Where to buy solid wood worktops?

(41 Posts)
SandyChick Thu 19-May-11 21:55:47

Planning our new kitchen. Will probably go for cheap gloss white or cream and spend more on solid wood worktops. I've looked around most of the obvious places, ikea,b&q,wickes, homebase. Where is best place to buy from or how much should we be spending on good quality worktops? We want thick chunky oak and need around 7metres. B&q sell in 3m lengths which is no good because we'd end up with alot of offcuts which will cost more.

Has anyone used ikea? They do 2 types- a standard size or made to measure.


kd73 Thu 19-May-11 22:02:20

I haven't used Ikea worktop, but had solid wood worktop for years. Would not buy again though as quite hard maintenance to keep in a lovely condition.

SandyChick Thu 19-May-11 22:08:05

Where are your worktops from? Everyone I've spoken too have said they wouldn't have them again because of the maintenance confused We love the look tho. If there was a laminate effect that looked good then we'd go for that buy there isn't. A frend has a laminate one from wickes with a chunky square edge which is the nicest laminate we've seen- but still it's just not as nice as real wood.

teta Thu 19-May-11 23:11:06

I have oak [ikea] in the utility and have ordered Iroko for the kitchen from Worktop Express.The oak is danish-oiled and i felt that every time i wiped it the oil wiped off [even though looking at a cross section of the wood i could see that it had soaked in a long way] and it looks patchy.I have just bought Liberon worktop treatment which claims to make the worktop water-resistant
[with natural waxes in it] and tougher.I think if you like wood just get it and enjoy.I have 4 young dc's and am not that house-proud and it works for me.

cece Thu 19-May-11 23:18:51

I got mine from barncrest an online co. Pics on profile..

cece Thu 19-May-11 23:20:42

They sell different lengths...

Oh and the maintainance isn't an issue for me - is lasting OK with an occasional wipe of danish oil. Mine are walnut.

SandyChick Fri 20-May-11 11:23:20

Cece- i have kitchen envy. Your kitchen lay out is almost exactly the same as what we are doing. We are putting our American fridge freezer next to the oven and having our hob on the breakfast bar bit with an extractor coming from the ceiling. The worktop is gorgeous. Are the units White or cream? Love the folding doors too. We can't decide to have folding doors or 2 sets of French doors. Sorry for all the questions but what size is the room? Our is 10m x4m. I worry that we're trying to squeeze too much into 1 room.

Teta- wouldn't you reccomend the ikea ones? I'm interested to know what you think of the new ones when they arrive.

teta Fri 20-May-11 14:12:56

I think the Ikea oak [the basic one] is really good for the money and looks nice and country-ish in my utility.Ikea comes ready-oiled however,but the oil just seems to wipe off really easily.Hence i am going to try the Liberon one [which i guess is similar to the Osmo one] to see if there is a noticable difference.

cece Sat 21-May-11 11:41:27

Thank you smile

The units are white. The worktop is walnut.

TBH the breakfast bar is a bit of a dumping ground. I don't hate it but think if I did it again I wouldn't have one - just have the units against the wall in a L shape. It would also make the room more versatile and could have a table more into the kitchen iyswim.

The doors are two panels of glass that don't open on either side of one set of French doors in the centre. I did that so the furniture wouldn't be in the way of the open door. I quite like it and when both are open it is plenty. Leaves more room on patio too as you don't needf such a wide step!

Can't remember the exact size but think it is about the same as yours.

Initially we had the kitchen one end, a dining table and then a couple of armchairs and TV area. Now we have moved the table back into the dining area and now have large sofa, arm chair and rug by the TV area plus toy storage for my toddler.

cece Sat 21-May-11 11:42:23

PS. I can highly recommend Barncrest for the worktops.

bacon Mon 23-May-11 14:56:30

I have walnut strips bespoke by the local timber merchants.

dsamm Mon 23-May-11 23:42:06

bacon, what are walnut strips? And was that hugely expensive?

lesta74 Fri 27-May-11 13:13:19

currently remodelling our kitchen, new worktops and flooring. hopefully a cheap way to a 'new-ish' looking kitchen. considered walnut worktops from barncrest but after seeing on their website that they're in administration...

