Are You Up To Speed With These Key Terms For Kitchen Worktops?

which worktops should you-choose for a small scale kitchen

If you’ve spent any length of time on our website, or even visited one of our stores across the North West, you may have seen a lot of worktop related terms. Having said that, we appreciate that it can be tricky to pick up the lingo. This week on the blog at Savoy Timber, we’ve taken the time to enlighten you on a some of the most common terms, so you’re not left in the dark when you’re trying to get the look for your kitchen.

Butt Joint And Scribe

Worktop Jointing and Fabrication

This is a term you’ll no doubt have seen if you’ve taken even a passing glance at our worktop fabrication service. You’ll be pleased to hear it’s not hugely complicated stuff – it’s just the name for the way we use to join two worktops together. It involves placing the ends of the two worktops together (once they’ve been cut to size, of course) and then tightening the EasiBolts that hold them together. That’s honestly all there is to it! It’s simple, secure and safe – and perfectly possible to carry out yourself, if you want to.


oak laminate worktop

This is the main material we use for many of our worktops. And for good reason, too – there are a whole host of advantages that make it fantastically useful to our customers. For starters, it’s designed with durability in mind, making it resistant to physical impacts and abrasions. It’s also got a great natural resistance to stains and marks, so you don’t have to worry about cooking spills permanently marking your worktop like you might with other more expensive materials. For when accidents do happen, laminate kitchen worktops are famously easy to clean. They’re also available in a number of different styles and finishes. Whether you’re after a smart industrial chic style, a deep rich walnut effect, or even an fascinatingly detailed polished quartz look, our laminate worktops allow you to get the look for less.

Kitchen Splashback

modern splashback

A perfect companion to any of our kitchen worktops, a kitchen splashback is a rectangular section of laminate which can be fixed to the wall behind the hob, range cooker or sink. Essentially, it shields your walls from spitting oils, cooking sauces or other sudden flying foodstuffs that can result from cooking. Many of our customers choose their colours and styles to co-ordinate with their kitchen worktops, but not always – you can mix and match them for some really quite interesting effects.

Kitchen Upstands

kitchen splashbacks

People often get confused about the difference between kitchen splashbacks and upstands, which is understandable – they are quite similar! But to put it simply, kitchen splashbacks serve a functional purpose in protecting your kitchen walls, whereas upstands are more suited to a decorative role. A kitchen upstand extends a little way up from the gap between your worktop and your kitchen wall, and it’s mainly supposed to hide the join at that point.

As you can imagine, upstands are especially useful if you’ve got a wall that’s not quite straight – whether it’s bowed or out of alignment – so that there aren’t any visible gaps between the worktop and the wall. Once again, you can mix and match this depending on your personal tastes – it’s all up to you!

Edge Profile

square edge worktop

Ah, this is an easy one. The edge profile is exactly what it sounds like; the term refers to the shape of your worktop edges. These can be rounded on one side, rounded all the way round, or even completely square, with clearly-defined corners. In the past we’ve published a full post detailing the various types of edge profile, which you can click here to read in its entirety.

Edging, or Edge Banding

edge profile for bathroom

Different to edge profiling, edge banding refers to the method of covering the otherwise exposed sides of kitchen worktops with an extra thin layer of material, giving it that extra bit of durability and aesthetic value that can often make all the difference! Here at Savoy Timber, the form of edge banding that’s most popular with our customers is ABS Edge Banding. It’s the prime example of what we’ve just been talking about; highly resistant to impacts, abrasions and heat damage, it’s even got the bonus of being one of the most environmentally friendly forms of edge banding. It’s no wonder you can find it on so many of our worktops!

So that’s all the main key terms covered – there are always more, of course, but they tend to be fairly intuitive. Besides, we try and make everything as easy as possible for you, and our staff in our showrooms in Preston, Blackpool and Wigan are always happy to answer any questions you might have.

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