Ah, that gorgeous farm house sink. Traditionally, a farmhouse sink, also known as apron front sink, was used to hold large amounts of water. You see, back in the day people did not having running water and had to walk to the water source (such as a well), and use buckets to haul water back to the home. The farmhouse sink was designed to be deep and hold all of this water for various uses such as cleaning or washing clothes. To this day, this sink is still very popular and adds a classic touch to the kitchen, so that even modern kitchens are seen using this style of sink.
If you are in the market for a new sink and considering the farmhouse style, take a look at our pro’s and con’s list below. Over the years, we get the farmhouse sink request quite often, and we are aware of some of the technical aspects of installing this sink with the Snappy Kitchens business model (where we utilize your existing cabinetry, read more about our business style here). So, with that being said, let’s start with the negatives!
Traditionally, these sinks are bit pricier than standard sinks. Doing your research and making sure this type of sink is what you want will help you narrow down your choice.
With the variety of material options, we suggest making sure you know the characteristics of each of these types. Example: Fireclay is resistant to chips and scratches but can break your dishes if you accidentally drop them into the sink.
Installation is also very important to factor in, especially if you’re going with the Snappy Kitchens business model. Not only will the countertops be affected, but the cabinet it is sitting on will need to be retrofitted. Typically, we would need to cut into the false drawer front, and also order new doors.
The farm sink gives you a large amount of space to work with, and can allow space for large pots and pans.
If you are looking for the sink to be a focal point, look no further. The apron front sink is a statement piece!
Today, farm sinks are so popular that if you don’t want a single bowl there are several double bowl options to choose from as well. Keep this in mind if you want your kitchen sink to be multi use (ex. it could be a little tricky soaking dishes while also trying to rinse vegetables, so having a double bowl would easily solve that issue).
Farm sinks are mainly installed under the counter, so wiping those crumbs or water puddles into the sink is no problem.
They come in a variety of materials such as: stainless steel, cast iron, fireclay, and copper. With so many options to choose from, you are sure to find a right fit!
Typically, farmhouse sinks are designed to fit a custom cabinet, however, there are self-trimming options out there. Check out Kohlers’ Whitehaven and Strive sinks.
As with any sink, it is best to do research to see which type will work best for you and your lifestyle. Always do your research and/or work with a professional. We love this style sink but it is always important to weigh all the pro’s and con’s before diving in!