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What is a Farmhouse Sink? Everything You Need to Know

Think of your kitchen sink as a little universe! With it, you can create an endless array of succulent meals for yourself and your family, do all kinds of clean up work (hello dishes!) or even just enjoy a few moments of peace and quiet by staring out into the garden from its basin. But more importantly, having a sink that you love will give you a cozy feeling of being at home every time you enter the kitchen. 


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When remodeling your kitchen, there are many decisions to make. One of the most important is what type of sink to choose. There are a variety of sinks on the market these days, but one that’s becoming increasingly popular is the farmhouse sink. If you’re considering this type of sink for your kitchen, read on to learn more about it. We’ll tell you everything you need to know before making your decision. So what exactly is a farmhouse sink? Let’s find out!

What is a Farmhouse Sink?

Everyone loves a classic farmhouse sink. With its deep basin and clean lines, the design is beloved by interior decorators and DIY enthusiasts alike. The farmhouse sink has a timeless appeal that complements both modern and traditional kitchen designs. But many people don’t know what makes a sink a “farmhouse” sink. 


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Generally speaking, a farmhouse sink is characterized by its large basin, which often extends all the way to the edges of the countertop. This creates an attractive visual effect while also providing plenty of space for doing dishes, prepping meals, and washing other tasks around the kitchen. The style also typically features one or two faucet holes in the center of the basin. 


A farmhouse sink base cabinet is a freestanding kitchen cabinet with an added depth and height specifically designed to accommodate the deep basins of farmhouse-style sinks. It’s usually made out of wood or particleboard, but higher quality products can also be found in stainless steel or stone materials. These types of cabinets are ideal for people wanting extra counter space in their kitchen. Not only do they provide ample storage underneath the sink itself, but they can be used to store everything from spices and dishes to utensils and cookware too. 


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How to Install a Farmhouse Sink in Existing Cabinets


Installing a farmhouse sink is one of the simplest and most satisfying ways to quickly spruce up any kitchen. From the cute old-fashioned style to the deep basin, these sinks add both beauty and convenience to a kitchen’s decor. And lucky for us, installing one isn’t too complicated either! 


  • To get started, you’ll need to measure and mark your sink’s cutout on the countertop. Make sure that your markings are accurate so that you can easily insert your sink later.
  • After that, you’ll need to attach the sink mounting brace by drilling it into the countertop below your markings.
  • Once that’s done, all you need to do is place the new sink in its spot and secure it with some caulk or an adhesive sealant before connecting it to drainpipes and hooking up water supply lines.


Voilà – you’ve just installed an amazing new farmhouse sink! Now all the dishes can be washed in style! All things considered, although installing a farmhouse sink may feel a bit intimidating at first, it’s worth every minute when you consider how great having one looks in your home.

How far should a farmhouse sink stick out?

Usually, most folks choose an overhang between ½-inch and 2 inches. It’s the perfect way to give your sink that stylish farmhouse look while making sure it doesn’t stick out too far. Shorter overhangs tend to give a sleek chic vibe, whereas longer ones ooze rustic charm.

How to install a drop in farmhouse sink?

Installing a drop-in farmhouse sink can be a tricky process, but with the right steps and knowledge, it’s achievable for any DIY homeowner.


  • First, you’ll need to measure the dimensions of your countertop and make sure that your sink will fit.
  • Next, remove the existing sink by unscrewing the mounting clips and disconnecting the water supply lines. Then you’ll want to mark where you’ll need to drill holes for your faucet installation.
  • Once you have all of your measurements, mount the new farmhouse sink on top of the countertop using proper adhesives or mounting brackets – carefully making sure to connect the drain line and P-trap as well.
  • After that, attach your faucet as desired and finally check all connections for leaks before use.


After that, attach your faucet as desired and finally check all connections for leaks before use.


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How to Clean a Farmhouse Sink

Keeping your farmhouse sink clean may seem like a daunting task, but with the right attitude and a few simple steps, it’s easy to ensure that your sink shines.  


  • First of all, start by emptying your sink of all dishes and wiping down the sides with a damp cloth or sponge. 
  • After your sink is dry, sprinkle baking soda over the surface and spray vinegar over it until you begin to see bubbles.
  • Rub the paste into any remaining grease stains with a kitchen cloth or scourer, using more vigorous strokes on difficult marks. 
  • Continue scrubbing for about 30 seconds then rinse off the mixture with hot water. 
  • If you find food particles still clinging to the sides of your sink after rinsing, use an old toothbrush to dig them out from every corner and crevice.
  • Finally, finish off by using a microfiber cloth to shine up the interior and exterior surfaces of your beautiful farmhouse sink – you’ve earned it!  


With these few easy cleaning tips, maintaining your farmhouse sink will be easier than ever before.  You’ll be sure to keep it looking spick-and-span!



Final Thoughts

In conclusion, a farmhouse sink is a stylish and functional addition to any kitchen. With its deep basin and apron-front design, it not only adds aesthetic appeal but also provides ample space for washing large pots and pans. By considering the pros and cons, the needs of your kitchen and your budget, you can make an informed decision when choosing a farmhouse sink for your home. We hope this blog post has been informative and helped you understand the benefits and considerations of having a farmhouse sink in your kitchen.


What size farmhouse sink for 36 inch cabinet? 

For maximum compatibility with your cabinet size, a 33-inch farmhouse sink is ideal. At thirty-three inches this sink will fit snugly against the bottom of your base cabinet and look great in any space.

How much is a farmhouse sink?

You can pick up an entry-level version for as little as $50 or splurge to get something luxe for up to $4,000 (or even more). Whether you’re looking for vintage charm or contemporary cool design, there are plenty of options to choose from whenever you make the decision to invest in a farmhouse sink. 

How deep is a farmhouse sink?

Technically speaking, most farmhouse sinks measure in at 9-10 inches deep. That’s far more substantial than the average sink, providing plenty of space for washing dishes and completing other kitchen tasks with ease.


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Evan Nelson is a skilled content writer with over 5 years of experience specializing in kitchen and bath design. His expertise in the field and ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible way have made his articles a valuable resource for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike. Evan's insights have been featured in top publications like Homes & Gardens, Family Handyman, and Real Homes. He focuses on providing practical advice, innovative ideas, and detailed guides to help readers make informed decisions about their kitchen spaces. With a passion for creating content that educates and inspires, Evan's writing helps transform kitchen dreams into reality.

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