How To Install Kitchen Countertops

Are you renovating your kitchen countertops? Here’s exactly how to do it right – the first time!

Photo: Kathy Ann Abell Interiors

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is because most families gather there and some of the most important decisions are made at the kitchen countertops. If the room is this important it is essential that you don’t overlook creating the right environment. You don’t need to replace the entire kitchen although there are certainly some excellent commercial joinery firms he can help you create the bespoke kitchen of your dreams.

All you actually need to do to create the perfect kitchen is replace the doors and countertops. But how do you install new countertops? You may be surprised by how easy it is.

What You Need

  • Your new worktop or tops.
  • A belt sander
  • A scribing tool
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver
  • Jigsaw
  • Masking tape

Step 1 – Get the countertops

You need to measure the countertop area and then purchase either custom made countertops or the pre-cut and formed ones. Make sure you have enough to cover all the kitchen cupboards; allowing for corners.

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Step 2 – Fill the gap

If you look at the bottom of the new countertop you may find that they have a recessed area. You’ll need to cut some wood to fit into the gap and make it all level. This won’t be seen so doesn’t need to be a perfect cut.

Step 3 – Prepare the top

You need to measure accurately from the wall to ¾ inch in front of the kitchen cupboards. This is unlikely to be the same width for your entire kitchen. This is important to ensure your countertops fit snugly against the wall and overhang the cupboards properly.Once you’ve measure create the countertop template on paper or card. You can check this fits snugly. Now you have to put it on your countertop and mark the cut line.

Step 4 – Cut the countertop

Before you start cutting run some masking tape across the cut line on the finished side. This will help to stop it cracking as you cut. You can cut the counter top with a handsaw, jigsaw or any other power saw you’re comfortable with. Take your time with this step.

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Step 5 – Check It

Put the countertop in place to make sure it fits correctly. A small gap is not an issue as this can be covered with the backsplash you’ll add after the countertop.

Step 6 – Allow For Corners

The most difficult part is making the miter cut for the corners. This is something you may need professional help with. The alternative is to use the preformed edges and joining strips.

Step 7 – Sink And Stove

You’ll need to cut these holes into your countertops before you finish installing them. It is easiest to put the worktop in position and then place the sink on top of it. You can then mark the position and use the sink template, a drill and your jigsaw to cut the required hole. You only get one chance at this!

Step 8 – Finish

With everything ready you can slide the countertop in place and then tighten the miter bolts for the corners. You can then screw through the top of the base units and into the countertop from underneath. This will ensure it does not move. Now admire your handiwork!