“WHAT IS THE MOST HARD-WEARING WORKTOP FOR OAK KITCHENS?”
March’s final ‘Question of the Week’ was sent to us via Facebook by Amy in Cornwall. Amy has two young children and would like us to recommend the most durable worktops for oak kitchens.
“I love the look of solid wood worktops but, with two energetic and inquisitive young children tearing through the house on a regular basis, we are keen to choose the most hard-wearing option! Please could you advise us on the best timber choices for resilience to scratches and dents?”
Thank you for getting in touch. Solid wood worktops are a beautiful addition to any kitchen, and – especially in a busy, modern household – you are wise to think carefully about which worktop is best-suited to your lifestyle. Fortunately, all of our timber species are hardwood (except for bamboo, which is technically a grass!). This means that, whichever species you choose, you can rest assured that your worktop has been built to stand the test of time. Hardwoods have a more complex grain structure than softwoods, and often are slower growing by consequence. With maximum durability in mind, we would like to suggest our top three choices for robust worktops:
A popular and traditional choice for worktops – and other items of furniture too – oak is the perfect example of beautiful and hard-wearing timber. Even better, it’s the ideal complement to solid oak kitchens! Golden in colour with a characterful grain pattern, we offer standard oak worktops as well as prime oak worktops, which have more consistent colouring and fewer natural imperfections.
Another immensely durable timber choice is elegant and pale ash. Predominantly made up of linear grain patterns, natural features of the wood occasionally take on a characterful curly formation. Almost white in parts, ash worktops make for naturally bright and welcoming additions to any kitchen, with a great level of resistance to scratches.
Finally, beech is another fantastic option to ensure your worktop has maximum durability. Slightly warmer in tone than ash, beech has a gentle pink hue, with a distinctive grain pattern, and looks well-suited in either a modern or traditional home. We have both standard beech and prime beech worktops on sale, so you can choose whether you would like to opt for a worktop with bags of personality, or one with more elegant leanings.
Furthermore, as part of a lively household, you might also consider additional lacquering for extra protection against spills. Whilst this disguises the natural texture of wood with a shiny finish, this is one option you might like to explore to conserve your worktops with minimal hassle in the long-term.
We hope this helps, Amy. If you would like any more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are always pleased to help with any queries you might have!
The Team @ Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
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