An increasingly common way to organize the interior space of an apartment is becoming a corner kitchen. It is not always possible to place kitchen furniture and household appliances along one wall, and the L‑shaped layout makes it possible to rationally use the area in both standard apartments and studio apartments. In this case, when installing a kitchen set, you will need a corner worktop for the kitchen.
Corner Kitchen Styles
- The classic design assumes clear contours of the furniture and the obligatory presence of space for built-in appliances. Expensive materials are used to create a classic interior.
- Country style is appropriate in a country house. The interior can have a rustic and deliberately rough look. The peculiarity of the country direction is naturalness, therefore the materials used to create it are wood and textiles with discreet prints.
- High-tech furniture structures are made of metal and glass, which makes the kitchen simple, but light and spacious.
- Modern style does not have the luxury of classics and high-tech asceticism. Art Nouveau style headsets are simple but beautiful. Furniture in the setting can be almost any, even the cheapest, the main requirement for it is convenience.
When choosing corner countertops for the kitchen, it is necessary to take into account the features of its style. Today the market offers materials for every taste and budget.
Surfaces made of chipboard or MDF are the cheapest and at the same time different in texture and color. A popular material is stainless steel. Surfaces made of transparent or colored glass look original. The most expensive materials are natural wood or natural stone, and they also require careful handling. Therefore, artificial stone countertops may be preferable.
Options for docking countertops
In the process of arranging a kitchen room, you can use different options for connecting the canvas.
The most common assembly option is the connection of two parts that are adjacent to each other at an angle of 90 °. Parts of such a countertop are of different sizes: the shorter part is placed along the wall where the entrance to the kitchen is located. For this reason, the corner adjacent to the doorway is rounded off. When deciding how to make a corner worktop for an L‑shaped kitchen, you need to remember that it should create the illusion of a single plane.
Of three parts
The third part is an additional corner element needed to connect two perpendicular sections. It increases the working area, and the front part of the facade becomes straight or rounded. Most often, three-part kitchen countertops are made of chipboard or MDF, they go well with curved MDF facades. Module designs allow you to create your own kitchen design.
A monolithic countertop is made from a single canvas. Joints without joints are good in that they prevent moisture from entering the kitchen modules, this increases the life of the surface, it becomes convenient to use.
Ways to connect the parts of the countertop
If the countertop is not monolithic, special technologies are used to connect the parts of the canvases at the required angle.
Docking through the bar
It is possible to ensure high-quality docking of parts of the working surface with the help of a bar. It is attached with screws to the end of the countertop. When making such fasteners, it is preferable to use a colorless silicone sealant, which will prevent moisture from entering the unprotected end.
Decorative connecting strips are used in the manufacture of inexpensive headsets. They are easy to process because they are made of aluminum. Hides uneven seams well. These factors are important when making a do-it-yourself corner worktop for a kitchen.
The disadvantages of such a connection can be considered a part protruding above the surface of the countertop and a meager color palette of aluminum profiles. It will not be easy to choose strips that would be combined in color with the work surface.
A screed is a special furniture fitting that provides a good connection between the elements of the corner tabletop to each other. Before inserting the screeds, the places of their future fastenings are marked. If the countertop has holes for built-in appliances, the ties should not interfere with its installation in the future. For the same reason, you should carefully calibrate the location of the recessed sink or built-in hob.
The corner tabletop, connected with ties, allows you to perform high-quality joining of parts, but still cannot compete in rigidity with a monolithic canvas. Therefore, the butt joints need to be securely supported when designing lower kitchen units. Otherwise, there may be a break at the junction when pressed.
Joining kitchen worktops using eurosaw
A reliable connection of the parts of the working plane helps to ensure eurozapil. When processing the ends in this case, patterns are used. Previously unused patterns help to achieve high quality work. In order for the eurosaw to be of high quality, a milling machine is used to create it.
Eurozapil is called hidden docking, since, when done correctly, the ends are connected into a flat surface on which the gap is not visible. The aesthetic component of this connection method is obvious, but it has a number of disadvantages that must be taken into account.
Eurozapil requires a strict arrangement of the parts of the countertop: when they are displaced, the integrity of the structure is violated and a gap is formed between the parts. Therefore, when placing a headset, the walls should be as even as possible, and the corners should be correct.
If the countertop is made in light colors, then the joining of the parts will be visible, therefore a dark-colored coating is preferable: it is not easy to find on it the place where the euro saw was made.
Eurozapil cannot be carried out at home; this requires production facilities.
Concrete countertop — seamless option of any shape
The technology of manufacturing concrete products has existed for a long time. Now this material is increasingly being used by manufacturers of kitchen furniture. The advantage of this material is that if you have the necessary skills, you can do the work yourself without involving specialists.
At the stage of preparation for work, it is required to purchase the necessary materials and tools. To prepare a concrete solution, you will need cement, sand, crushed stone, water. It is worth thinking about using a coloring matter, otherwise the countertop will be gray. You will need a metal reinforcing frame, which will increase the strength of the concrete product, and self-tapping screws for attaching the frame. As a frame, you can use steel wire with a diameter of 2–3 mm, pre-assembled into a mesh.
Concrete must be poured into the formwork, for the manufacture of which boards and a sheet of moisture-resistant plywood are required. It can be poured in two ways: completely filling the formwork, and in layers, using only part of the cement.
Before or after the preparation phase, you need to create a drawing, having previously accurately measured the distance needed to install the concrete countertop. On the drawing, you need to designate the hole for the sink and the cutout for the hob.
Countertops made of concrete can be designed in an original way. Before pouring the solution on a plastic film, you need to fix decorative elements with glue (pieces of broken glass, beads, wire patterns, etc.). After finishing work, they will remain on the front side of the surface.
If there is no decor on the front side, then it must be sanded with a grinder.
The process of manufacturing a concrete countertop is complex and requires accuracy. Its advantage is that it is made without seams and looks like a solid surface. At the manufacturing stage, it can be given any shape and size. Concrete perfectly withstands high temperatures and moisture, is not afraid of impacts and caustic liquids.
It is worth starting to choose or create a work surface for the kitchen, having studied the features of each material, its advantages and disadvantages, as well as objectively assessing your own skills. This will guarantee a long service life of the finished product.