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Give your business an extra wow factor with a concrete countertop

It’s a common knowledge that concrete has become one of the most extensively used building materials in the world. Not only is it extremely durable, but, owing to its versatility, concrete can easily be formed into any shape, making it suitable for pretty much any application.

This ability of concrete to be customised into unique applications has made it a highly sought-after material for making commercial furniture. As a result, more and more business owners and designers are using concrete in amazing ways in a wide range of commercial settings – retail outlets, restaurants, the front of the house, even board rooms.

Concrete holds unique characteristics that can enhance any interior design, from traditional to contemporary, which makes it perfect for creating statement pieces in any business or office. It also blends extremely well with other materials, such as timber cabinetry and stainless steel.

Leading the pack in the concrete commercial furniture stakes is the concrete countertop. Concrete countertops are perfect for a business that’s looking to express its individual style. What better way to accomplish this than with a custom crafted, one-of-a-kind piece of concrete furniture at countertop height that inspires conversation and makes people want to gather around it?

The advantage of concrete over other materials

Despite the solid and robust nature of a polished concrete countertop, the effect can be startlingly minimal and elegant. With modern methods of staining, colouring and creating any look can be achieved, resulting in commercial furniture that not only makes an impression but is also unique in its own right. Polished concrete can be used for commercial furniture ranging from shop, restaurant and bar counter tops, to reception counters and boardroom tables, and everything and anything in between. What you do with it is entirely up to your imagination.

Some common characteristics of concrete, which add further to its attractiveness for use as a commercial furniture material, are that it delivers a smooth, polished surface that is easy to clean and won’t trap dirt – and in the hospitality industry, the use of food-grade sealers will protect the surface from spills and stains. It can be used to create extremely high-gloss finishes and offers an endless range of colour options, ranging from neutral to vibrant hues. Unlike any other material, it can be formed into any shape, thickness or texture imagined.

As concrete is a natural product, the appearance of blemishes is normal.

Why you should choose concrete countertop for the work surfaces in your business

The possibilities with concrete countertops are practically endless, as are the possible colours, shapes, thicknesses and textures. The use of pigments makes it possible to have unlimited choice of colour.  Aggregates and a range of other objects can be inlaid into the surface to further add to the distinctive look and feel of the final product.

It is this potential for one-of-a-kind quality that attracts so many people to the idea of using concrete in their business. Any business that is looking for a way to express its own unique style should seriously consider using concrete for creating some or all of its commercial furniture.

Look at just some of the ideas you can use to make your concrete countertop distinctly yours

  • Leave the concrete in its natural state, and simply coat it with a neutral sealer to add a slight sheen or polish it to create a sleek, mirror-like finish that reflects your overhead lighting.
  • Add to the potential for creating a stunning focal point by experimenting with unusual shapes and bold colours – or maybe customise the colour to match your brand or interior decor, but please not, concrete is a natural product. Where we do our best to match the colours, it may vary to the original one.
  • Cast the countertop using white cement to create a pristine, porcelain-like look.
  • Owing to the fact that concrete can be moulded into any shape, you can tailor the countertop to suit your specific space – or you can use drop-edges to accentuate the illusion of mass. Again, when it comes to concrete, your wish is its command!

If you dream it, Slatecrete Paving will make it.

The team at Slatecrete Paving are specialists in the manufacturing of concrete countertopsconcrete benchtopsconcrete paving stones, concrete pavers, paving slabshoned pavers, and bullnose paving. With more than 40 years’ experience working with concrete, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional projects on time and to the highest standards.

Every one of our concrete countertops is handcrafted to create a sculptural form tailored to your individual requirements and preferences. Check out one of our latest commercial concrete countertop projects – this time at Best Ugly Bagels in Auckland. Don’t, they look great!

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There’s no nicer surface to gather around to enjoy a great coffee and their yummy bagels. Best Ugly Bagels have the

Best Ugly Bagels have also made it to Viva Magazine because of their delicious, hugely popular hand-rolled Montreal-style bagels. Read the full article here: http://www.viva.co.nz/article/food-drink/al-browns-best-ugly-opens-in-newmarket-today/

Need more inspiration? Have a look at one of our recent domestic projects too. 


We can create amazing furniture for your business, including boardroom tables and reception, work and dining countertops. A countertop that combines the inherent durability of concrete with a timeless design will serve your business well, both functionally and aesthetically, for decades.

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