What is a farmhouse sink?
Farmhouse Sinks are traditionally made as fine fireclay kitchen sinks or ceramic kitchen sinks and have the front of the sink exposed. They can come in a large single bowl sink or double bowl sink variations and have several different names. People get mixed up between the names Belfast sinks, butler sinks, apron sinks, farmhouse kitchen sinks. The reason why it gets confusing is that some of these are not mutually exclusive sinks. For example, you could have a Belfast farmhouse fireclay sink.
The simple explanation is that a farmhouse sink has the front of the sink exposed and not hidden away behind a kitchen cabinet.
What is the Boden Farmhouse Sink?
Buildmat's Boden Farmhouse sink is a modern twist on traditional farmhouse sinks which are made in white fireclay or white ceramic. The reason why we have designed it as a stainless steel kitchen sink is that it eliminates some of the disadvantages of choosing a traditional farmhouse sink.
Why have we made a Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink?
Most people love the idea of having a farmhouse sink but are then deterred away because with a traditional farmhouse sink the porcelain bowl is generally a lot more sturdy, which means that it cannot absorb any knocks from glassware, which means as soon as you drop something like a glass or a plate there's a lot higher chance that it will break.
Stainless Steel doesn't chip or stain like porcelain or fireclay might, which is one of the advantages of using stainless steel but still keeping it as a farmhouse style sink. At Buildmat we also make our sinks with 1.5mm thick stainless steel all around the sink for increased strength and durability.
What is an Apron Front Sink?
An Apron front sink when you're able to expose the sink and bring the sink forward so that it can be exposed alongside the kitchen cabinetry rather than being hidden behind the cabinetry. An Apron sink or Apron front sink is another name for a farmhouse sink.
The Boden Farmhouse sink is a large sink bowl stainless steel sink, it does not come in a double bowl variation.
Is the farmhouse sink suitable for the laundry?
We have designed our Boden farmhouse sink in high quality 304 grade stainless steel so it is still able to be installed in a Laundry. We have seen so many beautiful designs with our Boden farmhouse sinks in the laundry lately, people are being more artistic and playful with the colours of the benchtops and cabinetry.
Laundry sinks are often and sometimes builders choose to put a cheaper quality sink in the laundry to save costs, but we recommend that you choose one that is similar to your kitchen sink to make sure that you don't allow the laundry sink to bring down the design of your house
What planning is required for a farmhouse sink?
If you're planning your kitchen design whether it's a kitchen reno or a new build a farmhouse sink is different to the standard so extra planning is involved. The kitchen cabinets are a must, if you're going to choose for a farmhouse sink or apron sink you're going to need to plan with your cabinet maker and we recommend you purchase your sink nice and early and provide this to your cabinet maker so they know what they're working with.
As well as you can then put the colours against the stainless steel and see how it contrasts together. There isn't a taphole on the sink so you just need to focus on matching the tapware colour with the counter top. Since Stainless Steel will usually match with all tapware colours and styles.
Does the front need to be flush with the cabinet?
The sink has 3 sides fully covered in stainless steel so you could also have the front slightly overhang from the cabinet and will still be fine, it would be a brushed finished stainless steel panel on both sides of the sink.
What are the Installation methods of a farmhouse sink?
farmhouse sinks are slightly different from a standard kitchen sink, but you will still need to decide whether it is an undermount sink installation or flushmount sink installation.
You wouldn't be able to do it as a drop in sink or topmount sink because there is no lip to hold the sink up. Instead, the cabinet maker would have to build cabinets or a substrate to hold the sink up.
Some additional Product Information:
- Rolled R10 round edges for a neat modern look.
- Hardwearing 304 grade Stainless Steel (ISO9001:2000)
- Purpose built kitchen sinks for domestic & commercial application
- Minimum 18% Chromium and 8% Nickle.
- Matte/Satin with Hairline/Brushed Finish to disguise scratching.
- Bent, welded, grinded, polished and packed by hand.
- Symmetrical sink tub allows for reverseable installation flexibility.
- Perfect as kitchen sink or laundry trough.
- 90mm Strainer Waste and Plug included for each drain.
- Noise reducing sound absorbing pads to all external faces and base.
- Exterior coating to prevent condensation.
- Fit for Australian Standards and UPC certified.
- Proudly 100% Australian Owned and Operated.
Brushed Stainless Steel in Matte Hairline Texture Finish
Single Bowl Sink
Undermount, Topmount & Flushmount
R10 Slightly Rounded Corners
16 gauge / 1.5mm Thick Stainless Steel
Capacity in Litres
Internal Cubic Size
700 x 475 mm (Including Lip)
650 x 400 mm (Excluding Lip)
Yes, to all sides and base
1 included w/ plug
X shape fall to Centre Waste
Strainer Waste Size
25 Years Structural Warranty
770 x 520 x 320 mm
Buildmat is offering Free Shipping Australia Wide on kitchen sinks.
Buildmat offers free shipping for all orders over $100.
All our orders are shipped from our Melbourne warehouse and are shipped next business day.
Shipping time estimates are listed below. if you're really worried about delivery times feel free to call us and we can give you a more accurate estimate and also let you know who our courier for your area is.
interstate regional areas
The thickness of kitchen sinks plays an important part to the quality and durability. The thicker the steel used to make it means you get more sink.
Our Precision Handmade sinks means that there are people actually welding the sink together instead of a machine just pressing on a sheet of metal.
It means that the each corner is carefully crafted and that each wall of the sink is a true 1.5mm thick stainless steel instead of a sheet of metal being stretched by a large machine press into shape.
Buildmat is the winner of the international Product Design Award in the 2020 Architecture Masterprize.
At Buildmat we are constantly updating and improving our product range and designs and it has shown this year by winning a product design award in the kitchen category of a global competition.
Modern Design and
Our Precision Handmade sinks means that there are people actually welding the sink together
Brushed Stainless Steel
Internal Corner Radius
700 x 475 mm
650 x 400 mm
1.5mm / 16 gauge steel
Buildmat Superior Quality
What other brands consider high quality hand made
High quality pressed or cheap handmade
Have loved the look of a Belfast farmhouse sink for a very long time. Stainless steel Belfast Farmhouse sinks are not common. So I was very surprised to see that not only was there a farmhouse sink made in stainless steel but it was also here in Melbourne, it was also very well priced. A win win for me.
Due to lock down I was unable to view this sink in person. Despite that, I took a leap of faith and purchased it anyway. Buildmat's process was easy to follow and my new sink arrived the very next day (I live in Melbourne). The sink does not disappoint. It came well packaged to protect the item and it is now just waiting to be installed as our kitchen does not get installed until the new year. I look forward to using it for many years to come.
The sink really made well, looks better than I had expected. Delivered to Perth, the packaging was very well packaged. shipping was fast and tracked.
We had to put it on back order. Waited 4 weeks for it, certainly worth the wait. Communication was excellent from Buildmat. They enlighten me as soon as they could send it to us.
The sink looks of a high standard finish on it.
Excellent customer service.
This sink is superb. Really well made and will go into my new kitchen next year. Build mat were great to deal with a d shipping was really fast
Might seem like a contradiction, but while renovating a 1910 federation bungalow, considering style, practical application, modern twist on heritage look and budget, the Boden Belfast Stainless Steel Steel Farmhouse Sink ticked all the boxes.