Can I Install a Butler Sink in a Laminate Bench Top?


What is a laminate bench top?

A laminate bench top is a type of countertop that is made by layering and compressing thin sheets of paper, plastic or a moisture resistant wood like particleboard or MDF with a resin-based adhesive.The layers are then pressed together under high heat and pressure to create a durable, solid surface. The top layer of the laminate is typically a decorative pattern or color, which can mimic the look of other materials, such as stone or wood.

Laminate bench tops are popular for their affordability, ease of maintenance, and wide range of design options. They are available in a variety of colors and patterns, from bold and vibrant to neutral and understated. Laminate bench tops are also relatively easy to install and can be cut and shaped to fit a variety of different kitchen layouts.

However, laminate bench tops are not as durable or heat-resistant as other materials, and they can be more prone to scratching or chipping over time. There is a risk of water damage and weakening of the substrate. Despite these limitations, laminate bench tops remain a popular choice for budget-conscious homeowners or those seeking a quick and easy countertop update.


  • Affordable and widely available
  • Easy to install
  • Available in a wide range of colours and patterns


  • Not as durable or heat-resistant as other materials
  • More prone to scratching or chipping over time
  • Not suitable for use with a sink installed in the under mount position

How should I install a butler sink with a laminate bench top?

Installing the butler sink into a laminate bench top is a similar process to a regular installation, which you can watch our informative instructional video here, however the inside surface of the laminate bench top should not be exposed, therefore the sink should be raised so the lip of the sink is slightly above the bench top, as shown in the image below. This will allow you to create a seal between the sink and the bench top with silicone, protecting the laminate from any water splashing over from the sink and risking damage to the laminate as it is protected by the edge of the sink.

What other bench top options are there?

​Installing a butler sink can add a touch of timeless elegance to any kitchen or bathroom. However, choosing the right bench top for your sink is crucial for both functionality and aesthetics. Below we explore the best bench top options for butler sinks and what to consider when selecting the right one.

Stone Bench Tops

Stone bench tops, such as granite, marble, or quartz, are a natural choice for butler sink installations. They can be engineered (man-made) like Caesar stone or Smart Stone, or natural like real granite.These bench tops are highly durable, waterproof and resistant to staining. They are also available in a wide range of colours and patterns, making them a popular choice for high-end kitchen designs.


  • Durable, waterproof and resistant to staining
  • Available in a wide range of colours and patterns
  • Can add value to your home


  • More expensive than laminate bench tops
  • Some natural stones may need resealing from time-to-time
  • Some engineered stones require you to place a trivet down before placing hot items directly onto the bench top

Solid Surface Bench Tops
Solid surface bench top are an excellent choice for butler sink installations. These bench tops are made of natural minerals and acrylic resins, which are non-porous and highly durable. They can be easily moulded and shaped to fit a variety of sink designs, and are available in a wide range of colours and finishes.


  • Non-porous and highly water-resistant
  • Can be easily shaped and moulded to fit sink designs
  • Available in a wide range of colours and finishes
  • More cost-effective than stone


  • Not resistant to heat – Solid surface bench tops aren't tolerant of heat and can discolor, scorch or even crack upon contact with a hot pan. A trivet is required to stop this happening.
  • Susceptible to scratches – Solid surface is softer than natural stone and cutting directly on the surface is likely to result in damage.

In conclusion, selecting the right bench top for your butler sink is crucial for both form and function. By choosing a high-quality, water-resistant material that complements your sink design, you can create a beautiful and functional space that will last for years to come. To find the best butler sink for your bench top, browse our range here.

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