Capacity And Access Is Everything
The Apron Sink, otherwise known as the farmhouse sink, has been reborn in modern home design in recent years. While more often than not, they are used in the kitchen, they have also found their way into the bathroom, laundry and utility rooms. The Whitehaus farm sink has become very popular, since many are manufactured with original-looking fireclay reminiscent of the 1800’s, although other materials can also be used. But what is the difference between the apron sink and a conventional sink anyway? And what is so compelling about the apron sink beyond its unique beauty and compelling character?
THE TALE OF TWO SINKS
There are several basic criteria separating the two sink styles. A conventional sink is a drop-in sink, residing in a cut-out counter area of the countertop with cabinetry surrounding all sides. In contrast, the apron sink, while also residing in a cut-out area, exposes the front panel flush (or convex) with the counter cabinetry.
In addition, the apron sink is much larger, offering a far deeper basin in which large parts or even large amounts of dishes can be washed or soaked collectively. Apron sinks are also longer/wider so that the overall capacity is substantially greater than the modern traditional kitchen sink.
Both conventional and apron sinks can be single or double bowled, with some apron sinks even offering three bowls, though rarely will one find a conventional sink with triple basins.
Another defining characteristic of the apron sink is the variety of materials it can be made from. Some materials are enormously durable, much more so than the common stainless steel used in either sink. For example, the Whitehaus farm sink is more commonly produced with fireclay, an original material used in apron sinks in 1800- England and Europe. This creates an antique or historical look. Fireclay is very durable, stronger than porcelain or stainless steel and unlike marble or other stone, resists staining and is easy to keep clean.
Other materials often used are marble, copper, bamboo and cast iron, all of which have some benefits and liabilities. For example, copper apron sinks are anti-microbial and lightweight and age very well, taking on a beautiful patina sheen over time. Marble and other stone used to make an apron sink can display beautiful natural color swirls in the stone itself, thereby adding attractive qualities that other materials may lack, though stone is far heavier than either copper, bamboo or fireclay.
BEYOND MATERIALS AND CAPACITY
The other compelling feature of the apron sink that has contributed to their popularity is their unique shape and front panel feature. They add distinction to a room, regardless of material used and quickly become a focal point to any kitchen or bath.
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