How do replacement kitchen worktops actually work?

Finish off your kitchen cabinets with new worktops from DIY Homefit

If your kitchen is beginning to look a little tired, you may be dreading the thought of getting it replaced. Let’s face it, who wants all the cost and hassle of a new kitchen?

Fortunately sometimes a simpler option can be the ideal solution. For example, if your kitchen cabinets are still in good condition inside, just replacing the doors can make them look and feel as good as new again.

But did you know that it’s also possible to replace your kitchen worktops? So if they are looking worn and perhaps beginning to lift, but the rest of your kitchen is fine, you could just get new worktops and leave everything else as it is.

And it’s amazing the difference that new worktops can make to your kitchen! When you think about it, they are one of the most noticeable features of your kitchen. So if they’re looking scruffy, it can really bring down the look and feel of your kitchen. But once they are replaced with fresh new worktops, your whole kitchen is transformed.

It’s so easy and cost-effective to replace your kitchen worktops that it could definitely be the solution you need to freshen up your kitchen. In this article we take a quick look at:

  • What is involved in the kitchen worktop replacement process?
  • What factors should influence your choice of kitchen worktop?
  • What kinds of kitchen worktops does DIY Homefit supply?

What is involved in the kitchen worktop replacement process?

Much depends on the size of your kitchen and what kind of appliances you already have in there, but a straightforward kitchen worktop replacement in an average-sized kitchen should usually only take a day or two.

The worktop replacement process involves your old worktops being removed from the tops of your kitchen cabinets. They will usually be attached by a series of screws at the front and back of the worktop, and the new worktops will be attached the same way. 

When your new worktops are being fitted, holes will need to be cut to fit round existing fixtures and appliances such as sinks and hobs. For a neat finish, any cut areas can be finished off with strips that match the worktops.

Should you replace worktops yourself or get professional help? Some people feel confident about replacing worktops themselves. But if you decide to do this you need to be sure that you get your measurements completely accurate – particularly if you are having to fit them round a sink and/or hob – and also bear in mind that worktops can be heavy and unwieldy to work with.

If you would prefer to get professional help, check out our Find a Fitter page for a list of fitters or carpenters that we know in your area.

What factors should influence your choice of kitchen worktop?

Because kitchen worktops are such a significant factor in how your kitchen looks and feels, it’s important to make the right decision when choosing your worktops. Four things to consider are:

  • Cost

On the one hand you want to get the very best worktops that you can afford, but on the other hand you don’t want to throw money away paying more than you really need to. So you should aim to find the best quality worktops that you can, without paying over the odds.

  • Durability

You want to be confident that your worktops will last. So look for worktops that are strong and resilient, and that can withstand daily use without chipping or cracking. Remember that worktops are an integral part of a fully functioning kitchen, so you need to choose worktops that are up to the job.

  • Maintenance

If your worktops are installed well, you will be delighted with how fabulous they look. But when choosing your worktops you also need to bear in mind how easy they will be to keep that way. You need worktops that are stain-resistant, easy to clean, and will stay looking good for years to come.

  • Style and colour

When choosing your worktops you are likely to be spoilt for choice! So it’s important to take your time to find the combination of worktop colours and textures that is right for your kitchen. You need to decide whether to match your worktops with your kitchen cabinets or choose a contrasting colour. Also think about the ambience you want in your kitchen : dark worktops can add drama and depth to the kitchen whereas pale worktops help to lighten things up. 

What kinds of kitchen worktops does DIY Homefit supply?

At DIY Homefit we have extensive ranges of premium quality laminate worktops, splashbacks and upstands at competitive prices. Laminate is an ideal and cost-effective material for kitchen worktops. It is extremely durable and scratch-resistant, so can take the daily wear and tear of a family kitchen. It is very easy to maintain and does not stain easily so is also very hygienic. 

Our two ranges of kitchen worktops are Prima and Axiom:

The Prima Formica range provides a wide choice of worktops, breakfast bars, splashbacks and upstands in a variety of finishes including light woods, warm stones and solid colours. This enables you to add the perfect personalised finishing touch to your kitchen. 

Worktops are available in 4.1m and 3m lengths, and every worktop is 38mm thick with a tight curved edge. Matching splashbacks and upstands are also available.

The Axiom range offers a broad choice of designs, colours, textures and materials. As well as worktops it includes breakfast bars, upstands and splashbacks, ensuring each palette is perfectly matched.

Worktops are available in either a 22 mm or 38 mm thickness, and are finished with either an elegant square edge or curved profile.

To order kitchen worktops from us, simply select the range, style and size you want, and we will do the rest. To help you make your decision, colour swatches/samples are available on request.

We hope that the above information will help you to consider refreshing your kitchen with new kitchen worktops this autumn. For more kitchen ideas and inspiration, why not take a browse through DIY Homefit’s gallery of kitchen pictures and see just how your kitchen could be transformed in a matter of days.

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