Despite its small size, the skirting board in the kitchen plays an important role in the aesthetic perception of the interior of this room. There are several varieties of this element of decoration, so you need to make the right choice.
What functions does the plinth on the countertop perform?
Every detail matters in interior design. All finishing elements have their own function and are necessary to give the room a finished look. The need for borders arose because the kitchen set cannot be installed close to the walls. There are always gaps between them and the cabinets.
The countertop is the workplace of the hostess. Cooking, washing dishes and many other activities take place here. Such surfaces require regular cleaning from crumbs, water and dirt. If there is a gap between the headset and the wall, both moisture and debris will get into it. This is fraught with the creation of unsanitary conditions, the development of mold, the formation of unpleasant odors.
This finishing element also has one more important function: it protects the materials from which the set is made and the wall cladding is made from getting wet. Cabinets are made from wood-fiber products: chipboard, MDF and similar. Such materials are hygroscopic, swell and deform under the influence of moisture. Kitchen skirting for countertops helps prevent these problems. It securely closes the gap and gives the design of the headset a beautiful look.
Choosing a kitchen skirting board is not as easy as it might seem at first glance. Several factors must be taken into account and properly assessed. Among them:
- The location of the kitchen set: along one or more walls.
- The width of the gaps formed.
- The evenness of the walls adjacent to the headset, and the type of their finish.
- The possibility of locating sources of open fire or strong heat in the immediate vicinity of the walls.
Manufacturers of furniture for the kitchen develop the design of sets taking into account the installation of the skirting board and either offer it to the client upon purchase, or recommend purchasing the most suitable products to eliminate the gaps between the cabinets and walls. The choice largely depends on the color scheme of the facades and countertops. But only the buyer knows all the details of the interior of his premises, including wall decoration. Therefore, it is often necessary to make an independent choice. The most practical and inexpensive option is aluminum skirting boards for countertops.
Shape and dimensions
When choosing a skirting board, attention is paid not only to the material of its manufacture. Shape and size are just as important. Finishing elements should fit snugly on the countertop on one side, and on the wall on the other. This ensures a rectangular arrangement of the inner slats. Its outer side may be different:
- have a rectangular ledge.
When choosing, take into account the dimensions of the bottom bar and guide. The height and width of the shelves can be different. The most important parameters of the plank that will be adjacent to the countertop. The plinth should go at least 1 cm onto it. Wires are hidden in the space between the inside and the decorative insert of the collapsible plinths.
Installing a kitchen skirting board on a countertop is simple. Any owner can do this job. It is also suitable for women and teenagers. It is important to choose the right installation method and know the sequence of actions.
Varieties of plinth by material
According to the material of manufacture, there are several types of skirting boards for countertops:
- from artificial stone.
All of them have advantages and disadvantages. Products made of wood and artificial stone are also made to order according to the sketches or wishes of the client. This makes your kitchen unique. Ceramic products go well with tiles. A plinth made of artificial stone or wood is chosen if these materials predominate in the design of the headset.
Made of plastic
Plastic products have their own advantages and are the most common choice of the consumer. First of all, the elasticity of these slats attracts. They can be slightly bent without compromising the aesthetic perception of the finish. The relative elasticity of this material is important in the design of curved surfaces, which are formed when the walls are of poor quality. All other types of borders do not have this ability, which determines the popularity of plastic.
These products are made from polyvinyl chloride by extrusion, then any color is given with the help of pigments. The plinth has a removable outer strip, colors and patterns that are chosen in accordance with the interior design.
Most in demand: finishing under stone, wood or metal. The disadvantage of plastic is its instability to heat and brittleness. The plinth is attached to the countertop with special glue, which is sold in building and finishing materials stores, or with self-tapping screws. Most often, only the lower shelf of the slats is fixed. The reason is that when attaching the top to the kitchen backsplash, the tile can be damaged. In addition, with the slightest movement of the table, cracks can form on the baseboard. The most convenient fixation on liquid nails, glue such as “Titanium” or “Moment”.
Aluminum plinth is more durable and has no less choice of colors than plastic. In order to give the outer bar a beautiful look, an oxide film is applied to it. It has an easy to clean surface and is resistant to abrasion. Therefore, the skirting board can be washed with abrasive particles, which cannot be done with plastic. To install aluminum fittings, choose the method of mounting on self-tapping screws.
Varieties of plinth by design
Plinths have a different design solution. This depends on their configuration. The list of fasteners and connecting elements may include:
- outer and inner, left and right corners;
- connecting strips;
- self-tapping screws;
- plugs left and right.
The complete set depends on a configuration of a line of registration of a table-top. The removable outer bar can be snapped into place or slotted into the grooves on the inside of the plinth. Also, its body can be one-piece. The installation of the plinth is carried out in the ways recommended by the manufacturers.
On request, you can make a one-piece molded plinth, which exactly repeats the line where the kitchen set adjoins the wall. This is an advantageous solution in all respects, since it ensures the tightness of gap overlapping.
Expensive kitchen furniture is equipped with such products. Most often they are made of steel, specially processed wood or marble.
Universal kits consist of several strips, connecting and fastening elements. Such skirting boards are mounted on surfaces of different configurations. The standard length of the planks is 2.8–3 m. The installation of the plinth begins with cutting them into pieces of the desired length.
The installation of the skirting board begins with the preparation of the surfaces. They should be free of dust and debris. If plastic products are mounted, the countertop is pre-degreased with white spirit. This is followed by instructions on how to install the skirting board on the kitchen countertop. Regardless of the material of manufacture of products, the following steps are performed:
- If the plinth is purchased in disassembled form, connect the inner and outer strips.
- Check whether the headset is installed correctly and, if necessary, align it along the wall.
- Choose a mounting location. Ideally this is a tabletop.
- Set inside and outside corners.
- The distance between them is measured with a tape measure, taking into account the entry of the slats into the grooves of the connecting elements (5 mm).
- Measure the required lengths of the segments and put marks on the plinth.
- Cut off planks with a hacksaw.
- On the left and right sides of each segment of the plinth, 5 mm of a decorative insert is cut off. This distance is required to enter the outer and inner corners. If mounting on self-tapping screws is selected, decorative strips are not inserted back after trimming.
- The inner part of the plinth is inserted into the grooves of the connecting elements.
- Attach each plank to the countertop and/or wall with self-tapping screws.
- Install external faceplates.
If the installation is carried out with glue, it is applied before installing the decorative strips on the countertop or the bottom of the assembled skirting board. The final stage of work is the installation of end caps.
There are several important points in the design of the junction line of the kitchen set to the wall. The first is the correctness of the measurements. It will be possible to correct the error only if the materials are available. Therefore, an inexpensive plastic or aluminum plinth is bought with a margin.
Another important point relates to the installation of plastic products. For a tighter fit to the wall and countertop, the side faces are treated with sandpaper. This will make the surfaces rough, and the glue will fill in all the microcracks.
There is another rule for mounting the plinth on glue. After pressing the strips to the surfaces on which they are fixed, it is necessary to immediately remove the squeezed out glue. This is done using any object with smooth edges. It is not recommended to use a clerical or other knife, because scratches may appear on both the baseboard and the countertop. If everything is done correctly, the working area in the kitchen will be decorated beautifully and reliably.