4 Types of Farmhouse Sinks for Your New Kitchen Design

Farmhouse sinks are more popular now than ever, and they have been around for a long time! Farmhouse sinks fit into just about any kitchen design. They are very deep, so they can hold even the largest stock pot, and because of the way they are made, you don’t have to lean forward as much as with a conventional sink. Here are 4 types for you to consider in your new kitchen design. Please let me know which is your favorite in the comments below.

1. Soapstone

Custom soapstone sink in a kitchen designed by me.

Soapstone is a very dense mineral that is composed primarily of talc. It is non-porous, so it does not stain like other natural stones. It was used during colonial times to make animal troughs, then later to make domestic sinks. Due to its non-porous nature, it has been long used in chemistry labs and classrooms because it does not react with acids. That carried through to kitchen countertops, and is still used for that purpose today. Soapstone has a unique look, and many varieties have white  veining through the stone. They are primarily made to order by Stone fabricators, but there are a few commercially available sinks that are pre-manufactured.

Shaws Classic Modern Single Bowl Apron Front Fireclay Kitchen Sink

2. Fireclay

Fireclay is a material that is made of primarily clay that is fired at a very high temperature, which creates an  extremely scratch and heat resistant surface. Shaw’s of Lancashire, England began making what is now the classic English farmhouse sink back in 1897. Rohl’s  continues this tradition in their modern Shaw’s farmhouse sink. There are also several other manufacturers that make fireclay sinks in various shapes and sizes. 

Kohler Whitehaven enameled cast iron sink

3. Enameled Cast Iron

Another classic material is Enameled cast iron. sinks are molded in cast iron, then heated to a very high temperature.  then, tiny glass beads are poured over the heated cast iron, which then melt into a porcelain surface that is non-porous and very hard.  Kohler is the most recognized name in cast iron products, and they have quite a few Farmhouse sinks to choose from.

Vigo 30″ Bedford stainless steel farmhouse siink

4. Stainless Steel

The modern take on the traditional farmhouse sink is the stainless steel farmhouse sink. Unlike more traditional materials, stainless steel doesn’t chip or crack. And, it goes great with stainless steel appliances and vent hoods. It is also a much lighter material, which makes installation easier.

Whichever type you choose, a farmhouse sink will be a great addition to your new kitchen design.

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