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Nov 13, 2018

Replacing a worktop can truly transform your kitchen, so it is important that the job is done right. In this blog post we give you some advice on how to find a kitchen worktop fitter that works for you. The main points to consider are:

Experience, Recommendations and Accreditations.

There are many different tradespeople available who will be willing to carry out your work, with options ranging from large firms to independent fitters. When approaching a fitter – whether independent or employed by a larger company – it is a good idea ask if they have done similar work previously. This will let you know if they have experience working with specific materials – asking to see their portfolio along with their references is also recommended. Looking for honest feedback from homeowners using websites like checkatrade.com and ratedpeople.com can be a good way to find impartial reviews. It is also worth finding out if they belong to trade associations such as the Guild of Master Craftsmen or the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA).


We advise meeting at least three tradespeople to get like-for-like quotes. Ask if the quotes include materials, labour, subcontracting, VAT and removal of any old worktops, so you know that the price for the work includes what you need. Make sure that you get the quote from the person who has seen the job in person. Be cautious of any quote that seems very low as this could imply extra costs at a later date.

Payment Plan

Once a price has been agreed, you should receive a quotation followed by a written contract. This contract will include a payment plan which ensures that there are no miscommunications. For expensive jobs, the total value is not often expected to be paid up front – instead, a small deposit will be required with subsequent payments required through the fit. Sometimes a tradesperson may request money to cover the costs of materials, especially if it is a small or independent worker. This is important if your fitter is buying the worktop for you. Always ask which method of payment they prefer.


On hiring a tradesperson, ask if they are happy to return to fix any problems that might have happened after the completion of the work. This arrangement might be in the contract or it could be an oral agreement. Either way, it is a good idea to check to see a guarantee is offered on the work being done.

If you follow this advice you will be able to find a kitchen worktop fitter that is not only suitable for the work you require but also that you are happy and comfortable with. Do you have some priceless advice of your own? Share your hints and tips in the comment below.

Nov 6, 2018

Kitchens vary from home to home and layout will depend on a number of factors, including lifestyle and the available space. If you are redesigning your kitchen, you may be wondering what the average kitchen worktop height and depth is. In this blog post, we answer this question.

The height of a kitchen worktop is dependent on the base units. Base units start from 870mm but can reach 1000mm in height and what is perfect for one person is not necessarily right for another. On average, kitchen worktops are around 900mm high but if you want to find the most ergonomic level for you, there is one tried and tested method. The height of the worktop should be level with the wrist bone. This gives the most comfortable height for the individual when carrying out common kitchen tasks such as chopping.

If you have a breakfast bar or kitchen island, the height of the surface will dictate how high seating should be. For a worktop height of between 890mm and 940mm, choose seats that are between 580mm and 720mm. Worktops between 1,040mm and 1,090mm should be paired with seats between 740mm and 820mm in height and for extra tall worktops of between 1,100mm and 1,190mm pick seats between 840mm and 920mm.

A situation where you might require a much lower worktop height is in an accessible kitchen. For wheelchair users, the height of the worktop will usually be 800mm with at least 76mm of knee space.

Typically, worktops are around 600mm – 650mm deep to accommodate base units. Our worktops are available in many different depths ranging from 600mm to 1,240mm – the larger sizes are well suited to kitchen islands. Whatever the size, any worktop depth can be reduced using an appropriate circular saw or extended using biscuits joints. Our worktops can be easily cut-to-size on site, however, our online bespoke worktop tool allows you to customise your worktop to perfection.

If you require any more information about average kitchen worktop height and depth, please do not hesitate to contact us. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, or head over to Pinterest for some inspiration.

Nov 1, 2018

Wood is one of the most widely used materials in the world due to its beauty, versatility and durability. The Janka scale organises wood by hardness and is one of the factors that is considered when creating pieces of furniture or, in our case, worktops.

The Janka hardness test measures the force needed to embed a 11.28mm steel ball halfway into a sample of wood.

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What is the Janka hardness test?

