March 18, 2021

A beginner’s guide to prime oak worktop


In the plastic and metal world we live, oak truly stands out for its aesthetics and resilience.

It’s a favourite kind of hardwood utilised and enjoyed since medieval times and is still used today due to its natural beauty and durability.

Out of all the timber we use for construction at House Of Worktops, oak is a crowd favourite. We’ll discuss why in this article.

Unblemished appearance

If you’re redesigning your kitchen and aren’t sure what materials are suitable for countertops, you can’t go wrong with a sleek and stunning prime oak worktop.

Oak is beloved for its golden hues, distinctive character grains, and flawlessness that enliven and add warmth to any home.

The unique markings of individual oak are caused by cells called elements which give rise to caveats in the wood called pores.

All oak have pores. However, the prime oak pores are different in size and location than standard oak, which leaves it with a more refined finish, unblemished tone, and an intricate series of lines.

Prime oak worktop is so versatile that it blends harmoniously with different hues, particularly baby blues and pale greens.

If you aren’t sure about your colour scheme, use our online visualiser before purchasing a product.

Long lasting

Beyond adding timeless elegance to your home, oak will last you years because it’s resistant to the elements and boasts a significantly low sap count.

We source only the hardiest wood, with our top selections being the Black Sea and Bulgarian oak; both timbers are between 15% and 30% denser than regular oak. The composition of Black Sea Oak and Bulgarian oak comprise fibres that mature, grow, and adapt to fluctuating weather by hardening internally.  Extremely hard-wearing, strong and long-lasting wooden surfaces are created as a result of this natural process.


We source, harvest and manufacture our timber locally. We also hate to waste and rely on renewable energy to minimise our carbon footprint.

By using our services, you’re gaining a beautifully restored kitchen worktop that’s built sustainability.


When choosing the right timber for the job, we select staves with consistent graves and colourings.

If you haven’t fully grasped woodworking lingo, staves are timber sections, usually 40 mm in width, joined together to form larger wooden planks used for construction.

Individual staves are bonded and finger jointed to each other, which involves cutting corresponding cut-outs into two jutting pieces, and interlocking and sealing them with a strong adhesive.

Quick delivery

Delivery is quick and timely. Communication is a strong suit of ours, so we’ll keep you updated every step of the way with regular email notifications and messaging! We have two-person deliveries, so you don’t have to worry about hauling heavy wood around.

Quick FAQ’S

Our oak worktops for kitchen-use only?

Although oak worktops are most durable in the kitchen, they can be placed in other areas of the home under the right conditions, and there’s no reason you can’t repurpose worktops into shelves for your book collection.

Be wary about fitting wooden countertops in the bathroom as these rooms are high-moisture environments. Consider additional treatments, like lacquering in the bathroom to protect the wood from water damage. 

Should you treat your wood regularly? Wood worktops look fantastic, but they do require additional love and care to maintain its beautiful sparkle. We recommend you oil your worktop frequently for a lustrous, food-safe finish.

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