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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Your kitchen deserves to have the perfect finishing touches, from high-quality appliances to expertly fabricated laminate countertop edges. At Kuehn Bevel, we’ve got over 20 years of experience in the laminate countertop edging industry and, with a huge range of profiles, design choices and laminate countertop edge options, we can create the custom detail your kitchen deserves.

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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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Start Planning Your Outdoor Kitchen And Entertainment Area Today

Spring will soon be on its way and if an outdoor kitchen is your dream feature for your home this summer, you need to start planning today! Here are some tips on designing a great backyard kitchen and entertainment space:

  • Placement: Your outdoor kitchen is best placed close to your home and within close access to your home’s entertainment space to provide good flow and access. It’s also a good idea to keep it within sight of the pool (if you have one), as this makes it easy to keep an eye on kids and enjoy a swim. If possible, it should be sheltered from the wind (also so that smoke doesn’t blow into the house) and close to a water supply, if possible.
  • Use: Ask yourself how you want to use the space when it’s done. This will help you work out the size and placement of appliances, seating areas and so forth. It will also help focus on design features you definitely want to include, like a fire pit, garden features (like a pond), or a view you want to be able to admire.
  • Task areas: There are lots of different outdoor kitchen designs and deciding on your task areas will help you decide on what suits your space best. Think about food storage, preparation, cooking and plating, serving and cleaning up. Some people enjoy a split-level counter with bar seating, for example, so you can socialize while cooking, while others prefer a separate table.
  • Appliances: Outdoor kitchens can range from fairly simple kitchens to extravagant ones, but your design needs to take the appliances you choose into account. The essentials include countertops, sinks, waste bins and cabinetry to go along with your grill, but you can include multiple grills, pizza ovens, refrigeration, wine bars and more.
  • Lighting: Lighting is key in any kitchen, whether it is indoors or in your backyard. Insufficient lighting is going to make your outdoor kitchen frustrating to use, so don’t forget to include task lighting for cooking, ambient lighting for guests and general use, and even decorative lighting to add atmosphere.

Choose Quality – Speak To The Leaders In Laminate Countertop Edge Profiles 

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 include beveled edge laminate countertop trim, granite like laminate edges, solid surface edging and granite like laminate edges, amongst others. Our aim is to give our clients access to beautiful and stylish laminate countertop edge options that deliver the best in protective countertop edging and interior design but without the hefty price tag.

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The Lowdown On The Trendiest And Best Backsplash Materials

A backsplash isn’t just a very functional feature of a kitchen, it’s also used to create a focal point by adding style and character to the space. Here’s some insight into some of the top material choices for this important feature.

  • Subway tiles: These rectangular tiles have soared in popularity in recent years, giving a touch of elegant urban edge to any kitchen. Available in a variety of colors, it’s a robust choice that’s easy to clean and will last a long time. The only downside to this option is that the labor cost can be higher, and you do have to put a bit more effort into cleaning as grouting can trap grease and dust.
  • Glass tiles: There are a huge range of glass tiles out there in every shape and color, making them an exceptionally versatile and creative choice. We suggest you take a chance and go bold with your choice – think of cool aqua for a serene kitchen, mirror tiles for urban chic, and bold red for a clean modern look. Again, there is a cost for labor here and a little bit of elbow grease is needed to keep them at their best, but they’ll last for many years.
  • Stainless steel: It’s a favorite material for commercial kitchens and a top choice for home cooks who want to create a slick industrial look. Hardwearing and long-lasting, steel makes a great backsplash and character feature that has no seams or grouting in which dirt can get trapped. You will need to give it a regular clean as grease and dirt does show up easily, as do fingerprints!
  • Granite: A favorite countertop material, granite can be extended up your wall to create your backsplash and a seamless look. This will be sealed in place to make it watertight, and the result is a clean, natural and elegant space. As for the downside, granite is fairly expensive to buy and install, so this might put your budget over the edge.
  • Laminate: Laminate manufacturing technology has transformed this material from a low-cost staple into a high-trending favorite amongst home renovators and interior designers. There are dozens of different designs to choose from, from natural wood and granite to more adventurous colors and textures. It’s easy to install and affordable to buy, which makes it great for your budget as well.

Laminate Backsplash Edge Options And Countertop Edge Profiles From The Pros 

Your kitchen deserves to have the perfect finishing touches, from high-quality appliances to expertly fabricated laminate backsplash edges. At Kuehn Bevel, we’ve got over 20 years of experience in the laminate countertop edging industry and, with a huge range of options and laminate countertop edge profiles, we can create the custom detail your kitchen deserves.

For more information about our products or to speak to the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us or visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/

How To Install Laminate Backsplash Edges

Backsplashes are a functional and attractive addition to your kitchen space. Not only do they look great when installed, they also hide the join between your wall and countertop, and prevent water and other liquids from soaking down into the wall and causing mold problems. Here is a how-to guide for installing your laminate backsplash edge onto your countertops.

Steps to installing your laminate backsplash

  1. Assess and prepare: Firstly, inspect the area where you are going to install your backsplash. It is usually recommended that you don’t attach the laminate directly onto your drywall with adhesive, so rather install a plywood or particle board substrate first. This will ensure a strong bond.
  2. Measure: Carefully and accurately measure the space where you will be installing your backsplash. Once you are satisfied, you can lay out your laminate and mark off where you will cut it to fit the lengths of the countertop.
  3. Cut: Cut your laminate using laminate sheers or a utility knife. Laminate sheers are a more expensive tool, but they offer a lower risk of cracks or other damage to the laminate surface. Once you have cut your laminate, put it in place along the countertop to make sure that it fits correctly.
  4. Apply adhesive and fix in place: Apply laminate adhesive to the substrate as well as the back of the laminate itself, and wait until the adhesive becomes tacky. When this happens, carefully line up the laminate with your countertop and wall and fix in place. Use a roller or your hands to push out any air bubbles, and wipe away any excess adhesive. If you have any uneven edges, you can now use a router and trim to smooth them away. Give the adhesive time to fully cure before exposing the backlash to moisture.

Speak to the laminate backsplash specialists for an affordable, custom look

At Kuehn Bevel, we work with all the major brands, from Formica, Pionite and Wilsonart to Corian and more, giving you access to the most extensive range of laminate patterns, textures and designs. With our technology and design process, we can offer a huge range of custom combinations and product styles, letting you have full control over how the finished product will look.

For more information about our backsplash edge or laminate countertop edge options or speak the friendly sales staff at your local installers, please contact us and visit our website at https://www.kuehnbevel.com/ today.