Planning & preparation
- When choosing your kitchen worktop, consider the different materials available. Wood, granite, composite and laminate are the most popular. However, each material needs to be cut and treated differently, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions
- In this guide, the worktop pictured is pre-cut laminate, but wood and some composites can be fitted in the same way.
- If you need to trim the worktop, mark a cutting line on the underside with a pencil, double check the measurements, and then cut using a power saw. Use a file or sandpaper to remove any rough edges. It’s best to contact a professional tradesperson if you need to cut or fit stone or granite worktops
- Worktops usually overhang base units. The worktop in this leaflet is 600mm deep, providing a 10mm overhang at the front. It has been cut to allow a 20mm overhang at the ends
Do it right
- When planning how to fit your worktop, always make the best use of the factory-cut edges. These will always be perfectly square cuts, so use these when making joins in the corners
- Carefully measure and mark out saw guidelines and fixing points to help ensure accuracy
- Make sure your worktop is firmly secured when sawing or drilling
- When using a hacksaw or power saw, wear safety goggles and a dust mask and make sure the room is well ventilated
- Wear safety goggles when drilling
- Face masks 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
- This guide is designed to help you safely through the process of fitting a worktop. If you’re in any doubt, please seek advice from an expert and always follow manufacturers’ instructions
- Always use cleaning products that are appropriate for your chosen worktop to avoid damaging the material. You should be able to find guidance for this in the manufacturers’ instructions
Step by step
Position the pre-cut worktop sections on the base units, checking the overhang is even using a measuring tape.
To join two pieces of worktop, measure the width of the join and cut a joining strip to the correct length using a hacksaw.
Place the joining strip against one of the cut edges and screw it into place using the pre-drilled holes.
Apply silicone to the joining strip before clamping it against the adjacent length of worktop to make a neat and tidy join.
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.
Be sure to set the length of your drill bit to less than the depth of the worktop to prevent drilling through.
Screw the units to the worktop, being careful not to over-tighten.
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.
Before using contact adhesive, use masking tape to protect the surface of the worktop.
Carefully brush adhesive onto the end strip and the end of the worktop. Wait 15 minutes before sticking the end strip in place.
Peel off the masking tape. If the end strip still protrudes slightly, use a file or sandpaper to smooth it down.