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Design Considerations

Oak worktops can be fully customised to suit your tastes and needs, providing as much or as little help as you require. Within a kitchen there are many aspects which need to have careful consideration so that the perfect finished is created.

Firstly the type of timber needs to be decided on. All American Hardwoods are excellent timber for worktops so it’s more down to the colour preferred.

The best way to consider the requirement for your kitchen is to devise a kitchen plan. From here you can work at specific aspects like the location of butt joins. We would recommend butt joins are away from sink or hob cut outs in order to allow enough room for the specially shaped bolt holes which are routed out in the underside of your oak worktops.

Oak worktops can be produced to any shape and size. If worktops are more complex and require shaping or cut outs then this can be achieved if you know the exact measurements required. Depending on the complexity another alternative is to template the worktops.

Additionally the size of overhang needs to be confirmed. It is not always required but as you can get your oak worktops manufactured from scratch there is no need stick to standard width.

Location of the hob and sink cut outs are also very important. You need to be careful not to leave the timber to thin at the top or bottom of the cut out. With a sink cut out you can have additional extras such as drainage grooves which allow the free flow of excess water into your sink when washing up. With hob cut outs you have the option of adding hot rods which are solid, brushed steel rods that sit in specially shaped grooves to act as a trivet for hot pans.

If your worktops are situated next to a heat storage cooker and the worktop is subjected to constant heat then we would recommend having endcaps. Not only do they help protect the worktop, they also provide a great aesthetic finish to the ends of your wooden worktop.

Radius corners can be used for various different reasons throughout a worktop. For example a small radius can be used to take off a sharp edge or corner. Large radius may be used to make much more of a statement or to fit round rounded cupboards. Additionally you could use internal radius corners to shape around an undermount sink or hob cut out.

A wide range of edging styles are available to compliment your wooden worktops. As standard most worktops are supplied with square edges, whilst this creates a very clean and defined look, this isn’t to everyone's taste. A simple pencil edging is enough to soften the edges of the worktop whilst a full bullnose rounds them completely.

You could also have a larger rounded edge for a smoother finish or a chamfered edge, to take off the sharpness while maintaining the clean-cut style.

Lastly once the worktops are in situ it may be that you require Wooden upstands. These not only provide a wonderful aesthetic finish to the back edge of your kitchen worktop but they can also cover up all sorts of problems such as walls which aren't straight or corners which are never quite 90 degrees. Wooden upstands are simple to fix too, with adhesive products, simply push the wooden upstand into place, hold firmly for a couple of minutes and that's it.

When deciding on kitchen worktops it is best to consider all design options and then establish what is best suited to your needs.