3 Mistakes You Could Make With Your Countertops

Replacing the countertops in your home is a bit more challenging that some homeowners expect. One small mistake during the design process could prove costly. If you are in the process of designing your countertops, here are just a few of the mistakes of which you should be mindful.  

Incorrectly Measuring for the Overhang

If your kitchen includes an island, you want to make sure that the countertops are not too high or too low. Incorrectly measuring for the island's overhang could mean seating at the island would be uncomfortable. 

To measure for the countertop overhang, you need to factor in the seating. If possible, place one of the stools near the island and use it for a guide on how high the countertop needs to be. In addition to the height, you have to factor in the stability. The overhang should be properly centered and supported so that it does not tip if there was pressure applied to it.  

Failing to Consider the Counter Space Needed

One of the biggest mistakes you could make is not taking the time to consider how much counter space you actually need. If you underestimate the counter space, you could fall short with the amount of countertop you have for the project. Waiting for additional pieces to arrive could take weeks if you opted for custom countertops. 

Instead of thinking about the functions of each space in your kitchen in terms of what is already there, start thinking about what you want from those spaces. For instance, if you are a caterer or your family spends a lot of time in the kitchen working on projects, you might want more counter space than you currently have.  

Opting for the Latest Trend

Trends in housing can change quickly. If you select a kitchen countertop that is considered in style now, that could change in the next few months. You could be left with an outdated kitchen that could lead to another renovation sooner rather than later.  

Although it might be tempting to select a countertop that is trendy now, try to find one that will stand up to changes in trends. If you sell your home in the future, you will be glad that you did not fall for the fads.  

To guarantee that your kitchen's new countertops are what you need, consult with an interior designer or countertop retailer. Avoiding mistakes now could help you enjoy your kitchen while preventing disaster later. 


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