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Kitchen Worktop Wrap – Everything You Need To Know

Are you tired of staring at scratches and chips on your old kitchen worktop? You need to do something, but your home improvement budget is only about £50. Can you cover up the damaged surface? Applying a worktop wrap may be the perfect solution.

In this post, I’ll explain what a worktop wrap is, how to apply one to your kitchen worktops and answer some common questions about the topic.

Let’s get into it!

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What Is Kitchen Worktop Wrap?

A kitchen worktop wrap is a self-adhesive vinyl sheet.

It is designed to look like a marble, granite, or wood countertop, but costs a fraction of the price and can be installed in an afternoon. It’s like an instant makeover for your kitchen in a roll of film.

Worktop Wrap

How Do You Wrap A Kitchen Worktop?

Kitchen worktop wrap is a fabulous DIY project. It requires no serious skills or specialised tools.

All you need is some patience, a roll of wrap, and a free weekend when the kitchen will not be used.

How To Wrap Your Kitchen Worktop

You will need enough wrap to cover the entire length of the worktop. If you have a splashback, take that into consideration. You will likely be wrapping the splashback after you are done with the worktop.

Plan for an extra half-meter of length and 15 cm of width to allow for adjustments.

Tools required:

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sharp safety blade
  • Squeegee
  • Hairdryer
  • Silicone sealant

  1. Clear the countertop, clean it thoroughly, and ensure it’s dry and dust-free.

  2. Measure and cut the wrap with extra material at the edges, and start applying from one end, using a squeegee to smooth out bubbles as you go. Proceed slowly to avoid mistakes.

  3. For areas around taps, cut an “X” for fitting (remove taps beforehand for a better fit). Temporarily cover the sink with the wrap to be trimmed later.

  4. After application, use a hair dryer to soften the film’s edges for a snug fit, then trim the excess around the taps and sink.

  5. Eliminate small bubbles with a pin if needed and let the wrap set for 24 hours.

  6. Finish by sealing edges with silicone caulk to prevent water ingress. Your countertop is now ready.

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How Long Will It Take To Wrap A Kitchen Worktop?

Applying the wrap should only take an hour or two. It may take longer based on the size and intricacy of the project. Corners and countertop cutouts will slow you down.

The time consumer is waiting for it to cure once the wrap is applied. So, you should set aside two days for cleaning, applying, and curing.

Cost Of Worktop Wrap

The wrap is sold in standard 67.5 cm and 90 cm widths and lengths starting at two meters. A two-meter roll can sell as low as £7 and run up to about £20 for a more premium product.

The goal is to avoid seams in the middle of your worktop, so make sure to buy a roll that is at least as long as your counter.

Is Kitchen Worktop Wrap Heat Resistant?

Yes and no. Vinyl wrap is heat-resistant up to 75C, so you can place a warm plate on the counter but not a hot pot or pan straight out of the oven.

Excessive heat will cause the adhesive to soften, creating bubbles in the vinyl. It is wise to use trivets to keep all your hot pots off the worktop.

Laminate worktop wrap

Is Vinyl Wrap Good For Worktops?

There are positives and negatives to using vinyl wrap on a worktop. It is an inexpensive option compared to replacing the worktop, and you are helping the planet by keeping an old worktop out of the landfill. It freshens up the room, too.

While you need to clear the counter to apply the wrap, there is no need to evacuate the kitchen completely. Applying a worktop wrap can be a great idea if you are planning on a complete remodel in a few years but want to quickly change the look of your kitchen in the meantime.

However, It is not meant as a long-term solution. It can scratch and tear. Heat can cause it to bubble and if water gets under the vinyl, it can release the adhesive causing the wrap to peel away.

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Final Thoughts…

There you have! Everything you need to know about kitchen worktop wraps.

Whilst they may not be a permanent worktop upgrade or as strong as the granite and quartz they mimic, applying a worktop wrap can be a quick and cost-effective way to breathe new life into an old kitchen.

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Author

Michael from Kitchinsider.com

Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.