Aesthetically, timber bench tops are beautiful; rich in colour, texture and have a natural quality that no other type of bench top can replicate. Today there are an infinite number of bench top materials and finishes available on the market so why would you choose timber? What are the pros and cons?
The range of timbers available in Australia is appealing, with each cut having its own appeal different from the next – you can literally find beautiful timber to compliment your kitchen colour scheme and design.
Some of the most popular native benchtop timbers include:
- Tasmanian oak
- Victorian ash
- Spotted gum
Consider timber if your going for a more rustic approach to your kitchen. Any scratches, chips or flaws in the timber will only enhance your overall design.
Another great pro is the fact that timber benchtops, when properly treated, can outlast their counterparts. When in need of a revamp, simply sand your benchtops back or re-purpose them somewhere else in your home.
On the other side of the scale, timber is softer than most other finishes and more susceptible to damage. To combat this, you can apply a polyurethane coating which will overcome this con.
However, if your going for a high gloss, smooth finish, timber is probably not the right choice for you. Even polyurethane can’t remove the natural, textured finish of a timber surface.
It’s best to design your kitchen and match it to a bench top that really compliments your kitchen. Before choosing a timber, make sure you are aware of all your benchtop options. Timber doesn’t work in every kitchen and for all tastes but it is a beautiful alternative to traditional stone, granite, stainless steel, tile and laminate finish benchtops.
Here’s some beautiful timber kitchen benchtops you might like …