Apron-front sinks have grown in popularity in recent years, as evidenced by this old farmhouse staple becoming more readily available in multiple materials and colors. While physical appeal is important when redesigning a kitchen, apron-front sinks offer even more than a pleasing aesthetic.
What is an Apron-Front Sink?
Standard in many older farmhouses, apron-front sinks are characterized by their unique front edge, which slips over the front portion of the cabinet, leaving the front of the sink exposed. Large basins are also traditional for apron-front sinks and are available in both single-basin and double-basin options.
Desirable Features of Apron-Front Sinks
When dealing with kitchen sinks, homeowners may have specific needs, particularly those who enjoy cooking. Apron-front sinks naturally address certain requirements through design features, including:
- Wide and deep basins to accommodate larger cookware
- Forward placement to reduce back strain
- No-lip installation for easier clean up
- Off-set drains to prevent plugging the sink when washing large pots
- Lower divide between basins in double basin models
Such features may be a deciding factor for homeowners to consider when shopping for a new sink; simple installation and design versatility are often major selling points as well.
Installing apron-front sinks are relatively easy and quick to do, making them an ideal choice for a weekend renovation project. Kohler’s apron-front sinks, for example, use under-mount installation techniques combined with their unique self-adjusting trimming to reduce labor by hiding rough-cut edges. A new countertop is then placed over the edges of the sink, which creates a no-lip junction that aids clean up efforts.
In the past, apron-front sinks came in a limited number of materials, sizes, and color options. Today, advancements in manufacturing have introduced new options that allow these sinks to fit into almost every decor style, from contemporary to ultra sleek and modern.
In addition to kitchens, other rooms can benefit from the features common to apron-front sinks. Other applications may include:
- Laundry rooms
- Garden sheds
- Utility rooms
- Outdoor living spaces
Ease of Care
Most of Kohler’s apron-front sinks are built using enameled cast iron and under-mount installation. The combination of the two creates an easy to care for yet heavy duty sink. The sinks are guaranteed to withstand the demands of a busy kitchen – they are built to prevent chips, cracks, and burns. The no-lip design also helps reduce maintenance as crumbs and other debris can be wiped directly into the basin.