Farmhouse sinks are a deep basin style sink. A farm sink is large enough for stock pots, baking sheets and even roasters. These sinks also provide the depth to reduce splashing while making them easier to work with. The forward orientation creates less physical strain and stress compared to comparable undermount sinks. Farmhouse sinks are easy to spot because of the way they extend past the front of the counter; because of their inward sloping design, there is no loss of space underneath.
Is that different from an apron-front sink?
In a word, no. The term “apron-front” sink is descriptive of the apron-like panel that extends past the edge of the cabinetry. They are called farmhouse sinks because these sinks first became prevalent in farmhouses.
What's the difference between traditional apron-front sinks and today's farmhouse sinks?
Basically the depth. Traditional farm sinks were used to soak dishes, scrub deep pots, wash the pet or even small kids. Photos of rural Americana during the early 1900s are full of these sinks. Today though, such deep seated sinks would require custom fitting. Because of this shallower versions have been designed to fit within today's standard cabinetry.
A brief history of how farm sinks came about...
Sinks originally weren't attached to any water supply. Water was “brought in” for use. Because farm wives and housewives spent so much time cleaning, sinks became an important part of the daily routine. Comfort became an issue. This is how the farmhouse sink came into being because of its design for comfort and extended use. First arriving in 17th Century England, they later spread to France in the next century, and later to America. Due to war efforts, easier construction and minimal materials – farmhouse sinks were gradually replaced with today's stainless steal shallow sinks. As family's gravitated away from a centralized kitchen the sink became less of a focal
point. Today the trend is reversing; and with it the centralized kitchen theme is returning along with the use of apron front sinks.
Why are people choosing farmhouse sinks now?
One of the main reasons is the ease of installation. The traditional farm sink did not include holes for faucets; instead the faucets were installed within the cabinetry or wall and extended over the sink. If the sink needed replacement, the basin was removed after disconnecting the drain pipe. The replacement was lowered in and attached. There is no need to shut off the water. Today's farmhouse sinks follow this thinking in their ease of installation as well. Apron-front sinks are available in a wider range of material. You can find copper, stone, stainless steel, and fireclay which can easily fit into both traditional and modern contemporary designs. Farm sinks are still easier to work with compared to contemporary sinks. The deep basin and extended front allows for more versatility and minimal leaning. Want to see a farmhouse sink? See a variety of styles we have to offer at RusticSinks.com