A review of the IKEA Farmhouse Sink with cleaning tips, installation answers, and some alternative sinks now that it’s been discontinued.
Years ago this post contained a review of the Ikea Farmhouse Sink (DOMSJÖ) with cleaning tips, installation questions answered, and how it held up. I left that information in place, since it’s true of many farmhouse sinks. Now that IKEA discontinued the DOMSJÖ, I’ve found you some alternatives that will give you a similar look and will apply to a lot of the information in this post.
Our (Discontinued) Ikea Farmhouse Sink
Originally posted March 23, 2015. Updated February 19, 2022.
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In this post, I’m sharing my thoughts on our white IKEA farmhouse sink — the DOMSJÖ double bowl. This is the second one I’ve owned. I loved it so much in our first home that we chopped our granite countertop to make one fit during our DIY kitchen makeover (more on cutting the granite in a few, I promise!).
Pros & Cons of the IKEA Farmhouse Sink
- The capacity. I can LOAD it with dishes. This works great with three kids and on holidays.
- The style. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you probably know that I love cottage and coastal style with a traditional twist.
- The price. At around $350 with tax, it can’t be beat for a sink of this style, size, and quality.
- It only has one faucet hole, and we were too scared to drill more. I wanted a gooseneck faucet with a bridge.
- It’s no longer sold. IKEA discontinued the DOMSJÖ a few years ago. The “replacement” sink, the HAVSEN, is similar but very different if you’re looking for a direct swap. Unfortunately, the options are limited in the exact dimensions. But if you’re just looking for a similar look, I found you a few alternatives that will give you a similar style to the DOMSJÖ.
First off, the maintenance aspect, since I probably get those questions the most.
How does your IKEA farmhouse sink hold up to time? Does it scratch/stain?
We had this sink in place for five years, so that’s the scope of my experience. Our next sink was a white fireclay sink, and the same cleaning tips I recommend below apply.
I used the IKEA farmhouse sink fearlessly and left spaghetti sauce sitting on its pristine surface for longer than I should. There were no permanent scratches, and it didn’t stain permanently, although things like spaghetti sauce and red wine will temporarily discolor it.
A few years in, we experienced the dreaded “gray marks” we were warned about in the comments of this post. True to the discussion in the comments, Barkeeper’s Friend works great to get the scratches out and made the sink look like new. I also loved the suggestion to use a Magic Eraser!
We occasionally had rust rings left behind from some of my soaking pots and pans, and my trick was using Iron Out spray. I simply sprayed it on and let it sit a few minutes and then scrubbed with a utility brush. Then I rinsed the sink out really well and scrubbed with dish soap to eliminate the chance of the chemical getting on my clean dishes. Obviously, this is something I would use sparingly and only as needed.
Is the white porcelain hard to keep clean on a daily basis?
No more than any other sink. I’ve also puzzled over this question/comment about the painted white cabinets and my white sofas — I’ve received quite a few social media comments like “Have fun keeping THAT clean…”.
The truth about white in our homes: It doesn’t get dirtier than other finishes, it simply shows the dirt sooner… which allows me to see it and clean it up. That’s a bonus in my mind!
I scrub the sink out with a dish brush and soap daily after emptying it, and I “deep clean”, including the grooves, weekly.
The one thing I will say is that the grooves at the back of the sink are not as easy to keep clean. I use a sponge or scrub brush to get the junk out, but the grooves pose a slight challenge. With that being said, the grooves are useful for draining wet sponges and brushes.
Which faucet do you have and do you like it?
We decided on this one. It had the general feeling of the antique-style faucets I liked but met the requirement of being an all-in-one unit, since the IKEA farmhouse sink only has one hole. It works nicely and was a fairly good value for faucets of that style.
Do you miss your undermount sink?
Nope. It was my least favorite sink out of the 8 we’ve had in various dwellings. In our kidney-shaped undermount sink, one side was smaller than the other. In the small side you couldn’t lay down a normal-sized dinner plate. You certainly couldn’t put a pot in it to soak. Maybe they installed it incorrectly, because it also grew slime under the rim. The stainless steel was scratched and stained after only being installed by the previous homeowners a year before.
I have nothing against undermount sinks in general. In fact, when we later fully renovated our kitchen, I opted for the Shaws undermount farmhouse sink (In case you’re wondering, I packed up the DOMSJÖ and moved it with us for future use — but no, I’m not selling it!).
I originally chose the DOMSJÖ because we were trying to save the granite countertops for budget reasons, but we hated the kidney-shaped sink. We knew we’d have to cut our granite countertops in order to replace the sink, but didn’t know how clean the cuts would be. The lip of the DOMSJÖ (and some of the other alternatives I found for you) would be the most forgiving.
