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satchmo 04-06-2007 11:03 AM

Stone vs. Wood
 
We are planning to upgrade our kitchen, and my wife and I are deciding between having a stone counter top and a wood one.

We are thinking about getting the upgrade from IKEA, and most of their kitchen setups have wooden counter surface.

Obviously, a granite counter top is nicer and more durable, but does it necessarily go with the rest of the kitchen cabinet from IKEA?

Thanks in advance.

Brik 04-06-2007 11:45 AM

Wood is high maintenance and not a good choice for wet areas. If you really like he look of wood consider using it in the dry areas only and granite in the wet areas.

Clutchcargo 04-06-2007 12:30 PM

Once the countertop starts to show some wear (in a year or two or less if you have kids) you'll wish you picked the granite surface.

billinak 04-06-2007 01:39 PM

I installed IKEA cabinets and after looking at wood and solid surface countertops, I chose the solid surface and it looks great. I agree that wood is a great accent in dry areas, but a nice cutting board on top of the solid surface looks real nice too.

handy man88 04-06-2007 02:38 PM

Solid surface is Corian though. The OP's question was between stone and wood. One question to keep in mind is whether or not these "IKEA" cabinets are sturdy enough to bear the weight of stone over time without the potential for warping, as wood is much lighter.

satchmo 04-07-2007 10:32 AM

Thanks for all the replies. These are exactly the answers I was looking for.

We'll do more research now about the IKEA units.

MattCoops 04-07-2007 01:10 PM

you could also do granite tile and save a bunch of money
3/4" oak over counter, 1/4' DensShield, then tile away
This can turn out to a bold, stylish design that can continue up into a backsplash masterpiece

satchmo 04-07-2007 01:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MattCoops (Post 39951)
you could also do granite tile and save a bunch of money
3/4" oak over counter, 1/4' DensShield, then tile away
This can turn out to a bold, stylish design that can continue up into a backsplash masterpiece

That's an interesting idea. I'll consult my wife with it.

By the way, you have a really nice website. :)

zel 04-08-2007 01:34 PM

I would definately recommend the stone over wood also. Resale value among other reasons.

stoneconcepts 04-24-2007 09:08 PM

Stone over wood every time! www.stoneconcepts.net

BILZ 05-04-2007 02:02 PM

Unless you want a quick and cheap solution that you have to replace in a few years, you gotta go with stone. If the ikea stuff is too flimsy to hold up the stone, you could always reinforce it. Or perhaps spend a little extra money to get a more sturdy cabinetry.

Plus you should try to remember that renovating a kitchen is a great way to increase the value of your home. The money you spend now is an investment and can be recuperated when/if you sell your home. I hope that helps.


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