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Kitchen Trends: Apron-Front Sinks

July 04, 2015 | STORY BY JENN SCHLEICH

What's To Love About Apron Sinks

Country design is in right now, but you don’t have to be country to love an apron-front sink—colloquially known as a farmhouse sink. Though apron-front sinks are essential additions to country or rustic style kitchens, they come in such a variety of styles and materials that they can truly complement any taste. Apron-front sinks aren’t just another kitchen trend; they are a specific time-tested style that has been modified by modern designers to appeal to a wider variety of tastes.

It might surprise you to learn that apron sinks can be made from materials as diverse as stainless steel, copper, granite, Carrara marble, zinc, stone, fireclay and, of course, classic porcelain, just to name a few. Sleek options like Carrara marble or hammered metal transform the classic farmhouse sink into a contemporary powerhouse that will pair great with almost any other kitchen trends.

There is so much to love about the apron sink, from its harkening to our romanticized collective rural history, to the simplicity of a single basin design. The depth and size of an apron sink can be hugely appealing, hiding dirty dishes from view and making it much easier to wash large pots. The design is more ergonomic than in-counter undermount sinks, making them ideal for people who spend a lot of time doing kitchen prep. Of course, deep down it’s all about the looks. The apron-front sink kindles emotions and idealized images of vintage family values, down-home cooking and Sunday dinners. There’s something happy and heartwarming about the apron sink that makes it appealing.

Though people typically envision apron-front sinks as undermount sinks, they are available in overmount options as well, so that shouldn't be a deciding factor. However, there are reasons an apron-front sink may not be right for some people, including cost, space and bracing. Apron-front sinks can have significant weight, and the cabinetry must be built to support them, so placing them in pre-existing cabinetry isn't necessarily simple. Additionally, sink manufacturers recommend that carpenters have the sink on hand when they are building cabinetry to ensure it is sized properly for the product. Apron-front sinks take up more space than traditional stainless-steel sinks, both in the cabinetry and jutting out into the working area.

It’s important to consider all the factors when choosing which sink works for you, but the apron-front sink continues to hold ground with homeowners because of its beautiful aesthetic and the sheer variety of designs available.

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