When it comes to designing your dream kitchen, it’s best to know all of your options and what best fits the space you may spend a great deal of your time. Whether you’re filling a cup or washing a dish, it’s important not to underestimate the importance of both a functional and aesthetically pleasing sink.
If you are considering an “apron sink” – also known as a farmhouse sink – make sure to consider the pros and cons, as well as the type of sink you are getting. The defining features of an apron sink are its size and its depth. The sink fills up the space where otherwise a cabinet or counter resides. Dating back to the 17th century, the sink style originally benefited families by ensuring that the water in the home would not go to waste.
Apron sinks are capable of setting apart any kitchen and making it look distinguished. One popular style if you like a rustic, vintage look is a fireclay white material that is accompanied by a tall, stainless steel faucet. Another benefit of apron sinks, especially if you enjoy cooking, is that the style sink is both wide and deep. The result is a more functional design that makes cooking and cleaning less of a chore.
If you’re someone planning to spend a lot of your time in the kitchen, it is also worth considering your own comfort as you work. The apron sink offers a chance for better posture since there is not a countertop to bend over while you hand wash the dishes.
The cost of an apron sink may dissuade a homeowner from installing it as opposed to opposing undermount sinks. Cost does vary depending on the buyer’s chosen materials, but it may be a few years before that dream kitchen is cost-effective. Similarly, the installation of an apron sink is not for the faint of heart. It is highly recommended that a professional installs these heavier sinks to avoid any damage to the existing cabinets or countertops.
Maintenance is also an important consideration when deciding whether an apron sink is right for your kitchen. Although the necessary upkeep is dependent on the sink’s material, it is important that you keep in mind there is no countertop in front of the sink and dripping may cause damage to lower cabinets if not promptly cleaned.