Curved Worktops | Concave or Convex
This kitchen image, showing both concave and convex curves, was sent to us by one of our happy customers, so although the kitchen isn’t finished, it does show the curved, square edge laminate worktops we provided
A lot of today’s fitted furniture incorporates curved base units and curved end posts and will therefore require worktops curved to complete the design.
Curved base units look good in a kitchen, however they are also an expensive design feature, so it’s important that your worktop is curved so that it traces the radius of the curved door.
Each kitchen manufacturer appears to use a slightly different radius on their curved doors and end posts, so off the shelf products will not always work.
At WorktopDesign we specialize in manufacturing square edge worktops
that will be made to accomodate the radius of your curved base unit.
From the specification your kitchen manufacturer hands to you, we will determine the suitable radius for your curved unit, however if you cannot obtain the information, or are indeed replacing your worktops on an existing kitchen…
Not all laminate worktops can be curved with a full radius and to achieve a professional finish, square edge worktops are recommended.
Look at the image opposite > >
This postformed laminate worktop has been machined with a full radius, however, how do you now edge it and achieve a quality finish?
It is possible to curve the end of a postformed worktop, however there are restrictions…
The minimum radius size that can be edged is 40mm for both concave and convex curves. Curved worktops available up to 4050mm long and 1200mm wide.
Curves available in 10mm Compact Laminate and 23mm / 40mm Getalit Laminate Worktops.
Internal Corners: Any internal corner requires a radius, be it a raw cut out for a sink or hob, or a breakfront detail which is to be edged. A finished edge will require a minimum 40mm radius, however a raw cut out will only require a 13mm radius.
CAUSES OF STRESS CRACKING Stress cracking of high-pressure laminate is caused by the concentration or build-up of stresses in a particular area of a laminated assembly. When this stress becomes greater than that which the laminate can withstand, a stress crack will occur. If such stresses are allowed to concentrate around a cut-out or other such fabrication detail, one or more cracks can characteristically radiate from the sharper corners of the cut-out, where, for mechanical reasons, the laminate is weakest.
Curves on worktops are also used to create stunning island worktops or desktops.
Almost any shape can be produced within an overall size 0f 4050 x 1200mm – let your imagination run wild!
A total of six different radius sizes were used to create this 3000 x 1200mm desktop >>