Apron front sinks, also known as farmhouse sinks, have a rustic appearance and hefty size. Indeed, they were originally designed for heavy use by large farm families. However, apron front sinks appeal to modern homeowners, as well. Appearance is probably the main advantage of an apron front sink, although you may appreciate its utilitarian virtues if you have a large family or do a lot of cooking.
Apron front sinks give an authentic touch to a country-style kitchen. Whether you're renovating an old house or wish to mimic a period style in a new home, apron front sinks are a good choice for historical accuracy. An old house may even have the original apron front sink still installed in the kitchen. As long as it doesn't have serious corrosion or damage, you can continue to use it.
Apron front sinks are deeper than a conventional sink -- deep enough to hold large stockpots, piles of laundry or even the family pet during bath time. Many apron front sinks have one large basin, although some styles may have two divided basins for washing and rinsing dishes. Apron front sinks may also have a removable drainboard.
Vintage apron front sinks were usually made from cast iron with an enamel coating. Today's apron front sinks come in a variety of materials, such as fireclay, stainless steel, slate or soapstone. Sinks made from stamped metal or slate look attractive in a sleek, modern kitchen. The sinks work well in a country kitchen, but also have value in laundry rooms, mudrooms and large bathrooms.
Apron front sinks are becoming more common, although they may still cost more than traditional sinks. They may also be heavy, weighing 100 pounds or more, and require additional support under the cabinets. Fireclay sinks are handmade, so each one is a slightly different size. Custom-made cabinets are usually a necessity to ensure that the sink fits properly.
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