What Makes Timber the Perfect Benchtop Material?

April 11, 2017

Nothing inserts a sense of warmth and homeliness into a kitchen as well as timber does, so why not install a timber benchtop?

Not only will a timber benchtop add an attractive focal point to your kitchen, the timber will also be easy to maintain and will stand the test of time.

the benefits of timber benchtops

A Beautiful, Natural Aesthetic

When it comes to choosing a kitchen benchtop, you’ll have plenty of colours to pick from. One of the most obvious benefits of timber benchtops is that they bring the outdoors in, while also helping to create a warm and welcoming aesthetic.

You’ll be able to choose a colour and grain that will complement the over style of your kitchen as well, which is definitely a plus!

 A Long-Lasting Option

Physical appearance aside, timber benchtops are one of the longest lasting benchtop materials available. While they’re relatively soft in comparison to other benchtop materials, they can easily be sanded back and refinished to extend their lifespan.

Plus, if you outgrow your timber benchtops while they’re still in a good condition you can easily repurpose the timber for a DIY home project.

 Easy Maintenance

One of the great things about timber, especially if you’ve got a rustic, or country-style kitchen, is that nicks, scratches and even stains don’t look out of place. These imperfections can even enhance the overall atmosphere of your room.

In terms of caring for your benchtops, all you’ll need to do is reseal them with a natural oil finish as needed.

 Choosing Your Timber

Depending on your budget and the look you would like to achieve, there are a number of different timbers you can choose from.

In Australia, we’re lucky to have a diverse range of native hardwoods that are all suitable for use in the kitchen or bathroom.


  • Tasmanian oak
  • Victorian ash
  • Blackbutt
  • Spotted gum
  • Brushbox
  • Blackwood
  • Jarrah
  • European oak
  • European walnut
  • European cherry

When choosing which type of wood to use, colour is usually a big factor. If you want something light in colour, Victorian ash or Tasmanian oak could be the way to go, but if you want a darker finish, opt for the warm tones of spotted gum. Jarrah is a rich red colour, while blackbutt ranges from pale cream to light brown.

It’s also worth talking to us about price differences, as this could influence your decision.

If a timber benchtop is the finishing touch you need in your kitchen, contact Custom Benchtops & Joinery today!