Developed by Gabriel Janka, the Janka hardness test measures how resistant wood is to denting and general wear. To do this, a steel ball measuring 11.28 millimetres in diameter is driven into a piece of wood until it reaches halfway. The force required to do this is measured in pounds (lbs) or newtons which gives Janka hardness. Due to grain direction, this test can be conducted on both the surface of the wood (side hardness) and the edge of the wood (end hardness).

Comparing Our Solid Wood Worktops

Our solid wood worktops are available in a variety of woods including European, African and American species. Wenge is the hardest wood that we supply and birch is the softest. However, every single one of our timbers is of equal quality and is suitable for use as a work surface in any kitchen.

This table shows our different timbers arranged by hardness according to the Janka scale. At first glance, there might seem to be a big difference between the woods. In reality this difference is not so drastic, especially when you consider that the softest wood in the world, balsa, has a Janka hardness rating of 70 lbs. Even birch, our softest wood, is far harder than this.


1,630 lbs (7,300 N)

1,575 lbs (7,010 N)

1,510 lbs (6,700 N)

1,450 lbs (6,450 N)

1,380 lbs (6,450 N)

1,320 lbs (5,900 N)

1,300 lbs (5,783 N)

1,260 lbs (5,600 N)

1,220 lbs (5,410 N)

1,210 lbs (5,380 N)

1,120 lbs (5,000 N)

1,010 lbs (4,500 N)

995 lbs (4,430 N)

960 lbs (4,280 N)

910 lbs (4,000 N)











Black oak


Black American Walnut




Explaining Hard Wood and Soft Wood

The terms softwood and hardwood seem self-explanatory – unfortunately, this is not the case. Softwood refers to timber that is harvested from conifers, including pine, whereas hardwood comes from broadleaf trees like oak, ash and maple. These terms can cause confusion, but essentially, they have nothing to do with the hardness of the timber. In fact, some softwoods are harder than some hardwoods.

Using the Janka Scale to Choose Your Worktop

When choosing a worktop for your kitchen, timber hardness might not be your predominant variable. You might be more interested in the colour or the grain pattern of the wood. The Janka scale is worth keeping in mind though, especially if you have narrowed your choice down to two or three worktops.

All of the worktops that we supply are suitably hard for use in even the busiest of kitchens. Wenge is a very dense, dark wood that works particularly well in contemporary kitchens. Birch, on the other hand, is much lighter, both in terms of weight and colour and is appropriate for a more traditional kitchen.

Now you know how the Janka scale relates to the timber we supply. If you would like to learn more about our solid wood worktops, why not browse our wooden worktops information guides. Alternatively, you could leave your thoughts in the comments below or head over to Facebook and Twitter for inspiration and ideas.

Oct 25, 2018

Here at Worktop Express we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality in everything we do – including our solid oak worktops. We have a number of oak worktop reviews that back-up this statement, and we have selected a few to show you what owners of our oak worktops think.

Who are Feefo?

To collect reviews, we use Feefo – an independent reviewing platform. They control the reviews that are displayed, which ensures that the feedback on our oak worktop pages is honest, authentic and trustworthy. Hundreds of people have posted positive reviews on our site and each one is an indication of our exacting standards.

The UK’s Finest Oak Worktops Reviews

Ruth had this to say about the oak worktops she purchased from us.

“I was a little dubious to order worktops online without being able to look at the product quality, however, after reading reviews I felt for the price saving it was worth trying. I was not disappointed. The two worktops I ordered are fab quality, and they were delivered very quickly. I would highly recommend.”

Peter gave his oak worktops 5-stars, in part due to their very high quality.

“Oak Worktops were delivered on time and as promised with regular updates on delivery time expected. Very good condition and all tops. Checked by the delivery drivers before they departed. Worktops have been a pleasure to work with and have been of very high quality.”

Our Prime Oak worktops have not been left out, with Susan leaving a review to let us know how good the surfaces look in her modern kitchen.

“Looks absolutely beautiful, had some lovely comments. Gives a touch of class to a modern kitchen.”

We have even had reviews from people using our oak worktops outside of the kitchen – like Eleanor, who posted a 5-star review on Feefo for our 3m x 720mm x 40mm oak worktops. This is what she had to say:

“Great solid worktop, looks really good with the Danish oil Using as a desk rather than as a kitchen counter, perfect for the job. Excellent price for the product – really happy.”

