How to Choose the Best Kitchen Sink for Your Remodel

Every kitchen needs a sink that’s practical, functional and stylish. It might not be the most-loved item in a kitchen but it’s used throughout the day, every day of our lives. Here are some tips on how to choose the right option for your kitchen from the specialists in laminate countertop edge profiles.

  • Material: Sink materials include stainless-steel, composite materials, and enamel-coated cast-iron. Stainless-steel is a favorite due it’s hygienic, durable nature but be aware that it will scratch up over time. Enamel-coated cast iron is another classic that’s attractive but will wear in the long-term. Composite materials like quartz or granite composites are fairly new and very attractive, but light colors can stain, and some maintenance is required.
  • Single or double: Single large sinks are great for soaking large pots and pans as well as prepping for big meals but be aware that you can’t do both at once. A double sink is much better for that as its dual-purpose, but they are generally smaller so can’t accommodate very big items for soaking. This conundrum may be solved by having an offset sink (a dual sink where one is large, and one is smaller) or additional sink used solely for prep work on your kitchen island.
  • Optional extras: Some sinks come with the option of a built-in draining board, which is a great option for people who do a fair amount of hand washing or like to have a space where they can leave fruits and vegetable to dry after washing. Others come with cutting boards, prep bowls, racks and more that all fit into the sink system, so it’s important to consider your budget and how much use you’d get out of these features.
  • Don’t forget the faucet: This is vital to how well your sink is going to work for you. While the style is a personal choice, there are some functional aspects that should be considered. A faucet with a ceramic disk valve is the most durable options and single lever faucets give you the most control over temperature and flow. Always make sure your faucet is positioned to allow for easy flow direction for washing up – a spray arm is a great addition for this. As for material choices, chrome, polished or brushed nickel and pewter are the most durable and easy to clean options for faucets.

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A Guide to Designing Your Home Bar

Homes are all about creating spaces filled with personality and character where we can relax, put our feet up and enjoy life with family and friends. A home bar is a great choice for homeowners who want to enhance this side of their lives and are becoming an increasingly trendy option in the world of interior design. Here is a quick guide with useful tips from our team of specialists in the design and manufacture of laminate countertop edges.

  • Function first, then location: The first planning step is to decide how you want to use your home bar and how it will fit into your current entertainment features. Do you want it to be part of your backyard entertainment out by the pool? Or would you like it to add on space to your kitchen? Another idea is to make it part of your games room or wine cellar. This will help you decide on where it should be located. Remember to consider plumbing requirements, power sources and traffic flow in your home to help make your bar fit in seamlessly and affordably.
  • Features and appliances: There are endless bar designs out there, but they all have a few features in common – countertops, seating, display areas, storage and appliances. Remember that you will need sufficient space for a drinks fridge, spirits, and glasses before you can add other features like keg equipment, icemaker, and sink for washing up.
  • Choose your design: Your bar should suit your home and your personality but it’s also important to choose materials that are hard-wearing and easy to clean, as your bar is going to see a lot of use. Think of it as similar to a kitchen – materials should be durable, hygienic and stain-resistant like ceramic tile, high-quality laminate and stone for countertops and kitchen cabinets for storage structures. If your bar is outdoors, it will have to be made of exceptionally hardwearing materials or easily protected from the elements.

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At Kuehn Bevel, we use over 20 years of experience and the latest manufacturing technology to ensure that you get highly durable and stylish results at an affordable price. We also work with all the top laminate countertop brands, making us a leading provider of kitchen countertop edge profiles, laminate backsplashes and laminate backsplash edges, including Wilsonart and Formica.

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How to Remodel a Bathroom for Senior Use

More and more seniors are choosing to continue living at home or with a family member rather than moving into assisted living facilities in order to stay in their communities and maintain their independence. This does mean that homes often need to be adapted to provide that extra amount of support – and the bathroom is one of the most important areas in need of remodeling for this purpose. Here are some tips from our team of experts in countertop edge profiles.

