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In our latest ‘Question of the Week’, Joshua from Chepstow asked for more information about our range of wide kitchen worktops.
“I’m looking at wide worktops for a kitchen island – what is the widest you do and what are my options?”
Thanks for sending in your query. We’re glad to say that – if you are looking for a wide kitchen island worktop – you’ve definitely come to the right place! You haven’t stipulated whether you would prefer a laminate or solid wood kitchen worktop, so I will happily provide information on both options in our range.
In our range of solid wood worktops, Oak and Prime Oak surfaces are available in widths up to 1240mm wide, which can be used to create a truly expansive kitchen island. Other hardwoods in our collection are available in widths up to 960mm wide, though we can also create bespoke extra-wide worktops as part of our bespoke worktop service.
We can also add radius corners, smooth edge profiles and other customisations to ensure your new island worktop is ready to install immediately after delivery.
If you are looking at laminate worktops, each decor in our range is available in a 900mm width, and will be provided with both long edges finished; this means that only the shorter ends need the addition of the included worktop edging strip to create a surface that’s ideal for breakfast bars and kitchen islands. If you would prefer, the application of edging strip can be undertaken by our fabrication team before your worktop is delivered. You can find out more about this and the other services available on our laminate worktop cutting service page.
We have a number of information guides that may help you to choose wide worktops for your new kitchen. If considering solid wood worktops, start by reading the following guide: ‘Using Extra-Wide Wooden Countertops for Kitchen Islands.
For more details about using laminate worktops, we recommend reading our ‘Choosing Laminate Countertops for Kitchen Islands’ information guide.
If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us once again.
Ben @ Worktop Express
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This guide has all the details you might want to know about our birch wood worktops, including facts on their appearance and the manufacturing process, plus a brief history of the timber.
Like the other natural timbers used to manufacture our wide range of worktops, birch timber creates an exceedingly durable work surface. A great alternative to maple or beech worktops, birch wood has honey-coloured hues and a natural iridescence. It is a hardwearing timber that also features unique grain patterns: a particularly appealing surface for traditional kitchen settings.
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Worktop Express offers a wide variety of wooden worktops made using the finest-quality hardwoods. Though the name might suggest otherwise, some softwoods are actually as ‘hard’ as hardwoods. It is the unique cell structure that sets the two types of wood apart, whilst helping to create the beautiful grain patterns seen on many of our worktops.
Birch wood has a fine, even texture that is similar to beech, cherry or maple, with a grain that is generally straight or slightly wavy. These worktops are predominantly manufactured using the lighter sapwood, but occasionally staves of darker sapwood – which are a light, reddish brown – may be included.
Birch timber wood is easy to work with, does not splinter readily and reacts well to treatments, making it an ideal material from which to construct kitchen worktops.
Worktop Express takes great pride in only offering worktops that have been constructed using the highest-quality timber, whilst ensuring we can offer them at an unrivalled price compared to any high-street competitors.
The birch timber used to create these worktops is found across Europe, preferring well-lit areas with acid soils. It is found on heathland, mountainsides and clinging to rocky crags, and is often the first tree species to colonise bare land after clearing.
All of the timber currently used to construct our birch worktops is sourced in Ukraine, and is manufactured solely in Europe to meet strict specifications. By only using sustainably-sourced timber and meeting strict environmental standards, our impact on the environment is reduced at a local level.
Stringent checks ensure that the wood we use is not only hardwearing and aesthetically pleasing, but that it also has the environmental credentials to match. All timber is sourced from well-managed forests with established replanting schemes (elements that are verified in person by our own purchasing team). We do not rely on middlemen at any point in our sourcing and manufacture chain, ensuring that we can maintain our high standards at every step.
Since inception, Worktop Express® has supplied in excess of 375,000 orders, meaning we are now considered one of the industry leaders in supplying solid wood worktops. We only offer products of the highest quality, whilst maintaining unbeatable prices.
Every three months members of the team visit our European suppliers to check that our very high standards are being strictly enforced. We are very proud of our environmental credentials – you can find out more on our Environmental Policy page.
More details of our sourcing and manufacturing process can be found in our ’Sourcing and Manufacture’ guide.
Our birch worktops are made using a variety of 40mm staves. These ‘staves’ are the individual timber planks that are used to construct the worktop, and are carefully chosen from the best parts of the tree. This helps us to ensure consistent grain and colouration across our stock, though – as timber is a natural product – variances do occur: we believe these differences only add to the unique character of each worktop.
A number of staves are jointed together using ‘finger’ joints to create a wooden surface that is ideal for worktops. The joint looks similar to two interlocking hands, and creates a strong bond that is cemented with friction and a small amount of high-quality waterproof glue.
Further information on the construction of our worktops can be found in our ’Construction Types Explained’ information guide.
