.

What are the possible kitchen designs that include the sink on

the island?

undermount sinks vs drop in sink

A few possible kitchen design layouts include a kitchen sink on the island. For example, the kitchen could feature a sink on one side of the island and counter space on the other.

Alternatively, the kitchen could have a prep sink on the island and the main kitchen sink elsewhere in the kitchen. Which Kitchen layout is best for your home will depend on your needs and preferences.

I have an undermount sink on my kitchen island, which is highly functional for my family’s needs but is not my main sink. We chose this type of sink for its hidden and flush look. My main sink is a farmhouse used to cook, clean meats, and pre-wash Dirty dishes. The purpose of the kitchen island sink is to wash vegetables and for the kids to wash their hands before eating on the kitchen island since it has seating. I also use it as a bar sink when I’m entertaining guests in the house.

Would I put a kitchen sink on the island if it’s our only sink? I don’t think so. Keep reading to learn why.

Having the sink across the stove on the kitchen island

Having a kitchen sink on the island can be a great asset if you love to cook. A sink on the island allows you more counter space for prep work. Additionally, it can be helpful to have a second sink for cleanup if you have multiple people working in the kitchen simultaneously.

Build your sink at the end of your island

If you have a large kitchen island, you may want to consider placing the sink at the end of the island. This can give you more counter space on the sides of the island, which can be beneficial for meal prep and cooking.

Additionally, it can help to create a more open feel in the kitchen.

Factors To Consider When Having The Sink In A Kitchen Island

semi open kitchen living room

If you’re considering putting a kitchen sink on the island, you’ll need to consider a few things.

First, you’ll need to ensure that your kitchen island is large enough to accommodate a sink. The kitchen island should be at least 24 inches deep to accommodate a sink. If it is your only main sink, you need to consider the space required for the dishwasher.

Second, you’ll need to consider the plumbing involved in installing a sink on the island. All sinks need a vent, but it’s challenging to vent a sink on kitchen islands due to the lack of exterior walls. Hiring a professional plumber is vital to ensure the job is done correctly.

Additionally, you may need an electrical outlet installed on the island for the dishwasher if it’s the sole kitchen sink.

Consider the Type of Sink and countertop material.

Third, you’ll need to decide how you want the island sink configured. Do you want a single sink or a double sink? Do you want an undermount sink or a drop-in sink? These are all important considerations to keep in mind.

Fourth, you’ll need to consider the countertop material you want for your kitchen island. The sink will need to be cut into the countertop, so you’ll need to ensure that the material can withstand this treatment.

Island sinks come with additional work and expenses.

Finally, you’ll need to factor in the cost of the sink and installation when considering putting a kitchen sink on the island. This can be a significant expense, so be sure to factor it into your budget before making a final decision. It cost me 2000 dollars to do rough plumbing of my island sink. That cost does not include installing the sink fixtures, the sink, or even the ice maker line. Ultimately you like what you like, and you should budget for it.

Also Read:   10 Most Popular Silestone Sinks and Countertops Designs

The pros of having an island kitchen sink

kitchen sink on island

There are some definite advantages to having an island kitchen sink.

1 It can give you additional food prep space in the kitchen if you have another sink.

A kitchen sink on the island makes for a perfect kitchen triangle, especially when you have another sink.

2 Perfect for families with children

Having a sink on the island is ideal for a family with children. It makes it easier to teach them good handwashing habits. It also provides enough room for them to help with dishes, or you can use it as a makeshift washing station for muddy hands and craft paint.

3 Ideal for pet owners

I’m a pet owner and love them. Still, I like to keep certain pet things separate from human items. I can dedicate a wash station to pet bowls and other accessories with a second kitchen sink on my island.

4 It’s trendy and gives the kitchen a modern look

One of the top trending new kitchen features is kitchen islands with a sink. This is a great way to do it if you want to update your kitchen and make it more modern.

5 Value added for your home

These advantages make the island’s kitchen sink valuable to your home and prove valuable when it comes to selling.

The cons of having an island kitchen sink

There are also some drawbacks to having a sink on the island:

1 Other than the cost to have them installed, Island sinks can be a mess magnet

Kitchen sinks are often one of the most used fixtures in the kitchen. They can get dirty quickly. You may need to clean the sink more often if it’s on the island and your only kitchen sink. You may need extra effort to keep it clean and free of dirt and grime.

2 Takes away from your counter space

One of the biggest concerns is that it can limit your counter space. If you plan to have seating, more countertop space and an overhang are essential to creating a functional kitchen. So, if you don’t have enough space, this may not be your best kitchen layout.

So, should you put your kitchen sink on the island?

Only as a secondary sink would I put a sink on the island, which is how my kitchen is currently set up. The only Sink on the kitchen island is not the best choice for my household because I have a large family with small children. 

A scenario like this would drive way too much traffic in the middle of the kitchen. When prepping breakfast in the morning, we’d be competing for space to wash hands, empty the dishwasher, and so on.

Not to mention, Having just one sink in your kitchen and putting it on the island does not justify the cost of plumbing an island sink. You also lose storage space since you’d have to put a dishwasher where base cabinets usually go.

Here’s what we’d like for our next kitchen instead of an island sink


pot filler

Sorry for the caps; I can’t scream this loud enough. Hindsight is 20/20; having a pot filler would negate my current secondary kitchen island sink. I wouldn’t need to go back and forth between the sink and the stove when I’m cooking, which would be a significant time saver for my family.

For those who don’t know, a pot filler is another kitchen faucet between your stove/range and hood. It comes in handy when cooking, making tea, and all your water needs.

Final Thoughts on the sink in the island

So, if you’re considering an island sink, think about how you’ll use the kitchen and what would work best for your needs. It might be the perfect solution for your kitchen if you plan to have two sinks, have a small family, or entertain often. But if you have a large family or limited space, it might not be the best choice if it’s the only Kitchen sink.

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