Most styles of sink work in small kitchens, as long as the sink is roughly between 22 and 24 inches. Anything more than 27 inches runs the risk of being too big and overpowering your kitchen, as well as taking up valuable counter space. As you have less space, a single bowl sink may be the better option.
TIP: Standard cabinet sizes are in 3” increments. I.E.: 27”, 30”, 33”, 36”, etc. In general your sink should be at least 2-3” smaller than your cabinet size.
As a small kitchen sink size, 22-inch sinks can be perfect for compact kitchens or as secondary sinks in larger kitchens. Small sinks are also great kitchen nook ideas. If you have limited counter space, these can be mounted under the counter or in a corner.
The most common sink sizes for a 30-inch cabinet are 24 to 27 inches wide. These sizes offer a comfortable fit within the cabinet and provide enough room for daily use.
Measure the opening width under your existing sink (or where the new one will be installed) from left to right. This measurement is your cabinet size. Then, allow at least 2-3 inches on both sides for mounting hardware. For example, a 36" cabinet can accomodate a 30-32" sink.
To determine the maximum sink size for your base cabinet, measure the interior of your cabinet and subtract two to three inches from each dimension. A 36″ base cabinet can handle a 33″ sink at most; a 30″ cabinet should be fitted with a sink no larger than 27″ wide.
Standard-sized kitchen sinks measure 22 inches by 30 inches.
While the front-to-back measurement of the sink typically remains the same (roughly 22 inches) due to the size of most cabinets, the length of various kitchen sinks can vary immensely.
The most common sizes for a kitchen sink are 30" or 33", however a standard size could measure anywhere between 24" and 36" in length.
Standard sink base cabinet dimensions range from 30 to 42 inches wide. 30 inches is the standard single basin sink base width. 33 inches is the typical double-basin, offset sink cabinet size. 36 inches is the standard double-basin sink cabinet dimension.
Standard base cabinet widths are 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 26.25, 27, 30, 33, 26, 39 and 42-inches.
Double Basin/Bowl Sink
The most popular type of kitchen sink arrangement, dual basins allow for washing on one side and rinsing or drying on the other side.
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General rule of thumb is actual sink should be 3" in actual width less than the sink base for smooth fit. However if you notch the sides of the cabinet, you should be able to get something as tight as 1.5 less than cabinet to fit.
In general, the standard sink size is 22” x 30”. While single bowl sinks can have a width upto 36 inches, double bowl sinks can go upto 48 inches.
Wondering why you can't fit a 36” sink in a 36” cabinet? That's because of how the sink attaches to the counter! Every undermount sink has a bit of a lip that gets siliconed to the underside of the counter – reinforced with metal clips. That lip and those clips take up an inch or two (and vary from sink to sink)!
If you frequently use large pans or baking trays, it might be worth getting a sink with an extra wide or extra deep bowl – or even a 1½ / double bowl. If you don't have a dishwasher in your kitchen, make sure you get a sink with a built-in drainer, so you have enough space to let items dry after you hand wash them.
Rectangular sinks with sharper edges contribute to a minimalist or modern kitchen design. Rounded edges are better for traditional kitchens. If your kitchen has a trendy style, opt for D-shaped sinks, which offer more space than similarly sized rectangular sinks.
Standard sizes & Dimensions – Small & Large
You may need to remove and replace countertops and remodel part of your kitchen to make the sink fit. Farmhouse sinks measure anywhere between 20 inches to 60 inches in length with an average height of 9-10 inches.
If you frequently wash larger items, such as pots and pans, a single basin sink may be the better option. However, if you prefer to keep your dishes organized and separate, a double basin sink may be the better choice.
But what actually makes a sink considered “farmhouse” style? The TLDR definition of a farmhouse sink is “a deep sink that has an exposed front-facing side.” Thesaurus may also refer to it as an “apron front” sink – which, in our opinion, is the best description as it literally acts like an apron as you wash.
Another larger option, that provides more variety in its use is a 29" double bowl sink. This sink will fit in your 30" kitchen sink base cabinet and provide you with two 16x13"basins.
Dawn 22" Undermount Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
This little gem measures overall at a little less than 22" left to right. This allows this sink to very easily fit in a 24" sink base cabinet.
Kitchen sink length:
The standard length is 30-33 inches, but varies whether you have 1 or 2 bowls. Some double bowl models range up to 48 inches. A single bowl sink will have one basin.