"Ian Edward Walker and Julie Ann Palmer of Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP were appointed Joint Administrators of Barncrest trading Ltd ("the Company") on 15 March 2011."

...not so sure now. had problems before with our bathroom when the supplier went under, a major headache.

teta Fri 27-May-11 14:58:26

I have just ordered iroko from Worktop express and am very happy with the quality and finish.

PigletJohn Sun 29-May-11 23:05:33

oiled, solid-hardwood worktops are ideal for a shop display.

However they are not so suitable for a working kitchen that contains water, hot pans, sharp knives or heavy objects.

teta Mon 30-May-11 18:10:02

Just a follow-on from my earlier post.My Ikea oak has worn rather badly in the utility.It has surrounded the main washing-up sink [with no dishwasher] for 6 - 10 people for a few weeks.I have just sanded it down and applied Liberon Worktop Sealer -which went a bit white .But has made it waterproof.But it has already warped slightly.The Worktop express Iroko [which came ready-oiled and has has 2-3 coats of Liberon worktop sealer as well] seems to shrug off stains and liquids and is tons better quality.So the morale of the story is - always treat your wood straight away and only buy Ikea worktop if you want a rustic-look and it is going to have very light use.

PigletJohn Mon 30-May-11 18:15:47

there are likely to be cut edges where the sink was let in to an aperture, these need to be treated to prevent water penetration through the end-grain which is especially absorbent.

Iroko is a very dense wood which can be expected to be more durable. It is also rather expensive.

TalkinPeace2 Mon 30-May-11 18:21:30

((((((( my Bamboo worktops ))))))))

and my bamboo floor

worktops - I'm horrible to them and they still come up great with a wipe with a damp cloth and the occasional (like almost never) oiling

SardineQueen Mon 30-May-11 18:28:31

Shouldn't have read this - have a load of oak ikea worktops waiting to be fitted at the mo grin

We had oak in the old kitchen and it was very good - oiled it once a year and it was pretty indestructable (we are not terribly careful) although I don't think it had a hot pan on it. I did drop the iron on it pointy side down and the dent sort of sprang out over the space of a couple of weeks.

I think the bloke who lived here before us was very good with the oiling, and I suspect the trick is to look after them carefully for teh first couple of years and after that they are sort of battle-hardened. Or something grin

SandyChick Sat 04-Jun-11 10:02:20

I think we're going to get the kitchen and work top from howdens. A friend has their cream high gloss units and thick oak worktop and it's beautiful. Has anyone used Howdens?

toughlove Sat 18-Jun-11 18:44:41

SardineQueen - think yourself lucky you DID get them from Ikea - Barncrest have gone bust. I want to buy some worktops from a company who actually manufacturers here in the UK. Anyone any ideas? I heard a friend talk aout one company but she forgot thier name but apparently they are completely different to imported ones. Even John Lewis ones are just imported.

said Sat 18-Jun-11 18:53:01

Gone bust? Really? When? Aargh! I only got a sample from the them the other day as well shock sad

PinkOlives Mon 20-Jun-11 16:15:19

really??? i also got a sampe from Barncrest last week? im looking for dark walnut, i think its american black walnut? any recommendations for reasonable places?
said - what are you going for now?
i thought that iroko would be a lot darker has anyway got it and its darkened with age?

mousymouse Mon 20-Jun-11 16:18:59

we had walnut (?) in an office kitchen where I used to work.
was hard work, had to be oiled once a week for the first year and from then on once a month (kitchen then out of use for a day for the oil to sink into the wood). very beautiful though and very smooth.

