Picking the right kitchen sink

At Discount Worktop Store, we are more than just another online kitchen worktop supplier.

We care about our customers getting the very best in both quality and value from their new kitchen but on top of that – we want you to be happy with how your new kitchen looks.

Which is why we put together these useful articles that help to give you some useful hints, tips and advise on everything from kitchen worktops to kitchen sinks.

And that neatly brings us onto this weeks topic – kitchen sinks. How to choose a practical and stylish kitchen sink that will compliment your new kitchen space.

The kitchen sink sees more than its fair share of use during the average week. From washing pots and pans to all sorts of food preparation and potentially other uses.
When you think of it like that – you can see why having the right kitchen for your needs is important.

Some easy things to consider when picking out a new kitchen sink are:
Is the sink part of a completely new kitchen fitting that would include new worktops, cabinets and drawers? Or is it a simple replacing one sink for another. If it is the latter, then you are restricted to the existing cut-out size of the current sink size and shape. Ie. if you have a large round sink then the cut out will be a large round hole and your dream of a small square sink will be dashed with the current kitchen worktop.

It is also worth considering what you will use the kitchen sink for. If you are lucky to have a utility room then it will most likely have a sink – perfect for cleaning your kids grubby football boots. But if you don’t then will the kitchen sink be doubling up for food and other item cleaning? Likewise, if you use larger pans like a WOK or large pots for making huge batches of soup then a larger sink will be preferable for your day to day pot cleaning requirements.

And with all these pots that you clean – you will need drainage space. This is when a buit in drainer sink can be incredibly handy to allow your pots, pans and plates to dry after a hand wash.

What will your kitchen sink be made of? That is an equally big question.

The choice of material will boil down to two fundamental things. Cost and style.

Stainless Steel Sinks

Your average stainless steel sink is both lightweight, durable and great value for money. While stainless steel kitchen sinks are generally the cheapest option, the right worktop and tap combo can really complement the overall look of your kitchen. One downside to stainless steel sinks is that they will show up scratches quickly and easily.
There is a variation on stainless steel kitchen sinks called linen stainless steel. This is very similar but has a textured microdot surface design that can help hide scratches more easily.

Resin Sinks

If you are wanting your kitchen sink to better match the look/colour of your kitchen worktops then you may want to look at a resin kitchen sink in more detail. They are very similar to Quartz/Granite sinks but are a little bit lighter and thinner and therefore cheaper.

Quartz/Granite Sinks

Like their relative kitchen worktops, quartz and granite kitchen worktops are strong, robust sinks that are great at fending of scratches and are heat resistant. Because of their hardwearing build and great looks, they are a popular choice for those looking for a styling kitchen sink to compliment the rest of the kitchen design.

Composite quartz / granite

Composite quartz sinks are some of the most solid and robust sinks available with a superior resistance to heat and scratches. Combining their hardwearing build with a stylish design, they offer fantastic value for money and superior resistance for those willing to invest in their kitchens.

Ceramic Sinks

If you are looking for a traditional style kitchen then a ceramic sink will be high up on your list. With a smooth silky feel and traditional style, these style of sinks can be a great centerpiece for new kitchens wanting to capture that traditional look. They are therefore also a great feature in more traditional homes which sometimes can’t pull off a modern kitchen design.

Because ceramic sinks don’t stain easily and because they are so tough – they are a lasting and durable option that will most likely outlive the rest of the kitchen in the years to come.

And there you go. We hope this has helped you better understand the world of kitchen sinks. And remember, just because we offer some of the best discount prices on kitchen worktops doesn’t mean we are not here to help with everything and anything you may want or need to know about new kitchens.

Quartz Marble Effect is hot right now

Int he kitchen worktop world, there are periods where minimalist is popular and there are times when country/farm style is popular and right now, Quartz Marble effect is very popular.

 

Apollo Quartz Kitchen Worktops are one of the biggest sellers at DWS, they always have been.  But recently, there has been a big swing in sales towards marble effect. 

It completely makes sense.  Marble is of course a very sophisticated looking worktop material but generally has a few downsides to it.  Cost obviously is one of them. 

But with Apollo Quartz you get the best of both worlds.  The sophisticated look of marble (which we have to say, the material scientists at Apollo have done a great job on) with the durable practicality of Apollo Quartz worktop materials and the cost savings to go with it.

