Thinking about getting a timber worktop or wooden work surface in your new kitchen? Here are some tips and some things to consider.
The worktop is definitely the workhorse in your kitchen and needs to withstand a fair amount of action every day. Picking your worktop is a key element in your new kitchen.
Your choice of worktop can also impact on other choices in your new kitchen, such as the style of sink you choose. For more advice on choosing a sink, click here.
There is such a large choice of raw materials. Sustainable options alone range from recycled paper or glass through to timber, either new or reclaimed.
Traditionally, many timber kitchen worktops were made from beech. This is because beech timber has a close grain, which gives it anti-bacterial qualities, ideally suiting it to food preparation. However there is a huge array of timber options to consider when picking a wooden worktop. Over the last ten years, we have designed kitchens using a wide variety of hardwood timbers, from teak and iroko, through walnut and cherry, to oak and bamboo. Some of our kitchen designs have used a combination of two worktop surfaces, in different food prep areas, which also works very well.
Here are six reasons why our clients opt for a wooden worktop:
To add warmth – the colours and texture of natural timber create a feeling of warmth, which can work really well in a kitchen where the collection of typically hard surfaces in a small area can make a room feel cold. In the kitchen above, the rich iroko adds a lovely warm contrast to the white cabinets and floor.
To bring character – wood develops a patina as it ages, and a patina. It is key to look after it however – a wood worktop will need sealing after installation and re-treating regularly.
For its uniqueness – as a natural product, a wooden worktop is truly unique. No two pieces are the same – the grain, density and shade lend a huge amount of character to any kitchen.
To be strong and hadwearing – timber worktops are very durable and strong. The way they are constructed mean they withstand an incredible amount of weight and pressure plus any dents or scratches can be sanded out.
For timber’s antibacterial qualities – as a natural raw material, wood is naturally hygienic, which lends itself well to food preparation surfaces.
Because it can work out good value – there is a timber choice for all budgets. And when you think that a well-looked after wooden worktop can last for years and years, it works out extremely cost effective on a daily basis.
So, you can see, there is a choice of timber to whatever style you like or budget you’re working to. And once you’ve decided on what worktop to go for, it makes it easier to choose the other elements of your new kitchen.
for an overview of the range of worktops we offer, see this advice post here.
If you’re thinking about choosing upstands and splashbacks see here for more advice.