Updating your kitchen fixtures seems like a simple and easy task. Quick DIY, right? Until you start browsing options. Suddenly, you realize that you have thousands of choices to pick from, and the options might be overwhelming! Without doing a little research beforehand, your “quick DIY” task will take longer than expected.
Here are some things to think about before you go shopping:
Manufactures make different style faucets. Typical styles are traditional, transitional, and modern, with some companies having a designer style. Designer styles are often luxury, high end pieces.
Once you figure out what style suites you best, you can then figure out how you want the faucet to work. Some options to think about are if you want a traditional faucet or a pullout, handsfree, or pulldown. Also, consider where you’d like the handle to be located.
Each faucet will be offered in a variety of finishes, or colors. The standard finishes are Chrome and Stainless/Brushed Nickel, however, not all faucets will be offered in all colors. Black, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Gold may be colors offered in only certain styles. Rose Gold, a trendy new finish, may be limited to a designer style offering. This can make picking a faucet easier or more difficult.
When replacing a faucet, be sure to note how many holes your existing faucet is using. If you only have a one-hole faucet, then your options are much more limited. However, if that is not the case, then your options just grew. With multiple holes, you have the option of a side sprayer, instant hot water, and/or a soap dispenser. If you opt for a faucet that uses less holes than you have available, you can cover any remaining openings with a plate. Some faucets come with plates of the same finish as the faucet, used to cover up the unwanted holes.
The final thing to consider is the height of the faucet. When deciding, think about the location of your faucet, what is surrounding it, and the distance between the point where water comes out and the bottom of your sink. Is there enough room for larger dishes like pots and pans? Do you have cabinets immediately nearby? Will it obstruct or enhance a window view?
Searching for the perfect fixture can be fun, but it helps to be prepared before you start looking. Visit a quality Design Center where you can look, touch, and often operate installed faucets! You’ll get a better idea of how a faucet might look installed in your sink, or have an expert help you determine your best option.
Ready for a new fixture, sink, or have a remodel project in mind? Consultations are complimentary at Wolff Design Centers. Make an appointment today!