A kitchen countertop is an installable surface on a kitchen counter. It makes the surface of the kitchen uniformly leveled and adds more design to the kitchen. Choosing your kitchen counter top can be a difficult decision to make. There are too many options available online, at local stores and in home making catalogues. Paying for an interior designer’s services might be out of budget, and you need to pick soon before the kitchen remodeling process ends.
Here are some steps you can use as a guide to help you choose a kitchen countertop.
- Visualize your kitchen counter top. Whether you are renovating your kitchen or replacing damaged countertops, you need to have an idea of what it should look like. Stand in different spots of the kitchen where you can see where the countertop is going and visualize what it should look like. The kitchen countertop has to accentuate the kitchen, not stand out like a sore thumb. Do not choose a wood-based countertop for a kitchen full of silver finishing and metal.
- Consider your kitchen countertop options. Your local store, online shops and magazines show various kitchen countertops. Take note of the material and the prices. Knowing your choices narrows down your choices for when it is time to buy.
- Make a budget. You can get carried away by all the choices and recommendations for a kitchen countertop that would either look great, last long or both. Make sure this does not happen by setting a budget for the kitchen countertop. These can get expensive depending on the materials and the make, and you do not want to get bankrupt because of something that merely blends with everything else in the kitchen. Make a reasonable budget based on the prices of material that you browsed through in step 2.
- Choose your material. Kitchen countertops come in various materials meant to please the eyes and last as long as the kitchen, if not longer. Limestone, granite, marble and stainless steel kitchen countertops are the most common choices in material, but you should choose a kitchen countertop that is within your budget. You might also like a kitchen countertop made of fusion materials. A kitchen countertop made of a mix of durable materials, such as wood and marble, is fast becoming popular picks because of their effective and aesthetically pleasing mix.
After following the steps above, you are on your way to choosing a kitchen countertop that you need to install on your kitchen counters. As for installation, you might want to hire experts on installing a kitchen countertop, if your budget allows you, to get them installed correctly. It could be more cost-friendly for you if you install them yourselves, but hiring experienced workers to install them for you might be a better choice to maximize what you spent on the kitchen countertop. Remember that a kitchen countertop is preferably resilient to heat and moisture and you must choose wisely if you want an attractive, durable kitchen countertop that will last for a very long time.