Choosing Farmhouse Sink. When selecting your farmhouse sink as a new addition to complete your kitchen or as a replacement for an old sink, there are a few important points to consider.
Material of the sink
Farmhouse sinks are made of a variety of materials such as stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic, fireclay, porcelain and other raw materials that include composite granite, quart, copper and natural stone. The choice of your sink should depend on your needs and style in your home.
Color of the Sink
The material of the farmhouse sink influences the colour of the sink. Therefore, its imperative that you decide on the colour that will blend with the decor and style of your kitchen cabinets. There is a variety of colours to choose from : white, bisque, stainless steel, black, copper and many others.
The budget for the kitchen sink will likely influence the type and quality of the sink you choose to purchase. Bear in mind that your budget should include both the price of the sink and the cost of installation. The important issue here is that you should be able to obtain the product you desire that gives you the best value for money with the greatest satisfaction.
Basins and their Positioning
Firstly, decide carefully on the number of basins that work for you. Two basins can be great if you do a lot of dish washing by hand or if you like to keep clean dishes separate from dirty ones. You should opt for a single basin if you have very large pots and pans that have always been difficult to wash in a double basin sink. You may also prefer the true “farmhouse” look and the single basin would reflect that look more than a double basin.
If you opt for a double basin, keep in mind that there are various configurations. Both basins can be the same size, or you can have one large basin and one smaller. So, think through how you use your current sink – what you love and don’t love about it as this will help you figure out the configuration that will work best for you and your family.
Size of the sink – width and depth
Farmhouse sinks come in scads of different depths and widths. You need to measure your cabinetry carefully and make sure that visually, the sink fits well under the kitchen cabinet. If its too wide, you will have installation problems. The sinks are available in many different sizes, with typical widths being from 20 to 36 inches.
Depth is one of the most important parts to consider when selecting a farmhouse sink. They can range from between 6 inches to over 10 inches deep. Take into consideration that the depth of the sink will affect the cabinet beneath it. The deeper the sink the less space you will have below for storage.
Having a space on the counter where you can drain your freshly washed dishes is a bonus. Here some shallow channels, known as drainer grooves, have been routed into the countertop. They incease in depth the closer they get to the sink, which aids the flow of drained water into the sink. These drainer grooves are a great way to have the practicality of a draining area without taking away from the look of the farmhouse sink.
Farmhouse sinks were originally designed to sit slightly to the front of the surrounding cabinets, so that any water flowing down the front of the sink would run to the floor instead of landing on and damaging cabinets. This is how farmhouse sinks still are typically installed in a kitchen.
They also are usually installed just under the level of the countertop so the counter can slightly overhang the sides of the sink, making it easy to wipe from the counter straight into the sink.
The above mentioned points are some of the features that should be considered before choosing farmhouse sink. Therefore select the sink that gives you the greatest satisfaction.