If you are looking for an easy way to rejuvenate your kitchen without spending a fortune, replacing your worktops might present the perfect solution.
In this information guide we have collated some great advice to help you replace your existing countertops with a new surface – whether your preference is laminate or solid wood worktops.
Measuring Existing Worktops
Unless you are planning to make drastic changes to the design of your kitchen, it is easy to identify the requirements for your new worktops – all you need do is take accurate measurements of the existing surfaces.
To measure your worktops you will need the following equipment:
- tape measure
- plane or graph paper
If you have a straightforward rectangular worktop, start by measuring the length, width and depth of the worktop in millimetres. We would also recommend that you measure the length and width at a number of intervals to ensure that your worktop is equally proportioned. You may find that it was cut down originally to accommodate an uneven wall.
Once recorded, you can use these measurements to create an accurate diagram to base your new worktop requirements upon. You may find that an “off-the-shelf” worktop meets your needs, but in many cases the worktop will require bespoke amendments to suit your kitchen’s dimensions.
If this is the case, you can take advantage of our bespoke cutting service and request that your worktop – either wooden or laminate – is cut to size (as well as ordering a wide range of other customisations, should these be needed).
For wooden worktops, many bespoke amendments can be ordered via our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool, which offers a 10% discount on all services ordered via the tool.
Our ‘How to Provide Correct Measurements for Bespoke Wooden Worktops’ information guide provides all the handy details you might need to measure your worktops accurately.
Removing Old Countertops
Most worktops are attached to kitchen cabinets with simple brackets and screws, allowing the installation to be reversed easily (should you wish to do so). You may also find that the worktops have been sealed using silicone sealant, which should be cut using a Stanley knife prior to removal.
Once detached, it is likely that you will need assistance to remove the worktops as most are very heavy.
Fitting New Worktops
If you have had your worktops customised before delivery, then fitting the new worktops should be fairly straightforward.
For wooden worktops, you will need to ensure that they are fully finished prior to fitting. We recommend using Rustins Danish Oil to finish the surface. Please adhere to the guidelines in our Oiling Worktops Nutshell Information Guide to ensure the correct process is followed.
Whether you are choosing laminate or wooden worktops, we recommend using slotted angle brackets; these are available individually as a pack of 10, or can be purchased with other handy accessories as part of our Worktop Installation Kit.
If you have chosen to order worktop blanks without taking advantage of our bespoke cutting service, you may also need to employ the services of a kitchen fitter to ensure that the worktops fit your kitchen perfectly.
For tidy fitting after any amendments have been made, laminate worktops may require the application of additional edging strips. A set of edging strips are included with each worktop, and additional strips can be ordered if needed.
If you are looking for more inspiration for fitting new worktops in your kitchen, why not take a look at our Customer Kitchens Gallery? It features pictures of many worktops that have been installed in our customers’ homes.