How to Make a Heated Table for Comfortable Warmth

As granite, quartz and marble continue to be the most popular surface in new homes and businesses, people are discovering just how cold these types of stones feel to the touch. The coldness can make it uncomfortable to lean on, especially when sitting at a kitchen island, desk, or peninsula.

To address this problem, FeelsWarm created a product that warms the stone 20-25 degrees, just enough to take away the initial cold shock of cold countertops. These ultra-thin heating mats adhere under the stone and plug into a standard outlet inside the cabinetry.

The product works great for countertops and desks, but what for about tables that have no electrical power?

A homeowner in San Francisco, CA chose a massive, sleek stone table to go in their new kitchen and wanted the added luxury of a warm surface to sit at every day. Utilizing a custom FeelsWarm heating mat, Transworld Construction was confident that they could deliver exactly what the client wanted.

The heating mat is designed to warm the perimeter of the table, where people most commonly rest their arms and wrists. With the base of the table being a solid wood surface, the slim mat could be fully compressed in between the stone and substrate.

Transworld took the extra step of concaving a small cavity in the wood to accommodate for the heater’s wiring. This also allowed them to direct the cords to the center of the table where the power would be run from underneath.

FeelsWarm mats are designed with an adhesive backing, making it easy for the installer to secure the heater exactly in place before laying down the stone.

These homeowners can now enjoy the comfort of a warm and inviting surface without compromising the look of their beautiful new kitchen table. Plus, the heating mat utilizes very minimal electrical power, allowing them to leave it on at all times without the extra added expense.

Watch the video above to see how Transworld Construction added heat to the client’s table. This process can be also utilized on commercial applications and conference room tables.

Interested in warming your countertop or table? Click here to learn more about how it works.

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Real Feedback from 25 People Who Have Heated Countertops

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Whether you are putting in new countertops or have had your counters for years, there is a solution for warming the area that you lean on everyday. The cold feel of granite, quartz and marble can be uncomfortable, especially for those who need warmth

Adding a little luxurious heat to the stone is easy and more common than you may think. Below are real reviews from real owners of heated countertops:

 

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Interested in warming your existing countertop or want to add heat to a new countertop being installed? See pricing here.

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Heated Countertops: How to Add Warmth During a New Countertop Installation

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Granite continues to be the number one selection for countertops, with quartzite being a close second. What do both surfaces have in common? They feel cold to the touch, which can be unpleasant for those who sit at their island in the morning, enjoy working on a laptop in their kitchen or simply want the luxury of a cozy home.

Fortunately, it has become increasingly easier for people to make the upgrade to heated countertops. Fabricators and installers can simply follow the six steps below when including this elegant feature to the countertop project.

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Measure the area where warmth will be desired. Most homeowners choose to warm 10″-15” from the front edge (elbow to wrist length).

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Order a stick-on countertop heating mat that perfectly matches the size and shape of the area. You can even specify where the cord should come off the mat. 

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Prior to installing the stone, apply a thin layer of epoxy (included with the mat) to the area where the mat will be adhered. 

*This step can be skipped if the granite is smooth or has underwent a surface grind.

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Peel and stick the mat onto the stone before laying the stone down onto the cabinetry.

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Drill a small hole in the cabinetry and feed the cord through the hole.

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Plug the mat into a standard outlet located inside of the cabinetry.

For new countertops with a solid substrate and no overhang, there is a compressed heater option which can be quickly rolled out directly onto the substrate.

Countertop heating mats take a passive warming approach to guarantee the safety of the stone without introducing any risk of cracking. Homeowners can enjoy leaving the mat on at all times as it costs pennies per day to operate.

Want to add heat to a countertop that is already installed? Click here to learn how it’s done. 

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Who Needs Heated Countertops?

Who needs heated countertops?

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Homes are becoming more and more advanced with modern luxuries, technological conveniences and state-of-the-art designs. One major advancement that is appearing in new homes and kitchen renovations is heated countertops. In the last ten years, there has been a major influx of homeowners interested in warming this unique area of their home.

You may be wondering, why heat a countertop?

Below are 5 groups of people who most commonly benefit from heated countertops.

People who are unhappy with their cold granite.

Who needs heated countertops?

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After spending thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel, nothing is more frustrating than being unhappy with the final results. It is very common for homeowners to install granite, quartz or marble, only to realize later that the surface is very cold to lean on. Luckily, stick-on mats can be added after the countertop has been installed.

People with joint pain, arthritis or Fibromyalgia.

Who needs heated countertops?

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Warm stone has its health benefits! While the cold feel of granite may only be uncomfortable to some, it can be very painful to others. Heating the area just 20-25° above room temperature gives the perfect soothing feel to anyone who suffers from joint pain.

People with consistently cold hands.

Who needs heated countertops?

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You know that feeling of relief when you wrap your cold hands around a warm cup of coffee? Same goes for a warm countertop. Not to mention, your coffee cup stays warm when it sits on a heated surface too.

People who work at a desk made of granite, marble or quartz.

Who needs heated countertops?

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It can be extremely uncomfortable working on a computer all day with cold hands and cold forearms. Applying a stick-on heater under your keyboard area takes away that coldness and allows you to work comfortably.

People who live in cold states.

Who needs heated countertops?

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Adding cozy warmth to the area you sit at most can make all the difference, especially in the heart of winter. Did you know that heated countertops cost less than 15 cents a day to leave on 24/7? Bring on the warmth!

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10 Countertop Questions for Creating Your Perfect Custom Heating Mat

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For years, builders and renovators have been adding heat to tile flooring to give homeowners a comfortable spa-like experience in their bathrooms and basements. Now, the concept of adding heat to stone countertops has become much more popular, specifically the area where people most frequently sit.

While every surface is different, a countertop heating mat can be customized to fit any unique application. Below are 10 countertop features that we will accomodate to ensure you receive the perfect customized mat. 

What type of corbel supports do you have (if any)?  

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If the mat is going to be stuck on the stone before installation, the heater can be sandwiched in between the stone and support beams. We can customize the mat to include cut outs for the corbels if the mat is going to be applied after the stone is down.

Where is your electrical outlet?

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An outlet that is inside your cabinet is ideal for plugging in your heating mat and storing the cords and controllers.

What is the size and shape of the stone?

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No matter how large or small your surface is, a mat can be designed to fit your needs. If you have unique curves or angles, the mat will mirror your surface exactly as heat does not radiate very far within stone.

Is the heated area an overhang?

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An ultra-thin countertop heating mat is the number one solution to heat the area that is exposed. Stick-on mats are made with a sleek black protective layer.

What does the bottom of the stone look & feel like?

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Epoxy (included with FeelsWarm mats) is needed if the underside of your stone is not smooth granite. (Any quartz, marble, wood, rough granite and other surfaces where pressure sensitive tape does not bond well). A peel test strip can be used to evaluate whether the surface of the stone will need the prep coating.

Are you heating two separated areas? 

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Custom heating mats can be joined together so that you only have to utilize one outlet. 

How thick is your stone?

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Have an extra thick slab of stone? We can heat all ranges of countertops, with or without a wood support underneath. 

Are there any seams in the stone?

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If you have an existing countertop, you don’t have to worry about any seams. For new countertops, the heating mats can go on either side of the seam with no problem.

Will drawers or cupboards be in the way of the heating mat?

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Simply let us know if you have a mounted drawer or cupboards underneath the heated area so that we can assure there is no interference with the heater’s cord. 

Is your cabinetry open-faced or full plywood substrate?

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Regardless of your countertop’s structure, you can apply heat either with a compressed heater or a stick-on heater.

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