I’m currently designing a kitchen and lounge area and after much debate my client has chosen a contemporary kitchen with a slimline stainless steel trim handle, integrated appliances, an undermounted sink and a small breakfast bar area. He has also chosen a quartz material for the Kitchen worktop.
The next decision he has to make is what worktop thickness should he go for? Thick or thin?
For years, the standard kitchen worktop thickness has been 2-3cm. But more recently, homeowners are looking to put a trendy spin on their worktop and are deviating from the norm. Whether it be really thick or super thin? Which way to go?
At the thin end of the debate, super skinny worktops as thin as 1cm are making a splash in the contemporary market. It has to be noted our European counterparts have been enjoying slim profiled worktops for a while, but will they stand the test of time? Or are they a trendy fad that will look dated 5 years down the line?
Thin and contemporary, they provide a sleek and modern look that works well with today’s integrated kitchen. With its streamlined look, subtlety is the key.
However, an extra thick kitchen worktop adds a unique personality to a kitchen. Some feel that the extra thickness translates to an impression of higher quality and greater expense. So is it affordable within the budget?
The thin and thick debate will obviously impact the budget. Kitchen renovations are never cheap but arguably the worktop decision, which provides the icing on the cake for a kitchen design can make or break the final look. There is no point spending an arm and a leg on an expensive kitchen and then trying to keep costs low on the worktop as it will ruin the whole look.
Mixing and Matching kitchen worktop thicknesses
What about teaming up super skinny with big and bold to make a real statement or mixing materials as well as thickness?
Mixing materials may also potentially help to reduce the cost of worktops. For example, granite is a premium material that comes with a premium price, so introducing areas in timber will not only make a feature in the scheme but may also be more affordableUsing different thicknesses will add interest and texture to schemes and prevent the look from being overpowered by one material.
And the decision is?
Let me know if you want to see what we went with in the end?