A sink is something that you’ll not frequently install, regardless of where you install it – kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere else. A sink can even last decade after decade, especially when it is a farmhouse sink. But you’ve to choose the right material and use it with proper caution and care for the whole timespan.
Among the available farmhouse sink materials, steel is probably the most common one, especially when it comes to choosing a sink for your kitchen. The kitchen is the most functional area of a house, and the sink is the most functional spot of a kitchen. A sink has to face numerous activities, including, but not limited to, washing dishes, cleaning vegetables-fish-meat, and preparing many other kitchen and cooking elements. So it should be large enough, capable of absorbing massive contact and last for a long time.
Other sinks cannot do these jobs as good as stainless steel farmhouse sinks do. They are strong, durable, high-impact absorber, corrosion-resistant, leak-proof, beautiful, and of course, affordable. Hence, these sinks have been widely popular across the world. But how to install a stainless steel farmhouse sink.
How to Install a Farmhouse Kitchen Sink – Stainless Steel Model
Each farmhouse sink has almost a similar installation procedure, with a little difference, so does a stainless steel farmhouse kitchen sink. The processes vary based on sink size, style, place of installation.
Required Tools & Materials
You’ll need the following tools and materials to install a steel-made farmhouse sink in your kitchen:
- Scale or Tape measure
- Saw blade
- Safety glasses
- Square frame
- Cabinet fillers
- Construction adhesive
- Silicone sealant
- Support for frame material
Step 1 – Get the Appropriate Sink
Decide if you require a double bowl or single bowl sink. Standard size for a single bowl sink is 30-inch to 33-inch while it is 33-inch to 36-inch for a double bowl sink. But you can still find a single bowl sink up to 36-inch or double bowl sink up to 48-inch. If you want a small-size model, there’s availability between 20-inch to 26-inch.
However, the right size of a kitchen farm sink is dictated by the size of your kitchen cabinet and countertop. In this phase, you have to fix your preference over any specific style or type from apron front, countertop, under-mounted, and more.
Step 2 – Test Template Compatibility and Study Installation Instruction
You should check all the documents provided by the sink manufacturer, and it is essential. Even before buying the sink or getting the sink arrived home after purchase, you should check the template or layout for the particular sink. You can find it online. It will help you to know if the sink requires anything particular for installation that is not in your kitchen or collection. Then, study the installation instruction thoroughly to be prepared for accurate installation.
Step 3 – Prepare the Base Cabinet
Here we’ve assumed you have a base cabinet already to put the sink. If you want a completely new cabinet, it’s better to consult with or get assistance from a cabinet maker to be confirmed about accurate cabinet size and make a new one that is wide enough to accommodate the sink.
Whatever the case is – use scale or tape measure to ensure the cabinet is 3-inch larger than the sink length so that the inner width of the cabinet is at least ¼-inch more than the side length of the sink. Remember, the distance between the top of the cabinet doors and top of the cabinet base (countertop) is not more than the total height of the sink. Mark the design using a pencil.
Step 4 – Remove the Cabinet Countertop
After making a full-proof cabinet design, remove the countertop of your cabinet. If you had another sink installed in your cabinet already, and now are replacing that with a new stainless steel farmhouse sink, you have to work one step more than when your cabinet has no sink installed in it.
Anyway, remove the countertop following some techniques, as described in step 1, in another writeup from us. The entire top might be damaged if you can’t follow the instructions properly.
Step 5 – Cut and Adjust the Cabinet Front
Use saw blade and safety glasses to cut and adjust the front side of the cabinet according to step 3 explained here. Never make a mistake of cutting without the line measured and marked earlier. By this process, you’re building a hole for your sink to be inserted, especially the apron front models.
Step 6 – Build Support Frame and Insert the Sink
It is essential to build support frames so that the cabinet fails to hold the full-weight of the farmhouse sink. After installing the support frame, insert the sink inside the cabinet to test the fit. If any anomalies, you should bring that out and re-adjust. Put the sink finally when you get it okay after re-adjustment. Once you’re confirmed about right-fit insertion, bring the removed countertop or a new one and place it over the sink top edge. Follow steps 6 and 7 to do the job successfully.
Installing a farmhouse kitchen sink in your cabinetry, particularly stainless steel-made models, is no more a hassle if you can know the basics. But if you need to make an entirely new cabinet and other stuff where to put the sink, we suggest taking help from the experts. You should also seek help when it comes to installing a non-steel clay sink.