Benchtops thick or thin? We ask 6 experts

Want the skinny on whether benchtops are trending thick or thin? We put the question to designers on the Trends Design Council panel

1. Shane George, Shane George Design

I don't personally get fixated on whether it's got to be thick or thin. It’s got to suit the kitchen and thick looks nice but thin can work as well – it’s just how you treat it and how it works with the whole design of the kitchen.

2. Kitchen, bathroom and interior designer Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design

I see a mix of both – super thin or super thick. 

3. Kirsty Davis, KD Kitchen Design

That’s interesting I definitely still do both.  But I am finding people are wanting to make more of a feature of their island benchtops, so whether that be perhaps thinner on the working side and really making an effort to perhaps have more of a detail on the front side, where it is built up, and you might have stone on the front side as well. 

So I guess in a lot of cases it does come down to cost as well, so you probably find a lot of people are sticking with thinner but where they can just making it a little more interesting from the living side as well. 

4. Morgan Cronin, Cronin Kitchens

I absolutely love thin benchtops. In my showroom, I've got one kitchen, which basically doesn't have a benchtop – it’s that minimal. But the reality is most of the kitchens that we create are designed to suit families, so seating at an island  is essential. And in my mind, you cannot have a seating overhang that is not thick. 

This is why you see a lot of my kitchens have a combination of thick and thin. This allows me to use thin benches pretty much everywhere I can, but just introducing those thicker benches for the seating areas, which has got some real practical advantages. 

So I love them both. But generally I'd say thin with thick for seating overhangs.

5. Annika Rowson, Rowson Kitchens

Slender benchtops are very popular right now.

6. Leonie Hamill, Cube Dentro

I am not sure that there is any consistent trend with this. At the moment there is a lot of mixed materials, mixed thicknesses of benchtops – maybe a thick island with a thin back bench or two benchtops, depending on the size of your island.  

We are trying to get the islands as large as possible and when you go over a certain distance you need to either split that by having two different products or thicknesses to create variation.

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Story by: Trendsideas

29 Aug, 2021

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