So if you are looking for a great looking kitchen worktop at an affordable cost, then check out our Apollo Quartz range today.

Choosing a sink for your kitchen

You know you have reached the top levels of ‘cool’ when you spend your Friday nights at home googling what sinks would be best in your new kitchen.

And while we joke about it, a new kitchen is a serious investment and one that you will get a return from very quickly.  When we talk about return, we don’t mean financial – we mean lifestyle and life improvement.

And that is why we put together these kind of articles.  It is not all about worktops for kitchens.  We want to help customers get the best from their new kitchen – worktops and all.

So kitchen sinks.

Here are some questions to ask yourself.

1 – Will you be regularly washing dishes in the sink?  If so then size is important.  A nice big sink is ideal for washing big dirty pots.

2 – Is the worktop around the sink going to be wood or not?  This may seem like a strange question but if you are a messy washer then a wooden worktop will quickly succumb to wet staining and warping.  So if you want your sink to sit under the worktop – this will make the situation worse.

3 – Defrosting.  If you like to defrost some meat while you are at work then a side sink is a great addition.  You still have the regular sink but the side sink can be used for defrosting things, letting smaller things steep in hot water and so on.

4 – What material.  Do you want a clinical metal sink or a warm ceramic sink.  Or a plastic sink if you are on a budget.

5 – Not all whites are matching.  You might be thinking – white worktop and white sink. Well just remember that not all whites are the same white.  When you can, get samples.

Hopefully this helps you with figuring out your new dream kitchen and as always, if you have any questions about kitchen worktops then contact us.  

 

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What every family kitchen needs

You may be wondering why on earth we have put together an article about what every family kitchen needs.  We sell kitchen worktops online at trade prices.  So what does that have to do with what you need in a kitchen?  Well it doesn’t.  But we are passionate about kitchens and kitchen worktops and we want you to get the best in quality and price from us and we want you to get the best in everything else so that you truly get the dream kitchen you have always wanted.

So today we are talking about 5 things that every family kitchen needs.

1 – Space

A family kitchen is not just somewhere that you cook food and eat food in.  It is where school homework is done.  It is where muddy boots are cleaned and it is probably where the school clothes get hung out to dry when it is raining outside.

So when it comes to planning your new dream kitchen, always think about space.  Does this layout have the space I need to operate as  family in the day to day chaos of getting ready for school, safely boiling pasta and entertaining my children’ friends on play dates?

 

2 – Big family – big fridge

While young care free single people and couples can shop at their leisure, a family needs to have a fridge fully stocked.  And that means a big fridge.  So when you are planning your kitchen out, remember – you need a big fridge!!!

 

3 – A bigger freezer

Yes that is right, we have kept the freezer as a separate item for the family kitchen.  Why you ask?  Well because a family has more frozen things.  Fish Fingers, Chips, frozen vegetables and all the frozen meals that you make in advance to make life easier.  This is why you need to plan out your kitchen in advance not just for the daily use of the kitchen but the storage of things within it as well.

 

4 – A dinning table

When you are young free and either single or in a straight forward relationship then you will find that so many of your meals are eaten at breakfast bars, on your lap in front of the tv or something similar.  When you are a family of 3, 4 or more then having an actual dinning table is essential.  You need to work this into the space.  We have worked on a number of kitchen worktop projects in the past where they had a large worktop area that was the dinning table.  Think of it like a dinning table that happens to be an extension of the kitchen worktop ‘zone’.

 

5 – Messy kids make lots of mess and don’t care much about scuffing walls.

We speak from both personal experience AND knowledge from some customers and their suffering.  We of course are talking about a) kids making lots of mess and you having to be the one that cleans it up.  Simply having the dust pan and brush close to the dinning table to sweep up the mess each and every night can be priceless.  And make sure that things are not too tightly squeezed together.  You would be amazed how quickly scuff marks of chairs rubbing against the wall will drive you up the very same wall.

 

And there you go.  We don’t want to inundate you with too much information.  You may think that so much of what we have said is common knowledge but for so many, they have never had to think about having a freezer that can hold a large box of fish fingers.  Up until parenthood, that space went towards keeping a bottle of Vodka cold. 😉

 

Another happy customer

It is always nice to hear from our customers, not just after a successful sale but also when the new kitchen worktops have been fitted.

