How to Choose the Perfect Farmhouse Sink for the Kitchen
Farmhouse kitchens are making a big comeback for their combination of practical use and understated beauty. This classic style of sink is perfect for most kitchens, but homeowners still need to pick the right one. Use these simple tips for choosing the perfect farmhouse sink for any kitchen.
Choose a Mount Style
The first task is choosing a farmhouse sink in the preferred mounting style. Undermount is the traditional style for farmhouse sinks, but some models offer above mounting instead. If the kitchen has countertops that will only work with above-mounted sinks, homeowners can still find a farmhouse style model to match. Undermount sinks are generally preferred because family members can sweep any crumbs or spills on the counters directly into the sink.
Pick Between Single and Double Bowls
Most farmhouse sinks feature only a single large bowl, but double bowl designs are also available. Double bowls make it easier to keep dirty and clean dishes separated and free up space for washing vegetables. If choosing a farmhouse sink for its extra-large capacity, stick with a single bowl. Families can bathe babies and even dogs in these utilitarian sinks if they’re large enough and feature only a single bowl.
Consider Material and Finish Options
Since most homeowners who like the look and feel of a farmhouse sink want something durable and cozy, material selection is essential. Arctic stone (solid surface) is a popular material for these sinks. It’s a composite of ground-up granite, Silicone, and powdered aluminum that makes it high in durability, depending on the exact mixture. For even greater durability, try stainless steel. This finish can still scratch, so proper care is important regardless of the material or finish.
Measure Carefully and Pick a Depth
Most cabinets and countertops need alteration before a farmhouse sink is installed due to its apron front and extra depth. A professional needs to cut down the cabinets or supports under the existing sink and then reinforce them again for the extra weight. Let a cabinet maker or plumber handle this task since it could damage the sink and the rest of the kitchen if it’s not done right. Once the homeowner has picked a depth for the sink, they need to measure the width and length of the opening in the countertop to find a matching model.
Farmhouse sinks look great for years with only minimal maintenance. Check out our selection of farmhouse sinks and matching faucets here at Kingston Brass.
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