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Kitchen Fixtures and Fittings

Our kitchen sinks are some of the most utilised fixtures in our homes. Because we use them for everything from washing dishes to making morning coffee, the quality of the kitchen taps and sink themselves can impact our day-to-day tasks in a big way. If you're in the middle of a kitchen renovation and are looking for the perfect kitchen fittings and fixtures, there are a variety of sink and kitchen tap designs to consider. From stainless steel to ceramic kitchen sinks, such as butler sink and Belfast sink styles, kitchen sinks come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials to accommodate kitchens of every design and capacity.

What kind of kitchen sink should I get?

As you consider what sink to buy, size is one of the most important factors to consider. One and a half or double bowl sinks with a draining board will enable dual use of the sink, for simultaneous food prep and washing up. Simple, single sinks are probably best if you’re picking out a bar sink for your home bar area, as you’ll only need a place to drain excess drink or clean glasses.

If your sinks will serve as a centrepiece for your kitchen decor, the apron fronts of ceramic kitchen sinks, such as Belfast sinks or butler sinks, are a great way to add dimension and rustic charm to your kitchen. If you prefer your kitchen sink to have a more discreet and integrated functionality, then the concealed style of an undermount sink will let your worktops be the focus of your kitchen.

What kitchen taps do I need?

Kitchen sink taps should above all be easy to handle and adjust, in a design that complements the style of your kitchen. Kitchen mixer taps are by far the most practical for easy access to both hot and cold water, and these are available in many styles both sleek and traditional. For a contemporary space, a single-lever mixer tap is a minimalist design that will fit into modern decor. For a traditional kitchen, a two-handle mixer tap in steel or brass can be stunningly in keeping with the theme of the room. For added convenience, installing pull out kitchen taps will enable you to fill pots and wash up more easily.

Hot water dispensers are the latest mod con for the kitchen sink. Instantly giving boiling water at the turn of a handle, hot water dispensers will eliminate the need for kettles, but if you can’t stretch to the price of a boiling water tap, you can get small hot water dispensing machines which work just as quickly. If you worry about filtering your water you can also find water filtration systems that can be built into your sink and offer clean, cool water in an instant. Or for a solution that won’t involve a possibly arduous or expensive installation, you can find water filter jugs, bottles and machines online that will do the same job, if only a bit slower.
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