The ultimate guide to specifying a second kitchen sink

The BLANCO QUATRUS® Sink comes in both full-size and bar styles as does its EMPRESSA™ Faucet. (Courtesy BLANCO)
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Today’s kitchen is where everyone gathers to entertain and eat. While every kitchen has a hardworking sink that serves as the main prep and cleaning station, a second sink has become a popular element for many as a wine or bar area, coffee station, or for food prep.

Here are three things to keep in mind when specifying a second sink:

1. Leave Room on Counter: The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) recommends a minimum of 36 inches of open counter space on one side of a kitchen sink and at least 18 inches on the other.

2. Coordinate faucets and sink styles: Companies like BLANCO offer deep collections that have both main and bar sinks, along with full-size and bar faucets, so both the sink and faucet can match in material, color, and style.

3. Placement for Best Usage: The main cleaning sink should be the larger one, so it can fit pots and pans and should be positioned near the dishwasher. The smaller sink can be on an island or side counter. If the sink will hold ice, it can be placed near a wine refrigerator. It’s not a bad idea to add a recycling station or second integrated garbage near this sink.

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