A farmhouse sink, otherwise called an apron sink, is a huge, deep single basin sink that can accommodate large utensils such as pots and pans. Most kitchen cabinets are too high for a farmhouse sink, so the cabinets often must be custom-made from the manufacturer. The other option is to cut out a berth in the existing kitchen cabinets. You will also need to have something in place under the sink to accommodate its weight. The type of material you use is established by the sink.
Step 1 - Create a Template
First, check the farmhouse sink to determine if the manufacturer included a template for installation. If they did not, you will need to develop your own template. Begin by taking the farmhouse sink and laying it face-first on a piece of cardboard. Trace its outline using the chalk, making sure to show the location of the lip.
Step 2 - Transfer Template to Cabinet
Take the cardboard template and place it against the kitchen cabinet where you want to install your farmhouse sink. Use the chalk to draw the outline on the face of the cabinet. Other marking materials can be used; however, they will need to be removable and must not leave stains.
Step 3 - Create Space for Sink
Take the cardboard saber saw and carefully cut along the outline. Cut quickly and efficiently to avoid irreparable damage to the kitchen cabinet. The type of saw to use depends on your cabinet's material.
Step 4 - Support the Sink
Most farmhouse sinks are heavy, so you will need to provide adequate support for the weight of the sink itself and anything that is placed in it. The manufacturer’s manual should provide more information and guidelines so that you can provide the correct amount of support. Generally, you can place ledgers under the sink to hold it when it is inserted into its berth.
Step 5 - Install the Sink
Next, you can install your farmhouse sink into the created berth. Make sure it sits properly on the ledgers and fits well in the cutout area. Normally, the sink is raised a bit above counter level, but that will depend on your personal taste. You can also decide to leave the sink level with the counter. You can prop the sink up using shims.
Step 6 - Seal and Connect Water
Use the silicone caulk to seal the sink. Connect the water supply after you ensure the drain and faucets are properly in place. Your new farmhouse sink should be ready for use.