Everything You Should Know about Farmhouse Sinks
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Farmhouse sinks remain one of the hottest kitchen trends in 2021, and thousands of homeowners will install them in their kitchens this year. Anyone who’s thinking about installing one should take a little time to learn more first.
While these eye-catching sinks are surprisingly functional and add a visual centerpiece to the kitchen, they do require a little extra preparation and work.
Extra Depth for Storage and Ease of Work
Few other kitchen sinks offer as much depth as the farmhouse design. This works out great for busy families that often have to stack a few layers of dishes in the sink before getting around to washing them. With the extra depth, it’s easy to hide away even large pots and pans without the mess sticking up over the sides where it’s visible. The depth also helps when washing large and awkwardly shaped items. Make sure to adjust the placement so the shortest adult in the family can easily and comfortably work in the sink.
Weight and Reinforcement
Due to the large size and extra volume, farmhouse sinks need far more reinforcement during installation than any average kitchen sink. In addition to cutting out the cabinet space below the sink, it’s essential to brace the structure with extra framing. Many farmhouse sinks require supports built from 2×4 lumber to spread the weight of the sink to the floor below.
Farmhouse sinks traditionally come in fireclay, but other materials are available for different looks. Metal and solid surface or quartz are a popular option among homeowners that want a more modern look for the sink. Fireclay has the traditional appeal of white ceramic, but it’s tougher and less likely to scratch from daily use.
Single or Double Bowl
Single farmhouse sinks are more traditional, but many modern homeowners prefer the extra utility of the double bowl design. Double bowl sinks make it easier to keep dishes separated, but they’re limited in their ability to hold the largest objects.