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What Makes a “Farmhouse” Sink?

May 2021

You’ve heard of farmhouse sinks and have most likely seen them on our site or in a friend’s home. But what actually makes a sink considered “farmhouse” style?

farmhouse kitchen view of the sink

The TLDR definition of a farmhouse sink is “a deep sink that has an exposed front-facing side.” Thesaurus may also refer to it as an “apron front” sink – which, in our opinion, is the best description as it literally acts like an apron as you wash.

But you came here for more than just a basic description. Keep reading – we answer the most common questions we get about farmhouse sinks.

Where did this style come from?

Though common in modern kitchens throughout the world today, this sink style originated in European kitchens in the late 17th century. At that time, there was no running water. So, a deep sink with plenty of room to hold a lot of water was a revolutionary solution.

Is it still in style?

Yes! What was once a humble, practical tool is now a symbol of indulgent luxury, especially when it’s made with a quality material. When you picture a farmhouse sink, you most likely see a crisp white basin. Our distinctly durable fireclay from our INSPIRE collection brings the most classic farmhouse look.

But, it doesn’t stop there. Our VIBE collection of colorful farmhouse sinks transforms the fireclay you trust in an unforgettable shade. Matte gray blends beautifully for a modern, monochromatic look while candy apple red makes a statement you can’t help but notice (and adore).

Fireclay isn’t the only material fit for farmhouse sinks. Hand-hammered stainless steel styles from our FORTIFY collection and gorgeous Copper farmhouse kitchen sinks adds a high-end finish to the classically homestyle shape.

Will a farmhouse sink work in my kitchen?

Short answer – maybe. It really all depends on the size of your kitchen and the people who will use it.

The trick is finding a sink that fits the size of your kitchen. There are many styles available to suit kitchens – and people – large and small, from the small-but-mighty Wilcox II to the extra-wide Harper, so be intentional before installing. Keep in mind, even if you have a smaller kitchen, you can bring in the benefits of a farmhouse sink in your laundry room. Its deep, wide bowl is perfect for handwashing your most delicate pieces and even your pup!

Fair warning: the very tall and very short might find using a farmhouse sink a bit uncomfortable. Given the depth, taller individuals will have to bend over to reach the bottom of the sink while shorter individuals may struggle to get to every corner with ease.


What do I need to know about installing a farmhouse sink?

Some farmhouse sinks can be installed simply, like our QuickFit™ fireclay sinks from the ELEVATE collection, which are designed to fit seamlessly into existing cabinets and countertops. But, head’s up: you may need to call in the professionals to help install an undermount farmhouse sink. This type of sink will need additional support to hold it in place and may require adjustments to your current countertop and cabinets.

What’s the best part about a farmhouse sink?


  • The look: Farmhouse sinks bring a rustic charm that’s visually comforting. When made with quality materials, they stand out unlike any other.


  • The size: They may look good, but there’s more to them than just that. Their deep depth and extra-wide bowl make washing your biggest pots and pans easier.


  • The long-lasting beauty and strength: When a farmhouse sink is made with quality materials like hand-hammered copper or durable fireclay, it will stay looking beautiful after every day’s use.

…to name a few.

Now that you’re more familiar with farmhouse sink style, we’d love to know: what do you think is the best part of a farmhouse sink? Share your thoughts with us on Instagram @Sinkology.


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