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Top Worktops @ Grand Designs Live

Top Worktops at Grand Designs Live

We, at Top Worktops were proud to be part of the Grand Designs Show for the last eight editions in both London and Birmingham events. We are very excited for the new upcoming event taking place from the 2nd to 10th of May 2015 in ExCel, London. Based on the Channel 4’s program, as usual the show will be packed with exhibitors to share new ideas and designs. Last year we had prominent location stand displaying the most popular choices to our customers that include Oak, Walnut, Iroko, and Bamboo worktops. Real attraction was our breakfast bar table made of a 50-year-old oak barrel, sold to a lucky customer after the show. We are definitely going to visit the show and we are hoping to see many old and new friends again.

Why wood for my new worktop?

Wooden worktops can come in a variety of designs ranging from butcher bloc to joined planks to single wide stave. Wood is considered to be the most eco-friendly option when it comes to choosing a kitchen worktop as wood is a renewable resource. With the extensive range of wood species used to make wooden worktops, the choice is really huge. Traditional wood species like Oak, Beech, Walnut, Cherry,  Ash, Maple and exotic woods- Iroko, Mahogany, Sapele, Zebrano, Wenge, even worktops made from bamboo make the variations in color, appearance and durability almost endless.

There are numerous practical benefits of wood worktops—warmth, durability, beauty, longevity. All this makes more and more people to put solid wood worktops as their first choice. In addition to being durable, it is waterproof and food-safe. And depending upon the finish chosen, wood countertops provide a maintenance-free, worry-free surface. Many customers asking the question “How hygienic are the worktops made from wood?” –Research by the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin has shown that wooden work surfaces are no more dangerous, and in some cases safer than plastic alternatives. They have shown that while bacteria do get absorbed by the wood, they do not multiply and eventually die. While brand new plastic work surfaces are indeed easy to disinfect, once they have become heavily knife scarred they are nearly impossible to completely disinfect. This is not a problem with wooden work surfaces where the number of knife cuts made little difference. 

Wood is warm to the touch, as well as the eye, which is a plus, as today’s kitchens often serve as the hub of family life and more consumers are spending more time at home.

Worktop materials

Worktops can be made from a wide range of materials and the cost of the completed worktop can vary widely depending on the material chosen. The durability and ease of use of the material often rises with the increasing cost of the material but some costly materials are neither particularly durable nor user-friendly. Some common worktop materials are as follows: Granite, Quartz, Laminated, Solid wood, Glass, Concrete, Marble, Stainless steel.

It is a personal choice to decide the which one.

Kitchen worktop

The common fitted Western-style kitchen, developed in the early 20th century, is typically an arrangement of assembled unit cabinetry covered with a more-or-less continuous work surface called worktop or countertop. Primary considerations of material choice and conformation are durability, functionality, hygienics, appearance, and cost.

When installed in a kitchen on standard freestanding or wall-mounted base unit cabinets, worktops are typically about 635–650 mm from front to back and are designed with a slight overhang on the front (leading) edge. This allows for a convenient reach to objects at the back of the worktops while protecting the base cabinet faces. Finished heights from the floor will vary depending on usage but typically will be 880–920 mm They may include an integrated or applied backsplash to prevent spills and objects from falling behind the cabinets. Kitchen countertops may also be installed on freestanding islands, dining areas or bars, desk and table tops. The horizontal surface and vertical edges of the countertop can be decorated in manners ranging from plain to very elaborate. They are often conformed to accommodate the installation of sinks, cookers and cooktops, or other accessories such as dispensers, integrated drain boards, and cutting boardsIMG_1058.