How to choose your worktop thickness

Modern worktops explains how worktop thickness can influence the design, functionality and safety of your granite worktops.

Modern Worktops explains how worktop thickness can influence the design, functionality and safety of your granite worktops.

When it comes to selecting the thickness for your new granite or quartz worktop, there are numerous options available.

For worktops in general, the variety of sizes, colours and textures of the materials, such as granite or wood, usually come in vast array of thicknesses.

If you select linoleum, or another weaker material, you’ll be limited to a range of pre-set thickness options. This is because linoleum will be cut into sheets for quick and easy application en mass.

With granite, you can select your own bespoke size.

Deciding on the right worktop (and its thickness) for your kitchen counters or table will be based primarily on three main factors:

  • Cost
  • Durability
  • The supporting unit

In addition to these points, you may also want to consider how the thickness of the worktop will feature in the design of your kitchen.

Varying thicknesses of surface will help you to create sections and subtle differences in style around the room.

A 3cm thickness balances cost and durability

We create worktops with a thickness of 3cm or 1 ¼ inches as standard. We believe it creates the ideal balance between cost to the customer and durability, without endangering the quality of the counter.

As with many other suppliers of worktop surfaces, having an average thickness between 22mm and 3cm creates a fair balance between price and durability. Those who have opted for a superior surface, such as granite or quartz worktops, will still want to save on spending costs where they can.

A surface with a thickness of less than 22mm will be more likely to crack or chip, although still unlikely with materials as durable as granite or quartz. None the less, it is not advised to cut anything less than that thickness. While the substance’s own properties, such as heat resistance, will not be affected, surface damage will be more likely with a thinner surface.

As thickness increases, so does cost because the total surface area grows exponentially. Having a set, maximum budget, to spend on your worktops will help you find a size and thickness of surface that suits you.

Strong and supportive kitchen units

One of the factors that some customers (understandably) forget to consider is the unit that the worktop will be supported by.

In the case of new builds, the building team will be aware of what materials are being used and the condition of your cupboard units, for example, what will they need to be made of to support the weight of the surface.

If you are only installing a new worktop (not the units) in your home, a member of the installation team can advise of what weights can and cannot be supported.

Incorporate size changes into the design

The material you choose for your worktop will have a built in visual design element, with the crushed stones creating waves and shades of colour in the material. Additionally, choosing varying thicknesses can impact the style of the room.

Thickness, similar to worktop edges, can play a subtle but definite part in the design of the room.

Creating higher and lower areas, by changing the thickness of a surface, will force separation or cohesion into the area. For example, in a kitchen, if the hob utilises a thinner and lower worktop, it will stand below the chopping surface, allowing you to flow in your cooking as you mix ingredients into pans on the hob.

Consideration of the surface thickness, in combination with your choice of material and edging, will be what allows your new worktop to sit harmoniously with the rooms in your home.

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