Belfast Sink vs Farmhouse Sink: 3 Essential Differences

You know you want a farmhouse sink (because who doesn't) yet unsure on what type to go for? We've got your covered.
Belfast Sink vs Farmhouse Sink: 3 Essential Differences

The difference between a farmhouse sink and an apron sink is in the finer details. A much-loved feature that Chip and Joanna Gaines (creators behind Fixer Upper) brought into our homes in a stylish, timeless way. The classic farmhouse sink is nothing short of practical and, at the same time, elegant, making it the perfect addition to your kitchen.

The design continues to resemble that of what you’d find in a rural farmhouse, back in the day when indoor plumbing wasn’t a thing. The sinks needed to have enough space to hold water that was brought to the kitchen from a pump or well. A little bit of history for you.

What to know before buying a farmhouse sink

If you’re going about remodelling your kitchen and going for a farmhouse look, an apron sink (known as a farmhouse sink) is the ultimate feature. Whether you’re an avid chef or have a large family, the space of an apron sink can work wonders for when you need time between prepping, eating, and cleaning up. Before spending big bucks on one, there are a couple of things to consider when choosing your apron sink.

this is a deVOL farmhouse kitchen with a porcelain apron sink

Porcelain vs Stainless Steel

A white porcelain apron sink is the go-to when fitting out a farmhouse-inspired kitchen. They’re undeniably beautiful and go with just about anything you decide to do with your kitchen. That said, the design is important to consider regardless of how stunning they may be, they’re not ideal for everyone.

Porcelain sinks are likely to stain and will require a deep clean to keep glistering, looking the same way as you bought. Additionally, there’s a high chance of porcelain chipping when using heavy cookware such as cast iron pans. This can, of course, be avoided with products such as a protective sink mat. If you’re open to looking at different materials for your apron sink, it may be worth considering stainless steel or fireclay. Stainless steel apron sinks are incredibly durable and are the ideal companion to weather the storm of family dinners and weekend parties. As you’d expect with their industrial aesthetic.

this is an stainless steel apron sink in a farmhouse kitchen

Single vs Double Basin

Noting your preferred way of cooking will help you decide on what option to go for when considering a single or double basin. A single basin has no dividers making it more suitable for those who take the ‘one-task at a time’ approach to cooking and fit better within a confined space. A double basin, however, gives you the option to rinse your salad on one side while cleaning some dirty dishes on the other, when preparing a meal.

this is a deVOL kitchen with a two sink butler sink and gold taps

Choosing the right countertop

As much as they are practical, apron sinks are comfortable in their design. The strip of countertop that you’d usually find at the front of a kitchen sink is taken away, and the sink extends past the edge of the cabinet meaning you’ll no longer need to lean over to wash the dishes. That said, because they are much larger in size and depth than standard sinks, you’ll need to consider the space available in your kitchen and whether the countertop will need changing.

this is a devol kitchen with a large apron sink

What’s the difference: Belfast Sink vs Farmhouse Sink

As you do your research you may come across a few different designs and styles of what you think looks like an apron sink, but its name suggests something different. Generally speaking, you’ll come across either Belfast sinks or Butler sinks, whose names date back to the late 17th century when ceramic sinks increased in popularity. Their designs were based on the regulations of the size of the sink you could install inside your home. Traditionally, the Butler sinks were shallower than a Belfast sink whereas today, the two are the same.

Similarly, the apron sink has the same depth as a Belfast/Butler sink although they used a different type of clay that creates thinner walls, if you like, giving them a more elegant look. It’s the finished design on the front that will help you to distinguish an apron sink from other sinks.

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