Countertop for kitchen island, oak/veneer74x42x1 1/2 " (188x106.7x3.8 cm)


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KARLBY Countertop for kitchen island, oak/veneer, 74x42x1 1/2 "
KARLBY Countertop for kitchen island, oak/veneer, 74x42x1 1/2 "
KARLBY Countertop for kitchen island, oak/veneer, 74x42x1 1/2 "
KARLBY Countertop for kitchen island, oak/veneer, 74x42x1 1/2 "

This wood countertop 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 Number502.976.40

Product details

Countertop with a thick oak veneer, a durable natural material that can be sanded and surface treated when required.

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

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

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

You can cut the countertop 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 Limited Warranty. Read about the terms in the Limited Warranty brochure.

Oak is an exceedingly strong and durable hardwood with a prominent grain. It darkens beautifully with age acquiring a golden-brown undertone.

Not suitable for use in damp rooms.

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

2 edge bands, 110 cm each, included.

Supporting legs are required when an overhang exceeds 10". The maximum distance between these legs should not be more than 32".


IKEA of Sweden

Article Number502.976.40
  • Top/ Edge:

    Thick oak veneer, Oil-acrylic

    Back side:


    Main parts:


    To ensure that your countertop 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 countertop.

  • 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.


Length: 74 " (188 cm)

Depth: 42 " (106.7 cm)

Thickness: 1 1/2 " (3.8 cm)

    Countertop for kitchen islandArticle no502.976.40

    Width: 44 ½ " (113 cm)

    Height: 1 ¾ " (5 cm)

    Length: 77 ¼ " (196 cm)

    Weight: 102 lb 15 oz (46.70 kg)

    Package(s): 1

Ratings and reviews

Counter tops karlbyDEBRAVery pleased with this inexpensive way to easily update counter tops. You will have to look after them but great value5
CountertopTAMMIELovely looking, easy to clean.5
Good quality, value the moneyDILEKGood quality, value the money5
Using this for a deskDeniseLooks great with the Mittback trestle legs and Alex drawers. Fits 2 computers stations (4 monitors total). Don't forget to pick up the wood treatment oil too as the wood feels "dry" without it.5
Looks greatRosemaryLooks great4
Beautiful natural lookISABELLEThis is my second purchase of this countertop- it’s so beautiful & gets better with time. Make sure you prep it properly- that’s what I was told at IKEA & every year after. Low maintenance with a beautiful look all year around. Thanks IKEA!5
Because of Covid availability, IAYNSLEYBecause of Covid availability, I had to buy 2 shorter lengths and have a seam. I would have preferred to use a full length but had already waited 2 months and just wanted to project completed.5
beautifulDANIELLEvery easy to install and take care off. just make certain you oil the counter once a month and it will look like new all the time5
Another Great Product from IkeaDonaldAs always, item is as we thought it would be. Look great in the kitchen.5
DisappointedDisappointed PurchaseI bought this product because the reviews rates it 4 star. However, I am wrong. This product was a real wood countertop, but changed to laminate less than 1 year ago. This product received 5 star reviews when it was real wood. The laminate version, as ikea is selling now, is likely a 2 star product. I am very disappointed with this product. The 4 star review misled me. If give me one more chance, definitely goes with a real wood one or granite. With this expensive price, there is no market for this product.1
Not for kitchen useLillyBCWe installed these two weeks ago. There are now large water ring stains from rinsed pots and pans near the sink. Not like a laminate kitchen counter top should be1
Great counterMQc8Great looking counter, planning on having my kitchen island made5
Great countertopIzziewizzieSo happy with this!!! We bought it for our Island and it fit perfectly and matches the countertop in our kitchen perfectly.5
Arrived damageduser1485Bought it last week and it arrived damaged in a corner. so disappointed !!1
Made a bar top and shelf with it!No name thanksWas a bit too long so I had to cut it. Easy to work with but I suggest taping the edge when cutting for a sharper edge. I used the off cut and made a shelf for above the bar.5
avoid at all costsnigelgommit's a veneer and has no business being in a kitchen. The interior sawdust will swell on contact with water as will the glue-on edging strips that have to be stuck on where you cut. Mine lasted 25 minutes after being installed.1
Good from far, far from good.Matt_CalgaryWe installed these counter tops in our home in July 2019 as part of a full kitchen renovation. Ikea cabinets, counter tops and sink. So at this point we're at about 9 months of steady use. Family of 4, which includes 2 kids under 3. Overall, we were very pleased with the ease of installation and initial visual appeal. Unfortunately, 9 months of use has been enough to provide an initial assessment of quality. Which, sadly, is quite poor. The wood is simply not hard enough for use as a counter top. We now have upwards of 25+ gouges, dents and scratches in various locations, and many of them are deep enough that a light sand/ re-finish of the counter top would not do away with them. We're extremely careful about using cutting boards for anything and everything, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. It's a shame, since the cabinets are holding up VERY well (and cabinet hardware - hinges, etc. are excellent). If we could do it again, we would most definitely go with a harder wood counter top, and verify the durability with some more in-store abuse, mimicking daily household use.2
Poor qualityAv423Is not a solid core if you cut it you have to apply a fake sticker that looks like wood. Also cane with a large bow in the middle making island unlevel. Contact customer support and they said I would have to remove the counter top and deliver to them for a refund. Very disappointed1
this new veneered stock is not good. Avoid !nigelgommI had Karlby countertops from several years ago and loved them; so when i had to re-model the kitchen i bought it again. But this new version is not good.; it's a veneer rather than the solid wood of before which means when you cut you have an exposed particle filling. The idea is that you then apply an edging strip..... but it doesn't look great to begin with and first time it got wet it expanded and bubbled away from the edge. The veneer itself has more blemishes than I would have hoped for (and many more than the solid version) - i know it's a natural product and there will be irregularities, part of the charm, but, trust me, these are blemishes..1

SustainabilityPeople and planet

Sustainable life at home

Better countertops with fewer trees

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

KARLBY Countertop for kitchen island, oak/veneer, 74x42x1 1/2 "

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 a 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 utilize 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 countertops should meet your highest demands when it comes to design and performance, without compromise. That’s why we test our countertops, 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 with our 25 year limited warranty.