Laminate countertops are made of plastic-coated synthetics. The pieces are cut to size and finished on the ends. Originally, all laminate countertops were manufactured with high-VOC papers and adhesives, but healthier laminates are available today. To protect IAQ, choose laminate countertops certified by Greenguard as being made from low-emitting materials that use formaldehyde-free paper and low or nontoxic glues. Laminates are easy to clean, inexpensive and available in the widest range of colors of any countertop material. Among the drawbacks, scratches and chips are almost impossible to repair, seams are visible from the start and distinctive front-edge options can be expensive. Also, laminate countertops have a relatively short life span (15 to 20 years) and can`t be recycled.
You should consider how easily you will be able to move around and how convenient everything will be able to be accessed when planning your small kitchen design. The kitchen sink, stove, and refrigerator should be arranged in a triangular pattern. This concept is known as the work triangle. It saves you unnecessary steps when working in your small kitchen and preparing foods. Having more than one work center will also allow more than one person at a time to be able to work efficiently in the kitchen. A self standing chopping block will create another work space. If you separate your microwave from the stove, that will create even more working space. This will allow workers to be in the kitchen without getting in each other`s way. Built in appliances save you space as well being that they do not need to be set on the counter. Appliances that are efficient and space saving like dish washers, garbage disposals and trash compactors are another option to saving space.
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