Mistakes To Avoid While Purchasing The Kitchen Worktop

Well, the wall devices are up, the base units are fitted and also you’re probably stood there, devices ready and also chomping at the bit to fit your new worktops. You can now scream back right into the living room, “We’ll see that’s bloody ineffective”. After that throughout the day, throw in a number of those old DIY-disaster favourites; “Rome wasn’t integrated in a day y’ recognize” as well as “when you’re a nit-picker it takes a bit longer than usual”.

It’s also useful to include a number of technological terms that nobody else will comprehend but will certainly make you look excellent – as in “The wall shapes are misaligned yet I can get around that”. These may have the preferred impact and enable you to restore some form of respect from your household – either way you have my sympathies and also I hope that by reading this next short article your problems will certainly soon more than.

The tools to utilize

Worktops are readily available in a selection of products but also for this post I shall be focusing on the installation of laminate tops as they are one of the most carrara quartz extensively used. For products such as, granite, corian as well as stainless steel that are fitted by professionals, this will certainly be an useful referral, as templating is required for them all and also most of the policies for the fitting of laminate tops will be ideal.

Right here are the devices you will need for the installment of laminate tops


  • jigsaw
  • Round saw
  • Airplane or Electric planer
  • Mix Square
  • 2 Saw Horses
  • Clamps
  • Worktop Design Template (for Mitres).
  • 1/2 inch Router as well as straight blade.
  • Masking Tape 50mm broad.
  • Silicone Sealant of an ideal suit colour.
  • 10mm spanner.
  • Worktop screws.
  • Documents.
  • Varnish or PVA Adhesive (for cut-outs).
  • Tape.
  • Pencil.
  • Compass.
  • Tin of call adhesive.
  • Safety wear (safety glasses, dirt mask etc.).

Step up!

It is very important to preserve an also overhang from the front edge of the closets and also this is the target to go for in the correct fitting of all worktops. As an instance, a 600mm worktop must overhang a 560mm cupboard by 40mm. It might not constantly be possible to achieve excellence in this respect and + or – 5mm is acceptable. For the function of this short article I will assume a three-sided application that calls for 2 worktop joints is needed.

Determine initially which method the joints must run. Remember at this stage to avoid joint closeness to a sink wherever feasible. Each worktop should be reduced 50mm oversize as well as, when considering the 20mm overhang called for at the end of the closets, you need to add 70mm to total closet length.

Ensuring an even overhang.

Following task is to scribe the worktop to fit the elevation to which it is to be set up. You need to first scribe the depth (front to back) if fitted up versus a wall surface. Remember first to check you have an even overhang along its length and also if at this stage if the overhang is more than what is required because of disproportion along the wall surface length, don’t fret, this will certainly be dealt with following.

To scribe the worktop, I find that a compass offers the very best outcomes, specifically the older kind steel one with a long unobstructed factor. You may buy them at an excellent stationers yet I find they are best acquired from your children’s pencil situation. Concealing tape will prove very useful if your worktop is a dark colour however I apply it every time now despite the color as I locate that when cutting along a pencil line used straight to the job top, the sawdust emitted by the jigsaw tends to get rid of the line.

So the worktop remains in area with an even overhang and also you have used concealing tape along the deepness to be scribed. You have to currently open the compasses pencil as well as indicate match the best space between the worktop and also wall surface. Transfer this to the worktop by running the compass along the wall surface keeping it identical hence leaving a pencil line on the masking tape. You are currently entrusted the shape of the wall moved to the worktop and this should be reduced with a jigsaw unless it is so marginal that an aircraft will certainly be sufficient.

Obviously all the above can be disregarded if your wall surfaces are fairly straight and flush yet in my experience this is a rarity and also your own reasoning will tell you whether the void left is acceptable or otherwise. My very own yardstick for a wall to worktop maximum space would be no more than 3mm.