Kitchen Worktops

Designing your new kitchen extension is a wonderful opportunity to revisit your choice of kitchen worktop. If you are looking to add class to your kitchen, nothing comes closer than using real wood. So if you think adding class to your kitchen extension is something of interest and wood is the likely choice, here are some of the most popular wood species to consider.

Choosing a Kitchen Worktop For Your Extension

There are many wood species in the market, be it online or from your local DIY shop, but non are more popular than Oak, Walnut, Beech and Iroko. Let’s look closer at each type of wood as a candidate for your kitchen extension.

Oak Wood

Oak is a type of tree which is extremely popular for the construction of many types of wooden structures and furniture especially in the UK. The wood which is abundantly available includes very attractive grain markings, great strength and hardness. These properties make oak not only popular for wood construction, but also for ship building and timber frame buildings. In terms of your investment, oak should not cost too much compared to other types of worktop and is therefore popular for kitchen renovations and extensions.

Walnut Wood

Walnut originates from walnut tree, a family of over 21 species of trees found from Europe to Japan. Walnut timber is extremely hard, dense and tight-grained, properties which make it a prized flooring and worktops wood. It starts as a dull brown colour wood, but when air-dried it becomes a rich chocolate-brown colour. Walnut tends to last for longer so if you expect your kitchen worktop in the new extension to receive a lot of punishment, go for walnut.

Beech Wood

Sourced from a beech tree, this wood is extremely strong which is why it is used in the construction of flooring, worktops, chairs and other types of furniture. Beech is also used for brewing beer and smoking certain types of cheese. It is a native tree in the south of England as it can grow in a wide range of soil types from acid to basic. Because it’s native to the UK you’ll find its prices very affordable which might help if you have a tight budget for your kitchen extension.

Iroko Wood

You might also come across this species under the name of ‘African Teak’. Iroko is native to Africa and starts its hardwood life as a yellow wood which quickly darkens into a rich brown colour. It is used in a variety of ways from the construction of flooring, worktops and decking to boat-building and even musical instrument construction. Because the wood becomes brown over time, it won’t fit just every kitchen. For example if your extension there is Gray, rich brown wood will clash.