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If you have come to Worktop Express to buy a new work surface as part of a larger kitchen project, we would like to tell you about our sister brand. Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets was launched in 2011 following the success of Worktop Express and since then they have continued to provide superior quality solid oak kitchens at an affordable cost. Here is what else you can expect from them.

What Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets Offer

Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets offer a range of kitchens with doors in either a Shaker or a Traditional style. For a bespoke feel, you can select your perfect base, wall and drawer cabinets to suit your storage requirements. Cabinet doors can be lacquered, sanded or painted using a Farrow & Ball colour of your choice. There is also a huge range of accessories including handles and knobs, sinks, kitchen shelves, cutlery trays and more.

Interest-free Kitchen Finance

To spread the cost of your new kitchen over 12 months, they offer all qualifying customers interest-free credit on any kitchen order over £3,000. Simply visit one of the showrooms to purchase your dream kitchen and just pay a 25% deposit.

Kitchen Style Tool

The kitchen style tool allows you to visualise various combinations of cabinet doors, handles and worktops before you buy them. It makes creating your dream kitchen so much easier and with such as large range to choose from, you will be sure to find your perfect design. For additional ideas, visit their inspiration page to see what other customers have achieved in their homes.

Showrooms

We share our Worktop Express showrooms with Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, so if you have already visited one of our eight showrooms, you will have already experienced the beautiful and high-quality cabinetry that they have to offer. From Glasgow to Surrey, the showrooms are spread out across the country for your convenience.

Our sister brand’s cabinets and doors are manufactured at our very own Gloucestershire headquarters. This ensures that the same high quality that you have come to expect from Worktop Express can be achieved by them too. They also share our environmental concern, so the European oak that they use is always sourced from FSC certified forests.

Cabinets delivered fully assembled as standard

Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets’ carpenters use their years of experience and the latest technology to produce exceptional cabinets. Then, to save you time, they will be delivered fully assembled to your house by an in-house two-man delivery team.

To find out more about Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets and to view their product range, please visit solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk where you will also be able to view their contact page.

Love it or hate it, there is no denying that orange is a powerful colour. Much like yellow or red, an orange kitchen has a lot of energy that grabs the attention as soon as you walk into a room. It can be used to brighten a space and give it a happy and uplifting feel; however, it can be overwhelming if not carefully planned. If you are contemplating an orange colour scheme for your kitchen, make sure your worktops are complementary – we show you how in this blog post.

Dark

Black and orange create a powerful impact. In Feng Shui, these two colours have opposing energies and produce a flamboyant colour combination that adds elegance to any setting.

If you want a dark solid wood worktop to complement orange cabinet doors or walls, a wenge worktop is a great option. This African wood is an exotic option, so when combined with orange you create a dramatic look. Due to its durability, wenge is known as the timber equivalent of granite – perfectly combining luxury with practicality. Black oak is another dark wood that will add opulence to an orange kitchen.

Black laminate worktops are equally as effective when used with orange. Some have the effect of stone, like our black granite laminate worktop for example. This worktop features small grey flecks on a black background which helps it to integrate seamlessly into a contemporary kitchen. Lunar Night is another black laminate worktop that can be used to great effect in an orange kitchen.

The vibrant orange of the tiles stands out against the white worktop to create a dramatic kitchen.

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Light

Unlike black, which subdues the vibrancy of orange, white takes a step back and lets the warmth shine through. Laminate worktops, such as white Quartz Stone, do exactly this. White does not steal the attention from the shade, instead providing a neutral foundation that allows the vividness of the orange to steal focus. White is also a very clean colour and gives a freshness to a kitchen and helps prevent an orange colour scheme from being overpowering. Our white glass effect laminate worktop does this perfectly and the addition of a square edge gives it a contemporary feel.

Pure white solid wood does not exist in nature but there are several that have a very pale colour and deliver a similar effect. Maple worktops have a very light, honey coloured grain pattern. It also has a certain warmth which will complement orange. Bamboo is another very pale material that works well with the vibrancy of orange. The grain pattern is very regular and straight so will not detract from the vivid hue and works perfectly well in a contemporary kitchen.

Do you have an orange kitchen? If so, we would love to see which worktop you have chosen. Share your pictures on our Facebook and Twitter pages or leave your comments below.

Choosing the right worktop is an important decision to make when designing a new kitchen. With so many different types available, why should you choose solid laminate worktops over the other options? In this blog post, we have compiled four reasons to consider these stylish worktops.

Looks

One of the main reasons people choose solid laminate worktops, like the ones in our Zenith range, is because of their ultra-slim 12mm profile. Compare this to the standard 38mm thickness of regular laminate worktops, which are more than three times the thickness, and you can understand why they are considered a more contemporary choice. All of our solid laminate worktops can also be paired with matching splashbacks and upstands to help you to achieve a stylish look.

Durability

The durability of a worktop is another factor that is of paramount importance. Due to their construction, solid laminate worktops are incredibly hardwearing. They are made by bonding several layers of kraft paper together and sealed with a robust laminate overlay. This ensures these work surfaces have several benefits over traditional laminate worktops – resistance heat, wear and impact from blunt objects up to 500g from a maximum 2m drop. In addition, they are also completely waterproof.

Cost

Offering the same benefits of a solid worktop, solid laminate worktops are comparatively less expensive and also easier to install. As they do not require specialist equipment to cut and install them, or templating, costs can be kept to a minimum. The further time this saves on installation also reduces costs if you are paying for a fitter.

Surface Features

Traditional laminates worktops are not waterproof, so features such as undermount sinks and drainage grooves are incompatible. Solid laminate worktops, on the other hand, are fully waterproof so both undermount sinks and drainage groves can be added without risking water ingress. Hotrods can also be added and will protect the surface from excessive heat. These features are all excellent options for a sleek, contemporary look.

Maintaining and cleaning solid laminate worktops is also incredibly simple. Requiring only a wipe with a weak solution of water and mild detergent, they can be cleaned in moments, saving you time and effort. This makes them a fantastic choice for even the busiest kitchen.

If you have any questions about why you should choose solid laminate worktops please leave them in the comments below. Head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to share your photos or visit our Pinterest page for inspiration.


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Whilst viewing our laminate worktop pages, you may have noticed some certification symbols. Many of the laminate worksurfaces that we supply are FIRA Gold certified – but what exactly does this mean?

FIRA stands for Furniture Industry Research Association and they are an independent third-party organisation who offer a validation scheme for companies who manufacture furniture or kitchen items, or who provide an installation service for these products. FIRA awards FIRA Gold certification to products as recognition of their quality and, in turn, a company can use the mark to inform their customers of their high standards.

FIRA assesses each product by individually testing their performance levels. The results of these tests are then documented and upheld through regular audits, re-testing, and inspections. FIRA assess several factors such as mechanical damage, resistance to wet and dry heat, and chemical resistance. This exposes our laminate worktops to abrasion, impact, scrapes and scratches, a range of temperatures between 55°c – 160°c, oils, acids, bleaches, tea, and coffee.

As a customer, this gives you peace of mind because not only does it show that our products are outstanding, it also proves that they comply with all of the relevant legislation. Furthermore, as FIRA audits are ongoing you can be sure these standards are constantly upheld. FIRA Gold certification is a great indicator of the quality of a product, but you should not take our word for it. We offer two different laminate worktop sample packs that between them contain examples of all of our laminate worktops. Costing just £5 each, they provide a fantastic opportunity to see which style will work best in your kitchen whilst showcasing the quality of these surfaces.

If you have any other questions about our FIRA Gold certification, leave us a comment below.