YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS WHEN YOU BUY A WORKTOP FOR THE KITCHEN
Choosing a kitchen worktop is one of the most important and perhaps even the most difficult decisions when buying a new kitchen. There are several good reasons for this: The worktop has great importance for the design and appearance of the kitchen - and for the overall budget, not least. In addition, the kitchen worktop is the part of your kitchen that must be able to withstand the greatest wear and tear and be used for many different tasks every single day.
Are you in doubt as to which worktop matches your needs and your kitchen? Then read this guide for what to consider before making your choice.
In order to get a kitchen table that meets your needs and the way you use the table, it is important to first consider what you actually expect from your new worktop. Think about these key issues of importance for both material selection and design:
- Do you want to spend time on cleaning and regular treatment, or should your worktop be close to maintenance-free?
- Should the kitchen worktop be particularly resistant to greasy fingers and scratches - or could it withstand high heat?
- Do you often cook, or do you work with foods that release much juice or color?
KITCHEN WORKTOP SELECTION: DESIGN VS. FUNCTION?
Many are based on the design when choosing a worktop, and may have a tendency to down-prioritize the daily use and functionality considerations. The worktop design is of great importance for the kitchen's overall expression - and it is easier to relate to how the worktop looks now and then than how it will appear after 5-10 years of use and wear. Fortunately, there are plenty of worktops that look great and are durable and match any kitchen needs. Nevertheless, it may be necessary to compromise when expectations of design, functionality and price have to come together.
HOW DO YOU USE THE KITCHEN?
Which worktop you choose will play into your family's everyday life in the kitchen every time you cook and clean. That's precisely why reconciling expectations with the worktop is crucial, and you have to consider who will typically use the kitchen and how.
If you have kids, keep in mind that getting them to show a worktop special attention to cooking or washing can be challenging. This applies to both the big and the small! Therefore, you can advantageously choose a table top that is resistant to greasy fingers, is easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance. For example, it could be a granite or quartz worktop . A good advice is to choose a worktop with a structure in the surface, as this makes fingerprints and any scratches less visible.
3 GOOD ADVICE WHEN CHOOSING A WORKTOP
- Think about your expectations of the worktop's properties and durability.
- Choose a material that matches your wishes and your everyday life in the kitchen.
- Remember that your worktop should be able to last for many years - typically by anyone other than yourself!
20% MORE EVERYDAY ON THE TABLE
If you choose XXL you also get a deeper worktop, which gives 20% more work space on the worktop. It means cooking without anyone or anything getting in the way - and at the same time there is room for both children and all the ingredients on the worktop when baking.
ARE YOU SNUG ON A WOODEN WORKTOP?
If it doesn't frighten you to think about how to treat your worktop in everyday life - and you want to invest some time in maintenance - a solid wood worktop such as oak, walnut or ash is a beautiful and natural choice that will look great in most kitchens.
With regular oil treatment, a hardwood hardboard can last for many years. Please note that water and grease may leave marks on the worktop if you do not provide wiping and cleaning. Particularly around the sink and hob you should pay attention, and you should avoid leaving damp cloths or kitchen towels on a wooden worktop for a long time.
NATURAL AND ORGANIC MATERIAL
No matter how gently you treat a wooden table top, it will typically get small scratches and marks over time, giving the worktop patina and personality. It is part of the charm of choosing a natural and organic material that is susceptible to bumps. On the other hand, most wooden worktops can be sanded down and thus revitalized if the need arises. It is not possible with a worktop of e.g. granite or quartz .
Touch the worktop before you decide!
The worktop material is important for anything other than the look and the daily maintenance. The material also determines how your kitchen table feels like touching. The worktop even has importance for the sounds in the kitchen! You should, of course, experience - and notice - the various options at a kitchen dealer before you decide on a worktop.
- If you choose a hard material, you will typically also get a worktop that is colder to touch, just as it sounds more when you put glass and ceramics on the kitchen table. Wooden worktops are warmer and softer to the touch, which many like. On the other hand, a hard and cold worktop is practical, for example. if you often bake and use the table to knead.
BRIGHT AND WHITE WORKTOPS
White kitchens - and white worktops - have been popular for a long time, as many prefer a light and light look. White and bright worktops are available in many different materials. Whatever material you choose, however, a light worktop will require a bit more of your cleaning and maintenance, simply because stains, dirt, and discoloration are more visible than on darker worktops. With a white worktop, be sure to immediately remove heavily colored juices from fruits or berries, spilled red wine and the like to avoid permanent stains and stains.
THE PRICE OF THE WORKTOP AND THE TOTAL KITCHEN BUDGET
The kitchen top can make up a large part of the total budget for a new kitchen, if one chooses one of the more exclusive materials such as ceramics or composite. In fact, it is not unusual for the worktop's price to be on par with or even exceeding the rest of the kitchen!
If you want to keep the price of the worktop down, laminate is the obvious choice. A laminate worktop can give you air in the budget for eg. new appliances and meets most of the needs of a typical family, since the material is both robust and easy to clean.
SEE OUR SELECTION OF WORKTOPS
Below you can read more about our worktops and the many different designs and materials. Each worktop material has both good features and limitations that you should take into account in your consideration.
GET HELP CHOOSING WORKTOP AND MORE
You are of course always welcome in our stores, where you can see and notice the many worktops in our range and get professional guidance and advice on which worktop is the right choice for you. Book a meeting with one of our consultants and skip the queue in the store.