Workbench Countertops

Formaspace offers a variety of workbench surfaces for every workbench application from general use to heavy duty and chemical resistance. Talk to your Account Manager to see which countertop is the best for your operation.


General Use Countertop

Standard Laminate Top

Standard laminate is a good all-around surface material, which we supply with a 3mm PVC edge banding. Our standard laminates are laid over a high density engineered substrate using environmentally sensitive adhesives.

Available Colors


  • Durable and attractive in light to moderate duty applications
  • Very easy and inexpensive to customize to your size requirements
  • Standard colors are black, white, and gray. A larger variety of color options available for custom workbenches.

Heavy Duty Workbench Surfaces

Formaspace provides numerous surfaces for heavy duty applications and workflows. The chart includes a comparison ranking from 1-5, with 5 being the highest in the given category, and 1 being the lowest.

Phenolic Resin
Plastic Laminate
Powder Coated Steel
Impact Resistance 3 5 4 1 2
Scratch/Gouge Resistance 3 1 1 4 2
Deflection 5 3 2 4 1
Deformation 2 5 4 1 3
Cost 4 3 1 5 2
Color no Black, White, Gray Black, White, Gray multiple Black, White

Maple Workbench Top

Maple surfaces look awesome and can take a pounding, making them ideal for a wide variety of uses, including high-end commercial and office applications as well as heavy duty industrial applications. After years of tough use, maple surfaces retain their natural beauty and character. Constructed of solid hardwood, kilned dried and milled to exacting standards, our maple tops are 1 ¾” thick edge-grain with 1/8″ round over edges.


  • Beautiful natural character
  • High durability
  • Soft surfaces protect knives and other sharp equipment
  • Easy to maintain in particularly heavy duty applications
  • Clear, very durable hard finish is easy to keep clean; does not easily spot or stain

Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel is recommended in carbon-based chemical labs, clean rooms, and specialty settings. Stainless is easy to clean and non-absorbent, so it has no pores or cracks to harbor dirt, grime, or bacteria. Attractive and requires minimal care. Stainless steel is the greenest material Formaspace carries due its infinite design lifetime and 100%, low-energy recyclability.


  • 0% absorbency for easy sterilizing
  • Beautiful, timeless appearance you will be proud of for many years
  • 100% recyclable

Powder Coated Steel Countertops

Powder coated steel is tough and lower cost than most other metal surfaces, making it ideal for use in heavy-duty industrial or production facilities. Powder coating is more durable than paint and it is more resilient to scratches or other tough applications. Considering the various color options, powder coated steel can be used in an office or other settings where customers desire a heavy-duty industrial appearance.

Available Colors

Black semi gloss



Black texture



Steel grey pearlescent




(RAL 7045)


Clear coat gloss




(RD -01)


Light gray

(RAL 7035)


Eco gray



traffic blue




Provide us with your desired color
values and we’ll match it








white gloss



White texture



light neutral



light ivory



clear coat matte



sapphire blue



  • Low cost compared to other metal surfaces
  • High durability
  • Easy to customize
  • Large color options
  • Environmentally friendly (no solvents or VOCs)

Laboratory Countertops

ESD Laminate

Formaspace ESD kits ensure high quality production of electronic components, practically eliminating surface shedding to provide a tough, durable work surface. Our ESD laminates are highly resistant to abrasion and humidity, ensuring many years of ESD compliance. Formaspace ESD kits come with special heavy-duty brass contact plugs so you can have the confidence you need for sensitive electronics design, testing, production, and repair. Ask your Account Manager about 7/24 ESD monitoring options.

Available Colors


  • The industry’s highest standard in ESD furniture
  • Factory direct pricing
  • Low-cost customization is available

Chemical Resistant Tops

Please note that all the comparisons mentioned here were compiled based on product information available from product brochures and manufacturer test results applying different chemicals. Formaspace did not perform any tests under similar conditions to compare the countertops listed below.

LAB APPLICATION Heavy Duty Moderate Moderate Moderate to Heavy Duty Light Duty to Moderate
CORROSIVE CHEMICAL RESISTANCE High Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate
CARBON-BASED CHEMICAL RESISTANCE High Moderate Moderate High Moderate
TEMPERATURE RESISTANCE High Moderate Moderate to High High Poor
LEAD TIME Long Moderate Long than others Long Quick
MATERIAL Silica and resin based Paper & resin based Paper & resin based Stainless Steel Plastic based
SAMPLE ENVIRONMENTS Chemical, Industrial Medical, Clinical, Bio-science Medical, Clinical, Bio-science Food Service, Medical, Clinical Marine Biology, Food & Beverage
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Epoxy Resin Countertops

Epoxy resin offers the highest and most trusted standard in chemical resistance, including corrosive chemicals, as well as very high temperature tolerance. Epoxy is extremely strong and long lasting, and is now available in a wide variety of custom cuts and colors.

Epoxy is a custom order, and may be subject to unpredictable lead times.

Available Colors


  • Highest chemical resistance for long lasting visual appeal
  • Low lifetime total cost of ownership
  • Since epoxy holds up under a wide variety of activities, it offers high flexibility for labs which may be re-tasked later

Phenolic Resin Countertops

Phenolic resin is well suited to numerous industrial and laboratory applications. Phenolic resin is a non-absorbent, moderately chemically resistant, heat resistant, moisture resistant, easy to clean, extremely hard material.

Standard Phenolic Resin Tops

The core is always black. Formaspace stocks phenolic resin in multiple colors, and can special order custom colors on request. The standard colors are black, gray, and white.

Available Colors

Colorcore Phenolic Resin Tops

Most phenolic countertops are black through the core. New colorcore offerings allow you to have a phenolic countertop with more variety in solid colored tops through the entire work surface. Colorcore phenolic is slightly more resistant to heat and impact compared to standard phenolic resin tops. The available core colors are dark gray and light gray.



  • Totally nonabsorbent
  • Unique appearance
  • Very popular in hematology, urology, and other healthcare applications

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Despite its tough sounding name, high density polyethylene (HDPE) is soft compared to other surface materials. That makes it great for working on soft or delicate products which may scratch against harder surfaces. HDPE is often used in laboratory environments due to its lack of porosity and resistance to many solvents. It is also commonly used in material handling to protect delicate products from scratches.

Available Colors


  • Very soft
  • Nonabsorbent
  • Resistant to many solvents
  • Economical alternative to other specialty surfaces


Formaspace® is pleased to offer countertops from Trespa, one of the world’s leading innovators in the world of architectural material. Trespa’s product offerings of TopLab®PLUS and TopLab®BASE are available for Formaspace clients. These tops are developed specifically for the most demanding functional and scientific applications and combine basic requirements like high durability and long lasting hygiene with wide palette of colors to choose from.

Trespa® TopLab® PLUS

Trespa® TopLab® PLUS is ideal for environments where hygiene, avoidance of contamination, sustainability, ergonomics and safety are important. It’s suited for chemical, physical, and analytical laboratories. It’s easy to clean and provides excellent resistance to most aggressive chemicals and cleaning agents, as well as not supporting bacterial growth.

Trespa® TopLab® BASE

Trespa® TopLab® BASE is suited for educational, laboratory and institutional applications where impact resistance is of great importance whereas chemical resistance is not critical. It’s ideal for worktops and cabinetry where sever use and frequent cleaning is expected. It possesses excellent impact resistance and is not adversely impacted by moisture.

Available Colors


  • Easy to clean
  • Resistant to most chemicals
  • Resistant to impact
  • Resistant to moisture
  • Does not support bacterial growth