Prepare For Your New Countertop Installation In Your Smallish Kitchen In 5 Steps

Posted on: 1 March 2019

You've picked out a beautiful granite countertop for your little kitchen and now comes the fun part: preparing for installation. Small floor space makes it hard to maneuver large implements, and this task can take some doing even for the pros, but there are a few things you can do to help the process along. 

1. Clear everything on or over your existing countertops. 

Whatever you have on your existing countertops should, of course, be removed, but so should anything else in the area that could get in the way. Decor hanging on the backsplash should be taken down, utensil racks or can openers beneath the upper cabinets should be removed, along with anything else that might get in the way. 

2. Pull everything out of your lower cabinets and drawers. 

It is best to get anything out of cabinets and drawers that you do not want to have to rewash when the installation is complete. During the removal and reinstallation of countertops, a lot of little tidbits of debris can fall into the openings and make a mess. Doing this will save a lot of time later. 

3. Go ahead and remove your kitchen sink and faucet system. 

This isn't really a necessity, but it will help reduce a lot of time for the installing contractor. The faucet and sink are super simple to take out; it is typically a task that can be done in just a few minutes. But when the contractor arrives, they can get right to work taking out the old countertops if you've already done this. 

4. Get rid of any large furniture pieces and appliances in the kitchen. 

Your refrigerator, dinette set, center console table, stools, and any other furniture pieces are best to get out of the way before the delivery of your new countertops. You can push these to the wall if it will leave an open space to maneuver in the center of the room. If not, go ahead and transition as much as you can into another room. 

5. Consider removing the screen door if you have one. 

When the countertop is brought in, it is highly likely that it will be in one large piece or several large pieces. Granite countertops are cut from natural stone, so as much effort as possible is made to keep the implement in one piece during installation to maintain a seamless design. This requires a pretty wide opening to bring the countertop into the house for placement, and your screen door could very well be in the way. 

For more tips for your granite countertop installation, contact your installation company.