Birch timber has been used for many hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Contemporary uses include furniture construction, production of plywood, veneers, skis, kitchen utensils and firewood.
Historically birch timber was used for making roof shingles and wooden footwear, whilst the sap can be used to create a waterproof glue. The thin sheets of waxy bark can be used as a fire lighter or writing paper, and also contain betulin, which is believed to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and cancer-inhibiting properties.
Birch twigs are often used to create horse racing jumps, and can also be found in saunas where the fragrant oils released are believed to help relax the muscles. With this use in mind, it should come as no surprise that the birch tree is the national tree of Finland, where sauna culture is especially popular.
At Worktop Express® we go through great lengths to maintain our standing as industry leaders, which enables us to deliver worktops at a very competitive price whilst offering excellent customer service.
We commonly have over 15,000 worktops in stock at any one time, allowing us to promise speedy and direct delivery – both to the general public and our trade customers – via our efficient 2man delivery teams.
Advanced online stock-ordering systems allow us to drastically reduce the amount of dead stock we hold. Furthermore, through our ‘direct-to-public’ e-commerce business plan, we are able to maintain much lower overheads than some of our competitors.
Our birch worktops are available from £75 for a 2m x 620mm worktop, with matching 3M upstands for only £20.
With light colour and distinctive, iridescent grain patterning, birch is a great alternative to beech or cherry, whilst exhibiting its own unique character. Its hardwearing properties make it an ideal choice for kitchen worktops. We recommend pairing birch with strong greys and pastel blues in a traditional-style kitchen for a timeless, elegant look.
If you are interested in one of our 40mm birch worktops, or would just like to know more about the available options, please visit our solid birch worktops page.
In our latest ‘Question of the Week’, Louise from Moreton-In-Marsh asked whether we display samples of our laminate worktops in our worktop showrooms.
“I’ve been looking at the laminate worktops on your website but would like to see them for myself before I place an order. Do you have them on display in your showroom?”
Thank you for getting in touch regarding our laminate worktops – we’re glad to hear you are interested in taking a closer look.
All Worktop Express® worktop showrooms have selections of our most popular laminate surfaces on display, with a full kitchen set in each showroom dedicated to displaying one of our most popular laminate worktops.
Your closest destination is our flagship Gloucestershire showroom, which has each of our laminate worktops on display, a full kitchen set featuring our marble laminate worktops, and another that includes our grey slate worktops.
Our showroom manager can also provide you with one of our laminate worktop sample packs to take away so that you can view each of our laminate decors in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you are visiting our Gloucestershire showroom or any of our other showrooms, we recommend calling ahead to book an appointment, so that we can ensure we are available to guide you through our range of laminate worktops.
If you have any other queries, don’t hesitate to contact us once again.
Ben @ Worktop Express
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As standard, all wooden worktops available from Worktop Express are provided in a smooth sanded finish with square edges. In most cases, to prepare your new countertops for installation you need only finish them with a few coats of oil; however, when joining multiple worktops together or creating an extra-wide surface, you will need to know about the different worktop joints that are available.
When joining two wooden worktops together at a 90˚ angle, a butt joint is the preferred method. This method allows you to join two worktops together neatly without interrupting the wood’s grain pattern, whilst ensuring that the timber can still expand and contract without bowing or splitting.
Recesses that accommodate a set of worktop connector bolts are routed into the underside of the worktop. This invisible join makes it easy to connect the two worktops; moreover, this can be done without the help of a professional fitter, as only a small amount of sealant is required to fill the gap between the two worktops.
You can read more about this method of joining two wood worktops by reading our Butt Joints Nutshell Guide.
A mason’s mitre joint is one of the most popular type of worktop joints used to connect two laminate worktops, as it provides a neat join that minimises wastage when compared to a 45˚ mitre joint.
A mason’s mitre joint is sometimes known as a ‘hockey stick’ joint (thanks to the curve in the join at the front edge of the worktop). These worktop joints can be made easily by using one of our worktop jigs, all of which include an aperture for creating a mason’s mitre joint.
If you would prefer that your laminate worktops arrive ready to install, this joint can be created prior to delivery of your worktops via our laminate worktop cutting service.
Want to know more? Read our ‘Mason’s Mitre Joints for Kitchen Worktops’ information guide.
When creating worktops larger than 960mm in width for breakfast bars or kitchen islands, it may be necessary to join two worktops together using an extra-strong biscuit joint.
This type of joint is created by routing apertures into the side of the worktop, which accommodate ‘biscuit’ shaped pieces of timber that help to reinforce the join (whilst creating a seamless appearance).
Creating the perfect biscuit joint is not an easy process, so we recommend taking advantage of our bespoke cutting service if you require an extra-large worktop.
If you are looking for inspiration for your kitchen’s layout and cannot decide which type of joint may suit your requirements, we recommend viewing the kitchens in our Customer Kitchens Gallery.