How to Select Kitchen Benchtops & Cabinets for Your Kitchen

How to Select Kitchen Benchtops & Cabinets for Your Kitchen

If the kitchen is the most important room in the house, then kitchen benchtops are the most important items in any kitchen. There are many types of kitchen benchtops, such as those made from marble, granite, ceramic, timber, stainless steel, glass, and laminate, to name just a few.

It’s almost impossible to make a decision on which benchtop to choose given the gorgeous manner with which they are exhibited in showrooms. Not only is there a beautiful selection to contend with, you also have to factor in the benchtop’s functionality and practicality. Considering that these items are meant for use in a kitchen and not in a living room, priority should be given to the functional and practical aspects of the product.

 

To make the right selection from a range of kitchen benchtops, consider the following: do you need a heat-tolerant bench? This depends on the type and amount of cooking you do. Will the benchtop be stained easily? This happens to many benchtops over time, so choose those that are made from impermeable materials, as they are stain resistant. A good benchtop should also be scratch-resistant, or be able to hide scratches should they occur.

 

Kitchen cabinets are equally important and should usually match the benchtop to create a kitchen that looks and feels welcoming. Like benchtops, kitchen cabinets are made from a variety of materials: wood (maple, oak, and cherry), particleboard, plastic laminate, melamine, or even stainless steel. There is also a variety of construction styles to decide on, such as full-extension drawers, soft close hinges, dovetailed joints, stapled joints, non-interlocking butt joints, and suchlike.

 

One thing to consider is how much space you have. What cooking utensils do you want to store outside permanently, and will the kitchen cabinets be able to accommodate larger kitchen appliances that aren’t used as often? In addition to practicality, you also must consider the kind of finish that is most practical and attractive. The key items to consider are ease of organisation, quality, and appearance. Those who cook often and in large amounts would want a well-organised kitchen that is easy to clean and pleasing to be in.

 

If you find yourself at a loss for ideas, it pays to seek the opinions of professionals such as kitchen designers. Aside from upgrading the floor and walls, the kitchen benchtops and cabinets are the items that tend to have the largest impact on the budget for a kitchen makeover, sometimes swallowing up to half of the budget.

4 Comments

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    Comment by Maggie@Sunsquare rooflights: Apr 9, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    Thanks, I learned a lot from this post. In terms of benchtops, I prefer laminated types because of its durability and affordability. They’re also come in various modern designs perfect for modern homes nowadays.

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    Comment by Edward@Miami Homes: Apr 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Your benchtop should be the centerpiece of your kitchen. Focus on choosing a benchtop that balances practicality with good looks. Although granite and marble are timeless additions to any home, man made and quartz engineered stone surfaces provide a more cost effective alternative without compromising quality and style.

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    Comment by Andrew@Floormaker Engineered Wood: Aug 13, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    Thanks Kimberly. This is a great post. I completely agree with Edward that a quality benchtop should be the centerpiece of your kitchen, alongside some well chosen flooring of course. :)

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