If you are currently planning a new kitchen and cannot decide which surface to go for, we hope that this guide may persuade you to pick solid timber worksurfaces over any alternative.
Finding a worktop to suit your kitchen design
Whether you are going for a minimalist, modern design, or a theme with traditional styling and classical touches, there are a huge range of worktops available. The only type of worktop that complements any type of kitchen, however, are those made from solid hardwoods.
At Worktop Express® we stock a huge range of timbers, including conventional favourites such as oak, walnut and beech worktops. These timbers are ideal for imbuing a farmhouse feel into any kitchen, when combined with traditional-style kitchen frontals and matching solid wood knobs.
In a modern kitchen, our more exotic timbers such as bamboo, zebrano and wenge are very popular choices. Each of these hardwoods have plenty of unique characteristics, and could be the perfect centrepiece in a contemporary kitchen.
When choosing your new worktop, also consider how much natural light the kitchen gets, as this will dictate whether we would recommend choosing a dark or a light timber. In kitchens that are lacking in natural light, we suggest choosing a bright surface such as maple, prime beech or ash worktops in order to reflect as much light as possible back in to the room.
To complement luxurious kitchens with plenty of natural light, our black American walnut or black oak worktops are highly recommended.
Fabricating and fitting your worktops
The beauty of a solid wood worktop is not only that timber creates totally unique surfaces, but also that the material can be customised easily to fit into absolutely any shape of kitchen, without needing extensive re-finishing.
Wooden worktops can either be altered on site, or pre-fabricated by taking advantage of our bespoke cutting service. If you would prefer us to make changes to your worktop prior to delivery, this can either be ordered through our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool, or by speaking to a member of our fabrication team.
Using incredibly precise CNC equipment and skilled hand-finishing, we are able to accommodate any worktop modification requirements, no matter how unusual they may be. After cutting, our team sand the worktops to a very smooth finish and pass them through a specialist oiling process that protects the worktops during transit and installation.
Once on-site, our worktops are very easy to install into a kitchen, requiring only a small number of slotted brackets to safely attach the worktops to your kitchen units. These brackets are available -along with some other useful accessories – in our Worktop Installation Kit for just £15.
Ordering a worktop sample
If you cannot decide which of our worktops would best suit your new kitchen, then why not take advantage of our superb worktop samples service? We can provide a 200mm x 150mm sample of any of the timbers in our range for only £5 including fast courier delivery, which allows our customers to see exactly what each of the hardwood worktops in our collection would look like in their own home.
If after receiving your sample, you go on to place an order, we will happily discount the price of the sample from your purchase – simply speak to one of our sales advisors and let them know that you have previously bought a sample when placing your order.
If you would like to see all of the timbers we can offer, a full range of samples is available at Worktop Express showrooms, which are now open in various sites around England, with further locations opening soon.
The alternatives to timber
You might still be tempted to consider another material instead of wooden worktops, as there are many other types of surfaces available for new kitchens. Why is solid wood the better choice? Here’s what we know about the alternatives:
Granite: Stone surfaces such as granite and marble are still very desirable choices for kitchens, but they are still incredibly expensive when compared to our solid wood worktops. Granite and other stones are also very heavy and problematic to customise – requiring expensive cutting machinery, which can only be used off-site. Making adjustments to stone worktops on-site is very challenging, making them more difficult to work with in unusual-shaped kitchens.
Laminate: Laminate worktops are still the cheapest type of worktop available, but despite their lower initial cost, can also be trickier to fit and finish in a kitchen than wooden worktops. This is predominantly because laminate worktops consist of a composite core, covered in a laminate surface. If any customisations are made to the worktops, the edges of the surface then need to be re-finished, which requires specialist know-how to get pleasing results.
Solid Surfaces: Solid surfaces such as Avonite or Corian are an increasingly popular choice in modern kitchens, but they are also much more expensive than solid wood worktops. Like laminate worktops, if any adjustments are made to the worktops, they will need to be re-finished which requires specialist glues, edging strips and a knowledge of the material in order to create a good quality finish.