Worktop Express Blog

Jun 27, 2016

In a busy modern household, you may find that wooden countertops become burdened by clutter or culinary accessories you would rather store elsewhere. Until now, that is! Our brand new white floating shelves are just the ticket for keeping your work surfaces clear and ready for action.

Recently introduced to the Worktop Express® website, these painted oak shelves are perfect for providing a robust storage solution with a fresh and elegant aesthetic. Made from high-quality European oak, our shelves are painted in New White, an inviting and sympathetic shade from our favourite paint manufacturers, Farrow & Ball.

Suitable for kitchens of all shapes, sizes and styles, these items are available in a variety of widths, ranging from 300mm up to 1500mm. Each one of our lovely white floating shelves has been sanded to a silky smooth, 150 grit finish and brushed with a water-based primer to prevent raising the grain. Finally, we apply several coats of paint to each shelf, taking care to showcase the gorgeous natural grain pattern of the wood.

Not only are these shelves the ideal storage solution, they also make an excellent focal point if you wish to make a feature of decorative dishware, jars or family photographs.

To see our stunning solid wood floating shelves for yourself, why not visit the Worktop Express Gloucestershire showroom, in which we have a number of shelves on display, as well as our wooden countertops, high-quality kitchen sinks and much more!

If you would like to learn more – or wish to make an appointment with our knowledgeable showroom assistant – please do contact us by telephoning 0345 22 22 644 or by sending an email to .

Jun 27, 2016

Take advantage of free delivery for wooden worktops before it's too late!

Our beautiful timber work surfaces are a stunning complement to any kitchen, and – because we by-pass high-street retailers and sell directly to our customers – all products are available at extremely competitive prices.

That said, we’re always looking for an opportunity to offer improved savings to our customers: as such, we decided to go one better this week by launching a ‘Free Delivery’ flash sale. This sale ends on Monday, though – so don’t delay if you are thinking of buying a gorgeous solid wood worktop!

For all customers in England and Wales who are eligible for our standard 2Man delivery service, orders placed by 23:59 on Monday 4th July will be delivered free-of-charge (please note: deliveries to areas of Scotland covered by our standard service will incur a small surcharge).

All species are included in this offer, too: so whether you are drawn to wonderfully characterful walnut worktops, or tempted by traditional oak timber tops, there’s a bargain waiting for you at Worktop Express. To place your order via our website, simply add your chosen worktops to your cart and the discount will be automatically applied at the checkout; alternatively, if you wish to speak with a member of our dedicated sales team, please feel free to contact us to discuss your order.

Please visit our Current Offers page to find out more.

Jun 24, 2016

Though solid wood worktops make an attractive and durable kitchen feature no matter what is occurring in the world of design trends, you may also fancy giving your kitchen the occasional update to maintain its standing in the style stakes.

With this in mind, in today’s blog we’re going take a look at some new developments in kitchen design trends – prepare to be inspired!

Rose Gold Appliances and Accessories

Rose gold is hugely popular this year, and can be incorporated into kitchens via all manner of accessories, from food mixers to cutlery sets to metallic-edged serving dishes.

These shiny kitchen trimmings are both wonderfully ornamental and highly functional, with the ability to create a delightfully-cosy aesthetic in any home.

The marvellous thing about rose gold accessories is that they can be styled to suit either traditional or contemporary kitchens, making this an easy trend to embrace.

Moroccan Tiles

Fabulously decorative and available in an incredible array of styles and colours, Moroccan tiles are sure to feature highly in 2016 designs.

From bright and intricate to more simplistic, understated designs (like the white arabesque tiles you see here), there are so many varieties – for both walls and floors – that you are sure to find one that you love.

Whilst tiling requires a little more commitment than an update of your accessories, it’s a brilliant way to quickly transform the look of your kitchen, and can even rejuvenate traditional kitchen features (such as ceramic Belfast sinks).

Black Kitchens

The popularity of black kitchens has been on the rise this year, too – ideal for those who like to make an impact.

This sumptuous black kitchen with Shaker frontals and steel handles looks fantastically modern – and belongs to one of our lovely customers! Paired with full stave black American walnut worktops and a stylish hotrod set, this complete kitchen is the height of luxury.

Create a dramatic look with frontals painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black, or soften the look slightly by opting for Off-Black or Railings.

To make even more of a statement, why not team black-painted cabinet frontals with zebrano worktops? For a slightly more modest interpretation, you may prefer to make a feature of this colour on a single wall or kitchen island instead.

Vintage and Retro-Inspired Kitchens

Many kitchens are featuring retro elements this year. From cooking equipment to vintage-style bar stools, there are plenty of easy ways to incorporate this trend within your home. Add some retro-style labels to storage jars for a rapid update!

