Solid hardwoods are a heavy and hard-wearing material, which makes for a great work surface, but also means that they must be properly supported so that they do not crack or split under their own weight. Using worktops as a standard kitchen surface should not be a problem (if you are supporting your worktops with cabinetry as is standard, that is), but if you are considering using our worktops as a breakfast bar, table or office desk, then you will need to use supports for worktops that will be adequate to handle the surface weight.
If you are using wooden worktops as a stand-alone breakfast bar, or are considering having a large section of your worktop overhang from your kitchen units, then you will need to consider using a suitable support if the overhang is any more than 300mm. For overhangs larger than 300mm, a leg will be required for every metre width of worktop in order to fully support it without putting any unnecessary strain on the worktop.
Legs come in all sorts of different designs; you may prefer a stainless steel or chrome modern table leg, or something altogether more traditional. Our solid oak breakfast bar legs come either pre-oiled; sanded ready to be painted in any colour; or painted in Farrow & Ball’s New White to complement kitchen cabinet doors. Each wooden worktop support is 80mm thick, and 870mm tall (intended to match 720mm cabinets + the leg height), but can be cut down to size to suit any height of worktop. Alternatively, our chrome breakfast bar leg is ideal for supporting wooden or laminate breakfast bars in a contemporary kitchen. It has a brushed finish to suit modern appliances and other kitchen accessories, and measures 870mm including the bracket (though the foot can be adjusted).
Depending on the layout of your kitchen and your overhang, you may alternatively decide to use an additional section of worktop to support the overhang. If doing so, we recommend creating a 45° mitre join supported with slotted brackets on the underside of the worktop and an appropriate glue such as mitre seal along the length of the join.
If you are considering joining one end of a breakfast bar directly to a wall, we recommend attaching a small section of wood directly to the wall, then using slotted angle brackets to attach the worktop to the support. This will provide plenty of support on one end, whilst allowing the wood a little space to move with changes in environmental temperatures.
For Restaurant Table Tops
We offer a range of oak and caramel bamboo wood table tops, suitable for restaurants, cafes, bars or even home dining. To support these table tops, or any other desk or dining table, we also sell a range of table bases in aluminium and cast iron, starting at just £60.
For modern settings, metal bases often look most effective, whilst ornate iron or solid wood bases are most suited to a traditional theme. Most stands will have four or more holes that allow the table top to be easily attached using screws, thanks to wood’s innate workable qualities.
Starting at just £45, our restaurant table tops are great value, and are available in either 20mm or 40mm stave constructions – depending on your budget and the desired look.
Please note: this information guide was updated on 23/10/2017 to include new products in our range.