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Apron Front Sink

by - Friday, February 29, 2008

We're considering having an apron-front or farmhouse sink in the kitchen. I've heard of the Ikea one below but not sure if it will work with my Lowe's cabinets. Anyone have comments on this sink (or apron front sinks in general)? Are they durable? Any special considerations?




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  1. We installed a fairly large "farmhouse" or apron-front sink in our new house, and yes, it does require some extra attention, especially around the cabinets. It is a tricky installation - the considerations include: undermount? "tile-in?" above the counter? It's also likely that the sink base cabinet holding it will require extra shoring up to "cradle" the sink.

    That said, I love the sink and how solid and huge it feels. It's indestructible. Good luck!

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  2. cotterpin1:12 PM

    My friends also installed an apron front sink- and it looks beautiful! They couldn't do tile for the countertop like they wanted- but had no problems with the solid surface they chose instead. Just make sure you have the extra space for it as it may take up a bit more room than a standard sink.

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  3. We don't have direct experience, but we liked that model at Ikea too so we stuck it on our blog in the 'ideas' section.

    We quickly became the main search result in Google for Ikea farm sink. Funny. What isn't funny is that lots of people quickly started to leave comments about their experience--some good, some bad. There are a few comments about the material that I'd investigate. You might want to read those comment via the link above before you make a decision.

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  4. The quality of the material is one of my concerns, especially with the Ikea sink. I guess you didn't buy it aaron :o\ I'll have to reconsider the Ikea one as we will be using the kitchen regularly.

    Thanks cotterpin & Marilyn for your comments. We were going with a solid surface granite countertop anyway so that won't be an issue. I guess I'll to trek back to Lowe's to ask about the installation.

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  5. In my line of work I hear a lot about pros and cons of things like this. The overall comment on these sinks are that they are really pretty but don't hold up. One of our members told me that if you want a white sink you have to take really good care of it. Rinse all coffee or soda from it right away or it will stain (not easy if your in a rush or have guest over that doesn't know). The house we live in now has a large white zinc sink, and i love it except for all the "pot" marks left from the previous owner when he must have set hot pots in the sink and they left several brown rings. I would do as much research as you can and ask lots of q's. Oh... and I think that the sink would look really nice with your cabinets, I am sure your countertops will set the whole thing off nicely.

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  6. While out for my afternoon blog stroll I came upon something that might help you. Over at 819 Ohio http://blog.narons.com/ they installed a white apron front sink back in Nov.07 - no doubt they have a wee bit of advice to share if asked.

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  7. Thanks for the link kristin! I happened to have that blog on my daily reads too... you HAVE to read her 'pear' post. Hilarious.

    I will have to think about how we live a bit more and how that will fit with a white sink. We're big coffee drinkers and not the best at cleaning up right away, lol.

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  8. Hey, thanks to both of you for the kind shout-out for 819.

    A note on stains - yes, things like coffee, wine, melted chocolate, grape juice - they will all stain white sinks if left over time. But there is an amazing cleaning product you can use on white sinks, Barkeeper's Friend, that will buff the white right back. Anyone with a white sink shouldn't be without it! Good luck.

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  9. Ok, Kyle and I LOVE the look of the apron sink. When we mentioned that we wanted one to the kitchen designer, he said that the company will not insure the bottom cabinet of an apron sink?! I was kind of surprised by this.

    But he said the fact that there is no lip, causes much more splashing and dripping of water down the front of the sink...hence deteriorating the cabinet below it at a faster rate.

    Not sure if this is a universal policy, but it might be nice to ask your cabinet provider.

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  10. Thanks for the tip Kim! I will have to ask the cabinet people.

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  11. Anonymous2:56 PM

    Franke makes an apron front double basin fireclay sink that claims coffee, tea, wine will not stain it. They call it the "sink that cleans itself". It needs a 36" cabinet and seems even larger (16"w on each basin)--would accommodate large pots/pans nicely. Good luck.

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  13. The sink in the picture look so cute. I wish I can find that kind of sink in our place. I want it to be installed in my new house.

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