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Kitchen Worktops

 

Kitchen worktops (also called as countertop, counter, benchtop) normally is refers to a horizontal worksurface in kitchens or other food preparation areas. Kitchen worktop is frequently installed upon and supported by based cabinets. The surface of kitchen worktop is positioned at an ergonomic height for the user and the particular task for which it is designed. A countertop / worktop may be made from various of materials, both natural and manmade, each with its particular attributes with respect to durability, functionality, and aesthetics.

 

Kitchen Worktops

 

Kitchen worktops are normally used for preparing of food, and accommodating small kitchen appliances. Kitchen worktops are generally placed on top of the base cabinet and can double up as breakfast bar.  

 

Choosing a suitable worktop is one of the most important tasks in designing the kitchen. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that kitchen worktops should be enduring and elegant. We should consider various aspects such as décor of the kitchen, functionality, aesthetics, maintenance and cost factor before choosing of kitchen worktops. The worktop choosing should be able to withstand cutting on, stain, scratch, heat, and should be waterproof. 

 

Kitchen worktops for a island.


Kitchen worktops are available in a various materials including are granite, laminated particle board, wood, corian, marble, stainless steel and ceramic. Following is some of the popular worktop materials for your references:

 

 

Granite worktops –Granite is preferred aesthetic appeal and superb quality. Granite is being a hard material, granite worktops easily resist chipping and scratching , while exuding physical elegance. This durable material blends well with any kitchen design, it is easy to clean. However, granite is quite expensive, this is not a good option for people working on tight budget. Granite worktop requires polishing and sealing to retain its properties.

Laminate worktops - Laminate is the cheapest material, it is available in wide range of colours, patterned and textures to choose. However, these are not something that would last for long. Laminate worktops need to be changed after use for a time.

Wood worktops- Wood is preferred for who are looking for affordable, attractive and natural worktops. Wood such as oak, maple, cherry, teak, walnut, mahogany and other hardwood worktops provides a warmth and richness to the kitchen. Wood worktops need to be maintained regularly to keep it functional as wood is quite prone to staining, wood worktops can be damaged under long exposure to liquids.

Stainless steel worktops- Steel worktops are very popular in professional kitchens such as kitchen for restaurant and food processing factory. Steel worktop is the most hygienic surface. Steel is a robust material and is impervious to stain and heat. Stainless steel worktops imparts a high-tech look and is available in virtually any shape and size. The weakness of stain steel worktops including, it can be cold, noisy and scratches are easily visible on the surface.

The main consideration before selecting kitchen worktops is our budget and needs. If we are working with a tight budget then laminated particle board is a good option, along with wood or steel. If we are looking for something stylish and elegant, then we should opt for marble or granite. We need to have enough budget for this selection.