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Laminate Worktops Buying Guide

A good worktop is the backbone of any kitchen, but you might not be sure which one is the best choice. That’s why we’ve put together this new laminate worktops buying guide, in order to help you find the right one for you and your kitchen style.

The Benefits of Laminate Worktops

Kitchen worktops frequently use laminate surfaces, which offers many different advantages. These include:

  • Style. Laminate worktops come in a wide range of beautiful finishes. From a classic wood effect to more modern, abstract designs, there’s something for every kind of kitchen. Depending on the effect you’re after, you can choose from Matt, Extra Matt, Gloss, High Definition and Textured finishes. We take a closer look at style inspiration later on in this guide.
  • Durability. Laminate worktops feature a non-porous surface that’s perfect for kitchen use. The material prevents liquids and bacteria from seeping into the material and contaminating it. It’s also resistant to bumps and scrapes, so it stays looking fantastic for several years to come.
  • Easy installation. Laminate worktops can be added to a kitchen without any special tools. Take a look at our installation tips in our worktop measurement guide here.
  • Price. With worktops available from just £57.00, laminate is a reliable, low-cost choice for any home.

Finding the Right Style

Because of their prominent position, worktops can dramatically change a kitchen’s style and atmosphere. That’s why we’re proud to offer a selection of finishes that suit all tastes

The Colmar Oak worktop features a warm matt finish that mimics wood without the maintenance of a wood worktop. It’s a great option if you want to bring a rustic country look into your kitchen. The worktop can easily be matched with a variety of country kitchen colour schemes and can also be paired with wooden shelving and our Colmar Oak Breakfast Bar for a full country kitchen style.laminate colmar oak worktops

If you want to create a shabby-chic feel in your kitchen, Colmar Oak worktops and accessories are especially suitable. They’re one of our most popular worktops, as they can be matched with a variety of kitchen styles.

The Natural Rustic worktop offers a similar wood effect as the Colmar Oak one, but it also comes in a slightly thicker option with a square edge. Square-edged worktops are ideal if you want to give your kitchen a modern feel. Match this worktop to your existing kitchen, using neutral tones such as shades of grey, white, black and warm browns.

laminate natural rustic worktops

As its name suggests, the Midnight Granite Matt worktop features a dark, stone effect pattern with a subtly textured surface. It also comes with a 3mm contemporary profile; this means the curve of the worktop is tight and neat. The Midnight Granite worktop is an eye-catching feature in a contemporary white kitchen. It also creates a good contrast effect when paired with grey and blue-grey kitchen cabinets.

Laminate midnight granite worktop

The Strasse Noir worktop adds visual flair to any kitchen thanks to its gloss sparkle effect. It’s an excellent choice if you’ve adopted an Art Deco look in your kitchen and have chosen a monochrome colour scheme.  The sparkle effect also works well in a modern kitchen and can be matched with stainless steel splashbacks for a futuristic effect.

Laminate strasse noir worktopAeon Range

Some of our worktops (including the Lunar Night worktop) are part of the AEON range. AEON laminate worktops feature high definition textures on their surface that add both visual and tactile interest. Moreover, the surface is 3-5 times more scratch resistant than a conventional laminate worktop. If you’re very active in the kitchen, an AEON worktop is a great choice.

Laminate Lunar Night Worktop

This is just a small selection of the worktops we offer. Don’t forget to visit our laminate worktops pages for the complete selection.

Taking Care of Laminate Worktops

Laminate worktops have been designed to be very low-maintenance. To clean them, wipe them down using your normal dishcloth and a mild detergent. While the material is stain-resistant, we recommend wiping up any spills as soon as possible.

You can further extend the life of your worktop by not placing hot objects directly on the surface. Use a potholder or similar item to protect the material. The laminate surface can also be damaged by sharp objects like knives, so be sure to always use a chopping board when preparing food.

If you have an inset kitchen sink, you can use a soft toothbrush to clean the seam between the sink and the surrounding worktop.

Adding Some Creative Flair With Upstands

For a matching design and well-rounded kitchen, add an upstand to your laminate worktop. The worktop and upstand combined create a charming frame that you can use to merge or contrast with the rest of your kitchen design. It’s a great option for creating a statement with your overall kitchen colour choice.

For example, a popular choice at the moment is to combine a dark wood worktop and upstand (such as our knotty walnut worktop) with navy blue kitchen walls and cabinets. This creates a warm feel to your kitchen, while also giving you a modern look by using the bold navy blue.

For more kitchen tips and inspiration, explore the latest articles of our blog.

And if a laminate worktop is exactly what you’re looking for, browse our full range of laminate worktops. 

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