Best materials for hospital worktops

The best materials for hospital worktops

Hospital furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, but it also comes in a wide range of materials. It can be difficult to decide which material makes the best worktop, especially when all of them claim to be fit for the job, but there’s no doubt that some are more suited to your needs than others. Here are some of the best materials for hospital worktops that you can pick:

Stainless steel

A true classic, you can’t go wrong with stainless steel when it comes to surfaces. It’s incredibly durable and able to withstand many different temperatures while maintaining its shape. Often used in operating rooms and areas where hygiene is of pivotal importance, stainless steel is easy to keep clean. As a non-porous material, there’s no chance of liquids or bacteria becoming trapped inside it, which could cause damage and corrosion over time. It’s very affordable, but does need to be maintained. Scratches occur naturally over time, which can trap bacteria, so cleaning must be more rigorous on an older surface.


Even more affordable than stainless steel, laminate surfaces are popular in hospitals all around the country. With more and more facilities getting on board with colour trends, laminate is becoming more common due to the variety of shades it comes in. It’s an easy way to brighten up any room, and can be treated to comply with HTM 63 and HTM 71 regulations.


When it comes to wooden surfaces, they cannot be left untreated in a hospital environment. Raw wood worktops are a breeding ground for bacteria and are very hard to clean. This is why most wooden surfaces in hospitals will be treated with some form of laminate coating. Wood can offer a nicer, natural finish, but can be more expensive than laminate and not necessarily that much more durable. However, where the laminate will need to be replaced more quickly, wooden surfaces can have the laminate part replaced, with the main body still intact. The wood itself will provide a solid structure for years to come if properly cared for.

Best materials for hospital worktops – where to find out more

At David Bailey Furniture Systems, we have been manufacturing fitted furniture for the hospital and other private healthcare environments for over 35 years. Our factory is in Broadstairs, Kent in the UK and we have provided furniture for many NHS hospitals and private hospitals, including Wexham Park, Guy’s & St Thomas’, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Spire Hospitals and University College London Hospital (UCLH), as well as many regional hospitals around England and Wales.

See a video of our manufacturing facility, producing bullnose worktops with fully moulded upstands.

Please get in touch to find out how we can help if you’re an architect specifying furniture for a hospital or other healthcare environment or a contractor looking for a reliable and quality manufacturer of hospital furniture.

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