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Choosing an Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sinks

Farmhouse sinks, also called apron-front sinks, bring instant charm and a vintage appeal to your kitchen. Distinguished by their exposed front, which drops down to the cabinet below, rather than stopping at the edge of the countertop, farmhouse sinks are available in a variety of materials.

The History of the Farmhouse Sink

Farmhouse sinks were originally designed for functionality, rather than style. Years ago people had to haul water from lakes, rivers and wells into their homes for washing dishes, boiling food, cleaning their clothes and all of their other water needs.

These early homes had dishpans and dry sinks, which werenít connected to a plumbing system, so they needed to be filled and drained by hand. This is where the farmhouse sink was most helpful.

Farmhouse sinks were originally designed for comfort, so women who spent long hours at the sink didnít have to lean over the countertop to reach the sink, which caused strain.

Available Materials
You can choose from cast iron or fireclay for a traditional look or add some elegance with stone or copper. Stainless steel models will bring a clean, modern twist to the traditional sink design and be an excellent addition to contemporary kitchens.

Each type of material offers specific advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to research your choices carefully. Farmhouse sinks are also available in both single-bowl and double-bowl. The kitchen faucet can be installed on the countertop, behind the sink or on the wall behind the sink, just like any other style of kitchen sink.

Accessible Workspace
With a wide base and deep basin, farmhouse sinks easily accommodate large pots and pans while they minimize splashing. Farmhouse sinks are usually installed farther forward than other sinks, allowing you to be closer to your work area so you wonít need to lean over as much when using the sink. However, their deep bowls can make it difficult for children or people with disabilities to reach the bottom of the sink.

Purchasing Considerations
While prices vary, farmhouse sinks are usually more expensive than other sinks because they are often heavier and more difficult to install. They usually require a special base cabinet, and due to the exposed front, water can drip on the cabinet below, damaging it.

To save money, you might consider purchasing a vintage sink, however, itís important to make sure the sink is in good condition. On the other hand, this drives up the price considerably, so normally you donít always pay less than you would have if you just purchased a new one that will wind up lasting you longer.

FaucetDepot carries a large selection of durable and long lasting Farmhouse kitchen sinks at the best prices around. We are one of the top retailers of sinks from the finest manufacturers in the industry including Kohler, Whitehaus and Herbeau, to name only a few. Our sinks will hold their finish and stand up to the most rigorous usage for years to come.

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