Learn how to measure for a replacement kitchen sink. Find out how to determine what size kitchen sink to buy when installing a new kitchen sink in an existing kitchen.
LESLIE: Janine in Utah is doing some work on the kitchen . How can we help?
JANINE: Well, our house is about two years old and we have a famous steel kitchen sink we’re not fond of that we’d like to replace with a porcelain sink. Will we need to replace the structure underneath to support the heavier sink or is it standard these days to build it strong enough for any sink?
TOM: That’s a good question. No, I’d say it’s standard to build it strong enough for any sink. First of all, a sink cabinet is usually a fairly small cabinet in that it’s not much bigger than the sink. So you have not only the strength of the countertop, Janine, but you have the strength of the cabinet itself.
JANINE: I see.
TOM: And so – is the hole that you’re pulling the stainless steel sink out happen to be the exact size for the porcelain sink?
JANINE: Well, we’d look for that when we buy it. We haven’t bought it yet (INAUDIBLE).
TOM: (overlapping voices) Well, you may or may not find that because this – unfortunately there’s no such thing as a standard sink size but I will say, if anything, you’d end up having it – it’d end up having to be bigger and not more narrow. So just make sure you look at two things; not only the size of that hole that’s there now but pay attention to how much space you have between the sink cutout and the sides of the cabinet to make sure that there’s enough room for you to cut that out without actually hitting the sides of the cabinet because the worst time to figure that out is when you’re installing the sink.
JANINE: OK. Very good. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.