Solid Wood Kitchens: What are the Benefits?
When you’re designing your new kitchen, the choice of materials is key. Here at Sustainable Kitchens, we love to create furniture using only the best, ethically sourced sustainable materials. Our solid wood kitchens will last you a lifetime.
There’s nothing quite like a beautifully crafted solid wood kitchen cabinet. The warmth of the material lifts the room and each unit is naturally unique, with its grain pattern and finish.
As always, the environment is at the forefront of our minds. For our worktops and joinery, we only use timber that is deemed to be ethical and carries certification from either the Forest Stewardship Council or the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.
Our cabinet carcasses are made from birch plywood, and the cabinet and door frames from solid oak timber, all harvested from sustainable sources.
Take a look at our portfolio to get a feel for the high-quality solid timber kitchen unit designs and the solid oak kitchens that we offer. Better yet, come and visit our showroom in Bristol to see our beautiful wood kitchens in situ. There’s no substitute for feeling the smooth grain of our solid wood cabinets to understand the quality we provide.
Why solid wood?
We are passionate about solid wood, from its design to its longevity, solid wood is the perfect material for crafting a robust kitchen that will stand the test of time.
Solid wood is exactly that: solid. This material will last through the wear and tear, which inevitably happens in a modern family home. The sturdiness of a wooden kitchen cabinet and wooden kitchen cupboards will keep all of your kitchenware safe.
This is furniture that’s built to last. Your initial investment in quality, a kitchen with solid wood, will pay dividends in the years to come.
Solid wood lends itself to both contemporary and traditional kitchen designs. A chat with our friendly design team will guide, lead and inspire you through the process of planning your own perfect bespoke solid timber kitchen cabinets, unit or worktop. Whether it’s a timeless Shaker kitchen or a modern flat-panel style, a solid wood kitchen will fit perfectly into your home.
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The natural warmth of solid wood
Wood is a natural, warm material and a kitchen built from solid wood encapsulates those values in your home.
Solid wood kitchens evoke a welcoming, inviting feel which is perfect for eating and entertaining with friends and family. The grain patterns in your solid oak kitchen cabinets and cupboards are almost like artwork. What could make a better centrepiece for your home than a kitchen with solid wood?
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What are the disadvantages of solid wood kitchens?
As passionate as we are about solid wood kitchens at Sustainable Kitchens, we always like to give both sides of the debate. Are there any disadvantages to installing a solid wood kitchen?
Naturally, because you’re using a high-quality and desirable material, you’ll find that solid wood kitchens are more expensive than man-made alternatives.
The likes of chipboard and cheaper materials will get you a kitchen quickly and cheaply, but you may soon find that you’ll need to replace it before too long. That’s not just bad news for your bank account; it’s worse for the environment, too.
Similarly, a solid wood kitchen doesn’t score quite so highly on delivery timescales when compared with a prefabricated flat-pack kitchen.
If you’d like a fully bespoke kitchen built to your specifications then chances are that there will be a longer wait for your furniture to be ready.
However, the payoff is worth the wait for a solid wood kitchen, as a pre-fab kitchen will never match the fit and feel of a handmade option.
Solid wood kitchen maintenance
While wood is a durable and flexible material, it will need some care to keep it in top condition. You might need to invest in some specialised cleaning products to care for your solid wood kitchen cabinets. Some off-the-shelf bottles can cause serious damage to certain types of wood or finishes.
At Sustainable Kitchens we’ll be able to provide a whole host of advice on how to care for wood kitchens so yours remains just as perfect as the day it was installed.
Fully painted wood kitchens are incredibly easy to keep clean. A bowl of warm, soapy water will be all that you need to remove any mess or grime.
Finally, it’s important to think about the features that you’d like to be incorporated into your solid wood kitchen.
Underfloor heating is a popular feature, but it needs to be implemented with care. Be as communicative with our designers as possible. They understand the requirements and will make sure all of these details are taken care of to ensure your solid wood kitchen will last.
Why choose us to build your solid wood kitchen?
Every type of wood has a different and unique grain which is dictated by the species of tree, the speed of growth and more. Almost always, birch is the perfect choice for our cabinet frames, due to its complex grain style and durability. We’ll always talk through the options that are most suitable for your space.
Similarly, birch and oak are a great choice for our doors and panels because of their beautiful patterning and great workability.
By maintaining this high level of quality we can guarantee that you’ll have great fitting, hard-wearing solid wood kitchen cabinets and worktops that you can enjoy for years to come.