Iroko is a great wood to use in your home. Value and quality make this a perfect choice for many. Iroko is sometimes referred to as African teak; this is becuase it is a timber that is grown in Africa that closely resembles the appearance of the more expensive teak wood.
The latin name for iroko is Milicia excelsa. The latin name for teak is Tectona grandis.
Although very similar, iroko timber naturally tends to be lighter in colour than teak. The grain of the wood however is very similar. The grain is tight and interlocked with relatively few knots compared to other woods such as oak. This means that iroko is the ideal wood surface for those looking for a clean, modern look, whilst keeping the quality and character that is associated with a real wood finish.
Iroko worktops are available in a number of sizes. These include 3m and 4m worktops as well as larger breakfast bars and other kitchen fittings. An iroko breakfast bar is similar to a worktop except both sides of a breakfast bar are finished meaning that it can be placed centrally in your kitchen as opposed to against a wall (the side of the worktop that is not finished fits plush against the wall and cannot be seen. For this reason, iroko breakfast bars tend to be more expensive than worktops. Breakfast bars make a perfect island in the room and add functionality whilst preparing and service food as well as a great place for the family to eat breakfast. There are also stools finished with iroko to match the rest of the fittings in the room.
Iroko wood colours can vary depending on where the worktop stave has been cut from (i.e. centre of the tree trunk or outer area), the age of the tree and the specific area that the tree was gown. The timber is naturally quite lite and yanged from a light golden colour through to a mid brown as can be seen above. Knots are not prominent, but where staves are cut from timber near to where branches are formed, there will be knotted appearances. A stave is a strip of wood that is cut to form part of a worktop. A kitchen worktop tends to be made from several staves joined together, giving the appearance that can be seen above. Different suppliers will sell various stave widths. Generally the wider the width of the stave, the more expensive the furniture, although there are many other factors that come in to play when prices are determined, including scarcity of the timber, the number of knots and the manufacturing processes involved etc.
We have mentioned on other pages that wood is a precious resource that should not be used in abundance without responsible and sustainable forestry. We urge you to use suppliers that adhere to responsible standards of forestry when selecting your iroko worktop.
Iroko worktops are beautiful and are available from most suppliers that sell solid wood worktops.
If you would like to buy a solid wood worktop, have a look at our Great Deals section to find excellent deals from a range of suppliers. Our deals utilise external resources, including eBay to help you find the best value and most suitable choice for your kitchen.