An apron sink is also referred to as a farmhouse sink. Many modern kitchens of today are installing these sinks, providing a new twist to the traditional rustic uses of the past.
Are apron sinks just a trend?
They’ve been around for a long time.
We think they are timeless and will last!
These large, efficient tubs have been around for hundreds of years.
In the days where there was no plumbing, large sinks were filled with water from nearby streams or wells to wash pots and pans, dishes and clothing. Small children were often bathed in the large basin, as well.
In the late 17th century, apron sinks gained popularity with the wealthy people in London. These sinks were generally used by butlers in the butler closet.
By the late 19th century, porcelain French apron sinks started becoming more prevalent, then moved into America in the 1920s. The farmhouse style sinks in the United States were made of cast iron or copper and nickel alloy.
During WWII, copper and nickel were not as available, so the traditional stainless steel sink was designed and slowly took the place of the farmhouse tub.
In current times, apron sinks are available in a variety of materials. Choose from stone, concrete, copper, stainless steel or cast iron.
Decorative fronts are also available in some styles. Give your sink a more elegant feel by adding a sculptured design to the face of the tub.
The design of the sink eliminates the need of leaning and bending over the countertop. The front panel of the sink generally extends past the cabinets, so you can easily reach down into it.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning, this sink is ideal.
Big families create a lot of dishes. A large sink such as a farmhouse tub makes cleanup after meals much easier. Pots and pans can be easily soaked all at once.
When washing dishes, apron sinks prevent water from splashing all over the counters and lower cabinets. Since they are designed to extend past the counter, water will land on the floor instead.
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Cast iron, copper and stainless steel are long lasting and durable. Sinks made with these materials are long lasting and do not chip or crack.
Gives Original Feel To A Period Home
If you are restoring an old home, one of the best ways to evoke the feel of the original kitchen is to add a large apron sink.
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Apron sinks are not just for the kitchen, they also work well in bathrooms.
A large sink in the bathroom is a great place to hand wash delicate clothes. They are also useful to bathe your pets in.
It appears that apron sinks are here to stay. They have been around for centuries for a reason. Not only are they practical, but can also be a beautiful focal point in your kitchen or bathroom.
Be sure you research the materials that you want to use for your sink to ensure you will be satisfied. Each surface has different qualities, so you want to educate yourself so you choose which one suits your lifestyle the best.
When making your decision, remember to talk to a professional so you are well informed about all of the options available to you. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment to begin creating the vision you have in mind.
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