What Side of the Sink Should the Faucet Go on?


When installing a faucet, you need to know which side of your sink to put it on. On most faucets this part is easy to figure out, but with some faucets there is some leeway in where you install your parts. If you are installing a widespread faucet for instance, you have a choice as to where the faucet goes.

Standard Kitchen Faucets

  • Whether you install a double-handle or single-handle kitchen faucet, it always goes on the same side of the sink. The faucet installs into predrilled holes in your sink top. These holes are always located on the back side of the sink. If you have a granite countertop and your sink does not have a base top, the faucet still goes on the back side. You may decide to install the faucet on the left or right side of the sink, however, which requires drilling new holes through the countertop. These new holes line up with the base of the faucet handle.

Widespread Faucets

  • A widespread faucet has individual handles, one for the hot water and one for the cold. Each fits into its own mounting hole on the sink. If you have a traditional sink with a base top that fits over the countertop, these holes are already drilled through the sink. They are on the back side of the sink, and the faucet handles and spout fit into the holes. If there are no holes, mark and drill your own holes through the sink top or countertop, and install the handles and spout here. These holes may be placed on the back, left or right side of the sink. Flexible faucet hoses then connect the handles to the water pipes, which are under the sink.

Gooseneck Faucets

  • A gooseneck faucet is no different from a standard kitchen faucet in terms of where it is installed on the sink. Since the spout is arched, there is additional space underneath the spout, which means installing the spout on the side of the faucet is possible. However, consider the layout of your countertop when choosing where to install it. If holes are already predrilled in your sink or countertop, simply installing the faucet in these holes is easier. In nearly all cases, the holes are located on the back side of the faucet.

Single-Lever Faucets

  • A single-lever faucet needs only one mounting hole for installation because the spout and single handle are one single part. In most cases these faucets install on the back of the sink. Usually sinks have three predrilled holes, one for the spout and two for the handles. With a single-lever faucet, there is one round base mount that slides into the spout hole on the sink. A metal base plate covers the two predrilled holes for the handles on either side of the spout hole. If you are drilling your own holes into the sink or countertop, this type of faucet is easy to install on either side of the sink. However, placing it in the back for space-saving reasons makes more sense.

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