Additionally, pastel palettes are growing in popularity, with the foregrounding of shades such as mint green, duck egg blue and pale yellow, which similarly create the modern-retro vibe.

High-Gloss Subway Tiles

In addition to the beautiful Moroccan-inspired tiling seen earlier, the ever-popular subway – or ‘metro’ – tile makes a comeback this year, specifically that of the high-gloss variety.

Versatile subway tiles can take on a range of styles, from a linear brick effect to vertical columns to a luxurious herringbone formation.

A sense of modern industrial style can be achieved in a number of ways; but one of our favourite ways to channel this look in the kitchen is to combine white linear subway tiling with grey grouting and metal pendant lamps. The design is completed with a stunning solid oak worktop.

For a fresher look, couple black or white subway tiles with white grouting and a warm work surface (our ash, beech or cherry worktops would be ideal).

If you have incorporated any of these style trends into your kitchen, we would love you to share some photographs with us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – get snapping!

Jun 20, 2016

Here at Worktop Express® we love a kitchen with personality, which is why – out of all our stunning wooden worksurfaces – beautiful walnut worktops are a firm favourite. Best of all, our customers love them too, making gorgeous walnut tops one of our top sellers.

What is it that makes European walnut such a well-loved timber choice? There are many reasons, but its distinctive colour variation has to be one of the most important: walnut is an eye-catching choice, and one that is certain to be a talking point in any kitchen. The unmistakeable staves of these worktops showcase both dark heartwood and pale sapwood from the walnut tree, creating a striking aesthetic. Walnut worktops from Worktop Express® are available in 27mm and 40mm thicknesses, giving you the option to choose which look you prefer.

Lustrous European walnut is an excellent choice for wooden worksurfaces.

Handsome European walnut timber is also reputed for its lustrous grain (with a far richer colouration than that of English walnut), which makes it a keen favourite for homeowners and woodworkers alike.

In cutting out the middle-man and selling directly to our customers, we are able to supply solid wood worktops at prices that are up to 75% cheaper than those offered on the high street. Our beautiful walnut work surfaces are excellent value and start at just £170 (for a 2M x 620mm x 40mm worktop).

Impressed by this fabulous, hard-wearing timber? Try our speedy sample service and discover the high-quality finish of our wood worktops from the comfort of your home. Samples cost just £5 each, and can be refunded against your order when you go on to purchase worktops from us.

Jun 17, 2016

Upstands and splashbacks make excellent accompaniments to solid wooden worktops, acting as the final cherry on the cake to give your kitchen a wonderfully ‘complete’ look.

Whether your preference is for upstands, splashbacks or a combination of the two, this polished aesthetic is easily achieved. Our solid wood upstands are available to match any worktop in our range, including standard, Deluxe and full stave configurations. As well as being an attractive addition to your countertops, upstands disguise the small expansion gap between the work surface and the wall (which is required to prevent damage to the wood as it naturally adapts to changes in the environment). Provided that they are oiled regularly, upstands are very durable, and can provide protection for your sink area whilst safeguarding painted walls against small splashes and spillages. For the final pièce de résistance, upstands can be customised with edge profiles – including pencil, rounded, chamfered or ogee edge profiles – to coordinate flawlessly with styles applied to bespoke worktops.

Unlike upstands – which measure 18mm high – splashbacks are designed to cover the entire surface of the wall between your base and wall cabinet units. Opting to place a splashback behind a hob will protect the wall from the splashes of sauces and soups, or alternatively splashbacks can cover the entire stretch of wall above base units as a modern alternative to tiling. Splashbacks are an easy-to-clean and hygienic alternative to tiles, as grouting may harbour dirt or bacteria if it is not properly cleaned. Please read our Upstands information guide to find out more.

Sophisticated upstands can be purchased to match any of the kitchen worktops on our website, and can be found alongside surfaces of the same timber species. Though we do not currently stock splashbacks ourselves, our sister supplier Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets stocks a variety of high-quality glass and stainless steel splashbacks to suit any kitchen design.

To discover the high quality of our solid wood upstands and worktops for yourself, why not visit one of our showrooms? At each location across the country we display a range of stunning kitchen sets, and a knowledgeable assistant will be on hand to answer all your queries.

To contact us with any queries – or to arrange an appointment with our showroom assistant – please telephone us on 0345 22 22 644, or email .

Jun 13, 2016

Elegant Prime Oak kitchen worktops are reduced - for one month only!

