September 22, 2021

Enhancing Style & Practicality To Your Kitchen Worktops

All of our Kitchen Worktops are manufactured to the highest quality. They also come in a wide variety of shapes, colours, patterns and textures. This gives you the chance to explore all options in your décor and create a unique space that works for you.

These can be simple touches that can enrich the look of the whole room and match it to your style and use of the space.

Kitchen Worktops Upstands

An upstand is a narrow strip installed on the wall, just above the main worktop. Although separate from the main worktop, it creates the illusion of a seamless, continuous surface.

In addition to adding aesthetic value, upstands hide the corners of the back of the base cabinets, creating a softer overall look. Installing an upstand can also help to conceal uneven walls, which can result in gaps at the back of the main worktop. These gaps can be unsightly when filled with sealant, so an upstand can be used to overlap the existing worktop, effectively concealing any gaps.

Moreover, the upstand provides a seal that prevents liquids from escaping down behind the kitchen worktop into the units. It also serves as a barrier against food spillages and splashes, protecting the walls from damage. However, the height of the upstand should be considered, as lower upstands may offer limited protection.

When designing and measuring your upstand, consider where you prepare food the most. If necessary, upstands can be installed above all main worktop areas or behind the hob, preparation areas, and the sink. Alternatively, tiles or a splashback can be used to protect the other walls.

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Similar to an upstand, a splashback is a panel of worktop that is also installed about the main kitchen worktop. The major difference is that is it considerably taller than an upstand. A splashback will cover the whole wall between the base and wall cabinets, creating a whole wall of protection.

You can match the splashback to your main worktop, use them to add colour to your kitchen or create light by adding a mirrored effect.

Just like an upstand, a splashback will hide any gaps from uneven walls therefore creating a seal. This therefore stops liquids from getting behind the kitchen units.

As splashbacks are more protective than an upstand due to their height of, it means that your whole wall is protected from splashes and marks when preparing food and using the kitchen. If they can get dirty, you can simply wipe them clean.

Worktop Drainer Groves

If you have an under-mount sink, a drainer grove can be installed by carving out narrow flutes into the stone worktop next to the sink.

The whole draining area is carved out of the worktop to make it look as though it has sunk into the surface. This is called a recessed drainer. The benefits of having drainer groves in your worktop are not just for aesthetics, it is extremely practical too. They create a draining area for the water to flow down when doing the dishes. They are more subtle to the eye in comparison to a stand-alone drainer and allow the whole sink area to blend into the rest of the kitchen.

You may find that you still need to wipe excess water away from the worktop when you have finished the dishes and the water may not drain as well as a traditional drainer. This is, however, extremely easy to keep at bay by simply wiping away, keeping limescale and dirt build-up away.

Pop-up Sockets

These sockets usually consist of a few sockets in one station and, as the name suggests, pop up out of the worktop. Pop them up when you need them and push them back down when you have finished with them.

They are great for having in the middle of a kitchen where a traditional wall plug socket may not be easily accessible. This could also cause a hazard if you had a cable hanging from a wall area over the floor. Thus making pop-up sockets a more practical and safer solution.

The aesthetics of these sockets have great benefits too as you don’t have to see them all of the time, just when you want to use them.

Why use Rowe Granite Kitchen Worktops?

Rowe Granite is a family-run business with over 50 years of combined experience from a Father and Son made team. We now have a great team of staff who are experienced, helpful and friendly, supplying and installing hundreds of Quartz Worktops and other types around the UK.

Our team will not be beaten on price and will endeavour to help you achieve the best out of your space. Using a range of design techniques and our wide variety of Granite and Quartz Kitchen Worktops, we are sure to have something to suit your kitchen design and kitchen layout.

Samples of the worktops you like can be provided for you to get a feel of before your order to help make your decision a lot easier.

We will not be beaten on price when you provide us with a like-for-like quote. Contact us now for your free no-obligation quote and together we can design your dream kitchen.

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