This video offers a 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 & planning

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.

Aftercare

Always beware of using chemicals to clean your worktop, and make sure you read the manufacturer's instructions to check which products will be appropriate.

Hints & tips

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.

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