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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.
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.
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.
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.
Wall cabinets offer handy storage and can be a great design feature in any kitchen. But they must be hung securely, evenly and in the correct place. Our guide will show you how to hang your new kitchen cabinets no matter if you’re working with masonry or timber frame walls. You’ll find out how to mark up your walls, how to check for cables and pipes, where to position the cabinets, ensure they’re level and finally, how to fix and secure them to the wall.
Before you do anything, find out whether you have masonry or timber frame walls. With masonry walls, cabinets can be hung anywhere. With timber frame walls, you need to identify secure points onto which the wall brackets can be fixed. This is important as it could affect the final design of your kitchen, and the size of the cabinets you’re able to hang.
After hanging your wall cabinets, secure them to each other with screws to increase their strength. Find more information on this technique on our help and advice page for 'how to install base cabinets'.
Hanging a large wall cabinet is a two-person job, so make sure you have help so you can ensure it hangs safely and securely on the wall. When fixing doors and handles, make sure you use a stepladder rather than standing on the base cabinets or worktop as this can cause unnecessary damage. Always ensure your wall cabinets are level with a spirit level.