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Best for… Light in a small spaceGlass Gleaming glass may not be the first option that springs to mind when you’re shopping for a worktop, but it can make perfect sense. Glass is reflective, adding a sense of light and brightness to small or dark kitchens. It’s easy to clean, heat-resistant and hygienic. The latest toughened glass worktops are less susceptible to chips, scratches and breakages. Even slimline designs can be super-strong these days. A bespoke, cut-to-fit glass worktop can also be made to fit the exact space you require – another big plus. However, glass does smudge and smear, so if you don’t fancy constantly buffing away fingermarks, it might not be the option for you. And it’s not the cheapest material, either, so perhaps not for those on a tight budget.TELL US… Which type of kitchen worktop is your ideal? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.
Incorporate into a wall unitThis option isn’t the most practical for shorter people, or for those whose children are starting to take an interest in independent cooking. If you have height on your side, however, raising a microwave up so it’s integrated into a wall unit can work very well. And by tucking it around the corner, as here, you can ensure it doesn’t become the focal point of the room.
Update a worktopMany of my clients who wish to upgrade their kitchens are often happy with the layout of their units, and just want to replace cupboard doors and work surfaces, rather than going for a full makeover. Glass is a good option for worktops, because it’s tough, attractive and easy to clean. The reflective surface bounces light around the room far more than any other material, keeping it bright and airy, and it comes in a range of colours to suit any scheme.Read more about the pros and cons of glass and other worktop materials
GlassGlass is a super-slick choice suited to contemporary kitchens. ‘More and more people are choosing glass for their worktop as they realise how strong and easy to maintain it is. It takes a lot to break it, even the currently popular 10mm worktops,’ says Emma James of Deco Glaze.If scratches are an issue for you, consider etched glass. ‘Many people opt for acid-etched surfaces as they are pretty scratch-proof,’ says Emma. ‘Unlike sandblasting, this method doesn’t create holes, so it’s still super-easy to clean.’And the best way to clean a glass worktop? ‘Vinegar and newspaper brings it up a treat without involving any harsh chemicals,’ says Emma.Pros It comes in a pretty much unlimited range of colours. It can be lit from below for a special effect. Chips can be repaired by most windscreen repair firms. Maintenance is easy as the pores don’t hold onto stains, and it’s unaffected by water. It doesn’t need sealing and is heat resistant to 400C. Light scratches can be buffed out.Cons With chunky worktops, the colour is altered slightly by the thickness of the glass. Fingermarks can show up, especially on darker colours. Polished tops scratch and joins are visible.