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February 15, 2020

How to Use Butcher Block Tables to Add Beauty and Function to Your Kitchen


butcher block tablesButcher block tables are a terrific way to add style and function to your kitchen, simultaneously.  There are several options from which to choose, so in order to make sure that you’re opting for the right one for your kitchen, you need to familiarize yourself with all of these various elements. 

These tables are highly durable because they are made from different kinds of solid wood, cut in a special way to ensure that they can withstand the greatest amount of wear without diminishing their appearance or function.  Beyond that, there is a lot that butcher block tables have to offer.  Have a look at the various features of butcher block tables to help you learn how to use them to add  stylish practicality to your kitchen.

Butcher block tables: food safety

As attractive as butcher block tables are, you need to start your choice by making sure the tables you are considering are safe for food preparation.  The primary item for you to investigate for this purpose is the finish that has been used on the wood.  Make sure that the treatment for the product is a food-safe natural oil as opposed to a petroleum-based sealant.  If the treatment is not food-safe, then it will need to be used for a purpose other than chopping, slicing, and otherwise preparing food.  Keep in mind that you will need to replace this finish on occasion to protect the wood from problems such as water, which can stain the wood and take away its appearance.

Butcher block tables: customization

There are many different styles, patterns, sizes, and colors available in butcher block tables. The style that you choose will need to match your room’s décor.  For example, if you have wood in the rest of the room, you will likely want to match or complement that wood.  You will also want to choose a style that matches your theme.  For example, if you have a contemporary theme in your kitchen, you may consider a darker wood such as walnut or cherry for a color that will suit the rest of the room.  The shape that you choose, and the materials that make up the legs and other elements will also play an important role in suiting your décor.  Modern butcher block tables may include a stainless steel frame and legs.  A country style might mean butcher block tables that are made entirely of wood.

Butcher block tables: features

Butcher block tables don’t just stop at a surface with legs.  Get to know the other features that are available to you, such as under-surface storage, towel bars, knife racks and knife blocks.  This will add convenience and storage to the style and practicality of the piece.

By doing your homework and taking time to familiarize yourself with the available treatments, styles and features, you will be able to make an informed decision about the type of butcher block tables that will suit your kitchen.  Make sure to keep the balance of style and practicality in mind, as butcher block tables are meant to be both attractive and functional.  The piece needs to succeed in both ways in order to be a part of your kitchen that you will appreciate.

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