The humble worktop may seem to be something that is there just to ensure you can get simple tasks done within the kitchen, but in reality there is far more to worktops than just offering you somewhere to serve up your dinner. Not only will the right preparation area be vital for anyone who wishes to cook for more than just themselves, but the right working area will also be vital for the aesthetics, practicality and even the hygiene of a kitchen.
As such, when it comes to redesigning or renovating any kitchen, the first thing you should think about is how much space you need. The three core areas of a kitchen are the primary worktop, the oven and the sink, and not only do these need to be in close proximity to each other if you want to maximise your potential and minimise the hassle you have in the kitchen, but you will also simply need to know that you will have space to store and use the smaller appliances that will be vital in creating many culinary delights.
The right worktop will not only be the visual focal point of your kitchen, but it will also be resilient, durable, easy to clean and resistant to all manner of substances. If you buy a worktop that will warp under excessive heat or will simply start to discolour over time, then not only might you have trouble later on when you come to prepare food, but you might also find that your kitchen suddenly simply looks far less appealing than it should.
Solid wood worktops are one great option, being durable, attractive and easy to treat. Not only can they simply be wiped clean after use, but they will also be easily treated and sanded to ensure that no matter how much damage they might receive over time, they can easily returned be to a perfect state without the need for a professional help or excess expenditure. Furthermore, with many different types of wood on the market, you will be able to find a colour and design that suits any decor you may be looking to work with.
The right worktop will allow you to store items more efficiently and give you just the right size and shape of space to prepare your food. Once you have worked out the optimum placement of your worktop in relation to your sink and oven, you will then be able to start working out where best to place the other items that are vital to your kitchen, from cabinets right through to islands and tables.
When renovating your home, don’t be afraid to change the layout of your kitchen to ensure that your worktop gives you all the practicality you need along with that all-important aesthetic boost. Whilst you won’t have to spend a fortune on such an addition, you will need to make sure that you get something that is the right size, shape, design and material, and it may even help to discuss your needs with an interior designer before you ultimately choose which option will be best for you.