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Apr 28

It may not be the brightest or most bold colour choice, but shades of grey have dominated kitchens and interior design over the last couple of years. At Worktop Express we offer a selection of grey kitchen worktops to complement this trend, available in a choice of styles to suit your interior theme.

Our highly-affordable concrete laminate worktops are a great alternative to real concrete worktops.

Concrete Laminate Worktops

Industrial decor has become very prominent in home design in recent years, with concrete becoming the latest trendy material from which to make kitchen worktops.

Our concrete laminate worktops are a light grey colour that replicates the look of real concrete at a highly-affordable price, and can be customised easily to fit any kitchen.

Choose our brushed steel grey kitchen worktops in a modern kitchen.

Brushed Steel Effect Laminate Work Surfaces

Stainless steel is often found in commercial kitchens, but this look has only recently found its way in to contemporary home environments.

Bespoke stainless steel worktops can be very expensive, so our brushed steel effect laminate work surfaces are an ideal choice for achieving the look at a fraction of the cost.

Ipanema grey kitchen worktops replicate the look of real stone.

Ipanema Grey Stone Laminate Worktops

If you are looking for darker grey kitchen worktops, then there are many alternatives to expensive granite worktops that may suit your requirements.

Our Ipanema grey stone laminate worktops have a semi-gloss finish that replicates the look of natural cut stone, and look superb when combined with bright white cabinets or walls.

Our grey slate laminate worktops are very realistic yet also highly affordable.

Grey Slate Laminate Worktops

The darkest grey kitchen worktops in our collection are our textured grey slate laminate worktops.

These affordable surfaces – often referred to as ‘Luna Nero’ – look and feel just like real slate, but are much easier to work with and can be customised to fit any kitchen by our laminate worktop cutting service.

Grey oak laminate worktops are a great way of introducing a natural-looking surface into a grey kitchen.

Grey Oak Laminate Worktops

Whilst most of the grey kitchen worktops on sale replicate stone or metallic surfaces, an option is available for those who prefer the look of timber worktops: grey oak laminate worktops.

These low-cost surfaces look similar to a full stave oak surface that has undergone an antiquing process to give it the unique grey hue.

Our selection of grey laminate worktops are intended to suit almost any kitchen design choices, but if you’re not sure which would suit your home, then why not order one of our laminate worktop sample packs? These packs are just £5 – a cost that can be refunded if you go on to purchase a worktop from us.

Apr 24

Okiror John Chris, Tasuma Suzan and family with the tree nursery they own thanks to the support of VEFO and ITF.
Moses Wakida collecting seedlings to be planted at Kadenge Community Nursery Bed

Last month, we wrote about the support we have provided to the International Tree Foundation for their COMAID project in Cameroon that seeks to create a sustainable food forest for residents of the Dom community. Indeed, we are proud to be involved with a number of ITF projects, and like to provide updates on all facets of our work when possible. Today we will be looking at the success of the Village Enterprise Foundation Organisation in Uganda.

The project is working with local residents to build their entrepreneurial skills in tree nursery management. Community members have suggested that the depletion of trees can be attributed to large areas that are being removed to provide additional space for farming and house construction. Trees are also cut down to provide fuel for brick manufacture and cooking. With a lack of seedlings to plant, woodland clearance has contributed to climate change locally.

Last August, we wrote about the work for VEFO that had already been undertaken, which included the planting and survival of more than 34,000 seedlings, and the training of over 5,600 locals in tree planting and care. By August 2017, the aim is to have 176,900 tree and fruit seedlings planted within six established nurseries throughout the Budaka district. The project is also working to encourage the planting of more indigenous species (including iroko).

We are incredibly proud of our work with ITF and are excited for further updates as the final few months of the VEFO project unfold. We will keep you up to date with progress as it happens. At Worktop Express, we work hard to ensure our kitchen worktops and other accessories are sustainably and responsibly sourced. Should you wish to know more, please visit our environmental policy page.

Apr 17

Our Top 5...

It should come as no surprise that – due to our innate love of timber products – the team at Worktop Express® often come across beautiful wooden kitchen accessories that would find themselves perfectly at home in a kitchen featuring our solid wood worktops.

