How to choose a kitchen worktop

Worktops 101: find the right surface for your kitchen

Worktops are the silent servant of every kitchen. From spillages to buttery fingers, they put up with a lot, and they never kick up a fuss. Their importance can often be overlooked, but without one, life in the kitchen would be chaotic, to say the least. As the place where you chop, clean, and prep food, it’s essential to have a durable kitchen surface you can rely on.

Whether you’re hosting a glamorous dinner party or cooking up a storm with your latest cookbook, you’ll find a stylish and hard-wearing option at B&Q. Take your pick from solid oak or custom-made granite to the latest laminate trends. With so many options out there, it can be tough to whittle it down to just one. Don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work, so you don’t have to. Carry on reading for a breakdown of our worktop materials and finishes, so you can pick the right one for you. No matter your budget, we’ve got the ideal worktop to complete your kitchen.

Already picked the perfect worktop, but need some help looking after it? Read our worktop care guide to keep your kitchen surface looking it’s best.

Worktop buying guide

Laminate worktops

Laminate worktops are a popular choice among many. Why, you ask? Well, they’re great value for money, easy to install, and a breeze to clean and maintain. And thanks to our new technology, we’re able to provide you with a better look and finish than ever before. This means they’ve become a high-performance choice for busy kitchens.

All our laminate worktops are:

  • Available in a wide range of colours and textures
  • Durable - they're resistant to bumps, scrapes and most household stains
  • Easy to look after
  • Water-resistant - they create a barrier that protects the cabinets underneath from any possible water damage
  • Heat and scratch resistant
  • Drip sealed to stop spills damaging cabinets below
  • Available in square or curved edges in 3 different thicknesses
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Our GoodHome laminate worktops are:

Kabsa

38mm post-formed laminate, available in a selection of wood and stone décors. Browse our Kabsa range.

Kala

38mm square-edged laminate, available in a selection of wood and stone décors. Browse our Kala range.

Algiata

22mm slimline laminate with enhanced textures, available in trendy white marble, slate, grey stone, and concrete décors. Browse our Algiata range.

Berberis

Our high-quality 38mm square-edged Berberis laminate comes in either deep colour gloss, super matt, or real metallic glitter within the top layer.

Berberis is the number one candidate for busy family kitchens. Here’s why:

  • Improved impact and scratch resistance
  • Anti-fingerprint finish
  • Low light reflection
  • High resistance to household chemicals (dependent on finish)

Browse our Berberis range.

Laminate installation kit

Installing your laminate worktop should be easy. Our laminate worktop installation kit will give you the components and accessories you need to install your new laminate worktop or breakfast bar.

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Solid wood worktops

Solid wood worktops age beautifully over time and with regular maintenance they’ll be resistant to stains and moisture. Natural wood worktops are striking to look at and work well with a traditional home style.

All our solid wood worktops are:

  • Available in various wood finishes
  • Made from responsibly sourced wood
  • Designed with an ultra-smooth surface
  • Pre-oiled for maximum defence against moisture and stains
  • Made from natural wood which means the colour will deepen over time as it ages
  • Going to need regular oiling and light sanding
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Our GoodHome solid wood worktops are:

Kava

26mm square-edged solid timber, available in beech or oak. Browse our Kava range.

Hinita

40mm high-quality grade square-edged solid timber, available in oak or dark wood. Browse our Hinita range.

Solid wood worktop installation kit

Our solid wood worktop installation kit includes everything you need to install a new wooden worktop or breakfast bar. This pack includes worktop oil, intensive wood cleaner, a black sanding pad, a white polishing pad, a lint-free cloth, and a pair of gloves. It also includes detailed instructions on how to install and care for your solid wood worktop.

Solid acrylic worktops

Solid acrylic worktops offer superior heat, scratch, and water resistance with no need to have to edge your worktop. Solid surface worktops are made from a variety of materials and offer the same surface all the way through (instead of being wrapped around chipboard.)

All our solid acrylic worktops are:

  • Better heat, scratch, and water resistance than regular laminate
  • Hygienic – easy to clean and maintain
  • The same surface all the way through – double-sided finish
  • Durable – no edging required
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We have one GoodHome option for solid surface worktops, as well as our branded option:

Nepeta (GoodHome)

12mm ultra-thin solid surface worktop, made with a high-quality manufacturing process and available in 6 décor options. Browse the Nepeta range.

HI-MACS

HI-MACS acrylic worktops offer a natural stone finish and can be blended together at the join with colour-matched adhesive and polishing. Available in three décor options. Browse the range or download the brochure to see why it stands out from the rest, and to find out how to best care for a HI-MACS worktop.

Did you know?

We offer bespoke, made to measure worktops. Choose from granite, quartz, or solid surface. Check out our bespoke worktop buying guide or book a free planning appointment to find out more.

Upstands and splashbacks

Splashbacks are used as a wall covering to protect it from cooking splatter, hot oil and steam. You can position them behind a hob or freestanding cooker and secure with adhesive. We have a range of widths to suit different hobs or oven sizes.

Upstands are great for protecting the join between a kitchen worktop and kitchen wall. Choose from upstands in a variety of sizes and finishes to match your worktop. They are the perfect finishing touch to any kitchen. All our wood-based upstands and splashbacks are made from responsibly sourced, forest friendly timber.

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Our kitchen installation service

Our installation service makes it even easier to bring your dream kitchen to life. We work with approved installers to coordinate your project from start to finish.

As well as fitting your design to your specification, our installers can complete the finishing touches to save you the hassle.

We provide a 2-year workmanship guarantee in addition to any product guarantees. We hope you’ll never need to use our guarantees, but peace of mind is always a good thing to have. Plus, our range of flexible payment and finance options means you can find a plan to suit you.

Find out more about our installation service and book a free planning appointment to get started.