Design, measurement and installation of kitchen countertops
In today’s article we will review the essential measuring elements for the placement of kitchen countertops. In addition, we will take the opportunity to talk about the best distribution for a modern and functional kitchen. That is to say, which kitchen furniture and accessories should we choose and how to adapt them to make their use as practical as possible. Are you interested? Let’s get started!
The importance of kitchen design
Are you designing your new kitchen, or have you decided this year to renovate it and give it a new look? In any case, you should know that the design of a kitchen is, without a doubt, the one with the most intricacies and curiosities. Being one of the busiest and most used spaces of a house, it is vital to think well the design you want to build, as well as identify the needs and tastes of the client, to try to capture them in your kitchen, and create a space in which cooking, chatting and cleaning tasks is a pleasure.
The countertop is one of the construction elements to which we give more importance from Molins Design studio. This accessory becomes the nerve center of any kitchen; a basic element of work to prepare delicious dishes, but also serves as a meeting center for chatting with friends and family.
How to measure kitchen countertops
Want to know all about kitchen countertop design and placement? Read on to discover the essential measuring elements for building a kitchen countertop.
In addition, our tips and tricks will help you create an attractive and harmonious layout in your kitchen – take a look!
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Before placing or changing the kitchen countertop, it is very important to have the help of a cabinetmaker and a marble worker. These two figures will be vital to accurately measure the thickness and height of each element of the kitchen. To coordinate with them the design, the correct measurement and the subsequent placement of the countertop will help us to avoid the slightest error.
In fact, it should be taken into account that both professionals work together so that this piece of design fits the space and performs the functions for which it has been created.
Having them will be essential for the final design of our countertop to be a success.
In an initial phase of the intervention, from Molins Design we work closely with these two professionals. It is then when cabinetmakers and marble workers become our best advisors to obtain a spectacular result.
2.- Plans and other required documentation
The plans, both floor plans and elevations, serve us in a second phase to take references of the kitchen design that we approach. Thanks to these documents we are able to reference the cuts of each piece, the interior mechanisms that can be obtained and even where the baseboards should be located.
These initial plans or sketches serve us as a script and become the indispensable documentation to which we must resort before starting any intervention.
3.- Choice of porcelain materials
For the design and installation of countertops, porcelain materials are usually the most chosen. The truth is that the market has specialized in the development of high quality countertops, which meet the most demanding expectations of customers.
Thus, we find different porcelain materials, being the most interesting brands of countertops the Silestone, famous for its wide resistance, variety of colors and textures. Although, we also find Dekton compact kitchen countertops, very versatile and can be combined with other materials such as quartz or glass.
The choice of one material or another will depend on the customer’s needs, tastes and also the style you want to achieve in this special corner of the home.
Remember! The important thing about any kitchen countertop is that it is easy to maintain, easy to clean and especially resistant to shocks.
4.- Necessary measuring tools
There are several tools that we will need to measure and place a countertop correctly in the kitchen. The most basic ones are the plans, some meters and pens to mark references. However, it is also very important to have an angle measurer.
With this accessory we will be able to verify that the walls adjacent to the countertop form, at all times, an angle of 90º. In fact, without this opening angle, it will be difficult to fit the worktop.
5.- Placement of hotplates according to their distribution
Once the space has been measured and the construction materials have been chosen, it is time to place the countertop in the chosen corner. To do this, we recommend that before you do a work of reflection and think about where it will be best to place the countertop, so that it is completely practical and functional.
For example, in a kitchen with an island, the ideal is to place the countertop taking into account the concept of the work triangle. This term consists of arranging each and every one of the elements of the kitchen in a way that facilitates our daily tasks.
Thus, we could triangulate the direct cooking area with the sink and dishwasher located on the island, so that when it comes to cleaning, everything is easier and faster to perform. We could also triangulate the microwave and oven area with the worktop or island and the freezer. It all depends on the distribution and design of the kitchen we have.
If you have doubts about abput placement of kitchen coutertops, you can refer to our article on how to design modern and functional kitchens. Here you will find the best tips and tricks to achieve a practical and functional distribution in your kitchen.
6.- Installation of kitchen sinks and taps
When choosing kitchen sinks and faucets, two factors should be taken into account: functionality and style. Apart from choosing the faucet that best suits your tastes and style, it will be vital that you choose models that are practical and easy to use in your day to day.
In this video Molins Talks we explain the basic tips for the correct measurement of kitchen worktops.
We hope that today’s article has been useful to all of you to deepen a little more in the design, measurement and placement of cooking plates. Remember that you can contact our work team to carry out any reform or custom intervention that you need in your kitchen.
18 November 2021