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How to Prepare for Your Kitchen Benchtop Installation

So, you’ve decided to have a new kitchen benchtop installed. Whether you are creating a brand-new kitchen or renovating your own trusty space, it is important to prepare for your benchtop installation. After shopping around and choosing your perfect size, design and finish, you can start preparing for the latest addition to your kitchen. So, how can you get ready for your kitchen benchtop installation? Take a look below to find out.

Before fitting

Before fitting your new stylish kitchen benchtop, there are a few things to prepare to make sure the installation runs smoothly.

1. Have your sinks and taps ready

Before templating, it is important to have your sink ready to go. This is so the installer is certain that the sink will definitely fit, as the benchtop may need to be altered for this. Having your sink early will ensure that you don’t end up with an installed benchtop that needs readjusting later down the track.

2. Consider how you can support your benchtops

Although the cabinets in your kitchen will provide support for your benchtop, it is important to consider what additional supports you can put in place if need be. If any part of your benchtop will overhang the cabinets below, you may need to think about how this area will be supported. Depending on the material of your benchtop, you may need some additional bracing or brackets to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.

3. Know what height you want your benchtops to be

The height of a kitchen benchtop will vary from household to household. Although the standard kitchen benchtop is around 900mm, some people may prefer that to be taller to better suit their height. It is important to research this to make sure your kitchen benchtop installation runs smoothly and you are also happy with the finished product.

On the day

On installation day, there are still a couple of things to think about. Firstly, you will want to think about how much of the sink you will want to show if you are having an undermount installation. Although this can be down to your own preference, you may find it helpful to talk to your installer about what is important to you and what may be the best look for your kitchen. Next, you may want to think about how you can best hide the seams on your new benchtop. Similarly, you may find it helpful to speak to your installer about this, as they may have a few tricks up their sleeve.

After fitting

Once your new benchtop is installed, you will need to wait around 1–2 weeks before you can use it. Once the benchtop is ready, you will need to have a plumber ready to go to set up your taps and drain before you can use them. You can also start to look into splash back installation and painting, as you will have a better idea of what area to cover once your benchtop is installed and ready to go.