Your kitchen countertop is not only one of the functional foundations of the room but also holds real aesthetic value.

 

It may act as just a simple work surface, but this functional work surface will also likely host your sink and cooktop. Every countertop must be easy to clean, hygienic, water repellent, heat & humidity resistant, and strong enough to bear the battles of everyday kitchen activities. The countertop will be where you clean, prepare food, cut & mix food, rest hot pans, plate food, and where you'll find appliances and utensils. 

Generally, the height of countertops between 88-94cm, whilst having a depth of 60-80cm.

 

Although, these are general measurements. Adjustments can be made in accordance to what you may prefer. The most important thing is that it does what it needs to do. Countertops don't just need to sit on top of cabinets or drawers (though this is an efficient mode of storage), free standing or suspended countertops are also viable options. Alternatively, adding a peninsula is also an option worth considering. 

Basic Materials Guide
 

Low

Moderate

Discrete

Good

Excellent

Glass

Glass, tempered/toughened either chemically or thermally to increase strength and durability. Available in either a polished or satin finish, it is a thinner alternative to typical countertops, as well as being recyclable. 

Price

Medium

Scratch Resistance

Stain Resistance

Heat Resistance

Laminate

Laminate is the economic alternative to the others listed. The options are everygrowing in terms of finish and effect, providing a hygienic and waterproof countertop. 

Price

Low

Scratch Resistance

Stain Resistance

Heat Resistance

Marble (Basic)

Basic marble is the economic alternative to premium marbles. Being natural stone means it is porous and sensitive to acids and chemicals, though coating and sealants are widely available. Marble also brings a unique aesthetic element to the kitchen and can easily selected to match wall or floor tiles. 

Price

Medium

Scratch Resistance

Stain Resistance

Heat Resistance

Marble (Premium)

Premium marble is a superior marble, where you will fine the truly natural marble pattern throughout the stone. Natural stone is porous and sensitive to acids and chemicals, though it can be coated and sealed. It  brings a unique aesthetic element to the kitchen and can easily selected to match wall or floor tiles. 

Price

High

Scratch Resistance

Stain Resistance

Heat Resistance

Melamine

This is very common in kitchens. Melamine is a wood particle board (MDF) which is coated with a choice of patterns, colours and finishes. 

Price

Low

Scratch Resistance

Stain Resistance

Heat Resistance

Stainless Steel

Inspired by commercial kitchens, Stainless Steel countertops are designed for kitchens where hygiene is paramount. It is resistant to staining, though more prone to scratching. Being metal means that a true minimalistic design can be incorporated by integrating cabinets, cooktops and sinks. 

Price

Medium

Scratch Resistance

Stain Resistance

Heat Resistance

Stone (Basic)

Being the economic option of the natural stones, Basic Stone countertops will generally be prefabricated stone products. Colours vary from stone to stone. Being natural stone means it is porous and sensitive to acids and chemicals, though it can be coated and sealed. 

Price

Medium

Scratch Resistance

Stain Resistance

Heat Resistance

Stone (Premium)

Premium Stone countertops are generally Quartz, Granite, Travertine, Limestone, Onyx, and other such stones. Colours vary from stone to stone, and being natural stone is porous and sensitive to acids and chemicals, though it can be coated and sealed.

Price

High

Scratch Resistance

Stain Resistance

Heat Resistance

Wood

Wood fibre panels which are later finished in a wood veneer and thermo-treated. These can be painted in accordance to your design and preferences. 

Price

High

Scratch Resistance

Stain Resistance

Heat Resistance

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