Worktop Express Blog

We like to think that our collection is pretty well rounded: we’ve got worktops galore (from welcoming oak worktops to striking zebrano), cracking accessories, plus a comprehensive fabrication service that makes customising your worktop a quick and easy process.

Plenty of goodies to choose from, then; just imagine what you could do with £1000 worth…

If that sounds tempting, you’re in luck – there’s still time to enter our wonderful summer competition! To enter, all you need to do is visit Worktop Express® HQ in Gloucester by the 6th July. Have a wander round our lovely showroom and discuss your kitchen with us; we’ll wrap things up by putting together a no-obligation quote for you and entering your details into the prize draw. Please click here to read the competition terms and conditions.

So come on down: our showroom is open from 9am-5pm on weekdays and 10am-2pm on Saturdays, and we’re always delighted to welcome visitors!

With all this lush greenery around and the odd hint of sunshine (!) our thoughts turn toward the environment – and we wouldn’t be surprised if the summer months had left you feeling a bit green-fingered, too! Never fear, with Worktop Express® you can rest assured that our solid counters are all carefully and sustainably sourced; indeed, this month’s top pick – Caramel Bamboo – is a great example of our strong commitment to environmental preservation.

As a material, bamboo is hygienic, hardwearing, and fantastically sustainable. While most timber species take decades to mature fully, bamboo crops are harvested and replanted every five to six years. Bamboo also makes a wonderfully unique worktop: constructed from compressed individual sections (rather than timber staves), bamboo worktops have a neat finish with a straight grain pattern interlaced with sporadic nodes. Our unique caramelisation process accentuates these characterful elements and transforms bamboo’s pale golden colour to a rich caramel.

Better still, Worktop Express® caramel bamboo worktops start at just £125 – astounding value, if we do say so ourselves! For more information take a look at our caramel bamboo worktops page or get in touch; we’d be happy to answer any questions that you might have on this worktop wonder.

Google Plus

We’ve always considered ourselves a cool older sibling to the Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets bunch (our sister site): so imagine our shock when we realised that they had joined Google Plus ahead of us, leaving us trailing in the social media stakes…

In all seriousness, it was time we got Google Plus-friendly: this social network is now the second largest in the world, with 500 million users. Just think of all the solid wood worktop stories we could have been posting… or the ones we were potentially missing out on! Think of the weird and wonderful wood uses being reported via the Stream!

We simply had to get our page up right away. So, without further ado, here it is! We hope you’ll check it out ; and don’t forget, be it via phone, email, Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, we’re always happy to hear from you.

As you know, here at Worktop Express® HQ we’re always on the lookout for weird and wacky uses of our favourite natural material, wood.

So when we heard about the work of Israeli designers Orli Tesler and Itamar Mendelovitch we just had to give them a shout-out! One of their most recent projects has incorporated wood in an unusual and incredibly creative way: as a textile.

That’s right, these acclaimed designers make purses… out of wood! Careful research has led to the development of a process that renders wood soft and flexible; the designers cite origami as an inspiration for their ‘folding’ technique, which was discovered through ‘seeing how far it could bend till we came up with a way to hold the wood in place without breaking as we folded it.’

The result is a serious of wooden clutches, geometric and angular in design, which are being lauded for their delicate resilience and unique style. The designers themselves have nothing but praise for wood’s natural integrity: ‘We both have always had a close connection to wood as an organic material. We feel that wood helps connect the body to nature and is very Zen. Every material gives off a certain vibration or chi. We tried to make the clutch feel good, not just look good. We hope that people who wear our clutches feel the same way.’

We couldn’t agree more: whether your business is wearable wood or wooden worktops, the innate charm and beauty of solid wood is something we can all get behind!

Got a ‘wacky’ wood story to share with us? We’d love to hear from you: simply send a contact message or give us a call on 0845 22 22 644.

Wearable Wood

Image courtesy of Tesler+ Mendelovitch

Reminder: £1,000 of free goods up for grabs!

Not surprisingly, the Worktop Express® team are crackers about worktops – but even we can see that the only thing better than a beautiful beech worktop is a beautiful free beech worktop!

Our wonderful worktop collection has a little something for everyone; familiar favourites like oak, cherry and maple, plus a hint of the exotic in the form of eye-catching zebrano, wenge, and more. We also stock some handy accessories like chopping boards and cutlery drawer inserts, so there’s plenty of choice. Best of all, we deliver superb quality for an affordable price – so a £1,000 prize could go a long way!

