by Shane Inman
Divide and conquer cooking prep and cleanup
by installing a second sink in just the right kitchen spot
Don't underestimate the power of a second sink in your kitchen. When installed in just the right spot, a secondary sink can be just as useful as a primary sink. The perfect sink location allows two users to cook and clean simultaneously, making everyday meals and special occasions easier to prep for and clean up after. Whether your kitchen is large or on the smaller side, the right extra sink in the right spot might make your life better.
Island. Most designers put second sinks on kitchen islands, where they're easy to use and access but out of the way of main prep areas. This sink makes cooking easier with chef number two on Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Workstation. Create an out-of-the-way workstation in your kitchen by adding a niche for your second sink.
The layout of this kitchen allows for a second person in the kitchen to have water access while staying out of the chef's way. What a great idea!
Baking center. If you are an avid baker, having a baking center with its own sink can help you confine your mess. This tidy countertop area keeps the mess contained, and it's easy to wash the dishes and the countertop once everything's in the oven.
Butler's pantry. A sink immediately upgrades the functionality of a butler's pantry. Nothing's easier than blending, mixing and stirring right near where ingredients are stored; you can prep appetizers and drinks for guests without traveling back and forth into the kitchen.
Wet bar. For those who love to host, a wet bar can make entertaining easier. A small sink like the one here is great for adding water to cocktails and doing light cleanup.
Peninsula. If you have a peninsula instead of an island, adding a sink can be a great solution for guests and homeowners. This particular sink can be accessed from the front or back for easy use.
Coffee station. Is coffee a beverage staple in your house? Imagine never having to travel to the main sink to fill the coffeepot (hey, everything's difficult early in the morning). An additional sink by your coffee center would allow you to fill, pour and serve with ease.