Picking a kitchen worktop that is easy to clean.

With everything going on in the world amid the Global Pandemic that is Covid-19, the need to wash our hands, clean surfaces and a list of other things longer than your arm may have you wondering about how you can keep your kitchen worktops looking sparkly new AND hygienically clean.

While different people go about it different ways, there are those that wipe down their shopping before it goes in the fridge. Others will plate their Take Away food where in previous days, they would have eaten it straight out of the carton. And of course when you out down your shopping bags and you place that takeaway bag down – where do you do it? On the kitchen worktop most likely. So that is another surface that needs clean one more time.

So with the ‘New Normal’ or regular cleaning, what types of kitchen worktops are best to stand up to the regular cleaning using the conventional ‘Supermarket Cleaning Products’?

Well non porous worktops are best. The likes of Corian, Apollo Quartz and Hi Macs Kitchen Worktops are best. Wood however will suffer if you are regularly cleaning it. You can of course, recoat the wood in protective varnish but the question is – do you want to be doing that every year or so? Wood can warp if left damp for too long. Which is why it is generally advised that you don’t have wooden worktops surrounding a kitchen sink or directly above a dishwasher. That constant water staining can penetrate the wood and cause mould and warping.

Non porous worktops however are brilliant to fight of staining and can cope with the powerful cleaning agents that are found in your worktop cleaners.

So if you are thinking of a new kitchen worktop for your new kitchen remodel but are worried about the impact of more and more cleaning and washing down then simply look for the non porous worktops available.

And as always, if you have any questions about our kitchen worktops, the materials, colours, sizes or fitting, then please call us. We are always happy to talk through the options.

Coronavirus Update – April

We are still open for quote and any queries you may have for discount worktops. Any quotes we process at this time for you will be honoured for when you are able to complete your project. Due to ongoing situation we are currently not able to provide templating or installation until the government restrictions have been lifted. All terms and your price will be frozen for a date that best suits your circumstances.

We hope you & yours stay safe and well during these coming weeks and months.

Blown away by our kitchen worktops

It is always nice to hear from a happy customer and today is no different.

We were contacted by a customer who had used Discount Worktop Store for their new kitchen worktops.  With a huge range of colours, materials and fitting options, what is not to like. 

And they have sent us in pictures of their new worktops now that they have been fitted. They went with a rather beautiful grey patterned kitchen worktop design that looks absolutely fantastic with the Powder Sky Blue colours of the kitchen cabinets.  When you consider that your kitchen is the most used room of your house, it is so satisfying when you have manage to ‘nail it’ with the interior design look of the room.

With a great new kitchen layout and durable hard wearing kitchen worktops, we are sure that they will get many many years of great use our of their new kitchen.

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How to lay out your kitchen

So you have decided to get a new kitchen – congratulations.

The old kitchen has served you well (or maybe you look forward to sending it to the skip) but now it is time for a fresh, clean look and a modern layout.

And when it comes to kitchens and layouts, we know a thing or two about that. After all, we are a kitchen worktop supply company. We sell some of the very best kitchen worktop materials from Apollo to Zodiaq (A-Z, see what we did there ;-)) all at better than trade discounted prices.

So if you are looking for a cheap kitchen worktop but don’t want a cheap kitchen worktop material, then you have come to the right place.

So how do you layout a kitchen?

It is a simple question with a simple answer.  To layout a kitchen you first have to think about how you use a kitchen.

So the primary use of a kitchen is the cooking of food and then the dishes that pile up afterwards.  So we start with the fridge.  Where would that located?  

Once you decide that, it all becomes a flow.  So when you are making a meal, you would take the food out the fridge and begin chopping up the vegetables etc.  So you want to have a food preparation worktop next to or close to the fridge.  You can then located cupboards and shelves to store tins, rice, pasta etc close by.

So you have now chopped all the meat and veg.  The next step is to cook it.  So where does the hob and oven go?  You don’t want to have to carry a plate of vegetables across the room every time you want to cook them.  

Once you have cooked the meal, you need to serve the plates up.  So more worktop space is required for this.  And then when you have finished your delicious meal, you need somewhere to collect the pile of dirty dishes before you load them in the dishwasher.  So the next question is…where is the dishwasher?  Do you want to put walking back and forth in your new kitchen with dirty dishes to load a dishwasher and then walk back and forth (again) to unload the dishwasher and put all your clean cutlery etc away?

Once you have determined this kitchen flow, you can then fill in the gaps with more cupboards etc.  Maybe there is space for a breakfast bar?

To help you to determine the layout of a kitchen, we have put together this kitchen planner.  It is a simple pdf you can download and print to your hearts content.