PinkOlives Mon 20-Jun-11 16:32:27

ohh really its just looks beautiful. i need something dark for the contrast with light units. very expensive though

Iroko was recommended to be more durable i just dnt think from the sample thats its dark enough
interested to hear from peple who have had it for a while

said Mon 20-Jun-11 19:49:58

Pink - still dithering. confused Still want oak worktops but where from now? They were so lovely. I know it's go into administration so, technically, still trading but, um, risky to buy from there?

PinkOlives Mon 20-Jun-11 20:17:14

maybe you should give them a call? plus check what you are agreeing too payment wise etc
someone on another thread mentioned worktop express or something like that and wood and beyond, im still hunting too though.
this kitchen lark is a headache grin

teta Mon 20-Jun-11 21:21:42

Said, Worktop Express is just as good a quality as Barncrest and i think slightly cheaper [well my Iroko was].PinkOlives i am really happy with my Iroko.Apparently they will darken within 6 months but i have only had mine for a few weeks now.The colour is very rich and looks beautiful with painted cabinets in Skimming Stone and Elephants Breath.I also really loved the Walnut from Barncrest but i felt it was a bit dark for my really light-challenged kitchen.

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VicklePickle Thu 04-Apr-13 12:50:42

I brought my Oak worktops from Norfolk Oak. They are little bit more expensive then others like Worktop Express but the quality is worth it. They are manufactured in the UK too which is a real bonus. Would certainly use them again and recommend to others.

contortionist Thu 04-Apr-13 13:45:59

Another recommendation for Norfolk Oak from me - I got walnut worktops from them 18 months ago which are still in perfect condition just with oiling every few months.

flow4 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:48:41

I have Ikea Numerar worktops. They're sold wood and I'm happy with the quality. There was such a difference in price between the standard lengths and the made-to-measure tops that I bought standard lengths and the joiner who fitted the worktops cut them to length as needed, which was easy and cheaper. The wood darkened when they were first oiled, and I re-oil them every 6 months or so, using Ikea's own brand wood oil (Behandla). They're 2.5 years old now, and so far they're getting more attractive the older they get. smile

another vote for barn crest

cece Thu 04-Apr-13 19:38:34

I got mine from Barncrest.

JustJes Tue 09-Apr-13 10:57:56

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Coffeeformeplease Tue 09-Apr-13 21:57:19

Hi, we got our Prime Oak worktops from worktop express and we are very happy with them. Have only been in since October, but no probs. I have been really fussy when they were delivered and before they were installed, have given them 3 Coats of Tung Oil, takes a long time to dry, i'd say it took about 2 weeks in total. But since then I've stopped fussing, they have taken all sorts of abuse, builders left their wet mugs on it, I spilled red wine ... and it can be just wiped clean.

AwkwardSquad Wed 10-Apr-13 19:43:24

Sad about Barncrest, we got ours from them and their customer service is great. We have had ours for five and a half years now and they still look fine. Lovely quality.

AwkwardSquad Wed 10-Apr-13 21:29:57

Ah. Zombie thread.

JustJes Thu 11-Apr-13 11:55:39

From what I can see Barncrest is still an active company. I assume that someone bought the company and are probably selling their own products/worktops. So don't be sad awkward squad - they live on!

ihowarth Sun 13-Oct-13 19:20:03

Landed here from Google, looking for good suppliers of wooden worktops. There are several companies who, it turns out, have the SAME Norfolk address -- Barncrest, Norfolk Oak, Wooden Kitchen WorkTops, and Mountain Hardwoods. This seems to shout "scam alert!", especially as Barncrest went bust (at a different address), but on the other hand there are some positive comments above. Anybody have any insightful comments on this?

VicklePickle Fri 18-Oct-13 12:27:22

Hi ihowarth, I went to visit them before I bought my worktops, as I wondered the same thing - but actually about most internet companies.. Anyway Norfolk Oak were brilliant. They are in a HUGE old RAF hanger. I don't know about the Barncrest bit, but they did show me a whole load of different ranges of products which seemed more than they had on the internet. The worktops ar fabuous - PM me if you want some piccies! Good luck, Vic

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