How To Pick The Perfect Farmhouse Sink For Your Kitchen

If you love the look of a farmhouse sink and want one in your kitchen, you are not alone. The farmhouse sink with its apron front was designed for the comfort of women who spent long hours in front of them. By eliminating the countertop in front, women did not have to lean forward over sink. So, what is it about these sinks of yesteryear that appeals to us today? I think there are a number of reasons they are so popular. The size is larger since the apron front extends over the bottom cabinet. This makes them ideal to wash even large pots, pans, cookie sheets and more.


Besides looking beautiful that apron front means that any drips will not be falling on the cabinet but onto the floor eliminating the chance of water damage to your cabinets. Without having to reach over the countertop it is much more comfortable than a conventional sink. I think there is a certain romantic quality to a farmhouse sink that beckons us to simpler times and tugs at our heartstrings.

When you are considering a farmhouse sink there are some factors to consider. Material is a major one. Farmhouse sinks are available in white porcelain, cast iron enamel, Fireclay, stainless steel, copper and more.


For me the look of the white Fireclay along with the durability make it a strong contender. I do have a more modern stainless steel farmhouse sink in my laundry room but I still find myself longing for the true farmhouse look of the Fireclay. There are sink grills available which will help protect your sink. I love sink grills and would highly recommend them. If a Fireclay sink does chip, it can be repaired with a repair kit.nantucket-sink-grill


Fireclay sinks are heavy and some require that the sink cabinet is customized with extra support to handle the weight. You will also need to decide on a double or single bowl. For me it is a no-brainer. I want the full experience of the large sink and don’t want to split it into 2 bowls.


Since I grew up with a dishwasher and don’t hand wash anything that can go in the dishwasher, I just did not see why I would want 2 bowls. The things we hand wash are large and so I know a double bowl would not be able to handle them with the ease of a large single bowl.

Even after you have decided on a sink material and bowl size there are still other decisions like the design. This is the hardest for me. I have been working with Jake from Nantucket Sinks and he has helped me tremendously. I finally made my decision and I choose the Hyannis 30″ Fireclay Sink.


So that is one decision down for our kitchen and about 1,000,000 more to go! What do you think of my choice? If you have any questions please let me know.



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8 Responses to How To Pick The Perfect Farmhouse Sink For Your Kitchen

  1. Dana Rodriguez

    I really love it! I think your choice is perfect.

    • Thanks, it is always so hard for me to make decisions like this. The nice thing about this sink is that it is reversible. It has the flat apron on one side and a raised detail on the other so you can see which side you like best.

  2. Angela Saver

    I love your choice! I love the idea of one large sink!!

    • Yeah me too! I think it will make things like washing a large turkey, cleaning big pans that you don’t or can’t put in the dishwasher, even my stove grates much easier!

  3. Danielle Cherney

    My choice is not so much on shape, but material. I currently have a stainless steel sink, and after that, I’ve decided I’m going porcelain all the way. Like you, I prefer to have one sink basin, not two.

    • You should look into the Fireclay, I have a stainless steel undermount in my kitchen now and it has one of the smaller bowls on the side. The problem is it is not big enough to handle really big pans or roasters. I want the single bowl and this is so big when we received it, my youngest thought it was a bath tub. I do have a stainless steel farmhouse in my laundry room but I wanted something different for the kitchen.

  4. Jennifer Essad

    I agree with your point about the sink. We replaced the horrible builders grade stainless steal that was a double bowl. I now have a really deep and wide composite sink. I can get huge roaster pans in it w/o any trouble. I can wash clothes in it or even transplant flower pots

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