Ever wonder why windows are often located over kitchen sinks? We did, so we did some research. The kitchen sink window had its origins for completely practical reasons: light! Sinks came before electricity so there was the need to see what you were doing.
The size of the first kitchen sink windows were much smaller than what would be installed now. That’s because glass was much more fragile hundreds of years ago. So, the first kitchen sink windows were probably only 24” to 30” wide.
Electricity then became the norm in the 20th century, but a window was still likely to be placed above the sink. The kitchen was also becoming more of a hub of the home. Whereas centuries before, kitchens were not meant for guests or conversation. They were placed far away from dining or living areas. Looking out the kitchen window while preparing food or washing dishes might have provided a pleasant view of a backyard or allowed parents to keep an eye on playing children.
Kitchens have evolved tremendously in the last few decades. Kitchens aim to be warm and inviting. They’ve become a place to do more than just cook and eat. Most modern homes now have open layouts that merge kitchen, dining and family areas. But a window above the kitchen sink is still a design feature that many crave. If that’s you, here are a few tips on how to choose the right one for you.
Select the style first
Kitchen sink windows often are hard to reach to operate, depending on how far your sink juts out. With this challenge, it may be harder to open a single- or double-hung window. Instead, a sliding window that moves left to right may be a better choice.
If you’re more interested in ventilation than view, an awning window is an excellent choice. Awning windows open from the bottom and swing out.
Once you decide on the style, you’ll need to consider material.
The material of your kitchen sink window will probably be the same as all the other windows in your home. If you are replacing just this window, you’ll find options in both vinyl and wood. Vinyl and a treated-wood product like AuraLast® pine provide durability and require minimal maintenance.
Customize for your aesthetic
Vinyl and wood windows both provide many different ways to customize your window. You can use color to make a statement, or a stain to match other wood features. Add grilles for depth or to match your other windows.
Ensure it’s energy efficient, too
You’ll also want to make sure you’re choosing features to help with efficiency. Low-E glass, or low emissivity, is an invisible metallic coating on the glass designed to reflect infrared light, keeping heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. Be sure this in an option on the glass for your window.
The kitchen has become the true heart of a home. Enjoy yours with an amazing kitchen sink window.