Kitchen Sink by a Window

Think about it, don’t most home kitchens have the sink right by an outside window? How did that happen? Well, kitchen sinks have traditionally been placed under the window is obviously, that is an outside wall. 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.

Also, the open window can help filter the bad smell from the sink, keeping the kitchen smelling good. Other advantages include allowing natural sunlight in from the window, the dishes will dry quickly. Also as you are working at the sink, you can look out. Another reason is not putting a cabinet above the sink and having to reach over the sink to the cabinet.

Having natural light coming in from the window, you don’t need to turn on an electric light.

Another advantage, you can have curtains, blinds, or shades at the window. On the window sill small pots of flowers or plants can be placed. Or place on the sill decorative soaps, colored glass bottle, pictures, decorative wooden letters, candles or seasonal fruits.

Now these ideas varies and reasons for a window by the sink apply nowadays and especially for your ancestors. They especailly would liked the fresh air while working at the sink and no need during the day for lights on. Plumbing issues would also be a major reason.

So look back to see if you have any kitchen photos from your family over the years and look for the window by the kitchen sink.

Photo: 1920s kitchen with sink by the window.

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