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Minimum Cabinet Size for Small Bar Sink

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I plan to put a 12" or 14" diam. bar sink in a new kitchen island and don't know what size is appropriate for a standard base cabinet under the sink. 15", 18", 21", or 24" wide? I'm in the design phase of building my home ... just figuring out the best cabinet arrangement. The island dimensions are 7'0" by 3'6" (there's a built-in 18"-wide eating bar). The island will have a 48" cooktop, leaving a total of 3'0" to put extra cabinets on either side. The sink will be next to the cooktop, on a corner of the island.

Thanks.

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Chris,

It's really kind of simple.....

Pick out your sink and faucet set, and design your cabinet to fit that.

Ed. Williams

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Chris,

You need about 2" on each side - a 14" sink would need an 18" cabinet. I suggest you get some cardboard and do a mockup. If you center your cooktop I think you will find very little room around your bar sink. In use, I think you are going to want some adjacent counter top to set stuff on. May be smart to offset the cooktop a bit. Also, check with your plumber to ensure a sink can be vented to code where the island is going. Plumbing in islands can be tricky!

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Why in the world do you want to put a 48" cook top in a 7' cabinet and a sink too? Two 18" counters on either side of the sink would be a comfortable minimum. Putting a sink in one of them will make both the counter and the sink virtually unusable. Consider a 36" cook top or even 30" and you may be able to make this work.

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Good advice. I'm switching to a 36" cooktop. Makes the island arrangement more manageable.

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If your floor plan allows, consider putting the sink facing the end of the counter, so 2 people aren't trying to work parallel at the counter.