Wood Worktop Plinths: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide
What are plinths and why do I need to buy them?
Plinths are additional cuts of timber that we offer in 3m x 150mm x 20mm sizes (with the exception of full stave maple, which comes in 2.5m lengths). They are supplied fully sanded and unoiled so only require pre-oiling before installation. Although traditionally utilised to hide cabinet legs or any messy wirework beneath the cabinet, solid wood plinths are now a fashionable accessory, too.
Plinths as upstands
Upstands are fitted to the wall next to your worktops to help hide the expansion gap that is left between the two. Plinths are the perfect choice should you require an upstand that is slightly larger than our standard size.
Plinths in design
Although plinths are not a necessity, many choose these items purely for aesthetic reasons. Available in every timber we stock at Worktop Express® (except for our deluxe range), there are a wide range of choices: many choose an oak plinth to blend with solid oak cabinets (as supplied by our sister supplier Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets) or like to match them with wood worktops for a stunning and well-rounded kitchen look. You could even fit an African timber such as wenge for an exotic, unusual plinth, or contrast your plinth with your worktops – zebrano makes a statement finish when paired with familiar timbers like oak and walnut.
Fitting a kitchen plinth
Fitting a kitchen plinth is a straightforward process; and our plinths are supplied in standard sizes so that these might easily be cut as required. The installation process is described briefly below:
- Once your plinth has been treated with sufficient coats of oil, measure and cut to size as necessary.
- Place next to the bottom of the cabinets and mark where either side of the cabinet legs lie against the plinth.
- The fixing brackets should fit within these markings. Secure the brackets onto the plinth using the screws provided.
- The plinth clips can now be slotted into these brackets, then clipped to the legs of the cabinets to fix into place.
Your plinths can be finished or unfinished as you desire; either pre-oiled through our bespoke cutting service or in a simple, sanded state, giving you the opportunity to finish the plinths at your convenience.
For further information regarding our plinths or wooden worktops, please do not hesitate to contact us or pop into our Gloucestershire showroom; the showroom contains 9 full kitchen displays, showcasing our range to the fullest degree. Our friendly sales team are always happy to give tours and answer any questions that you may have.