Here at Worktop Express®, you’ll find a wide range of kitchen worktops featuring both hardwood and laminate surfaces – perfect choices for traditional kitchens. To complement our collection of worktops we now offer a stylish range of kitchen taps and sinks that are guaranteed to help give your kitchen an elegant finishing touch.
If you are planning a traditional kitchen, this information guide has details of some of our finest traditional taps to suit all tastes and budgets.
Reginox Elbe Kitchen Mixer Tap
The Reginox Elbe Kitchen Mixer Tap combines two porcelain levers with a glossy chrome finish, creating a timeless aesthetic that is perfectly suited to a traditional design.
This tap has a sturdy brass core and is the ideal choice for kitchens featuring sinks made from stainless steel or glossy white ceramic.
The smooth swivel spout accommodates both single and twin bowl sinks.
Rangemaster Chrome Bridge Tap
This Rangemaster Chrome Bridge Tap is a luxurious choice for contemporary kitchens with a traditional twist. It features stylish twin levers that allow for precise control of the water flow.
The elegant curved spout can be swivelled smoothly from left to right, suiting both single and twin bowl sink designs.
Rangemaster Belfast Mixer Tap
The Rangemaster Belfast Mixer Tap is the ideal choice for accompanying ceramic Belfast sinks in a traditional kitchen.
An attractive polished chrome finish, twin ceramic levers and versatile spout make this tap a great choice for accompanying either single or double bowl Belfast sinks.
If you are ordering kitchen taps with a bespoke worktop, a suitable tap hole can be ordered using our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool. Customisations ordered through the tool receive a minimum of 10% discount all year round.
If you have any other queries regarding our range of kitchen taps, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Whether as a feature or an extension of the existing surfaces throughout your kitchen, our wide choice of worktops can be used to create a highly-functional breakfast bar.
If you are looking for legs to support a breakfast bar or any other overhanging kitchen worksurfaces, then do consider our range of breakfast bar legs. These legs are available in chrome, oak or a white painted finish, and are designed to support any worktop that protrudes over the edge of your kitchen cabinets by more than 300mm.
For larger breakfast bars, we would recommend that one breakfast bar leg is used for every metre of unsupported worktop; this is to make sure that the weight of the surface is evenly distributed and does not put strain on the rest of the surface.
Attaching Chrome Legs to Kitchen Worksurfaces
Our chrome breakfast bar legs have a brushed finish that looks superb in modern kitchens. These legs include an anodised steel bracket that allows you to firmly attach the bracket to the underside of any surface.
The bracket should be attached using three large screws that can be affixed to the leg without penetrating too far into the worktop. If you have solid wood worktops, we recommend that you use small washers between the head of the screw and the bracket, to allow for any small movements as the surface expands and contracts with changes in environmental temperature.
These chrome legs are 870mm tall, but have a degree of adjustment at the bottom to suit the height of your worktops.
Attaching Wooden Legs to Kitchen Worktops
If you have a traditional-styled kitchen or would prefer legs to match hardwood worktops, our range of wooden breakfast bar legs may be better-suited. Choose from a sanded oak breakfast bar leg that can be finished with a treatment of your choosing; a pre-oiled oak breakfast bar leg; or a white painted breakfast bar leg, which has been finished in Farrow & Ball’s New White.
These legs measure 870mm tall, which we believe is the perfect height for standard breakfast bars, but – as they are solid hardwood – they can be cut to size easily if needed. Our wooden breakfast bar legs do not come with any brackets or mountings, allowing you to affix them in an appropriate fashion to suit your kitchen theme.
For most situations we would recommend using four large angled brackets with slotted holes that will allow the leg to move as the worktop expands and contracts with environmental temperature changes. The brackets should be attached to both the breakfast bar leg and the worktop using screws of an appropriate length – too short and they may not hold securely, too long and they may affect the top surface of the worktop.
Whilst we do not currently have all of these breakfast bar legs on display, each of the Worktop Express showrooms does feature a kitchen with a breakfast bar that will help you to envisage how one may look in your kitchen. Why not pay us a visit today to get more inspiration?
Our wide range of solid wooden worktops features many hardwood surfaces that are ideal for modern kitchens. At Worktop Express® we now offer a complementary collection of kitchen taps and sinks to accompany your worktops and give your kitchen a stylish finishing touch.
In this information guide we have compiled a selection of fine contemporary taps to suit all tastes and budgets.
WEX Delta Chrome Tap
With a distinct L-shaped spout and angular styling, the WEX Delta Chrome Tap tap is ideally suited for the clean lines of any modern kitchen.
A sturdy brass core and shiny chrome surface offer the perfect finish for contemporary settings, whilst twin levers allow for easy temperature control.
The spout swivels smoothly to accommodate both single and twin bowl sinks.
Rangemaster Chrome Bridge Tap
This luxurious tap from Rangemaster incorporates stylish levers with a smooth action for precise control of the water flow.
The Rangemaster Chrome Bridge Tap is a stunning complement to modern kitchens, and features an elegant curved spout that swivels smoothly from left to right, suiting both single and twin bowl sink designs.
Reginox Miami Kitchen Tap
The Reginox Miami Kitchen Tap is an affordable accompaniment for modern kitchens.
Featuring an attractive polished chrome finish and versatile spout, this tap is a perfect partner for any stainless steel sink, and can also be adjusted to suit either single or double bowl sinks.
WEX Telesto Kitchen Sink Tap
Our WEX Telesto chrome tap is an elegant companion for contemporary sinks, and features a modern, rounded spout. The tap incorporates minimalist twin levers, which creates a design that is both stylish and efficient.
