There are few things quite as aspirational in the home-development space as an outdoor kitchen. Having a beautiful place to prepare, serve and enjoy meals under the open sky is always going to be a boon, and as more people start the renovation process, there’s more of a need for tips, tricks and information than ever before.
This is no more apparent than in the purchasing of an outdoor kitchen sink, which will inevitably serve as a cornerstone of the entire outdoor kitchen design.
Your outdoor kitchen sink has to be able to put up with a lot, from the everyday cleaning and draining associated with conventional sink setups to the additional wear and tear of being out in the elements. So, when you’re choosing your ideal sink for an outdoor space, it’s important that you get it right the first time.
At BuildMat, we are a 100% Australian owned and operated online retailer dedicated to providing Australians with a wealth of high-quality, stylish sinks, basins, laundry tubs and more. So, if you’ve found yourself on the hunt for the perfect outdoor kitchen sink, then we’re here to help you make the right choice.
Tip#1 Selecting Your Style
When you start planning out your outdoor kitchen area’s design features, it’s important that you factor the style of your sink into it. After all, our sinks come in a variety of designs, colours and finishes, and given how large a part of your cooking and food prep area your sink is likely to be, it will naturally play a vital role in finetuning your kitchen’s overall aesthetic design.
At BuildMat, we offer a wide selection of outdoor kitchen sink designs, each being ideal for different kitchen styles and preferences. For example, if you’re looking to utilise a lot of warm colours and brassy tones with your design, then look no further than the Brushed Brass Gold Madison 775x450 Double Bowl Sink. Bringing together a simple, elegant design with a near-golden finish, this hardwearing 304-grade stainless steel sink will certainly suit your needs.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to make a functional statement with your sink and need something a little larger, the Theo 1200x500mm Double Bowl with Drain Board Sink is an excellent choice with a number of customisation options and highly-durable stainless steel manufacturing.
What style you end up going with will be largely dependent on your needs and the specifics of your space, including any pre-existing fittings and of course, environmental factors like the availability of shelter. However, this does lead to a more pressing issue when choosing your outdoor kitchen sink.
Tip#2 Work With the Space You Have
Naturally, when you’re starting out you will want the biggest sink money can buy. However, taking a look at your outdoor space and the room you’ve got to work within may see you moving in other - and oftentimes more practical - directions. After all, a large sink is a great investment for an outdoor kitchen, but only if you have the space for the sink AND other fittings.
If you’re working with a small-to-medium sized space, then there are still some fantastic options available. The Piper Portable Mini Sink, for example, is 425 x 265 x 150mm, making it a wonderful compact choice for those that prefer efficient space usage.
This is not to say that you need to go for the absolute smallest or largest option available to you regardless of your space and budget, but what it does mean is that there’s guaranteed to be an option available to suit your needs, no matter what they may be.
Tip#3 Considering Your Materials
As we touched on earlier, an outdoor kitchen sink has a lot more to deal with than your traditional indoor equivalent. The elements are harsh, and lower-quality materials will inevitably degrade over time when kept outside.
There are also certain materials, such as acrylic, which are quite common for indoor use but are not recommended for your outdoor cleaning needs. So, what is the ideal material for your outdoor kitchen sink? For most, the answer is going to inevitably be stainless steel.
This material is resistant to corrosion, erosion and stains, and is fantastic for handling the power of the elements. Plus, with its naturally shiny finish, stainless steel is incredibly easy to maintain, ensuring that your outdoor space always feels clean, refreshing, and inviting.
However, for those who don’t necessarily like the look and feel of stainless steel or simply want to try another option, quartz can also be an excellent material for your outdoor kitchen sink.
Stylish, hardy, durable, and easy to work with, quartz has become a staple of modern kitchen designs both with regards to interior kitchen spaces as well as for outdoor kitchen sinks and other fittings that you may find in modern alfresco dining set-ups.
Tip#4 What is Your Intended Use?
This will have a part to play in the depth/size of sink you’ll require. After all, outdoor cooking is synonymous with the BBQ, especially in Australia, and if you’re needing to clean large components within your barbeque on a relatively regular basis, then you’ll want a deeper sink that can easily allow for easy scrubbing.
In that case, something akin to the Willow 600x450 Medium Single Bowl Sink, with its 250mm depth, would probably be your best option. So, take a look at what you will be working with, and determine how much depth and size is needed before you decide to make a purchase.
The outdoor kitchen is a fantastic addition to any home, and whilst it may seem a little daunting, finding the right fittings the first time around will save you a lot of frustration and money in the long run.
So, if you’re ready to take the plunge and choose your next outdoor kitchen sink, explore our wide sink range today. Alternatively, you can stay up-to-date with the BuildMat blog for more building and renovation tips.