Whether you are serving up a spring salad or whipping up a full-blown feast, you are sure to find one of these wooden kitchen accessories a handy kitchen addition to match your wood worktops. Here are our current top five:

There was a time before toast tongs that is probably best left forgotten, but Lakeland have since upped the toast retrieval ante with this incredibly affordable set of magnetic wooden toast tongs.

These beech tongs are an ample 21cm in length, meaning there will never again be a need for burnt fingers. What’s more, beech is a robust hardwood, so you can expect these tongs to be long-lasting and match beautifully with any of our beech worktops.

Buy them from Lakeland.co.uk

In smaller kitchens suffering from a lack of food preparation space, this ingenious set of bamboo worktop savers from Studio.co.uk would be an ideal solution.

The boards not only help to make the space taken up by the hob more usable, but they also provide the safety precaution of covering the hob when it’s not in use – just don’t forget to let the hob cool down before placing a board on top of it!

Buy from Studio.co.uk

If you try out new recipes from your favourite food blog on a regular basis, then a sturdy way of holding your tablet or phone is a must-have!

Our range of solid wood tablet stands come in a variety of hardwood timbers to match your wood worktops and are suitable for any phones, iPads and most other tablets.

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Why store your favourite mugs away in a cupboard when you can keep them on show with this cute wooden mug holder from Habitat?

It’s made from solid beech that – like our bespoke worktops – comes pre-oiled, and can either be wall mounted or positioned directly on your worktop.

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For those of you with a solid wood kitchen, this oak spice rack from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets is an ideal accessory.

Three shelves provide ample storage for all the herbs and spices you could ever think of needing, and it can be mounted directly onto your kitchen walls or on the inside of a cabinet door (if you’d prefer to keep your herbal stash out of sight).

Buy from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Have you found a solid wood accessory to match your kitchen worktops? We’d love to hear about it! Share a photo with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram, or tweet us on Twitter.

Apr 10

Oak trees are a symbol of strength, wisdom and endurance, and are by far the most popular choice for those looking for long-lasting solid wood worktops.

Whilst the majority of timber used to create our oak worktops is from the most sustainable sources in Eastern Europe, this beautiful species still dominates the English countryside.

In recent tree news, it was revealed in a nationwide survey of ancient oak trees that England has more of these majestic giants than the rest of Europe put together. The survey was undertaken over the course of four years, and discovered 1,200 previously unknown but still surviving oaks that would have been standing as far back as the Tudor and medieval period.

This brings the grand total of recognised ancient oaks in England to 3,400, with some 85 percent as much as 600 years old, whilst 12 percent are up to 800 years old, and 3.4 percent (117 individual trees) date back as far as 1,000 years. By contrast, the entire of continental Europe is estimated to contain just 2,000 ancient oak trees, the vast majority of which can be found in Sweden.

In recent tree news it was revealed that there are now over 3,400 ancient oaks in England – more than the rest of Europe combined!

England’s oldest oaks can be found in Merton (Cheshire), Lydham Manor (Shropshire) and Bowthorpe (Lincolnshire). Each of these are approximately 13 metres in circumference and between 900 and 1,000 years old.

As well as increasing England’s inventory of ancient oaks by more than 50 percent, this new research from the Woodland Trust helps to reveal why the oak plays such an important part in English culture compared to many other countries in continental Europe.

The oak tree has strong representation in many aspects of English history, and is one of the most popular symbols of royalty, with – for instance – more than 500 pubs called the Royal Oak. You’ll also find oak trees, acorns and oak leaves on countless English aristocratic coats of arms.

If you want to know more about the history, sourcing and properties of oak, we recommend reading our ‘All About Oak Worktops’ nutshell information guide.

Got a beautiful ancient oak tree in your local area? We’d love to see your photos, so don’t hesitate to share them with us on Facebook, or tag us on Instagram.

Apr 03

Our ash worktops are a hardwearing choice for both modern and traditional kitchen themes.”

Since their introduction our ash worktops have proven to be among the most popular timbers in our collection. These beautifully bright and hardwearing kitchen worktops have a distinct linear grain pattern and light caramel hues that make them a superb alternative to oak worktops.

For the month of April we’ve decided to offer this outstanding European hardwood for a bargain price – with discounts of up to 10% now available! Therefore, if you’re looking for a light worktop to brighten up your kitchen, now is the ideal time to place your order.

