Choosing Timber Table Tops for Offices
Choosing the right surface
Depending on your requirements, you could choose from our range of replacement table tops, which come in square, rectangular and circular shapes and are perfect for smaller office environments, as well as canteens or cafes. The rectangular option is considered the most suitable for an office desk, measuring 995mm x 620mm, and available in two types of finger-jointed oak – either with 40mm or 20mm staves.
Alternatively, you could choose any of the solid wood worktops in our extensive range to create an expansive surface that could support a large number of workstations in a communal office.
As well as office desks, our worktops are also perfect for creating a large table for use in conference suites; indeed both of the conference rooms here at Worktop Express® are decked out with bespoke, extra-wide table tops (making use of wenge and black American walnut).
Choosing a durable finish
If treated with the correct finish, any of the worktops in our collection are suitable for use in an office environment. There are a variety of treatments available that will still maintain the timber’s natural aesthetics, and whilst we often recommend Rustins Danish Oil for kitchen worktops, you may decide to choose an alternative option for office environments.
Oiling: We usually recommend Rustins Danish Oil for treating wooden worktops as it is food-safe and has a low lustre finish that is ideal for showing off the natural beauty of timber without giving it an artificial appearance. With regular maintenance, Danish oil will create a water resistant finish whilst accentuating the hard-wearing qualities of the timber. As there is likely to be considerably less food or liquids in an office environment, and the temperature more stable than a kitchen, oiling does not need to be so regularly undertaken, but we would still recommend twice-yearly oiling after installation.
Lacquering: Using a lacquer rather than oil creates a considerably glossier surface that looks more artificial, but is a perfect choice for worktops that may be subjected to considerable wear-and-tear. Unlike oil which requires reapplication to maintain the finish, lacquer does not, meaning that despite a less natural appearance, it may be more suitable to office environments.
Varnish: As with lacquer, most varnishes create a glossy finish to a treated timber surface, although semi-gloss and satin sheen finishes are also available. Unlike lacquer which is a mixture of plastics and solvents, varnish is made from a combination of resin, drying oil and thinner.
Creating bespoke office table tops
One of best things about hardwood worktops is their flexibility: they can be easily modified to fit any available space in your office. Whether you simply need holes through which to feed cables from office equipment such as computer monitors, or something more unique (such as ergonomic designs to suit your office environment), our fabrication team can create bespoke wooden worktops to almost any specification.
To create, price up and order straightforward fabrications such as cutting a worktop to size, drilling holes or applying smooth edge profiles, we recommend using our innovative Online Bespoke Worktop Tool.
If you have more specialist requirements, you can send measurements and a diagram in to our skilled fabrication team, who will turn your design into a CAD template for our highly-sophisticated CNC machine to produce. Afterwards, our team will finish the worktop by hand and apply a number of coats of oil to protect it in transit and during installation.