Choosing Wood Worktops for Modern Oak Kitchens
Wood worktops are a sustainable choice, and have become a popular addition to a plethora of kitchen designs. Alongside modern cabinets and appliances, many of our hardwood surfaces add a sense of luxury and ensure the kitchen does not feel too sterile or cold.
In this information guide, we have picked a variety of solid wood worktops that are ideal choices for modern kitchens, with some additional tips on making them work in your home.
MODERN TIMBER WORKTOP CHOICES
With such a wide selection of worktops in our collection, we appreciate that it may feel like a difficult choice to pick the perfect worktop. Fortunately, there are many types of timber that are well suited to contemporary aesthetics.
Despite their popularity in traditional settings, our oak worktops are still one of the most sought-after choices for modern kitchens, as this timeless material never goes out of style. The European timber is used to create worktops in standard and full stave constructions, and can be chosen in either standard or Prime Oak grades (the latter being more popular in modern kitchens due to its consistent colour and lack of natural imperfections).
Oak worktops are perfect for a variety of kitchen designs and themes, whether accompanying white and bright Shaker frontals, or doors painted in one of Farrow & Ball’s trendy shades of grey.
Our bamboo and caramel bamboo worktops also make great choices for modern kitchens. These unique surfaces look superb in contemporary designs, and are the most sustainable solid timber option available.
Some of these worktops are also available in Deluxe and full stave variants, should you wish to install an even more grandiose surface in your new kitchen. Deluxe worktops look similar to our standard worktops, but feature extra-wide 90mm staves rather than staves of the usual 40mm width. Our full stave worktops are made from a number of 90mm-wide staves that run the full length of the worktop, creating an unbroken appearance that showcases the timber’s natural beauty.
SMOOTH SOLID WOOD SURFACES IN MODERN KITCHENS
All of the wooden worktops on our online store have a smooth sanded 150 grit finish as standard, but are not pre-treated, meaning you can apply your preferred finish before installation.
We recommend that you use Rustins Danish Oil to treat the timber worktops in our collection. This product nourishes and accentuates the timber’s natural colour whilst protecting the surface with a food-safe finish. Danish oil dries to a low-lustre sheen which is perfect for emphasising the wood’s natural appearance.
So as to ensure that your worktop retains a beautiful finish throughout its life, please follow our guidelines for sanding and re-oiling:
Use 150 – 180 grit sandpaper to sand the entire worktop, including all edges. Once the entire worktop has been rubbed down, utilise a soft cloth and vacuum to remove sawdust from the surface and surrounding areas.
You can then move onto a finer grit sandpaper to repeat the process. For the smoothest finish, we recommend that the worktop is sanded three or four times (with sandpaper of up to 400 grit).