People are only just realising why kitchen sinks are always next to windows thanks to a post on the social media site Reddit.

Every time you go to use the kitchen sink it is usually always below a window, now people are beginning to question why - and the answer makes a lot of sense.

According to the Manchester Evening News, a post on reddit is now explaining why kitchens are always laid out the same way.

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The post, on r/CausalUK, was written by someone redesigning their kitchen and wondering why sinks were always next to windows as they wanted to design their new room with it away from a window.

The post read: "Planning a kitchen renovation, and realised we can easily move the kitchen sink away from the window to give us more usable counter space. Then I realised, I’ve never seen a kitchen sink that isn’t in front of a window.

"Is there a reason for that? Is staring out of the window while washing up just a British thing? Or am I crazy in even suggesting a sink with no window?"

People are only just realising why kitchen sinks are below windows

The post got 218 responses with one sharing the reasons sinks were often below windows, quoting from the kitchen experts at KDCUK, reported The Mirror.

They said: "The simple reason why kitchen sinks have traditionally been placed under the window is that the window is, obviously, on an outside wall. In terms of plumbing, 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.

"It's also because it's where the most natural light comes through. Plus if you wash by hand plates dry quicker. This is a hangover before the dishwasher."

One responded to this comment by saying: “Lol omg I always thought it was so housewives could send the kids out to play and watch them while she washed up!

“Idk why I though [sic] that though, nobody has ever said that to me now that I think about it.”

Others responded by offering other reasons for the sink being below the window: “I'm currently renting a house where the kitchen was redesigned and there is no window above the sink. I don't miss it, but it does mean that I'm stood in the way of the light whilst washing.

“I much prefer the table being under the window so we can appreciate the garden if it's too cold to eat outside.”

Another responded with: "Used to have a sink in front of the window. Now, after an extension, no, as we moved it to create a more open plan kitchen/diner. Do I miss looking out of the window when using the sink? Er, no... Did take some use of additional lighting to help the ambience though."

That’s one mystery cleared up.

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