If there is one thing in the world that nearly everyone can agree on, it’s a breakfast nook. We can all agree that they are rather a luxury in a home, mostly because if you have a breakfast nook, you likely have a formal dining room as well. We can also agree that breakfast nooks are cozy spaces for everything from morning coffee to afternoon homework sessions. All you need to achieve this space in your home is a table, a bench and a space in your kitchen to put them. The size of your table usually depends on the size of your kitchen but benches don’t have to be the complicated built ins you’ll find in many breakfast nooks.
The pros and cons of a timber benchtop. It’s important to consider your practical needs in the kitchen and take style cues from your own taste, as well as the timber itself. Every worktop is unique, with varying grain pattern and natural colour shifts that are part of the charm of the wood, says IKEA Kitchen Sales Leader Daniel Hood. Birch or Ash worktop finishes are a great choice to complement the Modern Scandinavian kitchen and bring warmth to an often white or neutral expression.
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It’s best to refrain from placing anything too hot directly onto the timber surface, he warns. Ensure that the timber remains sealed and that the coating hasn’t worn away to maintain durability..Keep your worktop looking as good as new by using chopping board and a heat mat to protect the surface from heat and cut marks, Daniel suggests.
The pros and cons of a timber benchtop. How to look after a timber benchtop. A timber benchtop needs to be sealed when installed, and recoated when the coating starts to wear off, advises Luke. Timber benchtops are more vulnerable to scratches, chipping and staining so it’s important to be attentive when it comes to maintaining and using the surface.
Hardwoods such as walnut, oak and beech are all used as they are strong and durable. Jarrah also has a high resistance to weather, rot and termites so can be used outdoors too. Oak is an exceedingly strong and durable hardwood with a prominent grain, says Daniel. It darkens beautifully with age acquiring a golden-brown undertone. Made with a focus on sustainability, IKEA timber worktops are finished with a 3mm layer of solid wood, which covers a particleboard core, making it feel and look the same as solid wood.