These are just a few of our oak worktop reviews. To read a wider selection to help you make up your mind, visit our oak worktops and Prime Oak worktops pages. If you have recently bought an oak worktop, keep an eye out for a Feefo email in your inbox and let others know your honest opinion.

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Oct 18, 2018

For the last in our series following our worktops from the forest to your front door, we have spent some time with Tim, our transport manager, to find out more about the people behind our in-house delivery service. Previously, we spent time with the fabrication department and the last thing they did was wrapping – this is where we will pick up with Tim, as the worktop is packed ready for transport.

1:32pm (day before delivery) – When the worktop orders are ready for delivery, we come to the warehouse to collect them. If the orders are coming from fabrication, they will be wrapped, if not they have to be wrapped, and then we pack them in our re-usable padding ready for transport. How do we know which worktops we need to pick and which orders are being loaded into which van?

Great question – you will find out shortly!

6:58pm (day before delivery) – Orders are loaded onto our vans so they can be distributed throughout the country to each depot, ready for delivery the next day. We have our own in-house delivery fleet which is fantastic as it means we can keep costs low and pass those savings to our customers. It also means we can ensure our commitment to the environment is upheld by planning the most efficient delivery routes possible.

12:37pm (day of delivery) – This van has arrived back from a morning of deliveries, so it will be loaded shortly. There are weight restrictions that we need to adhere to, to make sure our vehicles are safe. As we have our own transport, we are responsible for all the maintenance – ‘down time’ has to be booked in so that we can have all our vehicles on the road when we need them. This is a big job, with 7 depots throughout the country we need to make sure all the planning is done for every location. We are checking the oil and water levels on this vehicle before it heads out.

4:11pm – The first deliveries have been done and we are ready to head to the last address now – we just need to give the customer a call to let them know we are on the way.

4:38pm – We are at the customer’s house, right on time, and – like most of the worktops we deliver – these worktops are headed straight for the kitchen. They are fairly heavy and also pretty large, so two people are needed to lift safely. The kitchen is on the ground floor and there are no steps, so it looks like we can take this straight in. We take the reusable packaging off then the customer is given the opportunity to inspect the worktops without the wrapping before we leave.

4:52pm– Delivery done and we are headed back to head office to clock off – I hope you have enjoyed learning more about transport’s role in the journey our worktops take from the forest to your front door!

Oct 12, 2018

Here at worktop express, we are excited to introduce some more worktops to our range. We have chosen these brand new laminate worktops because of their beautiful aesthetics – each surface has a unique style that ensures it is suitable for a range of kitchen styles. In this blog post, we will take a look at Galaxy Gloss, Cascina Pine and Caribbean Stone laminate worktops in more detail.

Galaxy Gloss Laminate Worktop

This stunning worktop is guaranteed to create an eye-catching centre-piece in any kitchen thanks to the smooth, high shine finish and striking design. Perfect for a contemporary kitchen, this laminate work surface has been completely covered with glitter, for a sparkling and sophisticated impact.

Cascina Pine Laminate Worktops

Our Cascina Pine laminate worktops are perfect for creating a light and airy aesthetic in your kitchen. For a realistic effect that perfectly replicates the natural grain of wood, this worktop has a textured finish. The overall design allows them to fit particularly well in coastal and Scandinavian designs.

Caribbean Stone Laminate Worktops

Caribbean Stone laminate worktops have a high gloss finish which adds elegance to any kitchen. These surfaces have a realistic polished granite design, with beautiful shades of brown, that work well in contemporary kitchen styles. Smooth, sleek and reflective, this worktop is sure to transform your kitchen.

How Our New Laminate Worktops are Made

Just like all of our products, our new laminate worktops use only the highest quality materials. This makes them extremely durable and suitable for the busiest kitchen. The robust wooden particle board core is covered with a decorative and hardwearing laminate top layer using the process of high heat and pressure to bind the two elements together. The combination of quality materials and precision construction makes them a low-maintenance choice that is also easy to clean.

