Choosing Hardwood Work Surfaces for Utility Rooms
Hardwood Work Surfaces are the ideal surface for kitchens and dining areas, but why limit this beautiful choice of worktop to these areas? The hardwood timbers used to create our worktops are hard-wearing and – once coated in sufficient amounts of Danish oil – resistant to water, too. These excellent qualities make them ideal for use in a utility room, whilst their innate aesthetic appeal ensures that they work well with popular butler and Belfast sinks (which are always popular in utility rooms).
Ideal Choices for Utility Rooms
Utility rooms are often high in moisture and subjected to the wear and tear of outdoor life making its way inside. Because of this, it is important to choose a worktop which has the right qualities that ensure it will continue looking good for many years to come.
We recommend some of our most hard-wearing choices such as Prime Oak, zebrano and cherry, all of which will suit life in a utility room. Our bamboo worktops should also be considered as they are hard-wearing, water resistant and incredibly sustainable.
With the correct treatment, any of our wood worktops are suitable for use in a utility room. There are three choices for sealing worktops that will still maintain the natural look of the timber; the right choice for your utility room depends entirely on the finish you desire.
Oiling: Rustins Danish Oil is the treatment we usually recommend for kitchen worktops as it is food-safe and creates a low lustre finish that accentuates the charm of the timber’s natural appearance. If regularly maintained, Danish oil will create a water resistant finish, but attention will be required to stop stains forming if water is left to rest on the surface for prolonged periods of time. Should severe staining occur, the workable qualities of timber mean the surface can be sanded and re-oiled, to make a finish that once again looks like new.
Lacquering: Although lacquering creates a glossy surface that looks somewhat artificial, it is a finish that is often preferred in a high-moisture environment such as utility rooms, as it fully seals the timber whilst creating an especially hard-wearing surface that is well-protected and won’t stain. Lacquering – in our opinion – does not create an aesthetic that is as appealing as oil, but the advantage is that it will require less maintenance once finished.
Varnish: Much like lacquer, treating a worktop with varnish can create a glossy finish, but semi-gloss or satin sheen finishes are also available. Varnishes are made using a mixture of resin, drying oil and thinner, instead of the plastics and solvents that are found in lacquers.
Utility rooms are often not the largest of spaces, so having a worktop that makes the most of these tight spaces is critical for providing plenty of usable space. Fortunately, wooden worktops can be easily adjusted to fit almost any shaped room, with cut-outs for Belfast or butler-style sinks an easy alteration.
If you lack the expertise or equipment to carry out these adjustments yourself, our own fabrication team can create any bespoke worktops to your specifications, including irregular cut outs, holes for pipework, radius corners, soft profile edges and much more.
If your layout is fairly straightforward, head over to our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool to create, price up and pay for your own customised worktop. If your requirements are a little bit more unusual, then feel free to send us your measurements along with a simple diagram of your requirements and our skilled fabrication team can use CAD software to turn it into a precise design.