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What type of work surface should I choose?

 

Your choice of work surface can dramatically change both the look and functionality of your kitchen. We currently offer both solid wood and laminate work surfaces and details on them are below.

Timber work surface features

  • Easy to work with using standard woodworking tools.
  • No Template and fitting charge from a work surface specialist.
  • Can be used for with both undermount and inset sinks.
  • Can have drainer grooves machined into them on site.
  • Can be used with curved base cabinets.
  • Timber upstands available to compliment all of our timber work surfaces.
  • Require regular maintenance, oiling is necessary every 3 months.
  • Find out more about Second Nature Timber Work surfaces.

Find out more about Second Nature Timber Work surfaces.

 

Laminate work surface features

  • Easy to work with using standard woodworking tools.
  • No Template and fitting charge from a work surface specialist.
  • Once installed provides one of the most hard wearing work surfaces on the market.
  • Can be only be used with inset sinks.
  • Cannot have drainer grooves machined into them on site.
  • Cannot be used with curved base cabinets, without specialist templating.
  • Laminate upstands and splashbacks available to compliment all of our laminate work surfaces.
  • Minimum regular maintenance required.

Find out more about Duropal Laminate Work surfaces.

 

 Solid work surface features

  • Require Templating fitting from a work surface specialist.
  • Can be used for with both undermount and inset sinks.
  • Can have drainer grooves machined into them on site.
  • Can be used with curved base cabinets.
  • Solid upstands available to compliment all solid work surfaces.
  • Require regular maintenance required.

Find out more about Solid work surfaces.

 

 Granite work surface features

  • 10 year warranty on granite worktops.
  • Matching slabs across all surfaces.
  • Colour density for consistency of colour.
  • Resin treated that reduces pitting.

Find out more about Granite work surfaces…

You can also see our range of Quartz Worktops here…

Like granite? Why not have a look at the newest ultra compact Dekton solid surface worktops. Great features and great value!

 

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14 thoughts on “What type of work surface should I choose?”
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    Mike says:

    I’m looking to do a larger island that requires a 1300mm wide x 2000mm long worktop. Is it possible to order this larger than standard spec via DIY Kitchens? Also looking at a thicker cut from 40mm to 60mm. Again is that possible?

     
    July 4, 2017 at 7:36 pm
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      Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, that does depend on the material. Quartz and granite are available in the sizes you require however they are only 30mm thick. Furthermore a solid oak worktop – which is 40mm thick, could work but you will have to join 2 pieces of material together and use a wood filling compound to ensure a discreet join, however once the worktop is oiled, I would think the join would be quite indistinguishable. The only other option would be Laminate which is also 40mm thick and again you would need to join two pieces of material together to achieve the sizes you require.

       
      July 5, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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    Angela Clowe says:

    Are the side edges of duropal worktops raw or are they covered in laminate same as top.

     
    August 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm
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      Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the edges of the worktops are raw, edging strip can be ordered from the website though.

       
      August 17, 2015 at 9:03 am
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    phil says:

    hello, how are the stainless steel under mount sinks supported, do the sink base units have solid tops in order to cut hole for sink and support the weight? Would the 1 1/2 bowl fit into a 600 sink unit? Thanks for your help.

     
    May 20, 2015 at 7:58 pm
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      Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, for under mount sinks it is the worktop that supports the weight, the sink will clamp between the top of the unit and underside of sink and once it’s fixed into place with adhesive/bonding material it will be fully supported.

      The minimum cabinet size for a bowl and half is 600 but this may vary with different brands, so we would advise checking the sink spec as it does usually inform minimum cabinet size.

       
      May 21, 2015 at 11:11 am
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    Gemma says:

    Can a composite sink be used with a laminate work surface?

    Can either the CDA (KG14BL) or the Franke (COG611GP) be used with laminate?

    Thanks

     
    April 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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      Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, that’s fine there are no issues with composite sinks and using laminate.

       
      April 28, 2015 at 10:39 am
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    Alison says:

    are the worktops for the s curved pan drawers, and corner cupboards ready shaped to fit on them.

     
    February 3, 2015 at 1:41 am
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      Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi,

      No they are not shaped, they come in the lengths on the site and your fitter will cut them.

       
      February 3, 2015 at 10:14 am
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    ian says:

    When ordering a kitchen from you ,do you cut out worktops for a hob and sink unit if i buy all the items from you?

     
    January 17, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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      Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi,

      Our worktops are supplied uncut, unless you order granite or quartz, which need to be templated for those holes to be cut out as they have to be done by a specialist granite team.

       
      January 19, 2015 at 8:35 am
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    jacqui glanville says:

    Our kitchen fitter tells us that wood worktops need two coats of oil on the underside before fitting. Are your worktops already oiled when supplied?
    Thanks
    jacqui

     
    January 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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      Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi,

      All the solid worktops are supplied un-oiled but the Danish Oil can be purchased from us when ordering the worktop.

       
      January 12, 2015 at 11:39 am
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