Our stunning Prime Oak kitchen worktops are made of the same high-quality timber as our standard oak worktops, but in this formation we prioritise staves of wood with a tighter, more even grain pattern and fewer natural imperfections. This beautiful, unblemished finish is coupled with the gorgeous golden colouring for which oak is celebrated, creating a sophisticated aesthetic that makes this worktop a popular choice for discerning homeowners.

Throughout the month of June, these excellent kitchen worktops are discounted by 10%, so if you have a penchant for Prime Oak, now is certainly the time to make your purchase. To take advantage of this fantastic offer, orders must be placed before 23:59 on Thursday 30th June. There’s no need for a promotion code – simply add the Prime Oak worktops you desire to your online shopping cart, and 10% will be automatically deducted from our usual prices. If you would like to place your order by telephone or email, simply refer to the offer and any member of our sales team will be happy to apply this discount for you. Please note that Prime Oak upstands, plinths and samples are excluded from this promotion, though they are already available at very competitive prices.

A traditional and robust timber, oak is a brilliant choice for kitchens and will serve you well for many years to come. If you have any questions regarding Prime Oak kitchen worktops, or would like to place an order, please feel free to contact us by emailing us at , or by telephoning 0345 22 22 644. We would love to hear from you!

Jun 10, 2016

Our full stave kitchen tops are the most luxurious solid wood surfaces that we offer, boasting an opulent construction of hardwood staves that run the full length of the worktops (thus measuring up to an impressive 3.5 metres in length).

The vast majority of the full stave worktops in our collection are made from a selection of 90mm wide staves that show off much of the timber’s natural beauty. However, as part of our range of oak and Prime Oak worktops we are delighted to offer a 40mm stave variant that is equally stunning, but – thanks to the narrower staves – can be offered at an even more competitive price.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the slimmer staves make this surface any less appealing; in fact our 40mm full stave oak and prime oak worktops have an incredibly seamless appearance, as the narrower staves are easier to colour match.

In our 40mm full stave oak worktops you’ll find plenty of endearing natural features, meaning that these surfaces are ideally suited to gorgeous ‘country’ kitchens. By contrast, our 40mm Prime Oak worktops are constructed from staves that are specifically chosen for their even colour and lack of natural features (such as knots), and are fantastic additions to contemporary kitchens.

If you can’t decide which of these wooden worktops is the ideal choice for your kitchen, why not order one of our worktop samples? Priced at just £5, each sample is sanded to a smooth finish then pre-oiled on the top and sides to provide a good representation of the finished product. Furthermore, if you go on to purchase one of our worktops, we’ll happily refund the cost of the sample on a one-for-one basis.

Jun 6, 2016

This month we are running a fantastic promotion on all customisation services for wood worksurfaces that are ordered via our website!

Until the end of June, bespoke services that are ordred using our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool will receive a superb 25% discount. Whether you are interested in sink cut-outs, edge profiling or any other customisation we offer, now is the perfect time to place your order and benefit from these excellent savings. This generous discount requires no sale code: savings will be automatically applied at the online checkout for your convenience.

Save 25% on customisation of wooden worksurfaces.

For a unique kitchen worksurface that is tailored to your requirements, we recommend ordering as soon as possible, as this brilliant discount is only available until 23:59 on Thursday 30th June! Once you have placed your order, our Fabrication Team will produce a diagram of your bespoke worktops, which you will need to check and confirm (making sure that all dimensions are correct). Following approval, we will commence production on your beautiful new solid wood worksurfaces.

For more information on how to use out our online tool, why not read our Online Custom Worktop Tool User Guide?

If you have any queries regarding our bespoke worktop services, please don’t hesitate to contact us by telephoning 0345 22 22 644, or by emailing us at .

Jun 3, 2016

Over the last six weeks we have been inviting our Facebook and Twitter followers to share pictures of their solid wood tops with us for the chance to win a fantastic prize – £500 in vouchers to spend both with us and on Amazon.

Roddy Oudney was picked as the winner by our team on Tuesday: we were blown away by the excellent composition and quality of his entry. He’s the lucky recipient of £250 in Amazon vouchers and another £250 to spend on our own site.

Capture Your Kitchens solid wood tops competition winner Roddy Oudney

But that’s not all that was up for grabs with our ‘Capture Your Kitchens’ competition – we also promised to award a runner-up prize to the person who received the most likes or retweets on his/her entry photo. Sadie Beverley was the lucky recipient of this prize – £100 in Amazon vouchers and £100 to spend at Worktop Express – with a photo that gained a whopping 45 likes!

We run competitions and other promotions on a regular basis, details of which can always be found on our current offers page. To see more of the fantastic worktop photos sent in by our customers, visit our Customer Kitchen Wooden Worktop Gallery.