Why would you choose Wood in your Kitchen?

Let’s talk about the pros and cons of wood kitchen countertops and why you may want to consider them for your home. You should know we featured wood as one of the top 5 countertop surfaces to choose from in a different article, in case you’re open to considering other counter top surfaces. what do you say?

The backbone of every family home, the kitchen countertop is probably the most crucial aspect in everybody’s house. Practical, durable, robust and yet stylish, this unsuspecting piece of kitchenware is going to be the most important decision you make for your kitchen, so you need to make sure you get it right the first time.

With so much choice, to suit all budgets, it’s essential you don’t leave this tough decision to the last minute. Worktops are available at a vast array of price – you can go for the cheap laminates to the most expensive granites, but often your choice is made by your budget.

The choice is extensive and can include everything from laminate, granite, wood, glass, composite stone (such as quartz), or even a stainless steel surface.

The use of the Kitchen Countertop

Food preparation, serving, possibly dining, regular intensive cleaning, the kitchen countertop is going to be your workhorse.

They are the focal point of your kitchen and work with your kitchen cabinets and flooring, so it’s essential you make them part of your kitchen design process.

Think how many times a day you use your countertop, so it’s essential you don’t choose one just for its look or style, but for its surface that will suit your own lifestyle.

There are many essential questions you need to ask yourself before you splash out on your new kitchen countertop such as:

  • How much maintenance are you prepared to give?
  • Are you happy to put pans straight onto the countertop or will you have to use a trivet?
  • Think cost!

Why A Wood Countertop?

Be honest; it’s hard to beat the unmistakable beauty of wooden countertops.  They ooze a natural charm that cannot be overcome by other worktop materials.

This material’s aesthetics is only enhanced with age and with the use of oil or lacquer coatings for protection.

So, if you fancy a traditional or contemporary kitchen, you can’t go too far wrong with a hardwood countertop, as it adapts to its surroundings and era.

They are cheaper than other material options and come with a variety of wood grain and colors choices.

If they are correctly maintained, they are antibacterial, and of course, they age beautifully!

So, it’s a no brainer!

What is a hardwood kitchen countertop actually made from?

There are many different types of sustainable hardwood used for kitchen countertops.

Traditional looks can be achieved by using maple, oak, or beech.

More exotic looks can be created with bamboo, iroko, or Wenge.

Oak is probably the most well-known use for kitchen countertops as it’s hardwearing and looks excellent.

Walnut, albeit more expensive, can be highly polished and can be made to look modern and stylish.

Iroko is cheaper than walnut and is resistant to temperature and moisture, so it is considered a good choice for a kitchen.

It really comes down to personal choice as to which wood you decide works for your kitchen.

Wood tends to change subtly over time; it can occasionally fade in bright sunlight and will become richer and deeper in color with oiling.

Butcher’s Block Countertops

A smart way to break up the materials used in your kitchen is with the use of butcher blocks as countertops.

Butcher blocks are straight cuts of wood which are glued together into thick slabs that provide sturdy and stable work surfaces for cutting, which are a great alternative to your whole kitchen having just a countertop.

Many people don’t want the same material throughout their kitchen so perhaps try mixing and matching your worktops and break up the work areas with the use of butcher’s blocks etc.

Butcher’s blocks can be made from more or less any wood.  Maple is one of the best and most popular because it’s hard and has an apparent grain.  Alternatively, cherry and red oak are fabulously rich in color.

They can even be crafted in sustainable farmed exotic woods such as wenge, zebrawood, and iroko.

Basically, once you have chosen the wood for your kitchen countertop, you can then see which wooden butcher’s block works for your design and purse.

Combining countertops is very up to date too…

A wooden butcher’s block is just as likely to be seen in a classic country style kitchen as it is in a contemporary setting.

They have evolved from the heavy, well-worn oak surface square in the corner of the kitchen into a compact mobile kitchen trolley and can bring a modern, versatile style to your kitchen.

