Kitchen remodels are generally focused on making spaces more functional and streamlined, so it’s no wonder the workstation sink has been gaining popularity during the last couple of years.
This is the type of sink that has narrow ledges along the top so you can place and shift accessories back and forth as needed while you work above the sink, including cutting boards, strainers, prep bowls, drying racks, utensil holders and more (either included with the purchase price or available to order separately).
Some models have two sets of grooves to accommodate two levels of accessories over the sink. You also can buy racks and other accessories that sit on the bottom of the sink for added utility.
The accessories have the effect of extending countertop space over the sink and makes many prep and cleanup tasks much quicker by putting them right over the drain and disposal.
This makes workstations especially handy for smaller kitchens, though they tend to be larger than standard sinks and don’t always work for tight spaces.
Since food prep and cooking have become more social activities, a workstation frees up space in the kitchen for more people to help out and reduces the need for the cook to move around to different parts of the kitchen to accomplish different tasks, taking her or him away from the conversation.
Things to consider
You may be sold on the idea of a workstation sink, but there are some factors to keep in mind:
They come in widths as narrow as 15 inches so there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find one that can fit in your kitchen. but remember you’ll need someplace to put all the accessories when they’re not in use. This can eat into your cabinet or counter space so plan accordingly.
The accessories will need more care the more often you use them, especially any wooden cutting boards kept over the sink for long periods of time.
Workstation sink prices range from
$400 to $2,000.