New Laminate Worktop Upstands and Splashbacks

To complete your kitchen, our new range also includes complementary laminate worktop upstands and splashbacks. These features not only look great, but they also help to protect your walls from splashes and stains – the perfect solution for a busy kitchen.

What are your thoughts on our new laminate worktop range? For more information about these new products or any of our other laminate worktops, please contact us. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates about our products.

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Oct 4, 2018

Solid laminate worktops are a sleek option for any contemporary kitchen – both Zenith worktops and our premium solid laminate worktops are popular choices with our customers. Considering solid laminate worktops but unsure which colours to use with your new kitchen worktops ? Here is our advice on which colour combinations work best.

Zenith Worktops

There is no doubt that Zenith worktops provide a strong statement for a contemporary kitchen and their design makes them perfect for combining with vibrant and rich colours.

Caldeira Zenith

With a selection of grey tones alongside mottled terracotta shades, Caldeira Zenith worktops look great when paired with Red Earth by Farrow & Ball. This earthy colour highlights the accents in the worktop, adding continuity of colour to your kitchen.

Farrow and Ball’s Red Earth will work perfectly alongside Caldeira Zenith solid laminate worktops.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

Rouille Zenith

Rouille Zenith worktops feature a striking worn copper effect which gives them a warmth. Adding to the theme by using an oxidised copper colour such as teal or turquoise is a bold move that will transform your kitchen. We recommend Farrow & Ball’s Vardo, a rich teal shade.

Farrow and Ball’s Vardo combines perfectly with Rouille Zenith solid laminate worktops.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

Magma Zenith

Magma Zenith worktops, have a slate grey colour which combines well with many different hues. We recommend choosing a rich purple for an opulent palette. A deep aubergine shade, Farrow and Ball’s Brinjal will create a bold and striking combination, adding warmth to the cool undertones of the work surface.

Magma Zenith solid laminate worktops look fantastic with Farrow and Ball’s Brinjal.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

Worktop Express Exclusive Solid Laminate Worktops

This collection of solid laminate worktops are exclusive to Worktop Express. They are available in variety of styles and so will match many different shades and hues.

Black Sparkle

With glitter and large iridescent metallic flakes set into a pure black surface, this Black Sparkle can be matched with any colour. We recommend a warm white – such as Farrow and Ball’s School House White – to create a dramatic contrast.

Farrow and Ball’s School House White will work perfectly alongside our black sparkle solid laminate worktop.

Credit : Farrow & Ball


This concrete solid laminate worktop perfectly replicates the look of concrete and features a beautiful grey colour. Grey is well known for complementing a range of colours. Yellow would add a warmth so try Farrow & Ball’s Babouche.

Farrow & Ball’s Babouche perfectly complements our premium concrete solid laminate worktop.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

White Marble

White marble solid laminate worktops are great for adding opulence to a kitchen. Therefore, we recommend a colour that has an equal amount of lavishness. Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green is dark and lavish and will help to pick out the marble pattern.

Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green can be used to great effect alongside our white marble solid laminate worktops.

Credit : Farrow & Ball

This kitchen shows how effective a dark green colour, such as Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green, can be when used with white worktops.

Credit : houzz

To find your perfect colour combinations for solid laminate worktops, visit our worktop visualiser. Let us know what your favourite colour combination is in the comments below. Our range is continuously expanding, so make sure you visit regularly so that you do not miss our new additions. Alternatively, join us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our latest products.

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Sep 28, 2018

Here at Worktop Express, we have a wide selection of work surfaces available. We have made buying kitchen worktops even easier, as we have updated our website to allow you to shop by style. Our new kitchen worktops page has a number of categories to help you find your work surfaces faster. Keep reading for an introduction to our new easy-to-use layout.

Shop by Colour

If you are undecided on your worktop material, but know the look you want to create, shopping by colour might be for you. Want to make a statement with a classic kitchen? Take a look at our black worktops. Considering an elegant design for your cook space? Our white worktops will be perfect for your home.

