Worktop Express Blog

Oct 17

As our range of laminate worktops continues to expand, we have seen our range of sparkly worktops emerge as a clear favourite amongst customers. Whether you’re looking for a grey sparkle worktop, black sparkle worktop or white sparkle worktop, these continue to be some of the most popular choices for contemporary kitchens.

With a reflective gloss surface, these kitchen worktops are the perfect choice for modern settings, and feature real metallic flakes that sparkle against a grey background under both artificial and natural light.

We’ve picked out three stylish colour schemes to help inspire your new kitchen design using our grey sparkle Andromeda kitchen worktops:

Glossy white cabinets are a perfect choice for complementing a grey sparkle worktop.

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Glossy white cabinets are a perfect choice for complementing a grey sparkle worktop.

These grey worktops look modern against light kitchen cabinets and are an affordable alternative to quartz or granite.

These grey worktops look modern against light kitchen cabinets and are an affordable alternative to quartz or granite.

Add a decorative feature to your kitchen with matching a grey sparkle laminate kitchen splashback.

Add a decorative feature to your kitchen with matching a grey sparkle laminate kitchen splashback. “

This white and chrome Reginox Genesis tap can be paired together with our grey Sparkle laminate worktops to create a very modern style.

This white and chrome Reginox Genesis tap can be paired together with our grey Sparkle laminate worktops to create a very modern style.

A grey sparkle kitchen worktop can be accessorised with chrome or stainless steel appliances to enhance an unmistakably modern look.

A grey sparkle kitchen worktop can be accessorised with chrome or stainless steel appliances to enhance an unmistakably modern look.

Lighting is also key in a grey and white kitchen, as a well-lit kitchen will sparkle throughout the year under the right kind of artificial light.

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Lighting is also key in a grey and white kitchen, as a well-lit kitchen will sparkle throughout the year under the right kind of artificial light.

Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

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Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

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Bold colours can also be incorporated through the use of brightly-coloured small kitchen appliances and accessories.

If your looking for more inspiration for using a grey sparkle worktop – or any of the other glittering surfaces in our collection – take a look at our laminate worktops gallery. Alternatively, you can view samples of this surface at any of the Worktop Express showrooms.

Oct 09

Spend over £300 at Worktop Express by 23rd October to save on delivery.

Until 23:59 on 23rd October our 2Man delivery service is free on all worktop orders of £300 or more! With this offer, you can save up to £70 on the cost of your delivery, whether you are looking for unique wooden worktops, affordable laminate work surfaces or high-quality Earthstone worktops.

This great saving is available on all orders delivered within England and Wales and includes worktop accessories and any other products you might want to purchase alongside your new worktops.

No discount code is required to free delivery on worktops,
simply add the products you require to your shopping cart, and – once the qualifying total reaches £300 or more – the cost of delivery will be automatically removed. If you would prefer to place your order via email, over the telephone or in one of our showrooms, you can still benefit from this fantastic offer.

Please note: this delivery offer is only available in our standard delivery areas within England and Wales, and does not include orders delivered via our 1Man Saturday delivery service or to any areas within Scotland or the Scottish Highlands. Full details of eligible postcodes can be found on our delivery details page. Samples are not included.

That’s not all…

There is also a fantastic saving to be had on two of our popular worktops this month. We’re reducing the price on our solid wood Prime Oak worktops and our white laminate worktops by up to 10% until 23:59 on October 31st. No discount code is needed as the saving has already been applied – simply add your preferred worktops to the online cart to get a great deal!

: Save up to 10% on Prime Oak and white laminate worktops this October.

To stay up to date with future discounts and sales, please visit our current offers page.

Oct 02

Worktop Express have been delivering worktops in most parts of Scotland for a while, but until now have not had a destination for Scottish customers to visit in order to see our kitchen worktops on display.

We are very pleased to announce that you can now view worktops in Glasgow at our brand new Glasgow Worktops Showroom. The showroom can be easily accessed from the M8 motorway, and is also easy to get to from the city centre via public transport or even on foot.

Visit our new Scottish showroom to see a wide range of worktops in Glasgow.