Did you have to reinforce your cabinets to install an apron front sink?
Yes. We added a thick piece of wood to the back wall and attached it to the studs to provide extra support for the substantial weight of the sink. We attached the metal support bar that came with the sink to the front of the cabinet. Despite our modifications, we completed the installation of the sink in one evening. This tutorial is a great resource for adding an IKEA Sink (or really any apron front sink!) to an existing kitchen cabinet.
Do you have a garbage disposal? Which garbage disposal is compatible with the IKEA DOMSJÖ?
I know it’s somewhat frowned upon from septic companies, but we have a garbage disposal. I know little about garbage disposals, but this is the one we have, and it was a straightforward installation. We have had no issues!
How did you cut your granite counters to install the Ikea Farmhouse Sink (DOMSJÖ)?
Okay, here we go. I always cringe at this question, because I want to help. However, here’s my disclaimer: I really really want you to realize you can wreck your counters by DIYing this. So we consciously decided not to make a full tutorial back when we did it. Here’s why:
I called around to about a dozen local stone fabricators. I was scoffed at, ignored, warned, given outrageous estimates to make me go away, and warned some more. The message was pretty clear: after a countertop is already installed , no one wants to accept the liability of cutting it in place. Your countertop WILL chip, and it WILL crack.
Well, YouTube said it could be done. I will give you the link to the video we used in a moment, but I want to say first: Our countertop DID chip. It DID crack. But it chipped and cracked in a way so that the lip of the DOMSJÖ still covered it up. This project would have resulted in needing to purchase new counters if we were trying to install a different style of farmhouse sink. The resulting edge was jagged and by no means clean.
This sink style is forgiving because of the lip and ability to caulk. I was also willing to take the risk because I half-hoped the purple-brown granite would be wrecked (because I’m not a big fan of it). So I can’t recommend this method, because I can’t be responsible if thousands of dollars in counters get wrecked. So here is the video we watched, but my recommendation is to try to find a fabricator who will do it for you.
The IKEA DOMSJÖ was discontinued — now what?
If you’ve found this post, chances are that you already know that the DOMSJÖ IKEA farmhouse sink was discontinued. I know, it totally sucks. Please remember though — I’m not IKEA and I don’t sell the sink, so there’s no point in emailing or commenting with customer service issues!
What I can do is try to offer you some alternative options that have a similar look and feel. Offering you a direct replacement is unfortunately not as simple.
I’m guessing from the volume of comments I received over the years about cracking that there may have been quality issues that eventually led to the IKEA farmhouse sink being discontinued, although I didn’t experience any problems myself.
If you’re facing an crack in your sink, a suggestion I found reading reviews and forums is asking a bathtub refinishing and repair service to assess the damage and see if they can repair it. Miracle Method is a popular chain, and there are often more local mom-and-pop companies that you can choose to support.
If you find yourself in that situation and without anyone able to repair the sink, unfortunately the best bet will probably be a new and different farmhouse sink. I’ve sourced some below with similar dimensions.
My only recommendation for getting a direct replacement for the IKEA DOMSJÖ is to continue to check Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and Craigslist. You may luck out on finding an exact replacement.
Similar Sinks to the Discontinued IKEA Farmhouse Sink
Josephine Apron Front Farmhouse SINK
This sink is the most similar I’ve found. Like the DOMSJÖ, it’s a drop-in sink that requires a 36″ base cabinet. Also similarly to the DOMSJÖ, it’s full counter depth. While it doesn’t have two bowls or the grooves in the back of the sink for drying items, it has three faucet holes, which opens up your faucet options! This sink from the same company has very similar specs.
Elkay Burnham White Fireclay Sink
This sink is another similar option that resembles the DOMSJÖ in both looks and dimensions. Of course, it isn’t identical, but it has the double bowls, an apron front, and it’s drop-in style. Again, there’s more flexibility with your faucet because of the three holes.
Replacing Countertop with a Remnant
If you’re able to replace the surrounding countertop, your options open up and you may be able to go in an entirely different direction. Although it’s an investment, I love my Shaws sink, and when a company has been around for over a hundred years, it’s much less likely that you’ll be left high and dry. One forum commenter I came across had luck with her countertop fabricator having a matching remnant, so she could replace a section of her countertop for an entirely new sink.
Although it isn’t ideal, I hope these suggestions were helpful and that this post helped you out on your farmhouse sink journey. Let us know in the comments if you come across a similar sink or a solution I didn’t mention!
