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Worktop Express Blog

Mar 22

Our wooden worktops are made from the finest hardwood timber in our European facility and are provided without any treatment as standard.

Though a range of different treatments are available for wood worktops, we suggest using a kitchen worktop oil; our suggested oil is easy to apply, and will give a beautiful low-lustre finish that is also food safe.

At Worktop Express® we recommend using Rustins Danish Oil, which is available in 1L, 2.5L and 5L capacities.

A wood worktop needs three coats of kitchen worktop oil on the top surface and 6 coats on the sides to ensure it is fully sealed. To coat your worktop you will need to order approximately 1L of oil for every 3M of worktop.

After you have performed the initial oiling, you will need to treat your worktop regularly for the first six weeks to build up a protective layer. We’d recommend that you re-oil the worktop once every three months after this point.

For a comprehensive guide to oiling your worktops, please check out our ‘Oiling Worktops Nutshell Guide.’

Mar 17

At Worktop Express, we have made a commitment to sourcing the timbers we use for our wooden work surfaces responsibly. We go to great lengths to ensure we are using sustainable wood, and that includes supporting the International Tree Foundation (ITF) in their work within the UK and in Africa.

75-year-old Pa Emmanuel of the Dom community taking care of his prunus seedlings

In July last year, we wrote about the work that ITF were planning on undertaking in Cameroon with their Community Assistance in Development (COMAID) project. The aim of the project is to establish a ‘Food Forest’ to provide nutrition and income for the local residents of the Dom community. The forest exists within the buffer zone of a 472 hectare Dom community forest in the Bamenda Highlands in North West Cameroon, and contains 354 different plant species: 23 of which are currently threatened, 12 which are new to science, and 5 which are endemic to the forest.

In the initial phase of the project, ITF supported the planting of 19,842 trees, and have reported subsequently that close to 18,000 of these still survive. Monitors, who have been equipped with boots and cutlasses by COMAID, regularly patrol the forest to prevent illegal activities and clear fire breaks around the newly planted areas. So far, fire outbreaks in the Dom forest have been prevented.

The Dom community forest management institution

The second phase will oversee the planting of 15,000 more trees along the remaining buffer whilst continuing to protect the trees that have already been planted. Hands-on training will be provided for 50 community tree planters and training for early forest-based conflict crisis warning signals and resolution will be given. ITF will also work to reorganise the Dom Dialogue Platform within the Dom Community Forest Management Institution to ensure it is more gender sensitive. This phase of COMAID will culminate in July 2017, and we will provide you an update when the project has been completed.

If you would like to learn more about our long-term commitment to sustainability, our environmental policy page has additional details.

Mar 13

At Worktop Express we now offer an enviable selection of laminate kitchen worktops including many stone, wood and quartz-effect surfaces. With such a large selection of colours, finishes and edge profiles, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick a favourite. This month we have chosen a wood-effect laminate as our ‘Worktop of the Month’: Coco Bolo.

This attractive laminate surface is reminiscent of a lighter version of our solid wood zebrano worktops, and has an extra matt textured finish that makes it feel more realistic than some other wood-effect laminate worktops.

Coco Bolo laminate kitchen worktops are textured to recreate the feel of real timber

Like the other laminate kitchen worktops in our collection, these Coco Bolo worktops are made in the UK and have received the FIRA Gold Award for product excellence. This mark of quality recognises that these surfaces have been independently evaluated and tested by furniture industry experts.

Our laminate worktops are made using sustainable composite fibreboard, which is then wrapped in a decorative sheet and a clear laminate overlay. These layers are bonded together to create an extremely hardwearing surface that is also highly resistant to water and stains.

These affordable laminate worktops are a great fit for a variety of contemporary kitchen settings, but if you can’t decide whether they might be the right choice for your new kitchen, why not order our laminate worktop sample pack? This pack includes each of the laminate surfaces in our collection and is priced at just £5 with fast courier delivery. Furthermore, if you go on to purchase any of our worktops, we will happily refund the sample pack cost.

Mar 10

Following the launch of our new range of laminate worktops, we wanted to remind you that – alongside these superb new decors – there are many other 4 metre worktops in our collection.

Whether you are looking to create an extra-large kitchen countertop, breakfast bar or a desk for the home or office, these 4.1 metre laminate worktops create a vast, seamless surface that is both hardwearing and incredibly affordable.

There are many other 4 metre worktops in our collection, including our entire range of solid wood worktops. Whichever style of kitchen you possess – big or small, contemporary or traditional – Worktop Express has a surface to suit your needs.

If you’d like to take a closer look at any of the worktops in our collection, simply head to your local worktops showroom, or order one of our worktop samples.

Mar 06

Every month a huge number of custom kitchen worktops pass through the hands of our incredibly skilled fabrication team. In February alone, over 750 bespoke wood and laminate worktops were created, and March is set to be even busier! Here on the blog we have chosen to highlight three of the most excellent custom kitchen worktops that we’ve seen this month.

