Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Kitchen & Bath > Wood Countertop

Wood Countertop Cost


How Much Does a Wood Countertop Cost?

 
average costButcher Block: $320-$520 for 8 sq. ft. Islandhigh costWood Plank: $900-$4,500 for Typical Kitchen
post Post    

Wood is a traditional kitchen countertop material. Butcher blocks are composed of planks glued together vertically, with the ends of the boards sanded and oiled to create a durable work surface. Butcher blocks are most popular as small or medium-sized kitchen islands. Because wood absorbs moisture and can warp in damp environments, it is not usually used as a bathroom counter material, and may not be the best choice next to kitchen sinks.

Typical costs:

  • Butcher block countertops cost $40-$65 per square foot; that is, $320-$520 for an 8 square foot butcher block island, including professional installation. For a full typical kitchen with 30 square feet of counter space, butcher block tops will cost $1,200-$1,950
  • Wood plank style countertops cost $30-$150 per square foot, or, $900-$4,500 for a typical kitchen, depending on the type of wood, length and width of the countertops, and style of edge treatment. Specialty kitchen remodeling stores, local lumber mills, and some home improvement stores like Home Depot[1] sell plank countertops.
Related articles: Granite Countertop, Laminate Countertop, Kitchen Countertops, Kitchen Remodeling

What should be included:
  • Custom-fabricated wood countertops typically include cutting to specifications, edge shaping, sanding, staining, and finishing.
  • Installation of custom wood countertops is usually included in the price of the countertops. Installation of a wood countertop should include a professional pre-installation measurement, preparation of the counters (including leveling and shimming, and insulation near stovetop if required), installation of the countertop, cleanup, and final inspection.
Additional costs:
  • Wood countertops must be refinished monthly to keep the wood from drying out and becoming damaged. Mineral oil costs $5-$10, beeswax costs $10-$20, and it takes up to an hour to oil and then wax the counters in an average kitchen. Bobvila.com describes the basic care[2] of a wood countertop.
  • Fancy or thick edge sculpting costs $5-$10 per foot extra.
  • Custom-colored stains cost $10-$15 per square foot.
Discounts:
  • Discount department stores like Target and Walmart sell small butcher block or plank topped kitchen islands and free-standing cupboards. These usually cost $50-$500, depending on size, type of wood, and sturdiness of construction.
  • Wood countertop "blanks" (prefabricated planks in common sizes with basic edge styles) in common woods like maple are sold at home improvement stores for as little as $20 per square foot, installed.
Shopping for a wood countertop:
  • Before beginning to price wood countertops, measure the countertop area. Home Depot provides a worksheet[3] to help calculate the measurements. The installer or contractor will do an official measurement later, but a good estimate can give a rough sense of the costs.
  • Decide whether to top all counters in the kitchen with wood, or whether wood will work best as a work surface on a smaller area, such as an island or on one end of a longer counter.
  • Select the style of wood countertop that will work best, depending on the use it will be put to. Butcher block is durable and thick and resistant to scratches, making it a good choice for work areas that will be used for cutting. Plank style wooden countertops are more vulnerable to cutting and scratching, making them better for areas where cutting boards will be used or work will not be done.
  • Choose the wood to be used for the countertops. Many hardwoods can be made into countertops. Maple and red oak are common and economical, while exotics like mahogany and zebra wood add expensive flair to a kitchen. BobVila.com[4] describes these and a few other woods in detail.
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


Fix-it Favorites: Duct Tape and WD-40
My mother taught me that all home fixit-projects can be accomplished with either duct tape or WD-40. If something shouldn't move and it does, use duct tape. If something should move and it doesn't, use WD-40. || Posted September 30 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Wood Countertop
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Wood: Edge Treatment: 
Square Feet: Contractor: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=SV_HS_Countertop_Buying_Gu...
  2.  www.bobvila.com
  3.  www.homedepot.com/hdus/en_US/DTCCOM/Home_Services/Countertop_Installation/Docs/cou...
  4.  www.bobvila.com
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does a Plumber Cost? How Much Does Pressure Washing Cost? How Much Does a Central Air Conditioner Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Low cost baby shower
Paid: 600.00
I spent about $200 on food/snacks/simple decor- where I served Packaged desserts (due to covid) and deli sandwiches, bbq chicken and Bread/cheese/fruit... [more]
-Mommy to be
Baby Shower Cost
TSLIM Insulin Pump
Paid: 1131.20
I have Federal Blue Cross, the most expensive Self Plan. The insurance company paid $5,584.20 for the TSLIM, and I paid $1,131.20 out of pocket. Medtronic Insulin pump was quoted at the same price... [more]
-Read by EOB
Insulin Pump Cost
Prescription Eye Glasses
Paid: 380.00
Eye exam was less than $60. Frames alone were about $118. Extra-wide progrssive lenses an additional $80. Polycarbonate thin lens with blue light filter, UV protection, anti-glare, 1-year warranty on frames & lenses... [more]
-Lady 70
Eyeglasses Cost
About the free dog food
Paid: 100.00
I'm a 70 year old retired senior citizen I have two dogs Lily is Irish Terrier weighs about 15 lb very good dog Jade is a blue nose pitbull and she's 5 months old and weighs about 55 lb cost me $100 or better a month to feed them I like to ... [more]
-Robert moneyhan
Dog Food Cost
DIY Front End
Paid: 965.00
Front: 2xCV axel, 2xball joints, 2x Sway bar end links,sway bar bushings, 2xrotors, 2x brake pads. $500Rear: brake pads. $35New Tools (yay!):3 ton floor jack, 20v impact wrench, 2x Jack stands, tube lock-tite, can of pb blaster. $430.$965... [more]
-Mr. Gillis
Car Suspension Cost
Fujitsu split single unit
Paid: 3400.00
I was charged 3400 which include electrical work. The contractor was referred to me by a neighbor. I asked about a rebate and was informed the cost included any rebate money and he (the contractor) would take care of it... [more]
-A wary lake resident
Ductless Air Conditioner Cost