 

It will allow you to put together an ideal plan of how you would like your dream kitchen to work and flow.

Download Kitchen Planner PDF >>>

 

And as always, if you want to know more about kitchen worktops for your new dream kitchen, simply give us a call.

 

Coronavirus Isolation with Kids – 50 things to do

With Coronavirus having now caused the schools across Scotland, England and Wales to shut, so many of us across the UK will now be wondering what on earth they are going to do to balance working AND entertaining the kids for the days, weeks and possibly (but hopefully not) months ahead. 

And while this may have little to do with kitchen worktops, as your kitchen is the busiest room in the home, it is about to get a whole lot busier so we thought we would put together a list of as many fun activities that you can do with the kids (mostly in the kitchen) to keep them entertained during Coronavirus Self Isolation.

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Portrait of family keeping their hands one another at home

 

1 – Make a Play Doh Castle

2 – Make Macaroni Pictures

3 – Mark out a race track on the kitchen floor (make sure you don’t damage the floor).

4 – Organise the cook books in the kitchen

5 – Let the kids pick recipes from the cook book to plan out the meals ahead (this might even help them eat something healthy)

6 – Create a den under the kitchen table

7 – Do some leaf rubbings

8 – Thread pasta into jewellery

9 – Make paper aeroplanes

10 – Play a board game at the kitchen table

11 – Create a paper chain to hang in the kitchen

12 – Play Simon Says

13 – Create musical instruments using rice and an empty jar

14 – Learn how to bake bread

15 – Keep a baloon in the air as long as possible

16 – Do a mini gym workout

17 – Create movie posters based on the kids favourite movies

18 – Listen to an audio book

19 – Have a kids ‘afternoon tea’ with cake

20 – Take apart an old appliance so that they can see how it works

21 – Potato Paintings

22 – Create a family tree

23 – Do a fake news story and interview the family like they were ‘witnesses’.

24 – Paint the kids nails

25 – Make decorative bookmarks

26 – Use Video chat with the Grandparents/Family Friends at the kitchen table

27 – Homework (just because school is shut doesn’t mean they should stop learning)

28 – Create a new game from scratch (let the kids imagination run wild)

29 – Make a box fort using any boxes you may have in the home

30 – Write letters to loved ones (a bit like when you send family postcards on holiday)

31 – Do some science experiments

32 – Bake a cake

33 – Play shopkeeper

34 – Clear out the cupboards as if this was a Spring Clean

35 – Do a ‘fashion walk’ using grown-up clothes (it will be hilarious)

36 – If you have any air dry clay, make a sculpture

37 – Plant some indoor plants

38 – Learn and make origami animals

39 – Start a ‘tuck shop’

40 – Make a paper snowflake

41 – Put on a sock puppet show

42 – Create a sensory shaker using a cleaned out bottle, glitter and water

43 – Build a block tower using Jenga pieces

44 – Press flowers with a heavy book

45 – Create a ‘magic’ potion

46 – Measure each others height, arm length etc

47 – Take ‘artistic photos’ with your smart phone

48 – Make a time capsule

49 – Create a Marble Drop Tower

50 – Set up a line of dominos and know them over

 

And there we go – 50 suggestions (some good and some bad) that you can do in your kitchen during the Coronavirus Self Isolation time.

 

Working from home

With Coronavirus Covid-19 having taken over our daily lives in the UK, so many of us are now working from home. And that means that all of a sudden, our kitchen has gone from the place that we cook and eat to the place that we cook, eat and work in. And before you get too down beat about that, at least you don’t have to sleep there as well.

So, going on the basis that you will be working in your kitchen, we thought we would put together some info and top tips on working from home and what you can do to keep a balance between personal and work life in the busiest room of your home.  After all, we do sell kitchen worktops.  This is kind of related.

1 – Maintain Regular Working Hours

It can be easy to loose yourself in the hours of the day and not be able to properly shut off from work in the evening hours. At the end of the 9-5 day, put your working material, laptop/paperwork etc away and out of sight.

2 – Create a routine that matches your existing work routine

You don’t stop working at 9:45 to hang up laundry at work do you? Well if you don’t do that in the office then why should you do it while working from home? Try to keep a regimented timeline.

3 – Create a specific working space

If you keep moving around the home doing wrk then you never truly create a work environment and others in the house will not respect your work space. If you have a designated working space then the kids will know to leave that area alone (famous last words) and others will be quiet when passing that area on their way to the bathroom etc.

4 – Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you have to compromise on equipment

If you are going to be spending the day typing etc, should you not have a proper keyboard and mouse to use? Having to survive with the keyboard and cursor built into a laptop may send you crazy faster than you realise.

5 – All of a sudden your personal mobile number is going to get a lot of use.

