KARLBYWorktop, walnut/veneer


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KARLBY Worktop, birch/veneer, 246x3.8 cm
KARLBY Worktop, oak/veneer, 246x3.8 cm
KARLBY Worktop, walnut/veneer, 246x3.8 cm

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This wood worktop combines the best of solid wood and veneer. With efficient use of natural resources, it offers a unique pattern and a durable surface that can be sanded. Available to take home today.

Article Number803.352.02

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Worktop with a thick walnut veneer, a hardwearing natural material that can be sanded and surface treated when required.

Layer construction adds stability and makes the worktop less sensitive to humidity, thus, less likely to bend, split or crack than solid wood.

For quick installation and easy maintenance the worktop is pre-treated with hard wax oil.

The worktop has a narrow stave design that gives it a timeless and versatile look that complements both modern and traditional kitchens.

You can cut the worktop to the length you want and cover the edges with the 2 included edging strips.

Good environmental choice, because the method of using a top layer of wood on particleboard is resource-efficient.

25 year guarantee. Read about the terms in the guarantee brochure.

Walnut is a straight-grained hardwood with good stability and strength properties. It gets lighter as it ages – from the dark brown to a rich honey colour that appears through the grain.

Not suitable for use in wet rooms.

Every worktop is unique, with varying grain pattern and natural colour shifts that are part of the charm of wood.


IKEA of Sweden

Article Number803.352.02
  • Top/ Edge:

    Thick walnut veneer, Oil-acrylic





    To ensure that your worktop ages gracefully, treat it regularly with STOCKARYD wood treatment oil; it gives the surface a beautiful sheen, protects the wood and prolongs the life of the worktop.

  • Supporting legs are required when an overhang exceeds 25 cm. The maximum distance between these legs should not be more than 80 cm.
  • We have clear requirements for all the wood we use, including a ban on illegally harvested wood. By 2020, we want all our wood to come from more sustainable sources, defined as certified or recycled.


Thickness, veneer: 3 mm

Length: 246 cm

Depth: 63.5 cm

Thickness: 3.8 cm

    WorktopArticle no803.352.02

    Width: 65 cm

    Height: 5 cm

    Length: 253 cm

    Weight: 38.88 kg

    Package(s): 1


Very pleased with the resultAlVery pleased with the result5
Karlby BenchtopSilvanoUsed as a computer desk over 2 Alex drawers. Very pleased with look and outcome.5
Not even close to previous quality.LianThe solid version of this worktop was outstanding. I had to finish my kitchen and use the new version of "thick veneer". The quality is just awful. Really disappointing.1
Birch without the weightLaurenInstalled this birch benchtop to match the gateleg table, it seems slightly lighter in colour. Would not recommend trying to cut this to size unless the cut edge is hidden. After installing, added three easy coats of clear ("low VOC") laquer with foam brushes to toughen it up. It looks great!5
Great worktopFionaThis is the second house I've used this worktop to make a custom desk. It looks and feels great and wears really well.5
New Kitchen BenchtopJUNEWhen replacing our kitchen with a new IKEA kitchen we chose the Karlby benchtop, we are very happy with it, would have preferred full timber but for the price it is a great product.4
We had a new kitchenMargaretWe had a new kitchen installed about almost 2 months ago and the countertop is exactly the color we wanted. However, it's easily scratched, and the counter where the sink is, is starting the warp up. I have to constantly keep that area dry in fear it will get worse. Can't decide if i want to get it replaced with another because I'm afraid it will be the same problem with the new one.3
DIY DesktopWynnGreat quality for a DIY desktop5
Good value benchtopTimothyI'm very pleased with the cooktop.4
great qualitySONIAgreat quality5
Kitchen benchJulianSuch a beautiful benchtop. Environmentally friendly too.5
Fantastic Work benchDimitraWe bought the Karlby as a work desk for my Son and placed it on top of 2 x lots of Alex drawers on either end to support the benchtop, then my son added some neon lights and bang not only does he have an alternate office desk but a gaming one as well5
Edge liftingPutaindemerdeInstalled about 2 months ago and side edge is already lifting2
What"s the third dimension Ikea????WhatIsThisNonsenseWhat's the third dimension Ikea????2
Not great when joining two piecesMichelle MGI bought this for counter tops and island. Needed to joint two pieces on the island and I don't feel confident about the join, looks ok, and a professional fitter did it and its already noticeable if it gets wet which for a kitchen counter is not really robust enough.3
twuckExcellent outcome. happy wife happy life5
Lovely surface, ends not soKevmac63Bought this for our kitchen renovation, was a bit apprehensive about cutting it, bought sharp blade for saw and got a clean cut, the end veneer came prelude and stuck on okay, but now is coming off and I will have to redo the end, otherwise looks a million dollars.3
XgbrLove the colour. Sealed well.4
Terrible PurchaseFCarTerrible benchtop that I definitely would not recommend. This benchtop marks, dents and scratches far too easily! I wish I hadn’t purchased this benchtop, it hasn’t even been installed for a month and I already have dents all over the benchtop. would recommend spending the extra money and getting something more durable than this1
Using as desk for studyAli Oi teamed two of these with the Alex chest of drawers, cut to size and have one desk with lots of space for 4 kids5

SustainabilityPeople and planet

Sustainable life at home

Better worktops with fewer trees

At IKEA we have a tradition of trying to utilise materials in the best possible way. For our worktops in thick veneer it means that we combine old craftsmanship with modern manufacturing methods. It makes the worktops easier to install, more stable and more resistant to humidity compared to solid worktops. And since we use the whole tree – even the crooked branches and the small twigs – we can save natural resources too.