 

So when we hear from one of our clients not just with a note of thanks but also pictures to go with it, we were more than thrilled.  So we thought we would share it with you….

“We have finally moved into our barn conversion – as promised, here are a couple of pictures of the kitchen – I’m so thrilled with it and the worktop just looks great and visitors are totally amazed. Hope you like them!

Many thanks for your help throughout the whole purchasing and fitting procedure – I will be happy to recommend your company to anyone.

Best regards,

Janet”

 

Breakfast bar worktops top tips

If you have decided that now is the time to get a new kitchen then let us firstly say – congratulations.

 

The kitchen is one of the most commonly used rooms in a house.  From having your morning bowl of cereal to kids homework and then of course, making, eating and cleaning your dinner every night.

So when it comes to planning out your kitchen, you want to make sure that it is a room that can work with your life.  So when it comes to breakfast bars, we thought we would give you some top tips.

 

Kitchen worktop breakfast bars are a great place for so many of the day to day kitchen uses.

Do the whole family site at the dinner table for breakfast?  If not then a breakfast bar may just be a great addition for the morning breakfast traffic.

Do you like to sit in the kitchen reading the paper over a cup of coffee?  Then a breakfast bar are may be a great addition.  Especially if you have friends join you for a cup every now and again.

Do you have company while you prepare dinner in the evenings?  Then a breakfast bar is a great place where they can sit and chat to you as you slave over a hot stove.

 

When it comes to what type of kitchen worktop to go for with your breakfast bar, it really depends on what you will use it for.  So for example if you were going to use the breakfast bar as an area for food preparation ie. sitting on a stool and chopping vegetables then we would advise against wooden worktops.  With the frequent washing of the surface, you will damage the staining and can even cause splintering.  This should not detract your from wood as a kitchen worktops as it is a fantastic worktop material.  But we want to be honest.  All it takes is a spilt beetroot to cause some cleaning chemical damage to a wooden worktop.  And if your kids are going to be doing their homework on a wooden worktop breakfast bar then get ready for many pen marks on the wood as they accidently go off the page while working on their latest homework project.

 

Space is another thing to thing about.  Is your breakfast bar going to be part of a kitchen island?  If so then is there enough space to walk behind someone while they are sitting at the breakfast bar?  If not then will that pose a problem for foot traffic as people come and go through the kitchen.  Remember that a lot of kitchens are the access point to the back garden.  So do you really want your coffee/newspaper time interupted as the kids come in and out of the garden every five minutes.

 

And the last thing to think about is lighting.  A breakfast bar can be great for daily use but if the location that you can put a breakfast bar in is a dark corner of the kitchen then you may find that it will not actually get used much because it becomes a negative space.  

 

We hope our advise and top tips on kitchen worktops and breakfast bars is of use.  And we hope you enjoy looking through the rest of our website for some of the best online discount prices in kitchen worktops in the UK.

Do you need a dishwasher in your kitchen?

At Discount Kitchen Worktops Store, we like to help.  And not just with our kitchen worktops which as always, you will find at better than trade prices.  But with all kitchen related items.

Because when you get a new kitchen, it is a big investment.  Not just in cost but in time and effort. Your kitchen is one of the most commonly used rooms of the house so you want to get it right.  Which is why we put together some helpful blog articles that you can use as a guide when you are planning out your new kitchen – worktops and all.

 

Todays topic is more a question – do you need a dishwasher in your new kitchen?  The simple answer is probably yes, but here is 10 key points to consider AGAINST getting a dishwasher in your new kitchen.

 

How clean does it make your dishes?

This may seem obvious but if you cram your dishwasher to the brim with dirty dishes, it reduces its ability to clean them properly.  They may look clean but harmful bacteria could still be lurking.

Your wine glasses may not survive!

If you are a fan of wine (and who isn’t) then you may well be putting your wine glasses in the dishwasher at the end of the night.  But wine glasses are delicate and can easily break in a dishwasher.  Then you have the joy of trying to fish out all the broken pieces of glass from the bottom of the dishwasher without cutting yourself.

 

The cost

Dishwashers are not cheap and unlike the old days – they are not built to last.  Modern dishwashers have a very specific timeline before they all of a sudden decide to break.  And when they break, they leak.  Do you really want to be mopping up slushy mushy dish water from the floor and forking out more money for a replacement after  a few years?

