How to Install Laminate Kitchen Worktops: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide
Laminate worktops are easy to fit and – if necessary – should be cut to size prior to installation. Whether you require apertures in your worktop to accommodate a hob or overmounted sink, or if you simply need your worktop to be cut down a little, we are pleased to be able to offer these customisations as part of our efficient bespoke worktop cutting service. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any specific requirements.
We strongly recommend reading all instructions thoroughly before commencing installation.
Installing laminate worktops:
To ensure your laminate worktops are installed securely, we recommend marking six fixing positions on the top of each cabinet (three at the front and three at the back, see diagram).
- Using a 4mm drill bit, create pilot holes through the front and rear support panels on the top of each cabinets.
- Then, place your laminate worktop onto the cabinets, checking that it fits flush against the wall.
- Screw a 5mm x 35mm wood screw through each fixing position on each cabinet.
- Ensure that no water can enter the back of the worktop by applying a clear silicone sealant between the worktops and the wall.
If you would like to install the worktop onto masonry, we suggest using wood spacers measuring 6-10mm thick, with a damp proof membrane (DPM) underneath. This creates essential airspace beneath the worktop and prevents the transmission of water.
If there will be a washing machine or dishwasher beneath your worktop, we strongly advise purchasing a protective moisture barrier. Once fitted correctly, this barrier will protect the worktop from moisture or heat emitted by the appliance, thus preventing damage.
Applying edging strips:
Once your laminate work surface has been installed, the matching edging strips can be applied.
- First, ensure that the raw edges at either end of the worktop are flat and free from dust.
- Cover the end of the decorative worktop surface with masking tape, to protect the surface from any overspill adhesive.
- Apply PVA adhesive – or a contact adhesive such as Evo-Stik or Bostik – along the edge of the chipboard.
- Place the edging strip over the adhesive. If using PVA, the strip will need to be clamped in place while it dries.
- Trim any excess edging strips using a laminate trimmer or a sharp carpenter’s plane.
- Use a fine-toothed file to smooth the edge of the strip until it is flush with the worktop.
If you require additional edging strips, these can be purchased on our website or by telephoning us on 0345 22 22 644. Don’t forget, if you would like to take advantage of our professional edging strip application service, you can find out more about this on our bespoke laminate worktops page.
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