A beautiful hard-wearing countertop is a must-have for any modern-day kitchen.
After all, any good worktop needs to be able to withstand a lot – from accidental spills to boiling hot pans and super sharp knives.
Solid wooden worktops are a particularly popular choice for homeowners looking to redesign their kitchen with longevity and durability in mind. And, while many people will opt to have their worktops installed by a professional kitchen fitter, if you’d rather do it yourself, we’re here to help.
Join us as we guide you through what you need to do to fit a wooden worktop in your home.
Step 1: Get your equipment together
Before you get going with fitting your wooden worktop, you’re going to need to have the right tools and equipment prepared in advance.
This will vary depending on the size of the job you are completing but, generally speaking, you will need a variety of different tools, including basic tools like hammers and screwdrivers and more specific tools like silicone sealant and jigsaws.
Step 2: Use the fixing kit (if you have one)
If you have ordered your worktops through a supplier, the chances are that they will have provided you with some kind of fixing kit. This should include everything you’ll need, such as the basic bolts, strips and spacers, to fit the worktop correctly.
However, it’s worth double-checking you have everything you need before you get started. Otherwise, you could significantly delay things if you’re missing a fixing bolt or bracket that you didn’t realise at the time.
Step 3: Position the worktop correctly
Before going ahead and fixing the wooden worktop, it’s important to be 100% sure that the kitchen cabinets are completely level.
The last thing you want, after all, is to fit a worktop that’s slightly wonky. So, it’s important to double-check before placing the counter on top.
When you come to positioning your worktop, it’s important to allow a 4 – 5mm expansion gap between the worktop’s edges and adjacent walls or units it has surrounding it.
This is especially important when fitting a worktop near a freestanding oven or over any other appliances, like dishwashers, washing machines or microwaves, which can produce extremes of heat and humidity.
In order to prevent these levels of heat and humidity becoming an issue down the line, installing a moisture barrier to protect the underside of the worktop is generally recommended.
Step 4: Fix the countertop
To fix the wooden worktop to your kitchen cabinets, you will need to use a run of screws spaced roughly 30 – 50cm apart, as well as PVA glue in certain areas.
You also must only use slotted angle brackets when fixing the worktop to the units, using the slot in the bracket that runs perpendicular to the width rather than parallel to the grain.
What’s more, how you fit your worktop will vary depending on whether the cabinets are closed top or open top.
If they are closed top, simply place the screws in at regular intervals across the surface. If they are open top, you’ll need to use slotted angle support brackets to secure the worktop correctly.
Similarly, it should go without saying but, if you have any plug sockets or awkward walls to work around in your kitchen, you’ll need to make specific measured cuts to the worktop in advance of fitting it.
It is also worth considering fitting your worktop with an upstand where necessary, fixing it to the wall to cover any noticeable expansion gaps you won’t be using either tiles or silicone to cover up.
Step 5: Enjoy your worktop
Once you have your worktop in place, you’ll then need to use silicone to seal the edges before sanding it down and oiling it.
This will need to be done using either linseed, osmo, teak, olive or Danish oil, as well as a microfibre cloth, making sure it is spread evenly across the surface.
You will need to remain patient during this process, allowing between six and eight hours between each coat of oil you add. Generally speaking, a minimum of four coats should also be applied in order to build up a suitable barrier against water.
On the final coat, give the worktop a light sand with fine sandpaper before applying it. Then, allow the oil to soak in for approximately half an hour before wiping off the excess. This, in turn, should leave you with more of an even, touch dry finish.
And, that’s about it – you’re finally ready to enjoy your new wooden worktop.
Alternatively, allow us to take the stress off your shoulders by designing, sourcing and installing the worktop on your behalf.
We, here at House of Worktops, are experts in fitting a wide range of laminate and wooden worktops, after all, so contact us today to get started.