How to fit a kitchen worktop

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How to fit a kitchen worktop
Installed kitchen worktops flush to the wall. (Sherri Camp/iStock/Getty Images)

Kitchen worktops are the most used spaces in a kitchen. If these worktops do not fit precisely you may be left with large gaps between the worktop and the wall where food or liquids may collect with everyday use. Learning how to fit kitchen worktops will help you to get professional looking results.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Clear tape
  • Circular saw
  • Scribing tool
  • Hand sander
  • Wood glue
  • Spanner
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the cabinets that will be covered. Use a measuring tape and make sure you take accurate measurements. Accurate measurements will save you time and money as you fit your kitchen worktops.

  2. 2

    Cut the kitchen worktops to size. Some DIY centres will cut the worktops for you. If you choose to cut them yourself, make sure you mark the correct measurements on the bottom of the worktop. Place a piece of clear tape where you will be cutting the worktop. The tape will help to keep the worktop edge from chipping. Use a circular saw to cut the kitchen worktop from the bottom.

  3. 3

    Slide the worktop into place on top of the base cabinets. Place a piece of masking tape along the edges of the worktop that butt against the wall. Use a scribing tool to scribe the edges of the worktop. Remove the worktop and sand the scribed edges down so the worktop fits with the wall. Use a hand sander to sand away the scribed edges. Replace the worktop on the base cabinets.

  4. 4

    Join the mitred edges of the kitchen worktops. On worktops that have two pieces that connect at a corner, glue the inside edges with wood glue and then bolt them together.

  5. 5

    Screw the worktops up through the cabinets with a screwdriver and screws. Before you begin make sure that the screws you are using will not penetrate through the surface of the worktop.

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