A guide to choosing the right Work Surface for you

Choosing the right kitchen work surface for you has never been so easy…

Choosing a work surface for your kitchen design can be a daunting task: with so many choices available, weighing up the good and bad of each different material can be slightly overwhelming. From granite to laminate, our guide is sure to help you find the best surface for you!


Natural granite combines beauty and strength for the ultimate hard-wearing work surface. It is heat resistant and unlikely to scratch or chip!

Granite adds an element of luxury as well as being extremely durable, resistant to scratching, chipping and heat damage. As a natural stone, no two pieces will be the same so there’s plenty of variation and your design will be unique; there are many colours and patterns available to suit any kitchen design. It is also very easy to clean, it’s win-win all round!


Silestone is highly durable material made up of 94% natural quartz. Available in a wide range of colours and three different textures, it offers a beautiful contemporary finish that is non-porous and resistant to stains.

Solid Wood

Solid Wood is the perfect choice for a classic country kitchen look, adding a homely feel whilst being highly functional.

Our solid wood worktops are constructed from solid timber and are carefully crafted to ensure maximum strength, stability and durability, they’re also heat resistant, so you don’t have to worry about putting hot pots on it!



A cost-effective and practical option, laminate kitchen work surfaces offer an almost endless choice of colours and patterns.

Need a little more worktop inspiration before making your decision?

If you’re looking for further advice or inspiration, come down to your nearest Optiplan showroom where our talented designers will happily discuss your needs to see what surface would be good for you before showing you a range of beautiful options to choose from.  Book a Design Consultation today to start your journey to your dream kitchen.

The best materials for kitchen worktop surfaces include granite, stainless steel, hardwood, laminate, glass, composite, quartz, marble, porcelain, ceramic, and stone.
Yes, you can replace your kitchen work surfaces, and doing so can update and refresh the look and feel of your kitchen. With a bit of DIY know-how, you can replace your worktops yourself, or hire an expert fitter to ensure a professional finish.
Stainless steel is the most durable kitchen work surface. Stainless steel is used in professional kitchens and restaurants due to its fantastic heat resistance and durability capabilities.