Wood from the walnut tree looks superb in any kitchen,. The darker appearance can be used to complement darker surfaces or as a complete contrast to bright, light and brilliant cupboard doors.
Basic Facts and Features of Walnut Worktops
In this post, you’ll find all the details about walnut worktops, the features of walnut wood as well as the qualities that set it apart from other wood material. The post also shares the different types of styles available for walnut worktops.
Creativity comes to play in the kitchen so it’s important to have surfaces that are well-built with exquisite designs for an easy and comfortable time. A good kitchen worktop is necessary for preparing meals and other daily culinary activities such as chopping vegetables, rolling pastry and simply making sandwiches.
Hence, a great worktop is an essential feature and many factors are taken into consideration when buyers are determining the most suitable style and the type of wood for them. There are several timber types used to make kitchen surfaces, but this post focuses more on walnut worktops as opposed to other available natural or fabricated materials.
Walnut worktops are made from walnut trees from the plant genus Jugians. The tree grows to about 100 feet with a trunk that is around 60 inches in diameter. 100 feet is approximately 30 to 31 metres (m) and 60 inches approximately 152 centimeters (cm). Note that online the dimensions of countertop surfaces are given in millimeters (mm). Walnut worktops tend to be available in 2m, 3m and 4m lengths, depending on the manufacturer.
The timber derived from walnut is attractive, dense, hard, and tight-grained. It’s easy to polish the wood to a very smooth finish and the colour ranges from creamy-white to dark chocolate.
There are two means of drying the walnut wood which determines its colour. The walnut wood can be kiln-dried which gives it a dull brown colour, but it becomes purplish-brown when air-dried. The wood is useful for different kinds of household furniture and comes handy for worktops in the kitchen.
Styles of walnut worktops
Walnut worktops come in different styles and patterns such as the following:
Wide block walnut worktops
This worktop is made with wide planks that reveal more grain patterns of the walnut wood.
Traditional plank walnut worktops
This design comes off with a wide planked walnut worktop. It’s an ancient style but still very attractive even after many centuries.
Wide-stave walnut worktops
The style is made using long and wide planks of walnut wood which runs through the entire length of the kitchen worktop.
End grain walnut worktops
The design is an old-fashioned block which is ideal for chopping meat and vegetables. The style either comes in the form of movable chopping block or fixed walnut worktops.
Buying Walnut Worktops
Each surface is made up of staves of walnut. A stave is a smaller straight piece of wood, which when bound to other staves forms the worktop. No mainstream ‘off the shelf’ worktops are one solid whole piece of wood. The thickness of the wood for each stave depends on specification and could be as little as 40mm or as much as 500mm.
Getting the right walnut surface is a no brainer; it simply entails looking at the design that fits in with your needs and kitchen structure. Have a look what is available in our Buy Online section.
To wrap it up, walnut worktops are highly priced because of its rich superior qualities and great grain structure. It’s very attractive, hard, and durable which makes it a desirable option for great kitchen worktops.
Walnut fittings are available in different styles according to individual tastes and preference. Different finishing oils can be purchased to create suitable changes to the colour in order to create a design that is uniquely styled to your liking.
The walnut worktops are easy to clean and maintain due to its smooth surface. We think that it is a good choice for anyone seeking to get a suitable kitchen worktop for a classy finish to one of the most used rooms in your home.