Things To Consider When Buying A Solid Wood Worktop
July 4th 2018
Written by Chris Shelper
If you want a kitchen to be proud of, every element matters. The worktop will be instantly on show, so it’s important to choose one that has the right look and feel. There are various different types of worktop to choose from, but for a high quality and stylish finish to your kitchen you can’t go wrong with a solid wood worktop.
As you probably can guess, we love wood! A solid wood worktop is a great fit for all sorts of kitchens and interior schemes. Can be a statement piece or it can blend in with the rest of your kitchen. Unlike other types of worktops it will improve as it ages. It could give your kitchen the wow factor and impress all your friends, and help sell your home if you put it on the market.
At Everything Wood, we offer a bespoke worktop service. You may have a need for bespoke sizing or may want the appearance to be completely bespoke. Get in touch with us to discuss the options.
Solid Wood Worktops And Your Kitchen Style
The size of your kitchen will have an impact on what type of solid wood worktop would look best. In small kitchens, we would recommend that you don’t go dark as this could make the room seem smaller. A light wood worktop, in ash or maple, would look great and help reflect light. This should brighten the space up and make it look more spacious.
You have more options if you have a large kitchen, so you can choose a dark or light wood if you like. Ideally you want a worktop with as wide staves as possible as this looks great. Standard solid wood tops usually have staves that are approximately 40mm wide, but if your kitchen is large a worktop with staves anywhere between 80mm and 130mm looks fabulous.
Nb. If you have space for an island, you’ll need a solid wood worktop that’s at least 950mm wide or more, depending on the width of the island.
What Wood To Choose?
We offer over ten different woods, including: Oak, Walnut, Bamboo, Maple, Beech, Cherry, Iroko, Wenge, Sapele, Ash and Teak. Which you choose will depend on your own personal preferences, but they do need to compliment the kitchen units you’ve chosen. Here are some tips:
- The most popular type of solid wood worktop is oak. You can choose to go for classic oak or rustic, they’re both superb.
- Oak and maple solid wood worktops go well with cream or white cupboard doors.
- For contemporary kitchens, beech or maple solid wood worktops look great. You can be as bright and daring as you like on the walls.
- For a bronze look, an Iroko solid wood worktop is perfect. It’s an unusual wood from Africa and can give a warm and welcoming vibe. Why not team it with bold yellow or orange walls?
- For a luxury, opulent feel, go dark with a walnut or sapele wood worktop. They look great with deep blue or green tiles, but to make sure they don’t make your room seem too compact, have them with pale cupboard doors.
- If you want to inject some warmth into your home, opt for cherry worktops. They can help prevent a pale blue or grey kitchen from feeling cold.
Our solid wood worktops come in a smooth sanded 150 grit finish as standard so that you can apply the finish you want. You’ll need to add protective sealing oil to keep your worktop looking great long term. Oiling makes the worktop water resistant and, in our opinion, is the best finish for any solid wood worktop.