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Will it Fit My Kitchen Sink?

One of the most satisfying do-it-yourself home improvement projects is learning how to replace a faucet. Installing or replacing a faucet requires only a few tools and relatively little time, and it can make a big difference in the look and function of your room.

When it comes to kitchen faucet replacement, the first question to ask of any potential faucet is: will it fit my sink?

To find a kitchen faucet that fits your sink, you need to:

  1. Determine the number of holes in your sink using the pictures and descriptions below.
  2. If your sink has 3 or 4 holes, determine the space between the holes.

3-Hole Sink

A 3-hole sink is very common. The kitchen faucet generally has a plate which covers the three holes (called an escutcheon or deck plate).

  • Kitchen 3-hole installation example
  • Kitchen 3-hole installation example
  • Kitchen 3-hole installation example
  • Kitchen 3-hole installation example

Sinks generally come in one of three configurations: 6”, 8”, and 6”-16”. When the kitchen faucet is installed, in most cases the faucet will cover the holes. You will need to measure the width between the outer holes or estimate by measuring the width of the deck plate.

4-Hole Sink

A 4-hole sink in the most common in kitchens. The faucet generally is like a 3-hole faucet (see above), with the addition of a soap dispenser or sprayer.

  • Kitchen 4-hole installation example
  • Kitchen 4-hole installation example
  • Kitchen 4-hole installation example
  • Kitchen 4-hole installation example

Sinks generally come in one of three configurations: 6”, 8”, and 6”-16”. Often the holes are covered by the faucet. You will need to measure the width between the outer holes or estimate by measuring the width of the deck plate.

2-Hole Sink

A 2-hole sink usually has one hole with a single-hole faucet, and a second hold with an accessory, such as a sprayer or soap dispenser. This may also be a bar or prep sink.

  • Kitchen 2-hole installation example
  • Kitchen 2-hole installation example

1-Hole Sink

A 1-hole sink has only a single hole faucet. There is no escutcheon or deck plate. There are no accessories.

  • Kitchen 1-hole installation example

By following the instructions above, you’ll be on your way to a successful kitchen faucet replacement. To learn more about how to install a kitchen faucet, view our how-to videos.