How to Choose the Right Benchtop for Your Kitchen

The kitchen bench is the centrepiece of most kitchens in Brisbane. It’s often one of the first things you notice when walking into a kitchen, and it plays an integral role in most kitchen tasks, such as food preparation, post-dinner clean-up and making your morning coffee. The benchtop will also be the place where kids sit to do their homework, guests hover with their drink of choice and family gather to discuss life’s important questions (such as “what do you want for lunch?” and “do we need milk?”). Understandably, there’s a lot of pressure when it comes to choosing the right benchtop for your kitchen. 

Selecting the Right Benchtop for Kitchen Renovations in Brisbane

A benchtop is a long-term investment item, not something you’ll change every year or two, so it makes sense to put some serious thought into the selection process. You want something that suits your budget, looks fantastic and that will remain a functional part of your kitchen. Fortunately, there is a great range of benchtop products now available for kitchen renovations Brisbane, catering to just about every style and budget. The most popular kitchen benchtop materials include timber, stainless steel, laminate, natural stone, engineered stone and concrete. Each material comes with its own pros and cons, but all can be used to stunning effect for new kitchens in Brisbane. 

How to Choose the Right Style for Your Kitchen Benchtop

Before you can choose a style of benchtop, you need to think about what style of kitchen you’re hoping to achieve. A timber benchtop is ideal for completing a Colonial aesthetic, while stainless steel or polished concrete benchtops look fantastic in a more modern or industrial style kitchen. And for a classic Hamptons colour scheme, you can’t go past a gleaming Caesarstone or laminate finish. Bear in mind that certain kitchen styles rely more on colour than material, such as the charcoals and dark wood grains typically seen in a Contemporary kitchen. Since many benchtop materials are available in a range of patterns, textures and colours, this means you can usually achieve the style you want without having to compromise on functionality or cost. 

Choosing A Kitchen Benchtop to Suit Your Budget

You’ll quickly find there can be a lot of cost variation when it comes to budgeting for a kitchen benchtop. While a laminate benchtop may have a starting price of around $350 per square metre, a natural stone benchtop could be as much as $4,000 per square metre. So, when it comes to choosing the right kitchen benchtop, it’s well worth consulting with experienced kitchen designers in Brisbane. This will help you to determine which products will best suit both your chosen style and your established budget. 

Consider Ongoing Maintenance When Choosing Your Kitchen Benchtop

The final consideration should be the level of ongoing maintenance that your kitchen benchtop is going to require. If you want a hard-wearing, long-lasting benchtop surface, then stainless steel could be ideal (one of the reasons it’s the preferred surface used in commercial kitchens). Natural stone benchtops are fantastic in terms of durability, but they will require periodic re-sealing and can be subject to staining if spilt liquids aren’t left standing for long periods of time (e.g overnight). Laminate benchtops have a reputation for being scratch and stain-resistant and require minimal ongoing maintenance, but they don’t respond well to excess heat (so you’ll have to avoid placing hot saucepans directly on the surface). Thinking about how you’ll use the kitchen and how much time or money you’re prepared to invest in long-term maintenance will help you to refine your selection when choosing a benchtop for your kitchen.  

Ask Experienced Kitchen Designers in Brisbane for Advice

If you want help choosing the right benchtop to suit your kitchen design, budget and lifestyle, then make an appointment with the team at Craftbuilt, experienced kitchen designers in Brisbane. With over 45 years of industry experience, we can help you create a new kitchen that is perfect for you.