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Farmhouse kitchen sinks (also called apron sinks or apron front sinks) have historical roots, but they continue to be popular today. These large, deep sinks were developed for handwashing dishes and even bathing small children — they existed before running water!
These sinks are different because there is no cabinetry or countertop between you and the front of the sink. This feature lets you get closer to the sink and reduces the need for bending while using it.
Farmhouse sinks can be a great way to create a distinctive kitchen aesthetic. But are they right for you?
If you’re considering installing a farmhouse sink, it can be useful to know some of the pros and cons. Here are some of the advantages:
Modern farmhouse sinks have vintage charm, but they’re now made from ultra-durable materials. Two of the best are stainless steel and fireclay white.
If you’re going for a more modern look, stainless steel kitchen sinks are ideal. If you expect that your sink will be subjected to a lot of wear and tear, stainless steel can handle it! It’s also very easy to clean and highly stain-resistant.
If you’d prefer a classic farmhouse kitchen sink, fireclay is a good choice. This material looks a lot like old-fashioned porcelain or ceramic, but it’s much stronger and more resistant to chipping, cracks, and other damage. It’s also very resistant to stains.
Fireclay is a mixture of glaze and clay, and it’s fired at extreme temperatures (usually more than 2000°F).
Before you can start enjoying your new sink, you’ll need to know how to install farmhouse sinks. The installation can be complex, but here’s a quick guide.
Like other kitchen sinks, farmhouse sinks come in different styles. Top mount sinks have an edge that sits on the countertop. As a result, they’re the easiest to install.
Flush-mount sinks are at the same level as your countertop. However, these sinks often require a custom-made countertop.
Undermount sinks are mounted completely below the countertop. They need a custom waterproof top.
Start by measuring the space where the sink will be. Make sure the sink doesn’t interfere with the top of the cabinet. If it does, you may need to install new, custom cabinetry. Many farmhouse sinks have large apron fronts, so this isn’t unusual.
Take out the old sink and remove the existing countertops. Before cutting your cabinets down to accommodate the sink, remove doors, drawers, and any brackets that might get in the way.
Some farmhouse kitchen sinks come with a template to help make sure you cut the right amount of space out of the cabinets. Mark off the part you intend to cut before cutting. You also will need to cut the countertop to accommodate the sink.
Farmhouse sinks are heavy, so they need to have cabinet supports installed. The exact support placement may vary depending on the type and size of the sink you have.
Now you’re ready to put the sink in and re-install the countertops. The sink will need some time to “cure” before you connect the plumbing.
The first kitchen sinks had no faucets, but once you install yours, you’ll need the right faucet to complete the look. Whether you prefer the modern appeal of polished chrome or the vintage-inspired glow of satin nickel, we have the perfect faucet for you.
When you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen sink, check out our selection at Seconds & Surplus. We have the sink that will meet your needs in both style and functionality.