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What is Compact Laminate?


What is Compact Laminate?


Compact Laminate is the state of the art progression from the old fashioned, melamine laminated boards.  Compact Laminate has virtually completely replaced standard laminate table tops for cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars as it is a far more durable material with less maintenance in virtually all hospitality uses.

Standard 'Laminate Tables' are constructed using a particle board/MDF/Chipboard core which has the sheet of decorative printed Kraft paper glued to the top and bottom surface then either Kraft paper or plastic edging glued on around the edges.

There are a number of variables in standard laminate board production therefore such as the quality of the workmanship of your supplier.  Whether they are using a suitable quality board core, which is appropriate for hospitality use.  Other problems that are common include the boards and laminates being cut with a blunt blade giving a rough edge, the glue not being the correct grade and not bonding correctly and the Kraft paper not being applied correctly resulting in wonky patterns and bubbles under the surface.

Compact Laminate on the other hand is produced through a process of bonding and pressing multiple layers of Kraft paper together removing the need to use a particle board core.  

The layers are impregnated with Phenolic Resin then have a decorative top and bottom layer applied which itself is impregnated with Melamine Resin giving the external surfaces their high quality wear and hygienic qualities.  

The whole Kraft paper 'sandwich' is then compressed and baked in a process called Polymerisation thus creating the solid core board sheet that is cut, routed and edge according to your desired shape.

What are my options?

Nufurn manufactures and supplies Compact Laminate Table Tops in a wide range of colours, thicknesses, shapes and sizes according to virtually any project requirement.

We work everyday with leading brands such as:

  • Laminex
  • Polytec
  • Egger

These brands allow Nufurn to offer more than 100 Compact Laminate Table Top colours, a choice of smooth or textured finish, black or white core as well as the ability to create almost any shape and size you can imagine.

Feel free to contact Nufurn today to discuss your venue with our expert team who boast many years of furnishing Cafes, Restaurants, Clubs, Bistros, Hotels, Schools and many more venues with high quality, specialised commercial furniture.




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