How to Choose and Install Solid Wood Upstands and Plinths
Whilst they may not be front and centre in a solid wood kitchen, our variety of solid wood upstands and plinths are an important finishing touch that every kitchen needs in order to look complete.
We offer a range of upstands to match our collection of solid wood worktops and our choice of plinths includes a number of wood species. Alternatively they can be pre-painted to match your kitchen cabinet frontals.
Upstands can be used on any walls adjacent to wooden worktops, in order to hide the necessary expansion gap between the worktop and wall. We offer our upstands in the same timber types as our full range of worktops, so that they can help the worktop to blend into the overall design of the kitchen by beautifully matching your new kitchen work surface.
Although our upstands are provided with a square finish, a profile edge can be applied to create an additional styling detail that helps the upstand blend in with your kitchen’s theme – whether modern or traditional.
All of our solid wood upstands come in pre-sanded and oiled lengths that measure 3000mm x 80mm x 18mm, with prices starting at £25 – depending on the timber species.
To install your worktop upstands, simply:
- Cut to the required size prior to attaching in place
- Sand down and finish any rough edges
- Attach to the wall using a water-resistant silicone
PLEASE NOTE: If attached directly to the worktop, wooden upstands may crack or warp if the worktop expands or contracts with changes in kitchen climate.
Where upstands are a perfect finishing touch for worktops, plinths are an ideal accompaniment for base cabinets to finish off solid wood kitchens in style. They cover the gap underneath your base cabinets and help avoid the build-up of dust and debris behind your cabinet legs.
At Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets we offer a wide range of plinths starting at just £40, which includes an array of oak species to match our cabinets; should you wish oak plinths can be painted in any shade of Farrow & Ball’s paints. Alternatively, our plinths are available in a variety of other hardwoods such as black American walnut or iroko – the perfect complement for our variety of worktops.
We also have available an innovative selection of curved oak plinths, which are available in either a great value veneered form, or a more luxurious solid oak construction; they can also be pre-painted should you wish.
All of our wooden plinths are available in either a sanded or hard-wearing lacquered finish – depending on what kind of look you are trying to achieve. They come in a variety of lengths, and can be easily cut to size to suit your kitchen’s requirements.
If you are designing an ultra-modern kitchen with a variety of stainless steel appliances and other metallic touches, then why not consider our stainless steel or black stainless steel plinths. With prices starting at £20, they are great value for money, highly resilient to wear and tear, and a great accessory in a contemporary kitchen.
Each plinth comes supplied with full fitting instructions, which should be followed carefully to ensure the best end result. Our top tips for plinth installation are:
- If your plinth requires assembly, ensure you put it together in a clean, dry area.
- Make sure you read the instructions thoroughly before starting so you can keep the tools you require within reach
- Remove any dust with a damp cloth before fixing anything in place
Purchasing solid wood kitchen cabinets from us too? All of our base cabinets are provided with specialist clips to attach plinths to the cabinet legs and maintain their position.
Note: This guide was originally published on February 6th 2015 and was updated on 26th May 2017 to include additional information.