There are all kinds of options available too, including worktops, storage, baskets, and racks and run on castors.

They can be custom-made for your new kitchen or be bought separately at a later date.

Food preparation and dining areas are excellent in wood, for example, islands and breakfast bars as well as the butcher’s blocks – all being adaptable and look great in a variety of different wood choices. 

Iroko and teak are ideal for using around the sink as they have high oil content and are water-resistant.

Cost of Wood Countertops

The cost of wooden countertops varies – they are probably in the middle range of budgets when it comes to deciding on materials to use as a countertop – laminates being the cheapest options and granite, marble being the most expensive.

Cost also depends on the size of your wooden counterparts – if you are on a tight budget, you can mix and match your materials to suit your design as well as purse strings.

Pros Of A Wood Countertop

There are, with anything pros and cons with a wooden countertop.  However,

  • Wood goes with anything!  It matches any color scheme and almost any style.
  • Wood looks better with age and solid wood countertops, believe it or not, look better as they get older as the color deepens and the grain gains in character.
  • They are permanently in fashion.
  • Surprisingly, they are great when it comes to hygiene as the wooden countertop has natural antibacterial properties if it is sealed with non-toxic mineral oil.
  • Not only is it always stylish, but it is also still going to be unique as no two pieces of wood are ever the same!
  • They are incredibly durable and seem comfortable with life’s scratches and marks.
  • They can be eco-friendly as the wood used can be recyclable.

Wooden countertops do need maintenance, but problems are easily fixed with fillers or light sanding if required.

Obviously, not all wood countertops are of the same quality, so it’s essential to do your homework and source the right wood to ensure durability and longevity. 

Cons of a Wood Countertop

As with everything, there are negatives with having a wooden countertop.  These include:

  • Regular sealing with oil to keep it in good condition.  If you don’t, it can become porous, and germs can harbor.
  • Wooden countertops, if not sealed properly, can be spoiled with water damage.  Spills and stains can cause swelling and black marks.
  • Wooden countertops can be easily scratched and dented as the wood is softer than other materials.
  • Scorch marks are inevitable if you aren’t diligent with hot pans!

Why not use other kitchen materials?

The most common materials used for kitchen countertops include laminate, wood, glass, composite stone stainless steel, and all have different advantages and disadvantages.

Of course, alternatives such as marble, concrete, granite, glass, etc. –the ones which are the better-quality are usually made-to-measure and are therefore pretty costly which can prove unrealistic if you’re on a budget.

Maintenance of a wood countertop

As mentioned before, to keep the beautiful appearance of your wood will need a certain amount of upkeep.

  • Avoid direct exposure to heat and prolonged soaking, particularly by the sink area.
  • Wipe up any spills immediately to prevent dark stains.
  • After the wood has had time to establish, seal it with Danish or linseed oil every couple of months to stop the wood drying out.
  • Sand out any scratches or stands to ensure your wood retains its glorious look.
  • Start with 100 grit sandpaper for scratches, then progress to 150 grit sandpaper – no finer or else the oil won’t penetrate the wood properly.
  • Never place hot pans or trays directly onto the wood countertop – always use a trivet.
  • Clean your surface regularly with a warm, wet cloth with washing-up liquid – avoid chemical products and wire scouring pads.

So, there you have it

Wood counterparts and wood butcher’s blocks are the medium budget holder’s ideal choice of kitchen countertop material.

No one in their right mind can deny that wooden countertops look seriously good in the kitchen. 

Even in the winter, the natural wood is warm to the touch, unlike granite and other stone, which is chilly to touch throughout the year…

They’re naturally beautiful due to their unique grain, and they bring a sense of charm and warmth to any kitchen, whether it has a modern or traditional style.

As long as you are prepared to put in a little effort in maintaining that beautiful look, you can’t go far wrong with this choice of kitchen material.

Continue to learn more about kitchen countertops!

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