Marble or wooden work surfaces: how to make your kitchen last

March 17th, 2014

When planning your brand new kitchen and picking out designs and options for bespoke kitchen furniture, aesthetics will come into play, and often this might seem like the most important factor. Instead, you should consider what you use your surfaces for, and whether the material is suitable for that specific purpose.

Stain resistance, heat resistance, and scratch resistance are all factors to consider, as well as being easy to clean and something which doesn’t eat up your entire budget in one swift move.



The most environmentally friendly kitchen work surface has experienced a bit of a revival of late. Rustic wood can look amazing whether you have a Quaker style or a country feel to your bespoke kitchen furniture. There’s a wide range of different colours and types of wood you can go for, so there’s something to suit every kind of taste. It tends not to be too expensive, although this will depend on the type of wood you decide on.

To keep them looking as good as they did initially, oil your surfaces at least twice per year. If you get any scratches, you can sand with the grain to remove, and then re-oil that area.

Moisture can make wood turn black (just like floorboards go black in damp rooms), so it’s not the best surface next to sinks or for around your drying board.


Stainless steel

Not always the most attractive looking, but very strong and super hygienic. You’ll find stainless steel in almost every professional kitchen for this reason. Make sure you don’t cut directly onto it as you can easily scratch it, but otherwise it’s good value for money and will last years. If your kitchen sees a lot of sunlight then remember that it will reflect both the light and the heat.



Granite is a really popular option to compliment your bespoke kitchen furniture. While it is an expensive option it’s really long lasting which makes it great value. The natural finish is heat resistant so there’s no need to buy trivets or worry about accidently damaging it when you take hot pans out of the oven.

While it’s most commonly highly polished and glossy, you can also choose a matt finish if you prefer.


Composite stone

This is a manmade material constructed out of natural quartz and resin. It’s a bit like stone, and you can buy a huge range of imitation granite and marble finishes – for a much lower price than the real deal. It’s water resistant and non-porous, but unlike granite you’ll need to avoid putting hot pans directly on the surface in order to protect it.



There are cheaper options available, but usually when you’re picking bespoke kitchen furniture you won’t be working on too low a budget, and you’re more likely to choose surfaces which will last, giving much better value in the long run. Laminate is an example of these, and it is available in a range of styles and finishes.

A final thing to consider is that not all your work surfaces have to be the same. They can be made from all sorts of things, and there is no need to settle for just picking one. Choosing one more expensive type for use as a ‘feature’ work surface will lower the overall costs whilst still giving a high quality effect.

You should also use high quality chopping boards as these will be considerably cheaper to replace than your work surfaces if they happen to get damaged.

For help with planning your brand new kitchen, please contact Bryan Turner and we’ll be happy to help.

01953 601567