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People are only just realising why kitchen sinks are always under a window

People are only just realising why the majority of kitchen sinks are placed beneath a window.

The placement of a sink is something you’ve probably never thought about – but when you do – you realise they’re usually beneath a window.

One homeowner, who was looking to renovate their kitchen, took to the Casual UK forum on Reddit to ask if the location of a sink mattered, MirrorOnline reports.

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The post read: “Planning a kitchen renovation, and realised we can easily move the kitchen sink away from the window to give us more usable counter space.

“Then I realised, I’ve never seen a kitchen sink that isn’t in front of a window.

“Is there a reason for that? Is staring out of the window while washing up just a British thing? Or am I crazy in even suggesting a sink with no window?”https://data.reachplc.com/212764146160855?gaa_at=la&gaa_n=AYc4yssQ8cdJcozjV_JjY1Z8YOECn29oEP1TMA-v8jpZA9GJM-UbAGYCRYK_ZleHfis%3D&gaa_ts=622fd44b&utm_source=newsshowcase&utm_medium=discover&utm_campaign=CCwqGAgwKhAIACoHCAowz-iiCTCXnLgCMNC8PzCb10c&utm_content=bullets&gaa_sig=jO46aK0J7X5IC8gRVxeigIM2QvZxw7QIIzCSwIU0IfZFH1khTY3vzbLRPXCmSejMlGSXfcMa-hca0QykDI0ueg%3D%3D&isIframeEmbed=1

More than 200 people responded to the post, with one sharing a clever reason as to why the sinks are often found under a window, quoting from kitchen experts at KDCUK.Dental Implants | Search AdsThe Actual Cost Of Full Mouth Dental Implants Might Surprise YouWork a Usa Job from Home | SearchDo You Speak English? Work a USA Job From Homeby TaboolaSponsored Links

They explained: “The simple reason why kitchen sinks have traditionally been placed under the window is that the window is, obviously, on an outside wall. In terms of plumbing, using as short a waste pipe as possible from the sink to the drains is not only the most effective but also the cheapest, solution.

“It’s also because it’s where the most natural light comes through. Plus if you wash by hand plates dry quicker. This is a hangover before the dishwasher.”

The original poster replied to say they hadn’t thought of this before – and many others hadn’t either.

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Another person commented: “Lol omg I always thought it was so housewives could send the kids out to play and watch them while she washed up! Idk why I thought that though, nobody has ever said that to me now that I think about it.”

However, there were lots of people who weren’t bothered about the sink being near a window – and didn’t have one near a window in their home.

Someone else replied: “We have cupboards above our sink. I can’t think of any reason why you couldn’t have one. The only reason they don’t normally is because there is usually a window there instead.”

A different user added: “Used to have a sink in front of the window. Now, after an extension, no, as we moved it to create a more open plan kitchen/diner. Do I miss looking out of the window when using the sink? Er, no… Did take some use of additional lighting to help the ambience though.”

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