People won’t be dialing the office number to get hold of you anymore and while you might be okay with that for a day or two, you should consider getting a work specific sim card/phone number. It is a lot cheaper than you think and a lot of modern mobile phones have dual sim capability.

6 – Socialise with your co-workers

Loneliness and isolation can have a profound effect on someone not used to working from home. If you no longer have the ‘water cooler gossip’ to feed on, what new things can you talk about with your family that evening. Try to keep communication going with your co-workers as best you can.

7 -Lost in (email) communication

When you start working from home and begin to rely on email messages where previously it was verbal communication in the meeting room, you run the risk of loosing important information in translation. Make sure your emails make sense and remember how hard it is to convey tone in a message.

8 – Take advantage of working from home

Now you work from home, your commute to work has been cut down dramatically. So that ‘slow roasted’ meal that you never have time for….now you do. As long as it doesn’t conflict with tip number 2.

9 – Finish your 9-5 day with a routine

While self isolation may get in the way of some things, you could go for a short stroll, take the dog for a walk etc. Something that acts as a marker that your working day is complete.

10 – Don’t be afraid to change things

If working in the kitchen is not doing it for you then move. While there is no guarantee for how long things will go on for, if the ticking of the clock in the kitchen is getting on your nerves, take the battery out. If the sunlight os blocking your view on the computer screen for two hours of the day then don’t just endure it. Do something about it.

11 – Wear clothes

It might sound strange but the general assumption is that people who work from home stay in their pyjamas all day. Dressing up for work (even if you are working from home) can help you get into the mental thinking of being at work.


Working from home can have many upsides but if you have spent your whole working life in an office then it may be a difficult adjustment to make. Get dressed, start the day well in a dedicated space that you feel comfortable in. Keep the communication going with the outside world and remember to turn off at the end of the working day.

Do these things and you will be fine.

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.

How to tell when it is time to remodel your kitchen

At Discount Worktop Store, we may love our kitchen worktops but we also love to help our customers get everything they want from their new dream kitchen.

That is why we put together these frequent articles that are designed to help our customers get their dream kitchen.

This week, we are going to help you answer the question – how can you tell when it is time to remodel your kitchen?

Well the first thing you need to do is simply look at your kitchen. Take one step back and look at the kitchen in your home with a fresh set of eyes.

  • Are there chips and scrapes on the old kitchen worktops and counter tops that make the room look old and worn out?
  • What is the colour scheme like? If it reminds you of the 1970’s then maybe you already have the answer you were looking for.

Kitchen design and layout has evolved a lot in the last few decades. Once upon a time, the kitchen was purely used for cooking food. Now it is the second home office, the space our kids do their homework in and it is where most meals are consumed. The uses of the kitchen may have changed but the layout has not.

And that is when you can really look at your kitchen and ask the question – is it time to remodel?

Does your kitchen fit in with your modern living lifestyle.

If not then a remodel may be the best course of action. Because the kitchen is generally the most used room of the house. While the living room may have been abandoned because of the iPad and less need for a TV, the kitchen is still the home of cooking, eating and other things.

So what can you do to remodel your kitchen and what improvements can be made.
Well here are a few examples of things that you can consider.

The flow of the room.

  • Is the space where you prepare your food next to where you cook the food?
  • Is the place where you collect dirty dishes next to the dishwasher?
  • Is the dishwasher next to the cupboards where they get put away.

That is what we mean by the flow of a kitchen. If you are having to constantly walk from one area of the room to another simply to add some diced peppers to a meal then this may be good for your daily step count but it is not good for the flow of your kitchen.

Socialising.

If you like having friends round for a cup of coffee or something stronger then an island or breakfast bar may be a perfect addition to a kitchen. Some kitchens obviously don’t have the space for these kind of things but it is worth a thought.

Space and Storage.

There was a time when a cupboard was a cupboard. But thanks to clever designers, there are now loads of modern storage solutions available. There are multiple possibilities for adding and increasing storage in your home. From cupboards corners that swing out to handy hooks to hanging your spoons and more.

Your kitchen worktop.

It may not surprise you but one area of a kitchen that you can refresh is your kitchen worktop. And we know a thing or two about that.

You don’t need to replace an entire kitchen to remodel it. Sometimes a new worktop and a coat of paint are all you need. You can get new modern kitchen worktops made from Corian, Apollo or other materials made to replace like for like your existing worktop.

And there you go. There are of course other things you can do to remodel your kitchen but the simple question is – do you need it?

If you can look at your kitchen and immediately see that it is tired and in need of a refresh then think about some of the tips we have mentioned above. An easy fix is changing the kitchen worktops but then we are a bit biased on the topic.

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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