Our new showroom has eight full kitchen sets and a wide variety of kitchen accessories on display, with a full range of wood, laminate and Earthstone worktop samples on display. Worktop samples are also available for visitors to take away and view in the comfort of their own home. As well as many worktops, you’ll also find kitchen units and other furnishings on display from our sister company: SolidWoodkitchenCabinets.co.uk.

Dedicated staff are on hand to answer any questions that you may have, though we do recommend calling in advance to book an appointment if you are travelling some distance to see us.

To find out about the other Worktop Express locations, visit our showrooms page.

Sep 25

At Worktop Express, we offer a wide variety of worktops, many of which are made of sustainable materials. We take our environmental credentials incredibly seriously, and have worked with the International Tree Foundation over the last few years to plant thousands of trees in the UK and Africa that helps local communities and offsets our environmental impact. You can find out more about this on our environmental page.

The FSC logo identifies products that have been FSC certified

Whilst all of our worktops are sourced with sustainability in mind, it is the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) that recognises the sustainability of many of our wood and laminate worktops. This is a global organisation that certifies forest management and the timber’s chain of custody, helping to ensure that any products meeting their stringent guidelines can be easily identified by consumers.

The last Friday in September is annually celebrated as FSC Friday, and is a celebration of responsible forestry that raises awareness for FSC certified products. You can get involved with FSC Friday to help raise awareness and raise money for local tree planting initiatives. Here are some ideas:

Make an FSC Bake

Creative baking is not only incredibly delicious and rewarding, but can be used as a way to help raise awareness in your office or at your children’s school. The FSC logo can be easily replicated using a green icing pen on cakes, whilst cookie cutters are available in the shape of trees to make delicious deciduous treets.

Create an Educational Display

At schools, social groups or guiding organisations, students and members can help to create display that showcases the work the FSC does and raise awareness.

In businesses, a display can be used to educate both staff and customers, and can be used in conjunction with FSC certified products to communicate the importance of sustainable and responsibly forestry.

Visit an FSC Forest

There are many Woodland Trust woods across the country, and many are FSC certified. These are mostly open to the public and provide a beautiful backdrop for a family walk. You can find out where your closest FSC Forest is by visiting wwww.fsc-uk.org.

Wear Green and Create Awareness

An easy way for staff, pupils or other members of the team to get involved is to wear an item of green clothing to celebrate FSC Friday. Why not ask for a small donation from those taking part that can be contributed towards a local tree-planting charity or the Woodland Trust?

We hope this has inspired you to get involved in this year’s FSC Friday. If you do get involved, we’d love to see pictures of your projects posted on social media; you can share photos on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram.

Sep 18

There is a wide selection of laminate worktops to choose from in our collection, and whilst many have a smooth edge profile, we know a number of our customers are looking for a kitchen surface with a square edge profile to suit their interior aesthetic.

When our range was initially launched, we had the following three square edge worktop options available:

Grey Oak Laminate Worktops

Grey Oak Laminate Worktops

Cypress Cinnamon Laminate Worktops

Cypress Cinnamon Laminate Worktops

Black Gloss Constellation Laminate Worktops

Black Gloss Constellation Laminate Worktops

A square edge profile on a wood or stone effect surface will often enhance the realistic look of the décor, creating a more luxurious look at a much lower cost.

To expand our range, we have recently added three new types of laminate worktop with a square edge profile:

Black Sparkle Square Edge Laminate Worktops

Black Sparkle Square Edge Laminate Worktops

White Sparkle Square Edge Laminate Worktops

White Sparkle Square Edge Laminate Worktops

Rustic Oak Laminate Worktops

Rustic Oak Laminate Worktops

Both the black and white sparkle square edge worktop are additions that complement the existing options in our black Andromeda and white Andromeda ranges, featuring a 6mm post-form edge. Our new full stave rustic oak worktops, however are an entirely new laminate décor that is perfectly suited to kitchens with a traditional design.

If you’d like to see any of these laminate worktops for yourself, visit one of the Worktop Express showrooms or order one of our laminate worktop sample packs for just £5 including fast delivery.

Sep 11

The team behind our custom worktop service have had a very busy summer, averaging over 750 worktops every month since May. If you’re looking for bespoke worktops, our latest fabrication top picks show what we can do and may help to inspire your new kitchen surface. Here are 3 of the latest worktops to be completed by our team:

European Walnut

Walnut worktops are one of our most popular choices, and with elegant colour and unique grain, it's easy to see why.