Thanks for the informative post! We just installed this sink and love how it looks! I did notice though that after use, water sits in the bottom of the sink around the drains. It seems like the slope of the sink isn’t enough to allow the water to fully drain. Have you experienced this? If so does it leave any water marking around the drains or cause leakage problems? I thought we hadn’t tightened the drains down enough so tightened those, but now that I’m reading about cracking I might loosen them a bit:)
Thanks for any input!
Hi Sarah, We will occasionally get some staining around the drain, but nothing permanent. It wipes away easily. Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend tightening too much! I have heard a lot about cracking. We are three years in and haven’t had any issues, though.
We have ordered this sink, and are doing the prop work while we wait. Could you tell me how far the faucet sits from the wall. My window has a shelf that might stick out too far. Thanks.
Hi just found this site! I wanted to know if you installed your backsplash prior to installing the sink or did you tile around the back lip?
Hi, Peter! We installed the backsplash after, so we could cut the tiles more precisely.
Anyone have issues with the drain baskets not holding water and getting stuck in the drain?
Oh, Nina…I am so sad!! We sold our house last year and lived temporarily in a rental that had this sink and I fell in love with it. We finally bought a house with a Corian island into which had two sinks integral to it. And yesterday we discovered that the Corian sink CRACKED!! I was sad but thought, Oh, I can get an IKEA sink!! I just went online and they don’t have them in IL or WI or MN where we live. I am so sad. That is such a wonderful sink. Sigh.
I know you are enjoying yours and I am glad that someone can!
I totally understand your obsession with this sink! Ours has only been installed a few weeks but I love it even more than expected. Had enameled caste iron before and had to scrub marks off with bar keepers every single day so I was prepared to do the same with the Ikea sink just because I loved the look. Surprised to find I am not scrubbing it daily at all..yay! :) Really love your kitchen!
Just FYI I DID undermount this sink with granite 18 months ago. My carpenter did it with guidance from the granite fabricator. lofe it with the ikea spray faucet.
I did a search on Domsjo sinks cracking and came upon this blog and comments. I put in a new Ikea Sektion kitchen just a few months ago and have now had two different Domsjo farmhouse sinks crack. The first cracked after a couple of months – both cracks when from the drain to the back inside corner of the bowl. I replaced it and the second sink cracked the same way within two days. I do have a disposal but I took care the second time to not tighten the drains too tight think that was the problem…it was not. One thing I have noticed looking at various blogs and photos on the internet is that there appears to have been some overall design changes. The old sink does not look to be made the same (looking at it from below) as the newer Sektion model. I also saw photos where one blogger was installing the newer sektion sink and the photo it showed also did not match the bottom of my sink. I think there are at least 3 different overall designs involved (as seen from the bottom, the top is the same) and the ones I have do not have a lot of support in the middle. My wife is insisting we try again (at least they are under warranty), but this time I plan to add more support to the cabinet – add a board along the back wall to hold the sink all the way across and and a frame underneath it to support it with cutouts for the drain. We will see if that helps.
Just bought my sink and it cracked after only 2 days, exactly the same. Yikes! Uhh this doesn’t make me feel any better.
DO NOT BUY THIS SINK!!!!! OURS CRACKED IN TWO PLACE WHEN IT WAS 7 DAYS OLD!!! We poured hot water in it, not boiling, and it was 65 degrees outside. Our kitchen is brand new- the sink is siliconed to our concrete countertops and our backsplash is grouted to the back of it, we are what you call: completely screwed by shoddy craftsmanship and good looks…
That’s awful, Scott! It’s so odd, you are the second person recently that’s contacted me with an issue of cracking. I’m wondering if maybe they changed the design recently- mine is going on three years with no issues. I’m not affiliated with Ikea in any way, so I can’t help, unfortunately- but I would definitely be asking for a refund if I were you! Thank you for sharing your story.
Unfortunately I have a crack in my Domsjo sink. Have no idea how it happened. Any idea how it can be repaired?
I’ve never experienced the cracking, Kim- but I’m wondering if there’s an epoxy for porcelain tubs or toilets that may help? I would contact Ikea for sure about that one and check your warranty.
Hi I have had this sink now in 2 different homes. I clean those greyish marks that it seems to get with Barkeepers Friend. It makes the sink look new again. And doesn’t harm the finish. You can get it at Home Depot. Cheers Frances
Thank you so much for the tip Frances! I have heard great things about the Barkeepers Friend. I still haven’t seen the gray marks on mine, but this will be useful if they ever develop!
Does anyone know about the garbage disposal situation; what size can or cannot fit, etc.? Thank you!
Hi Doreen, I don’t know much about garbage disposals at all- but this is the one we have, and it was a very straightforward installation.