KARLBY Worktop, walnut/veneer, 246x3.8 cm

Our take on wood

Wood is the material most commonly associated with IKEA furniture, and for good reasons. It’s renewable, recyclable, durable, ages beautifully and it is an important part of our Scandinavian design heritage. At IKEA we believe that sourced in responsible way, wood is a key change driver for climate mitigation. In 2012, we set a goal that by 2020 our wood would be from more sustainable sources. We are happy to announce that we have reached this goal and today, more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.

“At IKEA we have a tradition of trying to utilise the materials we have in the best possible way,” says Johnny Rietz, who’s been involved in developing the kitchen worktops in thick veneer. The work started in 2008 when IKEA founder, Ingvar Kamprad, visited one of our suppliers and asked a simple question that took some time to answer: ‘How can we make this product using fewer trees?’

Less is more

“After some trials and errors, we came up with the solution. A core of particleboard and a layer of solid wood on the outside – or thick veneer,” says Johnny. “It’s a combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern manufacturing methods. Paper-thin veneer has been used in fine, decorative furniture making for centuries, but for our worktops we’re using a much thicker layer of wood.” The thick veneer makes the surface hardwearing, and it saves raw material – a lot of it. From the same amount of wood needed to make one solid worktop, it’s possible to produce five thick veneer worktops.

No wood is wasted

Another advantage with this production technique is that you can use the whole tree; the stem as surface, and scrap bits – curvy, bent branches and small twigs – for the particleboard on the inside. The end result is a worktop that is every bit as genuine as solid wood, only more stable and more resistant to humidity. “Sometimes a small, harmless question can make a big difference. That’s exactly what happened with our kitchen worktops. It started as a challenge to use resources wiser, and proved to have positive effects not only for the environment, but also the quality. I think it’s great when that happens!” says Johnny.

Forests are critical for life on earth

Forests contribute to maintaining balance in the atmosphere, purify the air that we breathe and are part of the water cycle. They nourish wildlife biodiversity and provide homes for indigenous communities who depend on forests for their livelihoods. 90% of plant and animal species living on the planet need forests to survive. They provide sources of food, fuel, timber and many other ecosystem services that we rely upon. Sourcing approximately 19 million m3 of roundwood per year from some 50 countries, IKEA has a significant impact on the world’s forests and the timber industry and a huge responsibility to positively influence how wood is sourced. Responsible wood sourcing and forest management ensure that the needs of people dependent on forests are met, that businesses can work sustainably, that forest ecosystems are protected and biodiversity is enhanced.

100% wood from more sustainable sources

At IKEA, we work with strict industry standards to promote responsible forestry. We don’t allow any wood in our supply chain from forest areas that are illegal or contain high conservation values or from forest areas with social conflict. Before starting to work with IKEA, suppliers must demonstrate that they meet IKEA critical requirements on wood sourcing. IKEA requires all suppliers to source wood from more sustainable sources (FSC-certified or recycled wood). All suppliers are audited regularly and non-compliant suppliers are required to implement immediate corrective actions. By working together with our suppliers, we are proud to announce that we have reached our more sustainable sources goal, which we set out to achieve by 2020. Today more than 98% of the wood used for IKEA products is either FSC-certified or recycled.

IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030

As pressure on the world’s forests and the surrounding eco-systems increases due to unsustainable agriculture, the expansion of infrastructure and illegal logging, it is time to take an even more holistic approach to protect and support these important resources for generations to come. The IKEA Forest Positive Agenda for 2030 set out to improve forest management, enhance biodiversity, mitigate climate change and support the rights and needs of people who depend on forests across the whole supply chain and drive innovation to use wood in even smarter ways. The agenda focuses on three key areas: • Making responsible forest management the norm across the world. • Halting deforestation and reforesting degraded landscapes. • Driving innovation to use wood in smarter ways by designing all products from the very beginning to be reused, refurbished, remanufactured, and eventually recycled.

We accomplish more by working together

For many years, IKEA has partnered with businesses, governments, social groups and non-governmental organisations to fight forest degradation and deforestation and increase the volume and availability of wood from responsibly managed forests both for our own supply chain and beyond. We are on a journey to improve global forest management and make responsible wood sourcing the industry standard, contributing to building resilient forest landscapes and improve biodiversity.

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What is veneer?

A veneer is a thin wooden sheet fixed on things like particleboards to add a durable surface and a natural wood look – so we enjoy the many benefits of wood without using solid wood. The most common veneer types are birch, ash, oak and beech and we’ve made a special UV lacquer that helps preserve the wood's natural structure. A benefit with a slightly thicker veneer is how you can repair and sand the surface if it’s damaged to give furniture a longer and more beautiful life.


Built and tested to last

We believe that our kitchen worktops should meet your highest demands when it comes to design and performance, without compromise. That’s why we test our worktops, and put them up against the everyday challenges they’ll face in your kitchen: liquids, oil, food, steam, heat, bumps and scratches. When they’ve passed our testing, we know they’ll last, and we guarantee it for 25 years.