Apron sinks, also known as farmhouse sinks, are kitchen sinks often found in rural homes in decades past. Apron sinks were originally designed for comfort; for women who spent long, long hours at the sink, it was important not to have to bend over – the apron front’s forward orientation eliminates the countertop that causes the user to lean forward and strain more than necessary.
Unlike recessed sinks, the apron sink sports a front that juts out slightly from the supporting cabinetry. Again, this was a practical design that helped prevent damage to the cabinets, as any water or suds that dripped over the lip of the farmhouse sink would drip to the floor rather than puddle on the wood of the cabinet countertop.
Another feature that makes the apron sink a little different from other sink styles is the depth of the basin or bowl. This was a practical feature; the kitchen sink needed to be deep enough to accommodate the large pots used to prepare meals for large farm families. The depth also made the apron sink a great help when there was a need to soak several pots and pans in order to remove food residue.
The apron sink is distinguished from the kitchen sinks of today not only in the general design of the sink, but also the choice of materials to create the sink. Because a porcelain apron sink has a traditionally country feel, it works well in kitchens decorated to resemble the look of the latter 19th and early 20th century farmhouse kitchen; however, farm sinks are used in all types of design styles. Many design-forward companies are creating farmhouse sinks for transitional, contemporary, and modern designs – today, it is easy to find a copper farmhouse sink that fits as well into a rustic kitchen design as it does into a transitional design. Concrete apron sinks are becoming wildly popular, and their contemporary styling further expands the use of this versatile and timeless sink.