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Solid wood vs laminate – how to choose

Discover more about the differences between solid wood and laminate counters, to help you decide which is best for your space.

Blackstone (Matt Laminate Worktop, 38mm - 616mm Deep)

What is the difference between solid wood and laminate?

Laminate countertops are made from compact chipboard topped with a robust layer of resin, and replicate the natural character of wood, slate or stone. Solid wood work areas are manufactured from natural timber - the distinctive grain bringing warmth and organic style to your home.

What are the pros of solid wood?

From lending natural accents to a design to the wide choice of styles and finishes available, read on to discover the benefits of solid wood work spaces.

What are the pros of laminate?

Laminate combines low-maintenance materials with lifelike patterns and textures, making it a popular choice among builders and homeowners. Discover more of its benefits below.

Worktop Wax Oil

Which is more durable – solid wood or laminate?

Laminate is susceptible to warping and requires professional sealing by your builder to ensure it stands up to daily wear and tear. Solid wood requires more aesthetic protection with waxing, oiling and regular sanding to keep it looking its best for years to come. 
Hot Rod Worktop Protector Pack of 6

How do you maintain laminate and solid wood counters?

Both laminate and solid wood countertops are easy to wipe clean with warm soapy water. We also recommend using a chopping board when preparing food to protect your laminate or solid wood work area from scratches. Hot rods fitted by your builder will prevent scorch marks too.
Solid Beech Block Worktop_RT1

Which is more expensive – solid wood or laminate?

Solid wood counters are an investment choice that pays off in the long term. With regular oiling and re-sanding, the grain will continue to look good and mature over time. Laminate work areas suit those meeting a smaller budget, the hardwearing material ensuring minimal upkeep.

Four countertop design ideas

Take inspiration from four of our favourite design ideas using either solid wood or laminate work spaces.

Fairford Slate Grey Worktop & Upstand 2 RT

Find the right countertop to tie your design together

Discover our full collection of solid wood and laminate counters, with a range of colours and styles to choose from.