To enter this fabulous competition, come on down to Worktop Express® HQ in Gloucester and discuss your kitchen with us. Enjoy a tour of our showroom – featuring 9 full solid wood kitchen displays and plenty of worktops from our acclaimed collection – and we’ll put together a no-obligation quote for you. At the same time your details will be entered into the prize draw.

We’re open from 9am-5pm on weekdays and 10am-2pm on Saturdays, and the competition is running until the 6th July, so there’s plenty of time to pop in and see us! Full terms and conditions apply; please click here to read more.

We’re delighted to say that our lovely Worktop Express® customers just can’t get enough of our in-house 2Man delivery service – so much so that we’re planning to expand our fleet just to cope with demand!

As such, the Worktop Express® transport team are adding two shiny new vans to our delivery fleet at the end of summer. The great news is that we’ll now be able to offer an even better service, visiting popular postcodes more frequently and making more deliveries than ever before. The upshot: you will always receive the sterling service you’ve come to expect from Worktop Express® 2Man but the lead-times might be even shorter – whether your order contains oak worktops, butchers blocks or chopping boards, we’ll do our best to deliver as swiftly as possible.

Keep an eye on our delivery details section, too: this page contains everything you need to know about our delivery options and will be updated accordingly to reflect our soon-to-be expanded service.

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, little birdies are tweeting up above: summer is in the air. And it seems that all this good weather has put us in a generous mood…

That’s right, it’s competition time! We’re giving away £1,000 worth of worktops, accessories and services to one lucky customer. The winner can pick from our fantastic timber worktop collection, which has a work surface to suit every taste and budget – from classic oak and beech to the more exotic zebrano and caramel bamboo – and we’ve got plenty of complementary accessories like solid wood chopping boards to offer, too. Throw in our acclaimed bespoke cutting service and one could even say we’re spoiling you for choice!

To be in with a chance of winning this wonderful prize, simply visit our Quedgeley showroom and allow us to put together a free no-obligation quotation for you. Your details will then be entered into the prize draw. Please click here to view the full terms and conditions for this competition.

Featuring 9 full kitchen displays incorporating a variety of worktops from our best-selling collection, our 2,000 sq foot showroom is conveniently located within Waterwells Business Park. Visitors are welcome to stop by between 9am and 5pm on weekdays and between 10am and 2pm on Saturday.

We look forward to seeing you!

Solid Worktop Chopping Boards

New season, new start – now summer is here (finally) the kitchen world has swept into action, rounding up the season’s best buys and forecasting trends.

Fortunately, these insights contain some good news for worktop fans: solid wood remains ever fashionable! The Independent’s ’50 Best Kitchen Gear’ article lists solid wood accessories such as chopping boards amongst its top picks (which we can happily supply – click here to learn more!) and a Consumer News survey records hardwood kitchen furniture as one of the most popular choices for consumers over the last year.

‘Shabby chic’ seems to be a buzz-word of the moment, with more and more people opting for rustic kitchens with an organic feel. A solid wood worktop in classic oak or beech would be a great start, and to round off the look we’d recommend a solid oak cabinet – head over to our sister site for some inspiration. You can accentuate the ‘shabby chic’ aspect by customising your cabinet frontals; Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets offer a natural sanded finish that could be just the ticket.

Finally – and fantastically – what about a bit of 3D printing?! The latest gadget from the planet’s leading scientists is this type of printer, which has been used by NASA for the past few years to make parts for their spacecrafts and is now being fine-tuned to encompass other areas. Food, clothing, and musical instruments are just a few of the things being touted for our 3D-printed-future. Now, while our natural solid wood worktops aren’t something that could be replicated by such a device – each one is unique and organically constructed – we could see the potential for this device in kitchen design. The machine could sit pretty atop a solid wenge worktop or perhaps an American walnut, and every time you fancied changing your colour scheme, hey presto! Off you go to print out some new teatowels, cutlery, a teapot or two…

Wishful thinking, maybe, but pretty cool!

Well, that’s enough from us: we hope you’ve enjoyed this little update – and if you happen to hear about any new trends or gadgets that you think deserve a mention in the future, let us know and we’ll add it to the blog pile.