The terms “apron” (or apron-front) and “farmhouse” sink are often used interchangeably. However, they are actually two different types of sinks with some similar features. The similarities include their large size, deep basins, and exposed fronts. Below we cover some differences between farmhouse and apron sinks. At DuraLedge, we offer our specially designed sink mount brackets that enable an efficient and safe apron front sink installation.
Differing Features Between Farmhouse and Apron Front Sinks
Apron and farmhouse sinks have an apron (or exposed front) as opposed to most kitchen sinks which are surrounded on all sides by cabinetry and countertops. The utilitarian nature of this sink design ensures that water running down the front of the sink does not touch the cabinets. The aesthetic appeal of this design has become more important in modern times with various artistic details available on the exposed front such as ridges, fluting, or patterns.
Differences Between Apron Front and Farmhouse Sink Installation
With a farmhouse sink, a backsplash helps ensure its secure attachment to the wall. It also has legs that provide necessary support at the front. On the other hand, with an apron front sink the support structure is usually built into the cabinet. These sinks come in both undermount and drop-in/top-mount styles. They require the right support, like our DuraLedge sink brackets, to properly secure them to the countertop due to their size and weight.
Sometimes, farmhouse sinks are provided with pre-drilled holes into the backsplash or deck, while apron front sink hardware must be drilled or wall-mounted into the countertop behind the sink. This can make mounting and leveling your sink a challenge.
Traditional farmhouse sinks include an incorporated wash station or drainboard with high backsplash. They are manufactured in cast iron or porcelain. On the other hand, apron sinks have an exposed front and can be made from various materials, such as natural stone, copper, and stainless steel.
To learn about the proprietary sink mount brackets we offer at DuraLedge for easy and reliable apron front sink installations, give us a call today at 715.690.4281 or contact us online.