Shop by Style

Should you have a more specific idea of what you want, shop by style categorises our worktops by their décor. Each selection contains different materials – so if you are considering a stone worktop, our granite worktops, quartz worktops and marble worktops contain a range of laminate, solid laminate and Earthstone work surfaces. We have everything from square edge worktops to oak worktops, making it easy for you to find exactly what you want with ease.

Looking for Something Else?

You may be looking for something even more specific, which is why we have also grouped our worktops and accessories into easily shoppable categories. Whether you want a new bathroom worktop or you are looking for something for your breakfast bar, we have thought of everything.

We hope you enjoy buying kitchen worktops using our new pages to shop with us – if you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sep 14, 2018

From one region to another, design trends in the UK can differ almost as much as dialects. You might be wondering “what are the most popular worktops near me?” With that in mind, we did some research and compiled this list of which worktops are popular by city.


The capital city loves white Andromeda laminate worktops. With a high-shine finish, they are extremely contemporary and very low-maintenance, which makes them perfect for busy Londoners. White sparkle laminate worktops are ideal for monochrome kitchens and are versatile enough to combine with any colour.

This red phone box is almost as iconic as Big Ben.

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Birmingham has an industrial heritage which makes their most popular choice of worktop very apt. Luna Nero grey slate laminate worktops fit perfectly into an industrial design scheme. The grey shade can be combined well with many other colours which makes this worktop very adaptable.

The beautiful Victoria Square is located in Birmingham's city centre.

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Our recently launched Zenith worktops are within the top 10 most popular options in Manchester, proving that this is a city that likes to be on top of the latest trends. Dark, luxurious timbers – like our Sapele, walnut, black oak and iroko worktops – are also a popular choice for kitchen surfaces in Manchester. Sapele is an exotic wood from Africa, which starts off rose colour and deepens to a rich chestnut. It is a wood that is incredibly hard-wearing and for this reason is an ideal choice for a kitchen worktop. Well picked, Mancunians!

Old Trafford is the home of Manchester United.

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Our customers in Glasgow love white Calcutta Marble laminate worktops. This elegant choice is perfectly suited to a neutral coloured kitchen where the white Italian marble design can be allowed to take centre stage.

The Clyde Auditorium and the SSE Hydro are instantly recognisable Glaswegian landmarks.

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With so much beautiful art and design in Bristol, it is not a surprise that iroko worktops are a popular choice in this city – so popular, that only customers in London have purchased more of these worktops! Iroko is a hardwearing African wood that has a high oil content, making it naturally hygienic. With incredible colour and grain patterns, it really is a winning worktop.

The awesome Clifton Suspension Bridge spans Avon Gorge and the River Avon.

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Plymouth is a port city best known for its nautical history. Customers in Plymouth love oak worktops – like many other areas of the country, this traditional timber is a prevalent choice. Plymouth also has a high volume of our copper effect laminate worktops. The amount purchased is so high, that only customers in London have purchased more since January!

Smeaton's Tower is the third and most notable Eddystone Lighthouse in the world.

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Portsmouth is another city with maritime connections. Our customers in this port love black American walnut worktops and who can blame them? The young wood is already dark and its shade will continue to deepen as it matures. An extremely sophisticated and eye-catching worktop.

The impressive Emirates Spinnaker Tower is 170 metres high.

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Zebrano worktops are popular with our customers in the Welsh capital – since January, they have purchased more of our deluxe zebrano worktops in particular than any other area in the UK. With dark stripes against a golden background, zebrano is a wild looking worktop that demands attention. Both dramatic and exotic, it looks beautiful alongside a neutral colour scheme.

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is is the national stadium of Wales.

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Our customers in Leeds favour square edge black Andromeda laminate worktops. This stylish black laminate worktop has an edge profile which makes it perfect for a contemporary kitchen. It provides a glamourous appearance and is low maintenance which the people of Leeds love.

Leeds Town Hall was designed by architect Cuthbert Brodrick and Built between 1853 and 1858.

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Do you live in one of these cities? If so, do our results match your worktops? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Is your city not mentioned? Are you still asking “which are the most popular worktops near me?” Comment below with your hometown and we will let you know.

