Create Counter Space: Over-the-Sink Cutting Boards

published Sep 22, 2009
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In our kitchen tour last week, we highlighted one of our favorite small space solutions: an over-the-sink cutting board. Use it any time you need extra counter space, whether it’s for chopping vegetables, mixing a cake, or holding a cookbook (just don’t turn on the faucet!).

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While it is not necessary to use a cutting board specifically designed for over-the-sink use, we like the built-in colanders offered in many models. Whichever board you use, you’ll want to make sure it is large enough to completely cover the sink basin. A couple of extra inches on either side can help prevent slipping. Rubber feet or grip handles are also useful.

Leave a comment if you have experience with the cutting boards listed here or any others we may have missed!

1 Over-the-sink cutting board, as seen in Kitchen Tour: Gregory and Emily’s Colorful Kitchen. We have owned this Snow River cutting board for about four years and have been very pleased with it.

2 Snow River (, 24″ x 12″, $31.99

3 Catskill Craftsmen (, 14″ x 11″, wires extend an additional 3″, $17.00

4 OXO (, 18.25″ x 11″, $29.99

5 Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s, no dimensions listed, $29.99

6 Crate & Barrel, 22″ x 10″, $29.95

7 Island Bamboo (, 23″ x 12″, $29.99

8 American Standard (All Cutting Boards), 15.5″ x 13″, $57.85

9 Catskill Craftsmen (, 24″ x 12″, $44.99

10 Progressive International (, 16.8″ x 9.8″, extends up to 25″, $24.95

Related: Small Kitchen Solution: Cover the Stove Top for More Counter Space?