Everything You Should Know About Farmhouse Sinks

They're the perfect addition to a modern farmhouse-inspired space.

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There's no denying the recent resurgence of the modern farmhouse aesthetic—just take one look at the newfound coastal grandma trend and you'll see what we mean. Of course, there is one key element of this look that has stood the test of time: the farmhouse sink. Naturally, you might have a few questions running through your mind, namely, what exactly is a farmhouse sink? Fortunately, House Beautiful has the answers to all of your questions below, including one major advantage of having a farmhouse sink that will leave you wanting to revamp your kitchen.

What is the difference between a farmhouse sink and an apron sink?

Today, the phrases 'farmhouse sink' and 'apron sink' are often used interchangeably, as both kinds of sinks boast a large, exposed surface at the front (which is visible even after installation). Other sinks, however, typically feature front parts that are covered by kitchen cabinets or counters. Farmhouse sinks bear this name given that this style of sinks was often used in actual farmhouses, while apron sinks are essentially a more modern version of the farmhouse sink.

What are the advantages of having a farmhouse sink?

Because farmhouse sinks tend to be deeper and wider than your average sink, they offer more room, making them a great option for larger families and for washing more sizable plates, pots, and pans.

Are there any disadvantages with having a farmhouse sink?

Given the considerable size of a farmhouse sink, you will likely need to have a custom countertop installed in your kitchen, in order to have enough space (and the right countertop shape) for this feature.

Are farmhouse sinks out of style?

Farmhouse sinks are most definitely not out of style. In fact, House Beautiful has featured plenty examples of this timeless design element over the years, as seen in articles about the modern farmhouse aesthetic, modern farmhouse kitchens, and modern farmhouse decor. Browse our gallery below for more farmhouse sink inspiration.

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