Installing the plinth can be considered the most joyful event, because it means the end of the repair. This modest interior element performs several functions: it protects the edge of the table from splashes and dirt, decorates the junction of the wall and the tabletop, and participates in the creation of kitchen design.
The standard plinth for the countertop in the kitchen (wall panel) has a simple design: a plastic guide (fixed on the wall or countertop) and a decorative plate. The decor is put on the guide and snaps into place thanks to a special slot located in it. For aesthetic design of bends and corners, there are special plugs / corners, which additionally ensure the integrity and tightness of the structure.
Manufacturers offer several options for kitchen plinths. Models differ in material production, functionality.
To simplify the choice of products, you can follow the rule: the decorative strip is chosen for the color and material of the tabletop. Acquaintance with the advantages and disadvantages of individual materials will help to ensure the correctness of the choice.
- The wooden furniture plinth ideally looks with table-tops from a tree or a chipboard. Advantages of the material: environmental friendliness, aesthetic appearance, Disadvantages: requires careful care, you can not use detergents with abrasive additives, high cost. For manufacturing use different wood. Oak, maple, cherry are considered more valuable. Democratic prices for conifers. Thanks to the possibility of tinting and painting, it is easy to choose an option for any table.
- Aluminum plinth for the countertop can have a matte or shiny surface, with shades of silver, gold, bronze. The advantages of the aluminum profile are: durability, heat resistance, elastic edges (smooth out the irregularities between the wall and the table top), a secure fit of the corners, the possibility of cable or wires inside, environmentally friendly material, simple installation, affordable price. There are two types of products: with plastic strip (the best choice for the kitchen, where the walls are not specifically aligned), with aluminum mounting plate (suitable for areas where there is a possibility of high temperatures). This is a great option for decorating artificial stone worktops.
- PVC plinth for tabletops is very popular due to low prices, variety of colors (including with imitation of wood, stone, metal). Advantages of the product - easy to install, resistant to moisture, good washing, you can choose for any surface. Disadvantages of plastic plinth - a modest appearance (compared to stone or wood), sensitivity to mechanical damage and high temperatures.
Due to the wide offer of manufacturers, you can easily choose a product that is suitable for price, quality or appearance.
Kitchen aluminum plinth is best used for the design of the working area in the kitchen, due to the optimal ratio of price and quality.
The benchmark for model selection is the distance between the table top and the apron / wall. Installation is carried out in such a way that the gap is completely closed and moisture and dust do not fall behind the furniture.
Buyers are offered products of the following forms:
- flat / thin;
Manufacturers produce wall edges 3-5 meters long and with different section parameters. You can find products with dimensions (height / width): 20x20 mm, 26x16 mm, 30x25 mm, 38x26 mm and 45x22 mm. Due to the variety of models, it is easier to choose a plinth for the table top, which will have the least waste during installation. For smaller rooms, it is better to purchase three-meter models. As a rule, many products are equipped with silicone seals, which increase the tightness of structures.
To create beautiful connections use additional elements (side cap, inner / outer corner). As a rule, they are made of durable plastic in a single color (white, black, gray and other shades).
Installing the plinth on the countertop
Fastening the strap can be done in two ways:
- the use of screws allows you to change the baseboards, if necessary, or simply at will. To do this, just remove the screws and change the old wall edge to another;
- fixing on glue.
How to attach a plinth to the tabletop?
When buying a product and additional items, it is important to accurately determine the number and type of corners and caps. Before fixing the plinth, the bar parameter is calculated in advance. In order to avoid unforeseen situations, it is better to buy bumpers with a margin of length.
This method is recommended to use for durable materials that are not damaged by fasteners, so the screws are used for the installation of wooden, metal sides.
Moreover, it is desirable to fasten the guide to the wall and to the tabletop. Due to this, there will be no gaps between the surfaces, which means that no garbage will accumulate under the rim.
- The kitchen plinth for the tabletop is separated into a decorative strip and guide.
- We measure the first section of the installation of the plinth and cut off part of the guide of the desired length. Be sure to add 5 mm for mounting under the corner piece.
- We attach the part to the place of attachment and make holes in the wall, and then in the tabletop. Between the holes is maintained a step of 20-30 cm.
- The screws are inserted into the holes and tightly twisted.
- The internal connecting corner is established and further another segment of the guide is measured. Thus, the wall rim is mounted along the entire perimeter of the table top.
- A decorative panel is attached and decorative caps are inserted.
To ensure the strength of the joint and to prevent the ingress of fluid under the baseboard, it is advisable to use a sealant (along the line connecting the table top and the guide). This measure will protect the worktop and preserve the mobility of the furniture. Since if necessary, it will be enough to remove the decorative strip and unscrew the screws from the wall.
Mounting the plinth on glue
For work you will need: glue (sealant), tape measure, composition, degreasing the surface.
- Before installing the plinth, surfaces are thoroughly cleaned of dust and dirt, and then degreased.
- The plinth for the table top is divided into parts - a decorative strip and a guide.
- With the help of a tape measure, the length of the table surface is measured from edge to corner. The base plinth of the required length is cut off.
- Glue-sealant smears those parts of the guide, which will be adjacent to the apron / wall and tabletop. This is important in order to prevent dirt, grease and water from getting under the baseboard.
- The guide is applied to the installation site and tightly pressed. To ensure a strong connection, it is necessary to withstand the glue drying time specified by the manufacturer.
- The connecting element - a corner is established. Then cut off the next part of the guide, which is also glued to the wall / tabletop.
- A decorative panel of the required length is measured (taking into account a margin of 5 mm, which is needed for fastening), is put under the attached corner joint and snaps into place. The decor panel is mounted in the same way along the entire length of the rail.
- The final stage is the installation of end caps.
When fixing the plinth with glue, it must be borne in mind that the use of sealant eliminates the possibility of easy removal of the wall edge. And therefore it will be impossible to move the table away quickly if necessary.
When choosing a plinth, it is also desirable to consider the design of the kitchen. The figured white baseboard for the tabletop is suitable for Provence-style kitchen interiors, and the high-tech, minimalism style will complement the products of flat and rectangular shapes. The most popular is the triangular side, as it reliably isolates the space between the wall / apron and the table top. On narrow slits, you can install a rectangular wall edge, which looks original and unusual.