Im interested in purchasing the IKEA farmhouse sink but Im wondering something….At the front of the sink (like where you would stand to wash dishes) is there a lip on it where the bowl divider meets the front? Is the front of the bowl a little taller than the divider in the middle? The reason I ask is that I have heard that with a farmhouse sink that the divider is the same level as the front that water runs down if the faucet hits it just right, leaving your clothes soaking wet. Do you have this problem?
Hi Chelsea, great question! Yes, The center divider is lower than the front lip of the sink, so the water doesn’t travel “uphill”. Now I know to appreciate that feature a bit more, wet clothes would make doing dishes even less fun! ;)
Thank you for this post. I’m deciding on my kitchen sink and loved reading your info! Do you have a garbage disposal in your sink? I’ve read mixed information about the compatibility. Thanks!
Hi Jen, sorry that I missed this- I don’t know much about garbage disposals at all- but this is the one we have, and it was a very straightforward installation. We haven’t had any issues!
Can you use it with standard height base cabinets? Or do you have to have the lower cabinets that are special for other apron fronts?
Our cabinet started as a standard cabinet, but we did have to cut the front down some and reinforce the cabinet.
Beautiful! Did you mix whites? Old white and/or pure white? and how long , start to finish did the whole job take?
Hi Lauren, Sorry to take so long to get back to you on this! We did mix whites a bit, the cabinets are a little warmer than the sink. But the sink is the same bright white as the marble island, so it works. It took us one evening to install the sink!
I just bought this sink to go with my white IKEA kitchen and I’m really excited. However I was wondering if you could go into a little more detail about the maintenance – what do you use to clean it, just dishsoap? What do you use to deep clean it? And what are the “gray marks” that people speak of in the comments, and how to get rid of that? Thanks
So sorry that I missed this, but I wanted to make sure the answer was here! I simply use dishsoap, or Iron Out (linked above) if there’s rust. I haven’t had the gray marks- but I believe they are slight scratches, and can be removed using Barkeepers Friend (that seems to be the consensus, at least!).
I’m planning on ordering an Ikea double farmhouse sink for a new set of cabinets that I am building. I can’t find the dimensions of the apron front or the outside dimensions of the sink bowl under the rim anywhere, not even through an e-mail enquiry with Ikea. I just need to know the dimensions so I can build the cabinet correctly and have the sink drop in. Can you help me out? BTW, this blog was very helpful in our decision to use that sink. Thanks!
Hi! I just found your blog from a pinterest post on your IKEA sink. I just bough the same one. You had me at your comment “The truth about white: It doesn’t get dirtier than other finishes, it simply shows the dirt sooner- which allows me to see it and clean it up.” There is nothing I hate more than when someone recommends something to me saying “it won’t show dirt”…like that is supposed to be a positive…YUCK…hidden dirt is even worse than visible dirt in my book :) Can’t wait to explore your blog more and follow along!!
Welcome Stacy!! I’ve often joked that should be my mission statement ;) So happy to have you with us!!
I have the double ikea farm house sink and the single sink in my kitchen. We put them in about 6 years ago. They both have scratched! The double one has cracked by the drain. I had to put the Rubbermaid plastic mats on the bottom of them and I use a plastic tub to do dishes in. The bar keepers does not work, nothing seemed to work, so I live with the scratch marks. By the way, I didn’t like how the sink lays on top of the counter, like when you would wipe off the counter. It seemed like the edges of the sink got in the way. So we put it in as an undermount sink. Works and looks great.
I still haven’t had an issue with the scratching- and trust me, my kids throw silverware into it and everything else- I’m wondering if they improved the quality before we got this second one. So glad that you found a solution to make it work out for you!
It seems from our measurements this sink will stick out quite a bit if you have traditional cabinets. (Not sure if it does with IKEA cabinets). Do you font that annoying?
Hi Dee- it doesn’t seem to stick out much to me (I have standard cabinets, not Ikea). I would say it’s pretty comparable to the other farmhouse sinks we looked at!
I had the same sink in my old house and loved it! I just used a scrubby brush to clean the grooves and barkeepers friend for the scratches. I didn’t mind the extra maintenance since it looked soooo good.
I have the same sink. I had been wanting it for years and I love the way it looks. I just have one question. How do you clean the Grey marks? I have been so extra careful but I have grey marks on mine already that looks like pencil. Please help!
Hi Kristi! Have you tried Iron Out or Barkeeper’s Friend? Both work really well to get out the gray marks!
I use Mr clean erasers… best thing I have found
That’s a great idea, they are so useful!
I have a question about the ikea farmhouse sink. We are remodeling and we need a sink with a 6″ apron to fit our cabinets. Do you know what the apron length is? Thanks
I love mine too! We have the single version and it can really hold dishes:)http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2014/08/outrageous-rugs-indooroutdoor-rug.html