If you have already decided upon real wood kitchen cabinets for your kitchen, then now is the time to decide what type of worktop will fit perfectly atop of them. There are a wide range of choices out there that suit solid oak kitchens, including wooden kitchen worktops, granite and marble, solid surface composites or laminate worktops.
Knowing which worktops to choose for your new kitchen is dictated by your own personal preference and a number of other factors. In this information guide you’ll find plenty of details about each option to help make your decision a little easier.
Choosing the right material
Granite & Marble Worktops
By far the heaviest and most solid of any worktop choice, granite and marble worktops require almost no maintenance after installation and can be easily cleaned.
Available in a variety of shades, most granites and marbles have a mottled appearance, with a more uniform appearance commanding extremely high price tags.
Granite and marble worktops are not suitable for DIY installation; specialist fitters will be required to visit site. Customisation is possible but it is a slow process that requires specific tools due to the hardness of the material.
Solid wood worktops come in a wide range of timber types, with dark luxurious options such as black American walnut, traditional varieties of oak and extremely sustainable choices like bamboo all easily available.
No matter whether you have a modern or traditional kitchen, you should find a species of timber to suit.
Wood worktops are suitable for DIY installation and require no specialist tools. Both hard-wearing and naturally resilient to bacteria, timber surfaces are also very easy to customise into whatever shape you may require.
Solid Surface Worktops
Solid surface worktops are made from acrylics and other man-made materials, producing a range of worktops with an appearance that is not unlike marble or granite.
Available in a very wide range of patterns and colours, solid surface worktops can be found to suit many design themes, but usually suit modern kitchens better than traditional settings.
Creating bespoke solid surface worktops is a relatively complex process that requires specialist tools and experience to achieve a quality finish. Easy of fitting varies from surface type to surface type.
Laminate worktops are often the cheapest worktop choice available, and are offered by many high-street kitchen retailers.
A choice of faux-granite and wooden options are available, which usually consist of a plastic laminate layer wrapped around a composite worktop constructed of chipboard or a similar cheap material.
Fitting and customising laminate worktops is not as difficult as solid surfaces, but requires extra finishing in comparison to stone and solid wood surfaces to maintain the aesthetic.
Where to purchase worktops
At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, that thanks to our sister supplier: Worktop Express®, it should come as no surprise that we offer a wide range of hardwood worktops to complement our oak kitchen cabinets and accessories.
Our range of worktops are very high quality, great value for money, and offered at the most competitive prices possible.
Other choices featured in this information guide are widely available from high-street retailers, with stone and solid surface worktops commonly costing more than double the price of an equivalent sized wooden worktop.