Are you considering a wooden worktop for your new kitchen? As the workhorse of the kitchen, the worktop you choose needs to withstand a fair amount of action every day. If you look after a wood worktop properly, it can last a lifetime. Picking your worktop is a key element in your new kitchen and can impact other choices of the design, such as the style of sink you choose.
Different options for a wood worktop
Traditionally, many timber kitchen worktops were made from beech. This is because beech timber has a close grain, which gives it antibacterial qualities, ideally suiting it to food preparation. However, there is a huge array of timber options to choose your worktop from.
Over the last twelve years, we have designed kitchens using a wide variety of hardwood timbers. These range from teak and iroko, through walnut and cherry, to oak and bamboo. Some of our designs have used a combination of two worktops, in different food areas, which also works very well.
Why choose a wooden kitchen worktop
A wood worktop adds warmth
The colours and texture of natural timber create a feeling of warmth.
This can work really well in a kitchen where the collection of typically hard surfaces in a small area can make a room feel cold.
As a natural product, it’s a really nice contrast to some of the other materials typically used in a kitchen.
Timber worktops bring character
Wood develops a beautiful patina as it ages, but it is still key to look after the worktop properly. Try to clean any spills up as quickly as possible to avoid possible staining, and avoid leaving oil bottles or dish soap on the worktops. We seal all our wooden worktops after installation. However, they need re-treating regularly with hard wax oil to keep them looking lovely.
A wood worktop is unique
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.
For a truly unique wooden worktop, consider our reclaimed timber. Strong and durable, the reclaimed hardwood we use have already stood the test of time in their previous lives. Some of our previous projects have used oak from Belgian railway carriages, pine floorboards from a Sheffield stage, iroko from school science lab benches and oak salvaged from the pews of a local Catholic church.
Timber is strong and durable
Timber worktops are very durable, strong and hard-wearing. They withstand an incredible amount of weight and pressure. Cosmetic dents or scratches can be sanded out and resealed to bring them back to new.
Wood has antibacterial qualities
As a natural raw material, wood is naturally hygienic, which lends itself well to food preparation surfaces.
A wooden kitchen worktop can work out good value
There is a timber choice for all budgets. 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.
Alternatives to wooden worktops
As you can see, there is a timber for whatever style you like or budget you’re working to.
Once you’ve decided on what worktop to go for, it makes it easier to choose the other elements of your new kitchen.
There is such a large choice of raw materials for your new worktop. We offer our clients a range of sustainable options, from recycled paper, glass or plastic, through to timber, either new or reclaimed. For a guide to materials and options for you new kitchen, click on the green button below.