The Advantages and Disadvantages of Butcher Block Kitchen Island

Sunday, October 6th 2013. | Kitchen

Butcher block counter tops are made up of accumulated wood. This is typically made up of maple and other types of wood. They are named butcher because it’s the butcher shops that are often seen with countertops of this kind. Along the way, homeowners have decided to build butcher block counters too since they can also be an added attraction in the kitchen and they are also functional as well.

butcher block kitchen countertops

butcher block kitchen countertops

The looks

Butcher block counter tops can truly add appeal to any kind of kitchen. The surface and the color of the counter can blend to any kind of kitchen theme & appliances too. It’s just that butcher block counter may burn and scar over time, it require a lot of maintenance and care if you want it to last. It may be sanded and you can also use mineral oil in it once in a while just to keep the quality and the aesthetic appeal.

butcher block kitchen island wood counter tops

butcher block counter tops

The price

Butcher block counter tops made up of maple are considered as inexpensive as the usual counter tops from stainless steel, granite and marbles. They are more than 75% cheaper. On the other hand, if you are very much interested in having a counter top with hardwood surface, the cost may be very high particularly when you compared it with stainless steel & granite too.

maple butcher block countertops

maple butcher block countertops

custom made kitchen islands

custom made kitchen islands

The preservation

To keep the beauty and appeal of the butcher counter top, you can do some techniques on a regular basis to keep the counter top look great. You can do sanding using mineral oil. But for those who do not mind maintaining their butcher block counter top, preserving it may not be so hard to do. There are people who will find the maintenance process as an added work so they don’t prefer this kind of counter top.

butcher block island countertops

butcher block island countertops

The safety

Wood is gifted with the natural antibacterial components which are a plus factor for a lot of wood fanatics who are very much concerned about germs and bacteria. The butcher block counter top may be safe to use for homeowners because of the antibacterial component it contain. If you will just take care of the counter top and you will clean it accordingly, you can enjoy using it without worrying about the germs, bacteria and other agents that may be harmful to the health of the household.

custom wood butcher block island cabinet

custom wood butcher block island cabinet

If you prefer butcher counter top, it may be stained overtime and taking care of it is required to keep it beautiful and appealing through time. If you are not ready to do the additional works often to keep the butcher counter stylish overtime, then this is not the option for you.

kitchen islands butcher block

kitchen islands butcher block

You can choose some other kind of counter top material like granite, marble, stainless steel and others which may provide you with lesser work in the kitchen and they are also zero maintenance compared to butcher block. Choosing the right type of counter top not just depend on budget but it also depend on your time and availability.

Here are some butcher block kitchen island image (click for larger version) :