Our walnut worktops are an enduringly popular choice, thanks to their characterful grain pattern and the elegant contrasting colour of the staves. With hues ranging from rich honey to deep chocolate, this timber is the ideal choice for bringing warmth and sophistication to any kitchen.

To create this custom worktop, a sink cut-out was created to make space for an undermounted Belfast kitchen sink. To complement the sink, drainage grooves were routed into the surface, whilst the chunky square edge profile was left untouched.

Full Stave Prime Oak

This particular Full Stave Prime Oak worktop was custom-made to create a kitchen island top.

Our Full Stave Prime Oak worktops are the most luxurious type of oak in our collection. Featuring extra-wide 90mm staves than run the entire length of the work surface, this wood worktop configuration is perfect for expressing the attractive natural qualities of oak. Oak worktops have a gorgeous golden hue and a recognisable grain, which makes them one of the most popular choice in both classic and contemporary kitchen settings.

This particular made-to-measure worktop has been specially created to complete a kitchen island. The surface benefits from a small radius corner to give the worktop a softer edge, whilst a rectangular cut-out has been made to accommodate the customer’s hob. Lastly – like all bespoke wood worktops we make – the worktop was treated with Danish Oil to preserve and protect the finish during transit and installation.

Beech

Beech worktops are highly-affordable, making them ideal for updating your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Beech worktops are highly affordable and often chosen to feature in both classic and contemporary kitchens. Beech wood has a soft – yet recognisable – grain pattern that looks the part in many kitchen designs, making it the worktop of choice for many of our customers.

Similarly to the walnut worktop above, this bespoke beech worktop includes a Belfast sink cut-out and complementary drainage grooves that allow excess water to drain easily into the sink. As usual, our fabrication team finished the worktop by treating it with coats of Danish oil to help protect the timber during delivery and beyond.

Bespoke wooden worktops can be designed, ordered and paid for directly on our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the unique requirements of your own bespoke worktop, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope that August’s ‘Fabrication Top Picks’ have proven inspirational; if you would like to see more photographs of made-to-measure worktops, feel free to browse our Bespoke Worktops Gallery to see examples of the extensive range of worktop cutting services that we offer.

Sep 10

Last Few Days to Save 10% on All Laminate Worktops

This September we’ve been offering customers the chance to get a great deal on any of the laminate worktops in our collection. Simply use the discount code LAM10 at the online checkout or when placing your order with a member of our sales team via telephone or email.

Our varied range includes many different decors including our popular black sparkle or wood-effect oak block laminate worktops. If you would prefer a laminate work surface that replicates real stone, why not consider our Calcutta marble or grey slate worktops.

This great offer must end at 23:59 on Thursday 14th September, and does not apply to our range of clearance laminate worktops.

If you would like to take a closer look at any of the laminate kitchen worktops in our range, we recommend visiting one of our worktop showrooms, or ordering a laminate sample pack. Our sample packs are priced at just £5 including speedy delivery – a cost that we’ll happily refund if you go on to order a worktop from us.

You can find more inspiration for choosing the right laminate worktop by visiting our laminate worktops gallery or reading some of our dedicated information guides.

Sep 01

Get Discount Laminate Worktops with 10% off for Two Weeks Only

Until September 14th there’s a great saving to be had on our entire range of laminate worktops. If you are looking for discount laminate worktops for your home, our extensive selection is available with 10% off for the next two week. Our collection includes a wide variety of decors to suit a whole host of interior styles including luxurious Black Sparkle Andromeda and the natural oak block effect worktops.

Saving on our laminate worktops is easy – simply use the discount code LAM10 at the online checkout or mention the offer to our sales advisors when purchasing via telephone or email. This offer runs until 23:59 on Thursday 14th September, and does not apply to our clearance ranges.

If you can’t decide which laminate worktops to choose, why not order one of our laminate sample packs? These are priced at just £5 including fast courier delivery – a cost that can be refunded if you go on to order a worktop from us. For further inspiration, our blogs are the perfect place to start. We recently wrote about colour schemes to complement black sparkle kitchen worktops and laminate bathroom worktop ideas for a modern home, and we have many information guides with plenty more suggestions and advice.

