Single Hole Faucet Placement For Undermount Sinks

With popularity of single hole faucets and larger undermount sinks for both the bathroom and the kitchen there are some design and functionality things to consider when determining the placement of the faucet.

Undermount sinks can take up more space underneath the countertop which can interfere with the traditional faucet placement, typically centered directly at the back of the sink.  The addition of a backsplash reduces that usable space even further.
In the case of the bathroom pictured here, the single hole faucet had a pop up drain assembly on the back side of the faucet.  With the sink flange underneath the counter and the backsplash in place, the pop up assembly was not useable and a separate pop up drain had to be used.

Space behind the bathroom faucet is very limited in this remodel

D shaped sinks, when placed on a cabinet run along a wall allow little space behind the bowl for the faucet.  When you select a single hole faucet with a side handle it forces you to install the faucet in a nontraditional place.

A side handle faucet needs approximately 6” of clearance for the handle to move freely in both directions. In the kitchen picture below the use of a side handle faucet dictated that the faucet be placed off to the side so that it could function properly. 

The off center faucet in a kitchen design

Is there a benefit to having the faucet off to the side?  I can fill a pot of water while it sits on the counter instead of placing it in the sink and having to lift it out!

An off center kitchen faucet pouring a pot of water that is sitting on the countertop.

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