Spotlight On: Farmhouse Sinks

It’s the kitchen sink that’s enjoyed a huge surge in popularity over the last several years, despite being around for centuries. The farmhouse sink, true to its name, is a traditionally classic choice for rustic or country kitchens:

Blanco Cerana Apron Front Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

but new modern styles and materials have made the farmhouse (also known as apron or apron-front) sink trendy again and appropriate for every kitchen. They’re durable, attractive, and practical – not just for farmhouses anymore!

The front end of a farmhouse sink juts out or is mounted flush with the cabinet top and is often decorative in nature. While farmhouse sinks are traditionally large and single-bowl, they are available in other configurations as well. A farmhouse sink can be dropped in, undermounted on three sides, or flush mounted; just beware that some sit slightly higher than the countertop, resulting in a dirt-attracting seam.

Though the quintessential farmhouse sink is made of fireclay, the reintroduction of the style has resulted in manufacturers updating their classics in new materials such as copper, concrete, stone, and stainless steel:

Native Trails Paragon Apron Front Copper Sink
Franke Manor House Single Bowl Kitchen Sink with Apron Front
Native Trails NativeStone Concrete Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
Elkay Gourmet Lustertone Single Bowl Apron Sink
Soapstone Sink by Soapstone Werks
The Allstone Group Stone Kitchen Farm Sink
Linkasink Farmhouse Kitchen Sink with Satin Nickel Exterior & Stainless Steel Mosaic Interior
Native Trails Pinnacle Apron Front Copper Sink
The Allstone Group Double Basin Farmhouse Sink with Broken Edge Front
Elkay Avado Antique Hammered Copper Finish Double Bowl Apron Sink

They’re also no longer limited to a rectangular shape with a flat or casement front; farmhouse sinks are now available in unusual shapes and with embellished fronts:

Herbeau Luberon Fireclay Farmhouse Sink
Elite Bath Chameleon Copper Sink
Herbeau Wooden Stand for Farmhouse Sink
Rohl Shaws Original Casement Edge Fireclay Apron Front Sink
Mila Stainless Steel Double Bowl Apron Front Kitchen Sink
Rohl Shaws Original Fireclay Fluted Apron Sink
Blanco Magnum Single Bowl Undermount Sink with Apron and Towel Bar

Shaws sinks, the classic fireclay apron sinks by leading manufacturer Rohl, illustrate the versatility and usability of the farmhouse sink. They’re available in single, 1.5 and double bowl configurations:

Rohl Shaws Original Fireclay Single Bowl Apron Sink
Rohl Shaws Original 1-1/2 Bowl Fireclay Apron Kitchen Sink
Rohl Shaws Original Two-Bowl Fireclay Apron Sink

Do you love farmhouse sinks? What kind would you put in your kitchen?


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