A lot of kitchen worktops simply do not get the kind of recognition they should be getting. A kitchen worktop can take a beating throughout each day. Not only do they take on beverage spills, but they also might have a slipped knife once in a while and even get exposed to steaming hot pans. They are often used with little to no regard and they are constantly getting cluttered with all sorts of things. Because they are so often used by everyone in the home, you will find they will eventually start to break down and show signs of wear.
When you are in the process of renovating your kitchen, some homeowners make the mistake of sacrificing practicality and functionality for aesthetics alone. This isn’t ever recommended for your kitchen or your kitchen worktop. After all, it’s one of the most used areas of your home.
Figure Out The Purpose
This could be obvious to some, but it’s very important to think about why you are purchasing a new worktop from the start. The entire reason you are doing so is to fulfill a purpose. If you are buying a new one because your previous one was damaged from regular wear and tear, you will likely be looking for durability over style. If you are buying a new one because you damaged a previous one from placing hot pans on it, you could opt for one that is laminated with heat resistant coating.
However, if the purpose is to put your home on the open market, you might be less interested in the overall durability of the worktop and instead, be looking at something cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing. It’s a good idea to see what other homes in your area have for kitchen worktops so your house can be marketed competitively. You want to know what is selling and what style people are looking for in them.
Functionality Over Style
Once you’ve decided to invest in a new kitchen worktop, it’s time to start looking at functionality. You want to begin with functionality so you know it will work in your kitchen before you start narrowing down the styles you like. You want to consider several things when it comes to the functionality of the worktop in your kitchen. Getting a kitchen worktop with quality funcionality Stone and Chrome offer a great design with quality tiles and stone.
The first thing you must consider is whether or not you are going to be replacing the worktop straight across or if you have something else in mind. There are certain elements that you could add to your worktop to create a more usable and functional space.
Do You Have Any Must-Haves?
This is another thing that you need to consider. Do you have any must-have features for your new worktop? Do you have a very busy family? If so, you may want to consider whether or not the kitchen worktop would function properly with your family. If you have a lot of young children, you may want something that can withstand a lot of spills. If you do a lot of quick cooking, you may want heat resistance. There are several things that you may consider must-haves in your new kitchen worktop to keep it functioning and looking great for a long time.
What Do You Need To Enhance Durability?
If you tend to place hot pans and pots on your countertop, it might be better for you to opt for heat-resistant laminate as your preferred material. Think about what kind of durability features you need to get in your worktop to maximize its lifespan.
Once you know what the purpose is for the worktop and what features are considered must-haves for your family, you should have a much easier time narrowing down your options.
Set a Budget
You want to know how much you are willing and able to spend on it. There are options available at virtually every price point. You want to figure out what you are willing to allocate to a new worktop and go from there.
You should be measuring your existing worktop to see what size it is. You should also be factoring in whether or not you have L-shapes or other sections that would need to be joined. All of these things can impact how much the worktop costs.
Here is a rough estimate of what you can expect to pay based on our in-stock worktops:
- 28mm Laminate Worktops – £19 per metre
- High-Gloss Materials – £20 and up per metre
- Solid Compact Worktop – £99 and up per metre