What is the ideal countertop slab size? In this article, we look at everything you need to know about one of the most useful pieces of furniture for your home.
First of all, the countertop is a worktop. In an environment such as the kitchen, for example, it is the surface used for cooking, washing, cutting and all those actions that require a large space on which to operate. It is often inserted into the room as an island or peninsula, can include sink and cookers or can be a clear surface that provides all the space needed to work.
The countertop, or more simply top, can also be found in the bathroom and its function is the same: a surface on which to place objects, insert the sink and perform everyday actions.
Given its strategic use, it is good to know all the options available to choose the best one: both in terms of size and material used.
How big can countertop slabs be?
The tile world is moving towards larger and larger sizes. Opting for a large size of a countertop slab is the ideal choice thanks to its aesthetic impact, the great versatility of use and the optimal technical characteristics.
According to UNI 11493 standard, large slabs are defined as those with a side greater than 60 cm. Nowadays, slabs in the 160x320 cm size are commonplace.
Of the large sizes, this is the most commonly used for kitchen or bathroom countertops. Other sizes that can be used are 120x240 cm or 120x278 cm. The porcelain stoneware slabs produced can be as large as 180x600 cm, although this is a definitely impractical size that is little used in a home environment.
How thick is a counter slab?
In addition to length and width, it is also good to know how thick a counter slab is.
The same thickness can be used to make slabs of different sizes and, usually, the sizes used are:
- Thickness 3 mm: for slab sizes 120x240 cm, 120x280 cm, 160x320 cm used mainly for worktops, furniture and furnishings;
- Thickness 6-7 mm: for slab sizes 120x240 cm, 120x280 cm, 160x320 cm mainly used as claddings for floors, walls, tables and countertops;
- Thickness 9-10 mm: for slab size 60x120 cm and for square slab sizes 90x90 cm, 120x120 cm, 160x160 cm. Their use is mostly for floors;
- Thickness 12-20 mm: for slabs in the classic 120x240 cm, 120x280 cm and 160x320 cm sizes, used as kitchen and bathroom countertops and for tables.
Greater thicknesses are mainly used for floor claddings, as it is necessary to install a material that is very resistant to both weight and impact. A slab that can withstand scratches and blows is also required for the countertops, but the weight it has to bear is much lower than that caused by people walking on it.
Materials and large sizes: everything for the worktop
Once we have analysed the measurements and thicknesses of large-size slabs, which are optimal for countertop design, let's look at the materials that can be used to make the worktop.
Porcelain stoneware is the best choice for countertops because it avoids all the drawbacks of using other typical materials such as quartz, granite and stone. In addition, the technology used in the production of these slabs makes it possible to recreate the effects of the above-mentioned materials, guaranteeing a decidedly high-quality aesthetic result.
Porcelain stoneware encompasses all the necessary characteristics for a kitchen or bathroom countertop: resistance to heat, impact and scratches, water repellency and a high level of hygiene. Finally, the versatility of this material allows you to combine the countertop to the design and style of the rest of your home.
What is the standard quartz slab size?
Quartz is one of the materials used for countertop slabs. The standard quartz slab size is 130x310 cm.
Although aesthetically pleasing, this material has drawbacks if care is not taken when using the countertop - contact with hot surfaces is one of the most frequent. Quartz slabs are not heat-resistant and, consequently, actions such as placing the pan just removed from the fire on the worktop could ruin it or change its color.
Furthermore, quartz is not a completely waterproof material and oily materials, acids or ink may seep into it. Another element to be considered is that deep cleaning of the material requires special attention; after surface cleaning, a stained quartz surface requires a restoration of the stain protection using special products.