“Is solid wood suitable for use as a bar worktop?” Question of the Week 11/03/17
“Is solid wood suitable for use as a bar worktop?”
The latest ‘Question of the Week’ was sent in to us by Cheng in Portishead. He is looking for a new bar worktop for his club and wanted to know if solid wood worktops are suitable.
“I am looking for a worktop for my newly refurbished club and think solid wood worktops would look great. Is timber suitable for use as a bar worktop?”
Thanks for taking the time to send in your question regarding our solid wood worktops. Provided that they are maintained and treated in the correct manner, we think they would make a great choice for your bar.
Solid wood worktops are hardwearing and very tactile; as such, they are highly suitable for busy environments such as a bar. Though where we would normally recommend that customers treat worktops with Danish oil in a home environment, you may want to consider finishing them with a water-resistant lacquer or varnish – this will make it easier to clear up spills and avoid stains.
The downside of this treatment is that the wood worktops will lose their natural matt lustre, and will instead boast a glossier appearance (though you’ll still benefit from the totally unique characteristics of a natural wooden worktop).
Your bar worktop of choice ultimately comes down to the theme in your club and your own personal opinion, though we would highly recommend that you consider our most resilient timbers.
Wenge worktops, for example, are up to fifty percent more hardwearing than oak worktops, and have a dark luxurious hue that is almost black in parts. Alternatively, our zebrano worktops are also incredibly durable, but have a more unusual ‘zebra stripe’ grain pattern that looks fantastic in modern settings. If you’d rather stick with something more traditional – or would prefer a lighter colour – I’d suggest considering our maple worktops. Maple is another robust choice that has been used as a worktop material for many centuries, and is naturally very smooth and versatile.
If you can’t decide which worktop to choose, please do make use of our convenient online service and order a selection of worktop samples; alternatively, feel free to visit us in person by taking a trip to the Gloucestershire showroom (which is only a short trip up the M5 from Portishead).
Hopefully this has provided you with some inspiration for your club, but if you’d like more information on the different treatments available for wooden worktops, I’d recommend reading our ‘How to Treat Real Wood Worktop Surfaces’ information guide.
Once you have the new worktops installed, you may also want to refer to our ‘How to Clean Hardwood Worktops’ guide.
If you have any further queries regarding our worktops, please don’t hesitate to get in touch again.
Ben @ Worktop Express
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