Sep 4, 2018

Solid laminate worktops offer a contemporary surface option for kitchens, but they can also be used in other rooms of the house. Using them as solid laminate bathroom worktops is a prime example. The way they are manufactured makes them non-porous and waterproof, ideal for high humidity rooms, or spaces in which they will come into contact with water often. In this blog post, we take a look at which solid laminate worktops you could use in your bathroom.

The Ideal Bathroom Choice

Whether you choose one of our exclusive Worktop Express solid laminate worktops or a Zenith worktop, they both make excellent surfaces for bathrooms. Due to the high levels of moisture in bathrooms, it is important that the surface you choose is both hygienic, easy to clean and waterproof. These are exactly some of the benefits of solid laminate worktops. Solid laminate worktops are ideal for use in a bathroom because they are waterproof and non-porous. They are also incredibly durable due to their solid core which gives them an impermeable nature as well as resistance to wear, heat and impacts from blunt objects.

Exclusive Solid Laminate Worktops

Here at worktop express, we offer a range of solid laminate bathroom worktops that are exclusive to Worktop Express. Each worktop has a smooth finish which makes them easy to clean and at just 12mm thick, they are sleek and ideal for a contemporary bathroom design.

Black Sparkle Solid Laminate Worktop

Black sparkle solid laminate worktops offer you an eye-catching choice for your bathroom.

Black sparkle solid laminate worktops offer you a contemporary choice in any room of your house and will look great in a stylish bathroom. The matt black surface is eye-catching, in part due to the combination of large iridescent metallic flakes alongside the glitter. The result is an elegant surface for including in any sophisticated bathroom design.

Concrete Solid Laminate Worktops

Concrete solid laminate worktops not only offer you a contemporary surface for your bathroom, they also can be paired with a wide range of colours.

This concrete solid laminate worktop is a great choice for a contemporary bathroom and has a realistic look of gently worn concrete – the addition of a black edge makes it extra elegant. Grey is an incredibly versatile shade that can be used with a range of different colours, so whatever your colour scheme you can be sure that one of these solid laminate bathroom worktops will fit perfectly into your design.

Solid Laminate Zenith Worktops

Much like our exclusive range of solid laminate worktops, our Zenith worktops also come in a range of styles that are perfect for contemporary bathroom designs. This modern design is enhanced by 12mm thick edge which gives them a slimline look.

Rouille Solid Laminate Zenith Worktop

This Rouille solid laminate Zenith worktop has rich orange shades to give it the appearance of natural worn copper.

The warm copper tone of this solid laminate bathroom worktop makes this Rouille Zenith worktop a great choice for a modern bathroom design. Emulating the natural colour of worn copper, this work surface will take centre stage in any bathroom. They are stylish, contemporary and 100% waterproof.

Magma Solid Laminate Zenith Worktop

This Magma Zenith worktop has a realistic slate effect that makes it perfect for any contemporary bathroom design.

This beautiful Magma Zenith worktop has a realistic stone aesthetic, recreating the look of dark slate. It has all the beauty of the natural material and is more affordable and practical. It features varying shades of black and grey which can be combined with a wide range of other colours.

Caldiera Solid Laminate Zenith Worktop

This Caldeira Zenith worktop has earthy shades that give it an appearance of concrete or natural stone.

This Caldeira Zenith worktop features a multitude of greys to give it an appearance of concrete or slate. The beautiful earthy terracotta shades add a warmth whilst the matt finish gives the surface a lovely texture. This realistic stone appearance is ideal for a contemporary bathroom.

Solid Laminate Worktop Samples

This Zenith sample pack costs only £5 and will help you to decide which solid laminate bathroom worktops will suit your room.

Deciding which of these solid laminate worktops would suit your bathroom can be difficult, so to help you out we sell sample packs . Costing just £5, it contains examples of Caldeira, Magma and Rouille Zenith worktops so you can see first hand which one will work best in your bathroom.

We hope that this blog post has given you some inspiration and has helped you to decide which of our solid laminate bathroom worktops will work best in your room. Leave your thoughts in the comments below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to start a discussion. Do you have a solid laminate worktop in your bathroom already? Why not share your pictures too?

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