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Solid wood worktops: An objective review for kitchen use.

Whether you are creating a traditional cottage style kitchen or the latest minimalist designer look, nothing beats the warm look and feel of a solid wood worktop.

With a solid wood worktop your kitchen will be unique, because no two pieces of wood are the same. It will be solid, tough, warm to the touch and durable.

There are more than 25 different species of timber used for kitchen worktops, these are first air dried then kiln dried to 8-10% moisture content before being manufactured into worktops.

Solid wood worktops are made from finger jointed staves of hardwood which are glued together with a super strong construction adhesive. The staves are approximately 40mm wide, and the width of the worktop is simply determined by the number of staves that are used. 

Infographic of a wooden worktop made of finger staves
Image 1 : An example of finger staves

You can also choose to have continuous stave worktops with no finger joints. This is a slightly more expensive option however it certainly looks great. It gives the illusion of a single solid piece of wood.

Infographic of continuous staves used to make a wooden worktop
Image 2: An example of continuous staves

Solid wood worktops are usually supplied at either 664mm or 913mm wide but can be ordered in other sizes to suit your project. 

Solid wood worktops must be treated with oil to protect them against the ingress of moisture, but this need not be a chore. Modern wood treatments such as TopOil and PolyXoil by Osmo or HaBiol will enhance the appearance of your worktop whilst ensuring long lasting protection.

Pro’s of using solid wood for worktops.

  • Naturally hygienic – this article from Mitchells Worktops demonstrates in laboratory tests that real wood is a hygienic material in contact with food. Oak came out on top. 
  • Versatile – real wood can be cut (and joined) to form any shape.
  • Sinks options – can be undermounted or inset. See our article on sinks for more on this.
  • Variety – 25+ Timber species available. Find something unique for your kitchen.
  • Value for money – with a wide choice of lengths, thickness and widths available fewer off-cuts will be needed.
  • Bespoke solutions – give a carpenter a length of hard wood with a brief for something personal (like a special carving or inlay) and they will be in heaven.

Very often wood is being combined with other worktops in kitchens. An example of this is perhaps having granite, quartz or Mistral around the kitchen and using wood on the island. Or using wood for the breakfast bar side of the island blending into the main worktop material.

Our guide to kitchen worktops is a great place to see the options available and find which materials complement or contrast with the solid wood worktops for your chosen colour scheme.

7 Most popular choices of solid wood worktops

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