Laminate worktops can be seen at any of our kitchen showrooms. These are some of our most popular styles:

Aug 29

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the original Charter for Trees, a new charter protecting trees, woods and people is being launched by The Woodland Trust on 6th November 2017.

The original charter was created in 1217 as part of the Magna Carta, and included this charming extract:

“Every freeman shall have, within his own woods, ayries of hawks, sparrow-hawks, falcons, eagles and herons: and shall have also the honey that is found within his woods.”

The idea was to not only protect the valuable resource of the ancient British woodlands, but also the flora and fauna that live within it.

The new Charter for Trees is aimed at reflecting how the public feel about trees and woodlands, and was created by feedback including more than 70000 stories, memories and wishes from members of the Woodland Trust.

The Woodland Trust’s New Charter for Trees outlines 10 key principles to protect trees and woodlands for future generations.

The new charter includes 10 key principles to help protect forests for many future generations:

  • Planting for the future
  • Celebrating the cultural impact of trees
  • A thriving forestry sector that delivers for the UK. This particular principle notes that careers in woodland management, arboriculture and the timber supply chain should be attractive choices and provide development opportunities for individuals, communities and businesses.
  • Better protection for important trees and woods
  • Enhancing new developments with trees
  • Understanding and using the natural health benefits of trees
  • Access to trees for everyone
  • Addressing threats to woods and trees through good management
  • Strengthening landscapes with woods and trees

The Woodland Trust also promise to plant a tree in the UK for each signature on the new Tree Charter, so it really is worthwhile to get involved. Visit Treecharter.uk to sign up and get involved.

Worktop Express supports the Charter for Trees by planting new worktops funded by the sales of worktop samples.

You can also support tree planting by purchasing worktop samples from Worktop Express! We work closely with the International Tree Foundation to plant trees in both the UK and in Africa, and have so far helped them to plant well in excess of 100,000 trees since 2014.

Find out more about tree planting and much more on our Environmental Policy page.

Aug 21

If your bathroom has the space for a countertop, our new range of bathroom worktops are perfect for creating this handy addition. In this blog we look at some bathroom worktop ideas we hope will inspire your bathroom redesign.

Laminate Bathroom Worktop Ideas

Laminate worktops are a popular choice in kitchens, but are also perfectly-suited to life in a bathroom. These surfaces are affordable, durable and come in a wide variety of colours and decors. Our range of laminate bathroom worktops can enhance both contemporary and traditional bathrooms, providing space for plenty of toiletries and accessories.

Bathroom worktop ideas featuring laminate bathroom worktops

Each of the bathroom worktops in our range are constructed using a moisture-resistant fibreboard core, and are covered in a hard-wearing laminate layer that resists water and is easy to clean.

Natural Bathroom Worktop Ideas

Whilst it is common to see laminates and stone surfaces incorporated in bathroom worktop ideas, natural surfaces can be considered (if correctly treated). Natural wood is totally unique and has an unrivalled look, and we have seen customers use a variety of our wooden worktops in bathroom settings, such as the black American walnut worktops below.

Wooden worktops can be used in a bathroom if treated correctly

To make wooden worktops suitable for a bathroom setting, we recommend using an alternative treatment such as lacquering, plastic coating or varnishing. These finishes fully protect the natural timber from moisture ingress, whilst the coating makes it much easier to clean away splashes or stains.

Of course, if you would prefer a low-cost, low-maintenance alternative, we also sell a range of wood-effect laminate worktops.

Marble Bathroom Worktops

Marble is still a widely-used materials in bathrooms, as it is both luxurious and totally resistant to water. Marble looks great when combined with high-contrast or gold bathroom accessories such as soap dishes, candles or toothbrush holders.

: Marble is a great material for bathroom worktops, but is also very costly

Whilst it may look the part, it is also very expensive to purchase, and not a sustainable material. If you are looking for bathroom worktop ideas incorporating marble – but want a more affordable solution – consider our Marble laminate worktops. These surfaces perfectly imitate the look of real marble but are considerably easier to cut to size or customise.

Looking for more inspiration? Follow us on Instagram or Pinterest for more interior design ideas.