How to measure up for stone kitchen worktops
At GON Granite & Marble, we use metric measurements and suggest having paper and pencil to hand in order to sketch out your requirements. Typically, kitchen worktops are about 600mm wide. If your worktops are more than 10mm either way from 600mm wide, this would suggest unusual unit sizes and you may want to consider our professional templating service. Ideally, your measurements should include for a 20mm overhang.
Follow this step-by-step guide to measuring up for your kitchen worktops:
1. Draw a basic plan-sketch of the worktops as required, showing sink and/or hob cut-outs if applicable.
2. Indicate any edges that will be visible (i.e. not butting up against a wall or unit) using a different coloured marker or a hatched line - these edges will need to be polished.
3. Before you go any further, ensure that all the kitchen units are absolutely level as this will affect how far away from the wall they are at their tops.
4. Using a good quality tape-measure (3m should be sufficient), measure the length of all the worktop runs (against walls) and annotate these dimensions on your plan.
5. Measure all the required widths and annotate these dimensions on your plan.
6. Measure the length and width of all sink and/or hob cutouts, if applicable, and add to your plan.
7. Two dimensions determine the position of cutouts: the distance from the rear of the cutout to the rear of the worktop (without upstands fitted), and the distance from the left of the cutout to the left of the worktop (without upstands fitted). Indicate these dimensions on your plan.
8. If two or more worktop runs meet at right-angles, decide where the joints are to be positioned. The general rule or aim is to try to reduce the maximum overall length of the longer runs such that you might end up with two manageable 2m lengths instead of a more cumbersome 2.6m length and a 1.4m length, for example.
9. Choose a size for the radiuses of all the worktop corners. This is where two polished edges meet one another at a right angle. Be mindful of exposing the carcass or framework underneath (i.e. if you specify a large radius) and consider this angle from various viewpoints before making a decision.
The standard thickness of stone upstands is 20mm. They are usually about 75mm in height. All finished edges will have a 2mm chamfer.
1. Indicate on your plan where you will fit upstands to complete the look of your worktops.
2. Measure the lengths required and annotate these dimensions on your plan.