Choose the right worktop
The most important element in your kitchen is the worktop. It is not only the most expensive part when investing in a kitchen, but it is also where you are likely to spend the most time. When choosing the right worktop for your new kitchen, there are several things you should consider.
Functionality and Aesthetics
Different countertop materials not only have different functional properties but also represent distinct aesthetics, giving your kitchen vastly different looks. Therefore, it's all about finding a countertop where practicality and aesthetics come together harmoniously.
Which worktop is best?
Choosing the right worktop material for your kitchen is a highly personal decision, as it depends on your preferences, lifestyle, and desired aesthetic. To help you make an informed choice, we have compiled information about the most common worktop materials and their properties.
The advantages of a laminate worktop are many. The worktop requires minimal maintenance and cleaning while being highly durable.
The elegant worktop in CoreStone is made of solid, coloured composite material that can be shaped and assembled according to your preferences.
With the beautiful ceramic worktop, new standards have been set for what a worktop can withstand.
Wooden worktops are a timeless and inviting addition to kitchen design, bringing warmth and character to the space. Contrary to common misconceptions, wooden worktops are surprisingly easy to maintain.
Stainless steel worktops go beyond their industrial association, offering practicality and versatility. They are highly functional and can create a sleek, raw industrial look in any kitchen.
A granite worktop is robust, durable, and exudes exclusive quality. Being directly cut from the rock, it showcases the natural beauty and unique patterns of the material, adding elegance to any kitchen.
Get inspired for your worktop selection
In the catalogue "Fronts and Accessories," we have gathered our standard range, so you can see which worktops you can choose from. If you visit your local HTH store, you can see samples of the entire range.See the catalogue
How to choose the perfect worktop
To find the perfect worktop for your kitchen, it's important to consider your expectations and preferences for the new surface.
Start by asking yourself these three key questions:
1. How do you use your kitchen?
The composition of your family and the daily functions of your kitchen play significant roles in the decision-making process.
Do your children often assist with cooking or baking? Are your culinary endeavors inclined towards messy or color-releasing ingredients? How much time are you prepared to allocate for cleaning and routine maintenance?
Each of these considerations is pivotal in pinpointing the ideal worktop that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences.
2. What style are you looking for?
The countertop is a defining element of your kitchen, greatly influencing its overall ambiance. Elements like the material, color, texture, and thickness shape its contribution to the design, offering a myriad of possibilities.
For those yearning for a timeless kitchen infused with warmth and allure, a solid wood worktop stands out. Conversely, if your design ethos leans towards sleekness and understatement, Corestone may resonate with your vision.
Remember, you're at the helm of the design journey, empowered to select the style that mirrors your unique taste.
3. What is your budget?
The cost of a countertop can considerably impact the overall budget for your kitchen, more so if you opt for a premium material. For instance, it's not rare for the expense of a granite countertop to match the combined cost of other kitchen components.
For those seeking a cost-effective option, a resilient laminate worktop is often suggested. This choice offers notable value for its price. Ultimately, the selection hinges on your preferences and budgetary considerations.
Choosing the perfect worktop
Choose a worktop with a textured surface if you have children who enjoy cooking. The textured surface helps hide greasy fingerprints and potential scratches, keeping your worktop looking clean and neat.
Feel the texture of different worktops
Before making a decision, take the time to touch the worktop. It may seem trivial, but by feeling the texture and surface, you can get a sense of how it will sound when you place objects on it. This can help you assess the overall quality and functionality of the worktop.
Prioritize your kitchen needs
Consider the pros and cons of different worktop materials, such as price, design options, cleaning, and maintenance. Choose based on your priorities and preferences.
Countertops come in many different price ranges, and the cost primarily depends on the material of the countertop. You can see our countertop options and prices here.
The cost of replacing a countertop in the kitchen depends on the type of countertop you choose and whether you need professional craftsmen to assist with installation.
You can replace a countertop yourself if you're handy, but if you're dealing with heavy or delicate materials like CoreStone or ceramic, it's a good idea to seek help from professional installers.
The height of your kitchen worktop plays a vital role in ensuring comfortable working conditions and avoiding discomfort or pain.
In many families, there are variations in height that need to be taken into account when determining the kitchen worktop height. In a standard kitchen, the worktop height typically falls within the range of 85-95 cm. A worktop height of 90 cm is a common choice that tends to accommodate most families of average height comfortably.
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