  • Walk-in tubs and showers: These offer safety features that make bathing easier, more comfortable and more accessible for seniors, and are especially important for loved ones who are frail or mobility impaired. They include safety bars and railings, seating and non-slip floors, and the tubs are lower to the ground for easier access. For showers, make sure that the entry is level with the ground and slopes to the drain so that seniors can’t trip over the step in.
  • Non-slip flooring: Falls are the leading cause of injury in seniors, and the bathroom is one of the highest risk areas in the home for this to happen. Non-slip flooring helps reduce this risk, stopping floors from becoming slippery even while wet. It’s best to keep this floor clear of tripping hazards like bath mats and carpets unless they are well secured to the floor.
  • Senior-friendly toilets: This is an often overlooked but very useful addition, especially for people who struggle to get up from a seated position. These toilets are chair height (most regular toilets are lower) and can include a lift chair feature if needed. Another good idea is to install grab bars securely on the wall next to the toilet to give your loved one something to use as leverage.
  • Lighting: Seniors often suffer from impaired vision, including cataracts, which makes seeing in dim light very difficult. Installing bright LED lighting and a good size mirror in the bathroom and ensuring the space gets lots of natural light as well will make it much easier for seniors to utilize safely.

Durable Countertop Edge Profiles Add Style and Safety to Your Senior Bathroom 

Kuehn Bevel is a leader in the manufacture of decorative and protective laminate countertop edging products for Formica, laminate, solid surface and wood countertops. Our products Corian countertop edges, laminate countertop edge options and Formica edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish products that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag. For senior bathrooms, we recommend a laminate countertop edge profile that is gently rounded to help prevent bumps and bruises.

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5 Small Appliance Splurges for your New Kitchen

When remodeling a kitchen, homeowners usually focus on big-ticket items – cabinets, countertops and large appliances – but that doesn’t mean that small appliances don’t deserve an upgrade too! It’s worth looking into these useful, everyday devices to bring that final touch of luxury and practicality into the heart of your home. Here are the top 5 small appliances for your new kitchen, from our team of specialists in beveled edge laminate countertop trim.

  1. A coffee maker: High-end coffee and espresso machines not only make you feel like you have your own personal barista in your kitchen, they look great too! From sleek chrome and stainless-steel models to colorful retro-inspired looks, there’s one to suit any kitchen remodel, adding style and flavor to your daily life.
  2. A blender: For individuals and families who love healthy smoothies, juices and soups, a great-quality blender is a must-have. You can choose between a multi-function immersion blender (stick blender) or countertop blender depending on your power, space and functionality requirements. Like coffee makers, there are wide range of styles on offer to compliment your remodel.
  3. A toaster oven: A great toaster oven is a miracle-maker for any kitchen and an investment that will pay for itself many times over. Ideal for baking, defrosting food, warming leftovers, melting cheese and toasting bread, it’s a real workhorse especially for busy families.
  4. A multi-function cooker: These machines give you the ability to cook and prepare food in several different ways – all in the same device. A great space saver that’s easy to clean and even easier to use, multi-function cookers allow you to use them as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, yogurt maker, seamer, sauté pan and warmer, and are compact enough to store easily on a countertop or in a cupboard.
  5. An electric kettle: It’s more energy-efficient than boiling water on the stove and it’s ten times as fast! Ideal for couples who drink lots of coffee or tea, or heating water up quickly for pasta and rice, these kettles have an automatic shut-off, so you don’t have to worry about them boiling dry like stovetop kettles.

Add the Final Touches to Your Kitchen with Custom Beveled Edge Laminate Countertop Trim 

Kuehn Bevel is America’s leading producer of kitchen countertop edge options. With over 20 years of experience, we have the technology and expert skills to produce high-quality decorative countertop edging options in laminate, solid surface and wood. From Formica ideal edges to backsplashes and wall trim, we do it all.

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