Prime Beech

This extra-large Prime Beech worktop was created to accommodate a particularly spacious breakfast bar area.

Our Prime Beech worktops are made from staves that are chosen for their uniform colour and lack of natural imperfections. The result is a worktop that is light in colour and enduringly popular in both traditional and modern kitchen designs.

This bespoke Prime Beech worktop was created by biscuit jointing two worktops together. Our team then made a number of irregular cut-outs and an aperture to accommodate a Belfast sink. Two sets of drainage grooves were routed into the surface on either side of the sink to allow for natural water drainage. Once fabricated, the worktop was given a number of coats of oil to protect it prior to installation.

If you think Prime Beech worktops would be an ideal centrepiece in your kitchen, they start at £85 for a 2M x 620mm x 40mm worktop.

End Grain Butchers Block

This large maple and walnut endgrain butchers block measures 1M across and was pre-oiled for the customer.

Hundreds of kitchen worktops pass through our facility each month, but we’re always on the lookout for something really unusual. This extra-large endgrain butchers block worktop certainly caught our eye; measuring 1M in diameter, this beautiful piece was constructed from a mix of maple and walnut staves that had been assembled with their hard-wearing endgrain exposed.

The butcher block had a small pencil edge profile applied to the top edge and was pre-oiled to protect it during delivery (a treatment that also facilitates swift installation once on site).

Our endgrain butchers blocks come in oak, maple, walnut or maple and walnut timbers with prices starting at just £210 for a 620mm diameter x 100mm circular oak butchers block.


This custom iroko kitchen worktop features an undermounted sink cut-out and a variety of other customisations.

Our iroko worktops are made using resilient hardwood timber from central Africa. Although each piece starts off as a vibrant golden yellow timber, the wood matures quickly into a deep bronze hue.

This iroko surface was enhanced with an undermounted sink cut-out, a tap hole, and hotrod grooves. Worktop connector bolt recesses were routed into the underside to allow it to be attached to another piece of iroko, thus creating an L-shaped work surface. As with all the other worktops that pass through our facility, several coats of oil were applied to protect it during delivery and installation.

If you like the idea of having this exotic timber in your kitchen, our iroko worktops are available from just £125 for a 2M x 620mm x 40mm surface.

Did any of the worktops featured in this month’s Fabrication Top Picks pique your interest? If so, why not order one of our worktop samples? These samples are priced at just £5 including fast courier delivery, and are pre-oiled on one side to mimic the appearance of the finished product. If you go on to purchase one of our worktops, we’ll happily refund the cost of any samples on a one-for-one basis.

To order your own custom kitchen worktop, try out our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool, through which you can design, price and order worktops with a wide range of customisations.

Mar 03

Worktops are needed in many areas throughout the home – not just the kitchen! Our new collection of laminate bathroom worktops features a variety of surfaces that have been chosen specially to suit a range of bathroom themes.

These laminate bathroom worktops are manufactured to very high standards, and are hard-wearing, low maintenance, and resistant to both water and scratches.

All laminate bathroom countertops measure 2 metres in length and are 28mm thick, though these can be cut to size by our worktop fabrication team, who can also make tap hole cut-outs and much more besides.

Visit our laminate worktops page to see the great additions to our range

In addition to this comprehensive range, we offer an impressive collection of high-quality laminate kitchen worktops, which features a wide selection of colours and designs. Four new designs have just been introduced:

Our Black Quartz worktops are a highly-affordable alternative to real quartz worktops.
These Glacial Storm laminate kitchen worktops are perfect for brightening a modern kitchen
Ipanema Grey recreates the look of natural stone with a semi-gloss finish that’s easy to clean.”
These brushed steel laminate worktops replicate the look of stainless steel at an affordable price

Our expansive range of laminate worktops has been collated to provide options for any taste, budget and style of home. These surfaces are both highly durable and easy to clean, making them a particularly low-maintenance worktop choice for any setting.

Laminate worktops in a range of sizes are available with next-day 2Man delivery. If you’d like to take a closer look at the items in our range, we recommend you purchase a laminate worktop sample pack before placing your order. These are priced at just £5 – a cost that can be refunded if you go on to order a worktop from us.

Transform your home for less with laminate surfaces from Worktop Express®.

Feb 27

This February we have offered a host of fantastic savings for customers looking for either solid iroko worktops or for any other products totalling over £300.

Until 23:59 tomorrow – Tuesday 28th of February – customers can save up to 10% on any of our solid iroko worktops. The worktops have already been reduced in price, making it really easy to order the worktops you want at a price you’ll love.

Order by 23:59 on Tuesday 28th and get FREE 2Man delivery in England and Wales on orders over £300.
Order by 23:59 on Tuesday 28th and get FREE 2Man delivery in England and Wales on orders over £300.

