The modern farmhouse is the perfect marriage of modern style and rustic charm, and in the kitchen farmhouse sinks are characteristic of this design. But even if you don’t have a modern farmhouse-style home you can still enjoy a farmhouse sink. If you’re thinking about upgrading to one, though, there are four important things you should know.
They May Stain and Chip
White porcelain farmhouse sinks have a classic look that can complement most kitchen designs, but they’re highly likely to stain. Scrubbing the sink with a mild abrasive like baking soda, however, will help clean away stains without scratching the surface.
Heavy pots and pans may chip the basin of your porcelain sink. To help prevent chips be careful when washing heavy cookware and consider investing in a protective sink mat.
If you don’t want to be concerned about staining and frequent cleaning, or chipping your porcelain sink, you may want to think about getting a farmhouse sink in a material like stainless steel.
There Are Options Other Than Porcelain
Farmhouse sinks are more versatile than you might think. As we mentioned above, a farmhouse sink fabricated from stainless steel can be an option for your kitchen. You may also consider a concrete, fireclay, or a copper farmhouse sink—the copper will need to be polished periodically, though, to minimize a patina due to oxidation. There are also farmhouse sinks made of polished marble, just know that every few years it’ll need to be resealed. So, you’ve definitely got choices.
There Are Single and Double Basin Designs
If you do a lot of food prep in the sink a single basin sink may be best for you. A double basin may work better, though, if you like to simultaneously prep meals on one side and clean used utensils on the other. Choose a basin design that best suits the way you work.
You May Have to Alter Your Countertop and Cabinet
A farmhouse sink is wider and deeper than regular sinks, so your countertop—and maybe even the cabinet below the sink—may need to be adjusted to accommodate it.
Porcelain and stone farmhouse sinks are heavy so your cabinet below may need to be reinforced to handle the additional weight.
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