Farmhouse sinks have widely gained popularity among homeowners in recent years for both traditional and contemporary styled kitchens. They are also known as apron-front sinks as they are uniquely designed to stick out with the counter top running into its side.
The two original farmhouse-style sinks first emerged in Ireland and Britain in the late 17th century. They were of similar design but had their own unique characteristics. The Belfast sink was deep and had an overflow so that excess water could easily drain away instead of flowing over the sides. The London sink – designed for an area where water was scarce and therefore more precious – was shallower. It had no overflow so that every last drop could be kept inside the sink.
Farmhouse sinks became popular because its sinks were larger and deeper thus enhancing a variety of functions not found in ordinary sinks. The sinks were very useful for cleaning large utensils and appliances such as large pots, big baking sheets, oven trays and even barbeque grills as well as serve as a bathtub for babies.
These large and deep sinks were easier to work with as they were highly efficient in reducing splashing and spills. The original traditional Farmhouse sinks do not include holes for the faucets to be fitted into; rather, faucets are installed through the cabinetry or on the wall. If the sink is damaged and needs to be replaced, its simply disconnected from the drainpipe, lifted out and another sink lowered in.
Therefore, the proper selection and installation of the farmhouse sink results in an ergonomic advantage which enables our body to be in a comfortable and relaxed posture while using it.
Farmhouse sinks are highly popular as a result of its charming, homey, durable, elegant and functional qualities. Its wide range of sizes and materials provide not only a traditional but also a contemporary feel to the kitchen.