All You Need to Know About Sink Faucets

Sink faucets can play very little or a significant role in your kitchen and/or bathroom design. It all comes down to your overall aesthetic. While some designs focus on the big and the bold, others pay very careful attention to every little detail. However, there is much more to your kitchen and bathroom sink faucets than you may realize.

Not only do you have to focus on design aesthetics, such as faucet style/type and finish, but also factors such as flow rate, and types of aviators used. Also, there are new sink technologies like motion censored faucets and sanitizing faucets. So, we thought it would be a good idea to go over what choices you have.

How to Choose the Best Faucets for Space

If you’re struggling to find the best sink faucets for either your kitchen or bathroom design, then here are four simple steps that can help you out:

1. Determine the Style of Faucet You Need

When you look at your sink and your current plumbing setup, you’ll notice that there are several different ways that your faucet may be mounted. Typically, most sinks require a three-hole mount that allows for the spigot and a handle that controls the hot water and one for the cold water. However, some setups allow for a single mount set up, some for a two-hole mount, and even some with four holes, which allow for an extra accessory, such as a spray nozzle or even a built-in liquid soap dispenser. If you’re trying to keep your deconstruction to a minimum, you’ll want to purchase a faucet that matches the available hole mount included in your current sink.

2. Figure Out How Much of the Budget to Dedicate to This

With such a variety of sink faucets on the market, it can be quite easy to find yourself falling in love with a style that is well outside your budget. So, make sure you are taking the time to not only set your budget but research what types of faucets fit within that budget. Maybe you don’t really need all the bells a whistles technology brings. Or if having a motion touch one is your goal, set a budget around it.

3. Choose the Right Finish to Make Your Other Hardware

It’s essential to note that not all sink finishes are created equally. For instance, chrome is considered one of the most durable finishes available for sink faucets for both bathrooms and kitchens. Also, they are considered the easiest to keep clean. Nickel and bronze finishes are also popular finishes; however, they are more prone to fingerprints and/or chipping. So, consider who is using this space and what look you are going for.

4. Determine Whether Functionality and Design Will Work in Your Space

Many people choose their sink faucet based on the overall design. That find but you run the risk of ending up with something that doesn’t function as you need it to. For example, many individuals choose a knob-style faucet handle for their kitchens because they think it fits their aesthetic. However, when it comes to ease of use and overall functionality, they should have gone with a lever-style faucet handle that can be easily flicked on and off when your hands are full.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Friel Lumber Team Can Help

Sink faucets may seem like such an insignificant element when it comes to your kitchen or bath design. However, depending on the space you’re working with and your overall design aesthetic, your sink faucet could play a bigger role than you may realize. Need some help with your bathroom or kitchen design? Then contact the Friel Kitchen and Bath Design Center today.

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