 

Hard water damages your glasses

If you live in the south of England then you will no doubt suffer from hard water.  And you will know that hard water can easily damage your glasses and turn them white.  Not the most visually appealing thing.

 

You could destroy all your dishes in one go

We have heard nightmare stories where a dishwasher rack has simply fallen off the shelf and broken pretty much then entire dish collection.  A massive pain that can also add up to quite a lot of money if you had nice dishes.

 

Wooden handles are a no go

If you have nice steak knives – you will still have to wash them by hand because dishwashers do not treat wood very nicely.  The same goes for wooden handles pots and pans.

 

The hassle of loading and unloading a dishwasher

While you may think that a dishwasher saves you time – if you think about the time it takes to load up a dishwasher and then empty it – is that a big time saving over simply washing the dishes there and then?

 

The grease can cover everything

So often, people will load their dishwasher without first lightly cleaning a dish.  If that dish is covered in grease then it can easily cover everything in the dishwasher and all of a sudden, you have to wash everything twice!!

 

Did you know you have to clean your dishwasher?

Thats right – every so often, you have to clean the dishwasher.  That is more time on your part and more money because you have to buy special cleaning product.

 

The environment

By not using a dishwasher you are saving on electricity costs but also helping the environment.  

 

And there you go – food for thought.  

 

We hope we have helped.

8 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

For those that are regular visitors to our news/blog section, you will know that we love to help out our customers with everything and anything to do with their new kitchen worktops.

 

For those of you who are new to the blog, you may be wondering….why are you helping use with cabinet door handles when you sell worktops?  The answer is simple.  We want our customers to get the very best kitchen they can do – worktops and all.  So we write these blog posts to help give you advise on the good, the bad, the ugly and this week….what to avoid.

1 – Going it alone

If you are thinking of doing all the electrica, the plumbing, the tiling, the painting and the fitting of the kitchen yourself just to save a few pounds – then don’t.  Doing this will more often than not land you in trouble.  Obviously if you are a professional tradesman then bash on and have fun.  But if you have never done these things before, we advise that on this occasion, you get someone to help you out.  The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house and you do not want to mess it up.

 

2 – Overlooking how much storage you need

If you are a family of four and you all like cereal then you might be thinking you need a space for cereal.  But then if you and your kids like variety beyond Bran Flakes every morning then the space for 4 boxes of cereal may actually need to be big enough for 5, 6 or more boxes.  The same goes for juice, tins of tomatoes and more.  Life is a lot easier if you have more storage space than less.

 

3 – Forgetting the flow of a meal

What do you mean the flow of a meal?  Well let us tell you.  It starts with a fridge full of the fresh ingredients you need for dinner.  Do you want to have to carry them all across the kitchen to the nearest workspace?  No.  You want to put them right next to the fridge.  So then you chop the vegetables, the chicken etc.  Do you then want to have to carry them all across the kitchen to the stove?  No.  You want it right next to the work surface.  Then when the meal is ready, do you want to carry pots of hot pasta water across the kitchen to drain it down the sink?  No…..you see where we are going.  Having a kitchen laid out to FLOW with its core focus of making food (and then sadly cleaning the plates) makes life a lot easier.

 

4 – The worktop battle

Ahh here we are – kitchen worktops.  So you have your new kitchen laid out.  But where does the bread bin go?  And the kettle, the toaster, the coffee machine, the space rack, the cook books, the salt, the pepper and so on.  And is there still any actual worktop space left to prepare the meal?  Don’t flood the kitchen with trinkets.

 

5 – High foot traffic leads to high wear

So when the call goes out to the rest of the family that dinner is ready, you get an onslaught of hungry bodies flooding into the kitchen looking to fill their stomachs.  This can lead to knocks on cabinet doors, scuffs against walls and more.  Remember where the main ‘wear and tear’ of the kitchen comes from.  It isn’t always from the kitchen knife and chopping board.

 

6 – Don’t forget to stick to the budget.

You would be amazed how many people buy a whole kitchen and then forget about the cabinet door handles.  Or the floor, or the cooker or something.  Kitchens can be complicated to purchase for and it is easy to loose track of budget.  Keep an eye on it now and always.

