How to build a cabinet for a farmhouse sink

Getting a farmhouse sink is not all that you require to enjoy the benefit out of it. Installation is still pending, and most probably it is going to be tiresome for most of the cases. You can apply various methods to install it depending on multiple aspects, for instance, size, shape and type of sink. 

So many ideas, so many styles! Not that farmhouse sinks always come in full square or level shape. So, you have to proceed a bit differently for every case of installation. The same is applicable when it comes to building a cabinet for a farmhouse sink. And, this is why installation experts or cabinet builders want the farm sink on-spot before they start building a cabinet for it. 

Among different types and styles, the apron front farmhouse sink is the most common and widely used across the world. So, in our writeup, we have decided to show you the way to make a cabinet for a sink with an apron front style.

How to Build a Cabinet for a Farmhouse Sink – Apron Front Style

Apron front sinks don’t fit in regular kitchen sink cabinets, especially to those cabinets that have drawer facades on their top. They usually require different cabinets, particularly those that have shorter doors and sufficient height above the doors. 

That means you have to make your cabinet ready by following some particular methods for the apron sink. You’ll get one of those methods explained step by step in the following writeup. Here we assume the cabinet is a built one that you need to make ready for the sink. 

  1. Check the cabinet doors size if they create a barrier to accommodate your apron front sink, remove the doors. It is the first step you should start with. 
  2. Make a template based on what you will make the opening a few steps later for the sink. Take a large piece of cardboard and lay it on the sink’s front. Bend the board around the sink edges. Draw the full shape of the sink there using a pencil, and cut accordingly by scissors. 
  3. Consider whether  if you want the sink top should be set under the edge of the countertop surface, level with the surface, or raised a bit higher than that. Your template should be drawn based on this calculation; otherwise, it might be a mess when you discover. To clarify – if you want to get your sink installed under the countertop edge, the top of the template should be lined up parallel with the cabinet top. 
  4. Trace the drawn template onto the front of your cabinet and outline it with tape that will help to follow the line and cut it accurately. 
  5. For the sink cutout, start cutting the cabinet from its countertop following the outline previously marked. Go till the final point below, as marked with the help of the template. You may use a scroll saw and laser guide to ensure an accurate cut. Cut corners with a curved angle, and go straight to finish the area. The jig-saw blades’ down stocking might be another effective way to get the job done. You can sand the corners by sandpapers or even by professional-grade tools, e.g., router. 
  6. As an apron front sink is quite large and heavy, you should ensure maximum support to the cabinet so that the cabinet does not get broken or damaged. Make one or more support frames or bars and put them, for the required or additional support, at the lower (inner side) part of the cabinet. The frame may be made of wood or metal. But it should be strong enough to hold the sink by itself. Make sure the accuracy of bar placement, so that the sink faces no future complication when you’ll put it inside the cabinet cutout. 
  7. In the last step of preparing a cabinet for your apron front farmhouse sink, you need to put the sink in the cutout to test if it is a well fit. If you could follow the measurements and drawn template accurately, there should be no problem. So, it’s time to install the sink into the cabinet finally. Build a platform from cut particle board or fiberboard, and place it a couple of inches aside from the back of the cabinet. Anchor it with adhesive or screws. You will require it to install faucets or water supply pipes. Cut a cutout as drain opening under the platform. It should be large enough to accommodate both – drain trap and pipe.

What if You Need to Build a New Cabinet for Farmhouse Sink?

If you want to build an entirely new cabinet, the process shall be almost the same, but there will be no fine-tuning, all you need to do from the beginning. For instance, you have to build the door short when you’re making the cabinet initially, while you require to cut the high door and make it shorter in case of an already made cabinet.

Last Words

Farmhouse sinks are a symbol of beauty, regardless of their type. But the beauty seems to be incomplete if you fail to accommodate your one in a nicely built cabinet, particularly for the specific farm sink. So, be careful about creating the right cabinet before you install the sink.

It’s an investment that you’ll make once in a couple of decades. The sink you’re installing is going to stay green for a long time and compete in the years to come by virtue of its classic appeal and material with other sinks. Therefore, it is essential to set it in the right cabinet. So, do not compromise even if it costs some more than you estimated. If you feel necessary, get the job done by any professional installer.

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