If you are interested in any of the other wooden or laminate worktops in our collection, you can also make a fantastic saving if your order comes to over £300. 2Man delivery to our standard areas within England and Wales usually costs £25 for the first worktop and £15 for each additional worktop, but until 23:59 tomorrow the delivery is free if you spend more than £300, saving you up to £85 in delivery charges.

To save, simply pick the worktops and other accessories you require and the cost will be discounted automatically at our online checkout. Alternatively, place your order via telephone or email and a member of the sales team will be happy to discount the cost of delivery for you; our sales lines are open 8am – 7pm today and tomorrow.

If you want to find out more about our 2Man service, visit the delivery details page.

Feb 24

Over the last few years some of Britain’s most famous trees have been crowned ‘Tree of the Year’ following a public vote run by the Woodland Trust.

This year, a particularly well-documented tree in Northumberland won this prestigious accolade by securing over 2,500 votes (nearly 12,000 were cast in total): the Sycamore Gap tree. The tree sits in a dip created many thousands of years ago by meltwater flowing beneath an ice age glacier, and can be found on the southern side of Hadrian’s Wall.

The Sycamore Gap tree is regularly photographed by passing hikers along the Hadrian’s Wall Path, and is also occasionally referred to as the “Robin Hood” tree, following its appearance in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

The Sycamore Gap tree is England’s entry for the European Tree of the Year 2017

Credit: John Millar/National Trust

After winning the UK ‘Tree of the Year’ competition, it has now become England’s candidate in the European competition which highlights the tree’s history and connection to the local community. The Woodland Trust is hoping that the Sycamore Gap tree fares better than previous entries, which have failed to impress when measured against their European counterparts.

Voting for the ‘Tree of the Year 2017’ is open until the 28th February, with the award ceremony taking place in Brussels on the 21st of March. To give the Sycamore Gap tree a chance of winning, head over to and select it alongside another of your favourites on the shortlist.

Whilst we may be known as specialists in kitchen worktops, we are keen supporters of trees, too; indeed, we use only the finest, sustainably-sourced European timbers for our products, and are also proud to fund replanting programmes in both the UK and Africa in conjunction with the International Tree Foundation. You can find out more about our commitment to the environment on our Environment Policy page.

Feb 20

Over the last year we have introduced many laminate surfaces, including a variety of gloss worktops that are a superb choice for contemporary kitchens.

Today on the blog we have put together some perfect style sets for utilising high-gloss kitchen worktops in your home.

Black Sparkle Andromeda

Consider glossy black appliances against bright, white cabinets to create a high-contrast look.

Credit: LG

Our black sparkle laminate countertops are among the most popular gloss worktops in our collection. These deep black surfaces feature flecks of real metal that shimmer under bright lighting, and are a superb match for kitchens featuring ultra-modern stainless steel appliances. Mix this high-gloss contemporary worktop with a trendy shade of grey (such as Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray) to create a truly modern kitchen theme.

Black Gloss – Constellation

Add a splash of colour to your contemporary white kitchen by including a range of red appliances and accessories.

Credit: Bosch

Consider our black gloss laminate worktops in a high-contrast, ultra-modern kitchen design. These gloss worktops have a contemporary square edge profile, are highly reflective, and are a perfect choice alongside brilliant white cabinet frontals, black appliances and walls painted in a clean shade like Farrow & Ball’s All White.

White Sparkle Andromeda

Add a splash of colour to your contemporary white kitchen by including a range of red appliances and accessories.

Credit: KitchenAid

Combine shiny black and white subway tiles on your kitchen walls to complement white gloss worktops.

Credit: Pinterest

Want to achieve the high-contrast look whilst retaining a light and bright feel in your kitchen? Consider our white sparkle laminate worktops. These surfaces feature real metallic flakes that sparkle in bright lighting or natural daylight, and look superb alongside splashes of colour and other gloss kitchen décor such as black and white subway tiling.

Have you used laminate gloss worktops in your kitchen? We’d love to see the results. Share the photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we’ll display the very best to our followers.

To take a closer look at these gloss worktops – or any of the other surfaces in our collection – head to one of our worktop showrooms or order one of our worktop samples today!

Feb 17

Free 2Man delivery is available on orders of £300 or more for the rest of February.

Good news: for the rest of the month we’re offering a fantastic bargain for customers who are covered by our standard 2Man delivery service. Simply place an order for £300 or more and we’ll deduct the cost of delivery, saving you up to £85!

The usual cost for delivery via our 2Man service is £25 for the first worktop (and £15 for each additional worktop), but until 23:59 on February 28th any wooden worktops or laminate surfaces will qualify for free delivery (provided they are to English and Welsh postcodes covered by our 2Man team).

Our next-day 2Man delivery slots are subject to availability, and often get snapped up fairly quickly, so place your order as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

No discount code is required to take advantage of this great saving: simply pick our 2Man delivery option when completing your order at the online checkout, or specify your preference for our free 2Man delivery offer when purchasing via telephone or email.

To find out more about the Worktop Express 2Man delivery service, please visit our delivery details page.