 

7 – Fitting round pegs into square holes

If you pick a kitchen, get it made and fitted THEN try to find a fridge freezer that fits – you may be in for a shock.  Try to pick your appliances first, or at very least lock down the dimensions that you need to get them to fit properly.

 

8 – Forgetting the BIG PICTURE

We all want a nice looking kitchen and too many people fall into the trap of what they see kitchens being used for in the movies.  Sitting there i your crystal clean kitchen sipping wine after the kids have gone to bed.  But be honest – will that really happen?  Will it be crystal clean?  Do you need a specific breakfast bar for coffee with friends when you always go out for coffee?  The big picture is this.  Your kitchen is for cooking meals and eating meals.  It might be used for school homework and the occasional board game night.  Remember the BIG PICTURE of what you are getting a new kitchen for.

Keep your granite kitchen worktops sparkling

At Kitchen Worktops Store, we want you to have the best price and the best quality kitchen worktop.  And when your new kitchen has been fitted, we want to help make sure you get the most out of the new worktops.  So, to help, we have some tips for how to keep your granite kitchen worktops sparkling for longer.

 

Now granite is an igneous rock that is made from silicate minerals.  Because of its composition of interlocking grains, grainite and both incredibly hard and almost completely non porous.

This non porous/hard structure makes granite a popular choice for kitchen worktops.  It is super strong, durable and has a beautiful natural look.

It requires very little in actual maintenance and can easily withstand the heat of hot cooking pots.  And because it is a non porous material, it is also incredibly hygienic.  Again, making it a great choice for kitchen worktops.

 

This all may sound too good to be true but remember – there are always two sides to the coin.  Granite can crack if a heavy object falls from a high enough height.  Impact cracks are a vulnerability of granite.  The lighter shades of granite can also show up stains more readily than darker colours which some people may not like.

Certain acidic foods and sauces like wine, vinegar, coffee and fruit juices can stain granite.

 

So how do you go about cleaning granite worktops to keep them sparkling?

A neutral pH balanced cleaner is the best for granite worktops.  Any natural cleaners that are high in acid concentration should be avoided.  Any cleaning agents  that use harsh chemicals like ammonia or bleach can dull the finish of granite so they should be avoided.

An easy tip to help your kitchens look sparkling – wipe up any liquids and spills as soon as you can with a soft sponge.

 

So avoid acidic cleaning agents and clean up after yourself.  Sounds simple.  What else?  Well for daily cleaning, we would recommend a cleaner that has been formulated specifically for stone counters like granite.  

There are many to choose from.  We advise that you spend a few minutes in the cleaning aisle of your local supermarket to check the labels of a few and decide from there which will be best going forwards.

 

A few minutes spent reading the label can keep your granite kitchen worktops gleaming and sparkling for years to come.

When wooden kitchen worktops can go beyond the kitchen

It seems so obvious when you think about it but across all the rooms of your home, wood is a constant feature. Whether it is for bedroom wardrobes, living room side tables or bathroom dressing tables.

At Discount Worktop Store, we are quite proud of the quality wooden worktops that we can offer our customers. Not just because they are such low prices, but because of the actual quality of the wood. It is so good that we have actually had existing customers of DWS come back to us after ordering a kitchen to order more wood for other projects they are having done across the home.

So, at DWS, whilst we like to offer our customers the very best in quality in kitchen worktops, we also like the idea that we can help you make your home something special. So this week, our latest article is all about using wooden kitchen worktops outside of the kitchen.

 

The Home Office

If you are wanting to make your home office somewhere with a little bit more presence, then a thick wooden desk can be a great way of making a statement. At DWS, we can supply wooden worktops to the size you need and then all you need to do is fit some stylish legs and hey presto a fairly substantial looking home office desk. You can of course go one step further with the idea and have a whole conference room table but for a lot of you, the home office table may do just fine.

 

Home Dinner Table

 

Whether the table is in the kitchen room itself or a separate dinning room, a solid oak dining table can be quite a stunning piece of furniture. If it is in the same room as the rest of the kitchen then it is a great way of matching the same wood style with the wood you may be using in the kitchen worktops themselves.

 

Home Furnishing

 

Shelves, cabinets, tv stands…the list goes on. If you are looking for quality oak wood for your home furniture project then DWS may just be able to help with that one.