The sophisticated, yet simple twin lever design allows for easy temperature adjustment, and suits a wide range of sinks. This tap is made using materials of the highest quality and has a shiny chrome finish.
If you are ordering taps with any of our worktops, a tap hole can be purchased using our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool. Any customisations ordered through the tool receive a discount of at least 10% all year round.
For help with any other queries you may have regarding our range of kitchen taps, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Our floating shelves are superb accessories for kitchens featuring our wood worktops. Made from the same beautiful hardwood, they not only complement the countertops, but also offer a fantastic storage solution for your kitchen.
These wooden floating shelves are available in a variety of timbers, and in lengths from 300mm up to 1500mm. If you are looking for shelves of a custom size, we also offer a service for creating bespoke solid wood floating shelves. If you take advantage of this service, our fabrication team can create bespoke shelving up to 2000mm in length in any of the same elegant timbers that are used to create our collection of wooden worktops.
This guide provides some handy information on installing the invisible brackets and mounting your solid wood shelf successfully.
Tools & Equipment Required
- Electronic drill with hammer function/masonry drill
- 10mm masonry drill bit
- Spirit level & pencil
- Tape measure
- Masking tape
- Adjustable spanner or open end 10mm spanner
Mounting the Shelf
Start by attaching masking tape to the wall on which you are planning to mount your new shelf. Ensure the tape used is wide enough to allow you to mark the wall in the right locations.
Next, use a spirit level to mark a straight line (equal to the width of your shelf) on the masking tape using a pencil.
With a tape measure, find the centre points of the bracket holes on the rear of the shelf, and then mark these points on to your previously-drawn line to ensure that the shelf is properly aligned.
Insert a 10mm masonry drill bit into your drill and make sure it is tightened up sufficiently. Wearing appropriate eye-protection, drill a 70mm-deep hole at each point you have marked for the brackets. Make sure the drill is straight and that you apply an even pressure when drilling.
Insert the provided plastic wall plugs into the holes you have drilled and push them into the wall until flush. If the hole is tight you might need to use a small hammer to push them in sufficiently.
Next, attach the included washers onto the screw-end of the shelf brackets, then insert the supports into the wall plugs, using a spanner to tighten them sufficiently.
Using a spirit level, check that the brackets are pointing out straight and perfectly horizontal, so that you can be sure the shelf will sit flat.
You are now ready to push the shelf on to the brackets. Take care, proceed slowly and check once again with the spirit level to ensure that your shelf is level.
Please note that – due to the weight of the items – we recommend installing the shelves directly onto a brick wall, or that you mount them directly onto the studs of a partition wall. During installation, take care to ensure that the shelves are mounted at suitable and safe heights. If you feel there is a possibility that you will be storing moderately heavy items on the shelving, or that these will be placed in areas utilised by children, we recommend purchasing additional battens for extra support.
If you are unsure about any aspect of these installation guidelines, we recommend consulting a kitchen fitter or carpenter, who may be able to mount the shelves for you. If you would like to take a closer look at the quality of our solid wood shelves prior to installation, our worktop samples are made of the same high-quality timbers, and can be ordered with next-day delivery for just £5.
A mason’s mitre joint is the most commonly-used method for joining two laminate kitchen worktops. This joint is also known as a butt and scribe joint or a hockey stick joint (the latter term springing from the fact that the joint features a curved cut at one end, and as such resembles the shape of a hockey stick).
Mitre joints provide a secure join that wastes less material when compared to a 45° mitre joint, and allows for an attractive, continuous appearance.
Ordering Worktops with a Mason’s Mitre Joint
If you are ordering laminate worktops from Worktop Express, you will be pleased to hear that we offer a very competitively-priced worktop cutting service. As well as cutting your worktop to size, cutting sink or hob apertures, or applying edging strips, we are also able to cut worktops with a mason’s mitre joint using our precision CNC machines.
Once cut, the edge will be hand-finished by our skilled fabrication team to ensure that the join between the worktops is seamless and smooth. Next, we would cut worktop connector bolt recesses into the underside of the worktop, allowing the worktops to be connected easily once on site.
Our mason’s mitre joint service is priced at £50, which also includes the worktop connector bolts. To find out more about the services we offer, visit our laminate worktop cutting services page.
Cutting a Mason’s Mitre Joint Using a Worktop Jig
If you would prefer to cut a mason’s mitre joint yourself, this can be done using one of our worktop router jigs and the appropriate tools.
We sell two different types of jig: an MDF range that is suitable for occasional DIY use, and a solid laminate jig range that is better suited to trade professionals and for regular use. Both types of jigs are available in sizes to suit worktops up to 700mm or 900mm wide, and can also be used to rout worktop connector bolt recesses.
To use either of our worktop jigs, you will require a suitably powerful router, router cutter and G clamps to securely attach the jig to the worktop.
You can read more about using jigs to customise a worktop in our ‘How to use Jigs with Kitchen Worktops’ Nutshell Guide.
Once you have cut the worktop, you will need to finish the join by hand to ensure it is perfectly smooth. As a final measure, apply worktop sealant to the join to create a water-resistant seal.
Please note: we do not recommend using a mason’s mitre joint to join two solid wood worktops, as it does not allow the natural timber enough space to expand and contract with changes in the local climate. Instead, we would recommend joining the worktops at a 90° angle using a butt joint and worktop connector bolts. This option – and many other customisations – can be ordered via our wood worktop cutting service.