To take advantage of this great saving, orders of ash worktops must be placed before 23:59 on Sunday 30th April. No discount code is needed as these worktops have already been discounted – simply add the ash worktops to your online shopping cart as required.

Please note that ash upstands, plinths and samples are excluded from this promotion, though these items are always available at highly-competitive prices.

To learn more about our ash worktops, read our ‘All About Ash Worktops’ information guide. Additional images of this stunning surface can be found in our Ash Wooden Worktops Gallery.

Mar 31

Our full stave ash worktops on display on the Good Homes Magazine stand at the Ideal Home Show 2017.

If you are visiting the Ideal Home Show at Olympia London before April 9th, you may notice a fantastic solid wood kitchen set that we constructed in conjunction with Good Homes magazine.

The kitchen features two runs of cabinets and an island, all covered with our full stave ash worktops, which provide a bright contrast to the charcoal grey in-frame cabinets.

This entire kitchen set was styled in conjunction with interior stylist Kate McPhee for Good Homes, with the aim of showcasing the best interior products that are currently on the market.

We asked Kate what made her choose full stave ash worktops from our expansive collection of hardwood timbers, to which she replied:

“It was really important to choose a timber with prominent grain so that people could enjoy the natural texture of the wood.

“Our aim was to reinvent the traditional kitchen look by combining a very traditional in-frame timber kitchen with a light hardwood that brings texture and warmth to the scheme.”

The worktops we provided for the Good Homes stand were pre-cut by our bespoke cutting service to match the designer’s precise specifications, and were delivered by our 2Man team so that they could be installed immediately with minimal fuss.

Thanks to the carefully planning of our fabrication department, the installation proceeded without a hitch; indeed, Kate commented that “the installation was an absolute breeze and very straightforward.”

If you are looking for inspiration for your new kitchen, there’s still plenty of time to visit the Ideal Home Show at Olympia, which can be accessed from Kensington Olympia station (or is less than 15 minutes on foot from Hammersmith station).

Have you plumped for full stave ash in your new kitchen? Share some photos with us via social media and the best will be featured on our customer kitchens gallery!

Mar 27

Spend £300 and get Free 2Man delivery on your worktop order this March.

Want to equip your home with a new worktop this spring? Good news: there’s still time to save up to £70 on the cost of your delivery if spending £300 or more at Worktop Express (you have until 23:59 on Friday 31st March to place your order!).

We now deliver all orders to England and Wales via our very own next-day 2Man delivery service, which offers a 2 hour time slot, courtesy call 30 minutes before arrival, and transfer of your order to a ground floor location of your choice. When compared against other kitchen worktop providers in the UK, this is an unrivalled service (and something we are very proud of).

This excellent service usually costs £25 for delivery of the first worktop, and £15 for each additional worktop, but for the rest of March delivery is free for any order of £300 or more – whether you shop online or over the phone.

Want to know more about our 2Man delivery option? Please consult the ‘All About Our 2Man Delivery Service information guide to learn more about the unique features of this exceptional offering.

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.

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.

Jan 30

Endgrain butcher blocks are an elegant, unique food preparation space for kitchens.

End grain butchers block worktops are a unique feature for kitchens, and look particularly stunning when positioned on kitchen islands.

These hard-wearing food preparation spaces are available in circular and rectangular forms and – thanks to their solid wood construction – can be set into any kitchen island with relative ease.

Whichever worktops already feature in your kitchen, our choice of maple and walnut, maple, walnut or oak endgrain butchers block surfaces are guaranteed to provide a unique talking point.

Endgrain butcher blocks are not only a beautiful hardwood interior addition, but also provide an incredibly resilient surface on which to prepare food. This is down to a vertical stave construction that exposes the hard-wearing endgrain of the wood, which is perfect for cutting upon.

If you are looking for a bespoke endgrain butchers block, we are able to cut them to size and add a range of edge profiles at our Gloucestershire worktop fabrication facility. We can also provide bespoke larger sizes and different thicknesses, which are made to order with a five-week delivery time.

To see more images of our butcher blocks, please visit our worktop gallery. End grain butchers blocks are on show at each of our worktop showrooms, where samples are also available to take away.