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How to fit a kitchen worktop

Fitting a kitchen worktop

This is our step-by-step guide to fitting a kitchen worktop. You’ll learn how to get the right size overhang, how to work with factory edges, create corner joins and use a joining strip. There’s also advice on dealing with walls that aren’t perpendicular and achieving smooth, tidy edges. For the purposes of this demonstration, we use a pre-cut laminate worktop. However, you’ll hear information on how to work with different surfaces when necessary.

Preparation

When choosing your kitchen worktop, consider the different materials available. Wood, granite, composite and laminate are the most popular. Each needs cutting and treating differently so always check the manufacturer. It’s also a good idea to make use of factory edges when planning the layout of your worktop. Because they’re perfectly straight, they’re ideal for corner joins.

In our guide the worktop is pre-cut laminate, but wood and some composites can be fitted in the same way. If you have to trim the worktop, mark a cutting line on the underside with a pencil, double checking the measurements, and then cut using a power saw. Use a file or sandpaper to remove any rough edges. To cut or fit stone or granite worktops, always use a professional tradesperson. Worktops usually overhang base units. The worktop we’re using is 600mm deep, providing a 10mm overhang at the front. It has been cut to allow a 20mm overhang at the ends.

Aftercare

Always use cleaning products that are appropriate for your chosen worktop to avoid damaging the materials. You should be able to find guidance for this in the manufacturer's instructions.

Wickes Tip

When planning how to fit your worktop, always make the best use of the factory edges. These will always be perfectly square cuts, so use these where possible when making joins in corners.

Safety

  • Always wear safety goggles and gloves when operating drills, hacksaws, and powersaws. Facemasks should also be used when cutting laminate surfaces as they are made of chipboard and will release dust when cut.
  • When using adhesive, ensure you protect nearby surfaces and open a window for ventilation.

Step by step instructions

Step 1 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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Position the pre-cut worktop sections on the base units, checking the overhang is even using a measuring tape.

Step 2 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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To join two pieces of worktop, measure the width of the join and cut a joining strip to the correct length using a hacksaw.

Step 3 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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Place the joining strip against one of the cut edges and screw it into place using the pre-drilled holes.

Step 4 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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Apply silicone to the joining strip before clamping it against the adjacent length of worktop to make a neat and tidy join.

Step 5 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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Clamp the worktop onto the base units and fix from the underside. Drill three holes in the back and front support struts of each cabinet – one either end and one in the middle.

Step 6 of fitting a kitchn worktop
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Be sure to set the length of your drill bit to less than the depth of the worktop to prevent drilling through.

Step 7 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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Screw the units to the worktop, being careful not to over-tighten.

Step 8 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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To finish a cut end, use the end strip supplied. Tape it to the end of the worktop and run a pencil around the edge of the worktop to create an accurate template. Remove and cut along the lines carefully using scissors.

Step 9 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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Before using contact adhesive, use masking tape to protect the surface of the worktop.

Step 10 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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Carefully brush adhesive onto the end strip and the end of the worktop. Wait 15 minutes before sticking the end strip in place.

Step 11 of fitting a kitchen worktop
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Peel off the masking tape. If the end strip still protrudes slightly, use a file or sandpaper to smooth it down.