Execs and Cons of Farmhouse Sinks

Be taught the ins and outs of selecting a basic farmhouse sink for a really timeless kitchen renovation.

Get the small print on this basic fashion, together with what to buy, the place to buy, and extra! That is all the things it’s good to know… the nice, the dangerous and the ugly of an apron entrance sink!

You possibly can even watch a video on the backside of this publish for extra particulars about our basic Fireclay farmhouse sink assessment.

A white kitchen with a farmhouse sink and white flowers.

My basic kitchen transform collection continues with all the small print about our farmhouse sink – and why I selected it.

Throughout these painful months of our kitchen renovation, one factor helped carry me via the ready… the love of my farmhouse sink!

I imply, even doing dishes is extra enjoyable now! It’s the little further motivation I want as a result of I don’t need something sitting in that fairly porcelain sink.

In case you can’t inform, I’m excited to share each element of our impending kitchen renovation with you. I’ve invested a substantial quantity of thought into every determination we make and hope that ought to you need to tweak or renovate your kitchen sooner or later, you possibly can profit from my in depth analysis.

You possibly can learn all about our objective of a timeless kitchen renovation right here, together with earlier than and after photos which can be enjoyable to look again on. Don’t miss the small print about selecting kitchen cupboard kinds, particulars on unlacquered brass, Danby marble, our Lacanche vary, and a lot extra! 

A white kitchen with a farmhouse sink and white flowers.

Traditional Farmhouse Sink

I’ve lengthy cherished an exquisite white farmhouse sink, also called an apron entrance sink. The truth is, I’d been dreaming of 1 for years, and we had beforehand thought-about including one to the kitchen at our earlier dwelling after we transformed.

Nevertheless, it will have required an excessive amount of alteration to the cupboards we have been saving (that helped us hold our price range to lower than $5,000).

Then we moved to our new dwelling and my goals of a farmhouse sink felt like they could by no means come to fruition, as we weren’t certain we might ever do a full kitchen renovation. 

Initially we deliberate on updating the 80’s / 90’s kitchen with slightly paint and few accents as a substitute. So after we determined to take the leap and do a full kitchen transform, the farmhouse sink search was on!

I knew that my coronary heart was set on this basic apron entrance sink look and I’ve by no means seemed again.

A white kitchen with a farmhouse sink and white flowers.

The place to Start

There are such a lot of stunning choices, together with a really price range pleasant farmhouse sink from IKEA, which my pal Tori built-in seamlessly into her stunning new kitchen.

It’s an exquisite price range pleasant possibility, however I don’t need the fuss of cleansing the grooves and I most well-liked a single basin. Nevertheless, the Ikea possibility appears sturdy, offers you the modern apron entrance aesthetic, and naturally you possibly can’t beat the value.

An array of contemporary farmhouse sink choices can be found with clear traces and naturally, choices in numerous supplies like copper.

Baldwin, Durant and Reinhard all make stunning primary farmhouse sinks in a mid-level value vary, with the Durant being my favourite amongst them (all obtainable at Signature {Hardware}).

A brass faucet running over a white strainer with grapes in a white farmhouse sink.

Fireclay Farmhouse Sink

There was one sink I simply couldn’t cease eager about throughout my search, and that’s the basic Shaws Original Fireclay Apron Front Sink.

I made a decision to buy the standard Rohl Shaws Fireclay Farmhouse Sink due to its stunning curves, thick body and the basic blue emblem that jogs my memory of my grandma’s crocks.

This Fireclay sink could be very heavy weighing in at over 160 kilos, and thick, making it really feel substantial, and has mushy, pure motion to the glaze. Quite than being 100% easy, there are stunning variations.

However that little blue “Shaws Unique” emblem? Traditional, timeless and conventional… it simply had my coronary heart. Regardless of some destructive evaluations, kitchen designers flip to them time and time once more, and the seems to be received me over, too.

Right here’s what it gives:

  • Works with waste disposal models
  • Drain placement is offset
  • Glazed floor that’s acid and alkali resistant
  • Designed to face up to heavy use
  • Appropriate for waste disposal models or basket strainer waste
A white kitchen with a brass lantern and a white farmhouse sink.

Farmhouse Sink Execs and Cons

I’ve already spoken concerning the magnificence and the basic and heat look these classic impressed apron entrance farmhouse sinks can deliver to your kitchen.

There’s simply one thing about this basic fashion that makes the kitchen really feel slightly hotter and lived in.

After all, it’s vital to guage the nice and the dangerous earlier than you put money into one thing like this!


  • Magnificence – the fireclay materials and mushy white shade of those farmhouse sinks add heat and attraction to your kitchen, whether or not it’s conventional or trendy.
  • Custom – they’ve the texture of a classic farm kitchen, regardless of which model or fashion you select. The fireclay sink simply provides much more classic attraction with the blue emblem!
  • Large and deep – Similar to the forged iron sinks of yesteryear, you possibly can bathe pets and even toddlers in these single bowl sinks! Pots and pans have loads of room to soak.
  • Sturdiness – This was key for me. I wished to really feel prefer it was one thing that might final for ages.
  • Straightforward cleansing – As a result of farmhouse sinks require a sprig faucet, they’re truly really easy to scrub. No extra nooks and crannies from a standard double sink.


One of many major considerations I had learn earlier than buying our apron entrance / farmhouse sink was that you just may want a grate on the backside to forestall scratches.

To be trustworthy, the evaluations of apron entrance farmhouse sinks are typically horrible! Having a porcelain fireclay sink on the lake cottage and figuring out they’re probably the most basic fashion of kitchen sink, I didn’t fear an excessive amount of.

My ideas? They’re cherished for a motive! Positive, pots and pans can depart little silver marks within the basin of the sink, however it’s nothing a fast wipe down can’t remove.

  • Additional {hardware} prices – Due to the form of those sinks, it might probably typically require dearer elements to maneuver plumbing, change cupboard cutouts, and even connect thinks like taps and rubbish disposals.
  • Much less below sink storage – Definitely not the tip of the world, however one thing to concentrate on. You’ll typically must re-evaluate your storage as a result of these sinks are deeper.
  • Staining – As a rule, white sinks of all types will stain simpler than one thing darkish and even a chrome steel. Strive my all pure cleaner for a fast cleansing possibility!
  • Costly set up – Your sink base will typically must be utterly modified, with precision cuts to permit for the scale of the sink to relaxation. They’re extraordinarily heavy and wish the right assist, typically requiring skilled set up and expertise.
A white farmhouse sink with a brass faucet.


  • Most cities have codes relating to what number of inches your walkways must be. Be aware {that a} farmhouse sink can simply add 2-3″ outdoors of the cupboard.
  • This kind of sink requires a particular cutout, which could be difficult relying on which one you select. It requires loads of precision and an skilled carpenter / installer.
  • A faucet with a sprayer is required. I couldn’t do with no sprayer – it’s a lifesaver to encourage bits of meals to the drain on this fashion sink. Learn extra about our unlacquered brass kitchen faucet for extra element on why we love this fashion!

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Rohl Farmhouse Sink

That is our fireclay sink from Rohl with an offset drain.

I’d love to listen to from you! Let me know – do you’re keen on farmhouse sinks or want an undermount / drop-in sink?

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