Farmhouse sinks are a beautiful (and functional) addition to any busy kitchen, and they can be installed in just about any space.
The farmhouse sink is the perfect choice for someone who wants a classic look without sacrificing functionality. A farmhouse sink has many of the same features as a pedestal sink, but it’s built into the countertop instead of resting on top of it.
This means that you don’t have to worry about your sink tipping over or breaking when you use heavy pots and pans.
Farmhouse sinks come in a variety of styles, including traditional, country, rustic, and more. They also vary in size, from small enough for a compact kitchen to large enough for an entire restaurant.
If you’re looking for a farmhouse sink, you may want to consider installing one yourself. With a farmhouse sink, you are able to fit it when you are putting in a new kitchen (like with any sink), but also retrofit it, to swap out a bad design choice or a broken sink.
We have constructed a simple guide on installing your farmhouse sink, which works for both fitting whilst you install the rest of the kitchen, and retrofitting. You can find instructions on installing a farmhouse sink here, in this informative article. Read on to learn more.
Tools & Materials You Will Need To Install A Farmhouse Sink
Here are the tools you need to install your new sink in your kitchen:
- A drill
- A hacksaw
- A framing square
- A spirit level
- A tape measure
- A pencil
- Safety glasses
- Silicone plumbing sealant
- Support frames
- Wood braces
Our Simple Guide To Install A Farmhouse Sink
You must choose the right sink and order your sink early. Farmhouse sinks are always in high demand, which translates to lengthy back orders. To get it in your kitchen on time, this component of the renovation has to be ordered well in advance.
Check the manufacturer's installation instructions, and endeavor to follow them.
Prep the work surface and cabinet area. Turn off the water supply. Remove the valves from the pipes. Disconnect the other fixtures. Slowly pull out the drain pipe. Hold a towel or bucket under the trap. Make sure to follow the local plumbing code.
Start removing the contents from the cabinet. Remove the drawer and door handles. Remove the screws holding the countertop to the base. Cut through the silicon sealant with a knife, and then lift the countertop. Two people can do this job easily - but it will be a struggle for just one.
Build your support frame. The sink needs to be supported by a sturdy frame to help prevent damage to the wall or floor. A solid wood frame should be built around the sink to provide stability. To prevent water leakage, make sure that the frame fits tightly against the wall.
Screwing the 2x4s to the side of the cabinets saves space. Mounting an under-mount installation kit makes it easier to install a sink. A sink should be installed slightly below the countertop.
Garbage disposals need to be mounted inside the sink base cabinets. The drain holes in the sink base cabinet must clear the garbage disposal. The garbage disposal mounting system needs to fit into the drain hole.
The base cabinet should then be installed and secured before plumbing commences, and it is leveled off. The sink base cabinet should allow room for the water supply line.
Measure up and cut the front of the cabinets into the right shape. Cut out the template carefully using a sharp knife. Make sure you use heavy paper, so it won't tear easily. Measure the sink and make sure it fits perfectly. The cabinet opening should match the sink size.
Removing the false panel is very easy. You need to pull it out from the spring clips. Then, you need to save it because it will be useful later. After adjusting the opening, you should sand the opening or add wood filler strips or spacing, to make sure it is finished well.
Carefully set up the sink in the frame. Center the sink in the cabinet and make sure it is level. Level the sink by placing shims under it until it is perfectly flush with the floor. Place the basket strainer and or disposal flange into place. Tighten the sink securely to prevent leaks.
Apply sealant if necessary as gasket between sink and cabinet. Install plumbing fixtures and garbage disposal. Connect drain pipes per manufacturer's instructions.
Install your countertop. This step may need professional help - so bear that in mind (especially if you have a beloved or pricey counter). A sink needs to be traced out before cutting it out of the countertop, so you have the exact size and shape necessary.
Silicone sealer should be used to seal all edges of the sink to the countertop, so you don't get any leaks into your cupboards.
Install the cupboard. The sink will change the shape and size of the available opening, so new cabinet sizes should be measured and drawn out before construction begins. Cut the cabinets to size and install them back into place, or make your own new cabinet doors.
Don't want to build new cabinets? You can use curtains to cover the open area under your sink. This will save time and money and still provide a very stylish look.
In conclusion, farmhouse sinks are a great addition to any kitchen. They instantly transform your design and add an element of uniqueness. If you're looking for something that looks elegant, but also functional, a farmhouse sink could be just what you're after!
However, they do require some work and attention to detail. We hope that this guide has simplified the process for you, so that you can install your own kitchen sink and avoid the cost of contractors and workmen.
Good luck with all of your DIY!