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If you’re thinking about new worktops for your kitchen, you’ll need to make an informed decision, so that you know it’s the right choice for you. The kitchen is the heart of your home; a room we spend a lot of time in throughout the day. This means your worktops need to be something you like the look of, suits the style of your kitchen, but also works for you and your family’s needs.
We offer a wide range of different worktop materials at Dream Doors, so you know you can find a style that is perfect for you and your home. Here you can find our guide to laminate worktops:
Laminate takes its name from the process through which it is made - lamination. This is where multiple layers of material, such as melamine (a plastic), fibreboard, decorative paper (the pattern) and an overlay paper (top coat) are fused together with heat and pressure. This process allows the laminate worktop to be waterproof, heat-resistant and very hygienic.
With new printing techniques and technologies, laminate has come on in leaps and bounds in the last 20 years. High definition printing allows laminate worktops to mimic any material and look like the real thing. This means it is a highly versatile option and can be used to suit any style of kitchen. Whether you are looking for a traditional, contemporary, classic or a modern kitchen, laminate worktops can work in any setting.
Laminate worktops often work out as the most cost-effective option, making it a very popular choice for replacement kitchens. If you have always dreamed of a real wooden worktop, but don’t have the budget or maintenance time, laminate may be the perfect option, as many people can no longer tell the difference.
If you would prefer an ultra-luxe finish and want to splash out on your worktops, you may find real wood or luxury granite is a better option for you. Why not organise a free consultation with one of our kitchen designers, who will be able to talk you through different options and you can see worktop material in person.
Laminate is incredibly flexible, perhaps the most versatile of all worktop materials, due to the huge range of designs and finishes it can come in; quartz, wood, marble and stone are all worktop options within laminate.
Laminate can be cut and fitted extremely easily and is simple to install. A range of shapes can be achieved to suit round edges or apertures for sinks and hobs. Matching edging strips will also be fixed on for a seamless finish.
Whatever your style of kitchen, Dream Doors will deliver quality made to measure laminate worktops, to ensure they look fantastic and fit your kitchen space perfectly. We have a team of expert fitters who will provide a quick and professional service, removing all waste.
Another perk to laminate worktops is that they are durable, water resistant and very hygienic with anti-fungal qualities.
Although laminate worktops are hard wearing, we do recommend you use a chopping board when preparing food, to eliminate the risk of leaving scratch marks.
Also, always use a heatproof mat when putting hot pans down on laminate worktops to prevent marks.
Laminate worktops are easy to look after and require very little maintenance - just a wipe down with warm soapy water and a soft sponge. Try not to use anything too abrasive to ensure your worktops stay in the best possible condition.
No matter what style of kitchen you are looking to achieve, you can with the wide range of possibilities on offer with laminate worktops. For traditional kitchens, you’ll want to look at rustic wood tones and pastel colours. For modern kitchens think sleek and clean, using materials in quartz effects and stark blacks. Classic kitchens include characteristics of warm wood tones, stone and neutral hues to bring in a timeless appeal. Contemporary kitchens suit a mixture of materials, such as marble, and greys mixed with bright accent colours.
This is just a small selection of laminate finishes - to view our full range take a look at our laminate worktops page.
If you are still unsure whether a laminate kitchen worktop is a perfect option for you, or you would like to see our range of styles in person, visit your local showroom, where our kitchen experts can help.