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Farmhouse Sinks: On-Trend Looks with Workhorse Ethics
Considering a fixture refresh? Plunge into this primer on the ever-popular farmhouse sink.
Sturdy, yet chic: As anyone who has ever shopped for shoes knows, that is an almost impossible combination to find. Yet, farmhouse sinks represent exactly this fusion, with both on-trend looks and workhorse ethics. Let’s learn more about this style and how it may be a good choice for your kitchen remodel. Unsinkable Style Bigger... Keep Scrolling
Written by Kathryn Drury Wagner In Partnership with Vintage Tub and Bath


Sturdy, yet chic: As anyone who has ever shopped for shoes knows, that is an almost impossible combination to find. Yet, farmhouse sinks represent exactly this fusion, with both on-trend looks and workhorse ethics. Let’s learn more about this style and how it may be a good choice for your kitchen remodel.

Unsinkable Style

Besides aesthetic beauty, a farmhouse sink offers depth, making it easier to clean large pots and pans. This is a Randolph Morris 24 by 18 Fireclay Apron Farmhouse Sink.

Bigger picture first: Sinks come undermounted or in drop-in styles. In undermounted models, the sink is flush with the countertop, coming up from under a hole in the counter. In drop-in styles, the sink is dropped into a hole in the counter, and the rim of the sink sits around the hole on top of the counter. Farmhouse sinks are undermounted. They have their roots in early European sinks going back at least 300 years. Deep enough to bathe small child, a tiny pooch, or wash big pots and pans with ease, they are supremely practical. They can go well with rustic farmhouse styles or, work with chic and sleek and modern homes, depending on which style you opt for. Farmhouse sinks are available in either a single or double bowl.

Materials

There are many benefits of a fireclay sink, seen here in a Randolph Morris Fireclay Apron Farmhouse Sink. Maintenance is simple: wipe it down with a soft towel, or, if more intense cleaning is needed, use a mild abrasive with a sponge or cloth.

Farmhouse sinks are available in fireclay, vitreous china, and metal. Fireclay is a type of vitreous china, but different in that it has more quartz and feldspar in the clay material. This makes it 30 percent heavier than normal clay, nonporous and scratch resistant. Fireclay looks great and performs very well, but because installation can be a bit tricky, you will want to hire a trained technician to do the install to avoid any problems with crazing (fine hairline cracks that appear in the sink’s surface material).

Another thing to consider is that fireclay sinks may require a special type of garbage disposal, as vibration can damage the sink. Fireclay is typically found in white or off-white glaze colors but you might also see them glazed in blue, black or gray. Another stunning option for a farmhouse sink is metal, including the popular types of steel or hammered copper.

Because the clay used to create the basin can be easily shaped and molded before firing, farmhouse sinks are available in a variety of apron fronts, from sleek and smooth, to concave, to fluted and fancy. This is a Randolph Morris Double Bowl with a Concave Apron Front.

Finishing Touches

Once you settle on your farmhouse sink, you’ll also want to select a kitchen sink faucet. Faucets for farmhouse sinks are often wall mounted or single post, but widespread and bridge faucets are the most popular.

With an aesthetically pleasing farmhouse sink beckoning to you in the kitchen, even a daily task like doing dishes becomes enjoyable. Shop for all the latest farmhouse sink styles at Vintage Tub & Bath.

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