Kitchen or bathroom cabinets are a must-have for the family, and the cabinet with countertop is the most popular now. Here are some tips on how to install the base cabinet with countertop.
How to measure the size of the cabinet with countertop?
The choice of cabinet size is a very important step, so we must seriously consider which method to use for measurement.
According to ergonomics, it should be 780mm more suitable for people’s height. Of course, this height is only considered from an average point of view, so you must consider the height of your family members, so the 780mm can only be used as a reference.
This is related to the size of the sink. It can be placed in the width of the largest sink and the normal width. The largest sink (washbasin) is also 470mmX880mm. It is more suitable to make the cabinet about 600~650mm, and it is more beautiful.
There are several kinds of stone thickness, 18mm, 20mm, 25mm, 30mm, etc., which can be customized according to requirements. Generally, the thickness of the marble is 18 mm or more, and the thickness of the granite is 20 mm or more.
It is recommended to use stone with a thickness of 18mm or more on the countertop, because the thin stone is easy to break, and the stability of the thick stone is much better.
The height of the countertop is the same as the height of the cabinet, because the countertop is mounted on the cabinet.
What Material is Best for The Countertop?
The surface is an indispensable part of the cabinet. As a cooking operation platform, it is frequently used in the kitchen, and it is also very easy to be stained with oil, water and the like. Therefore, the countertops are both good in quality and relatively easy to clean and maintain.
So how should we choose the right countertop? The most commonly used in the cabinet market is artificial stone countertops. In addition, natural stone (marble, granite), quartz stone and stainless steel countertops also occupy a certain market proportion. This article makes a material analysis with a marble countertops.
Natural marble is a metamorphic rock formed by the high temperature and high pressure of the original rock in the earth’s crust. Generally speaking, it has a textured, high gloss and is natural marble. Below we analyze the advantages and disadvantages of natural marble materials.
Advantages: pure natural stone, beautiful pattern, shiny and soft, the texture is ever-changing, and there is a feeling of returning to nature. The texture is hard, the scratch resistance is outstanding, and the wear resistance is good.
Disadvantages: the length of natural stone is short, the long table top needs to be spliced, and the seam is obvious. It is difficult to process the natural stone of the kitchen or the cross of the pipe. The density of the natural stone is large, hard and hard, and the elasticity is insufficient. In case of heavy blow or sudden temperature change, crack will occur. It is difficult to remedy.
Cabinet with Marble countertop Installation Guide
Nowadays, many families like to decorate the bathroom or the kitchen with marble countertops, because these two spaces are really easy to stain, and the marble countertops are better for cleaning. So, how to install the marble countertops?
Prepared Materials and Tools
Before installing marble countertops, prepare the required materials and tools to prevent material shortage during installation. The materials and tools required for marble countertop installation include marble countertops, hammer (to remove old countertops), horizontal lines, silicone adhesive, tape measure.
Countertop Installation Steps
- Use the prepared tape measure to measure the length and width of the mesa area to be installed, and then decide whether to install the countertop with the sink or separate the sink and countertop depending on the actual situation.
- Move the prepared marble to the area to be installed. If the marble countertop is dirty or dusty, clean it.
- If the new countertop is ready, you can begin to clear the old countertop and sink.
This step requires attention: if the cabinets at the countertops do not need to be replaced, continue to use them, then ensure the integrity of the cabinets when removing the old countertops and sinks. Of course, if circumstances permit, the old countertops and sinks can be removed a few days before the new marble countertops are installed, and the waste is removed by the way.
- After the installation area is processed, you can start to install a new marble countertop. Note that you do not need to apply any glue during this installation step. After installation, test the correctness of the installation and see if the installation is suitable. If the shape of the area where the countertop is installed is not a complete square or rectangle, then it may be necessary to trim the new countertop after installation.
- After installing the new marble countertop, the next step is to install the marble backsplash and make sure that the marble backsplash is tightly attached to the wall. If there is a gap in the middle, the necessary adjustments are required.
- When all the areas and corners are checked, you can use the clean silicone adhesive that was prepared before.
Note: The silicone adhesive used here is preferably light-colored and guaranteed to be clean. Because the color of the adhesive is displayed through the marble after drying, the light color itself is not obvious, which ensures the aesthetic appearance of the marble.
- After all the treatment is completed, let it stand for 8 hours, then check to see if the countertop is evenly fixed on the cabinet.
The above is about the “marble countertop installation” related introduction, I hope to help everyone. Remember, you must wait until the marble countertop is completely fixed. otherwise, you can’t put it into use! You can also refer to this YouTube video below.
How to maintenance the marble countertops
For the choice of cabinets, many families like cabinets with marble countertops, because marble countertops have many advantages. But do you know the maintenance precautions for marble countertops?
After all, marble countertops are more expensive, so when we are maintaining marble countertops, we have to be as special as other expensive wood furniture. Two very important considerations are not to leave the stain on the marble surface for a long time, and do not place the glass directly on the marble countertop. Clean up in a time when a spill occurs.
Clean the Countertop
Pay attention to cleaning when there is residue on the countertop. The best way is to remove it with a rag and keep it dry. When wiping the countertop, if you want to dry or polish it, use a dry towel or paper towel. When deep cleaning marble countertops, it is not enough to use a mild detergent. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and go to the store to purchase high-quality marble cleaning products for cleaning.