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KARLBY Countertop for kitchen island, walnut/veneer,

Price $ 399.00

25 year limited warranty

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

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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 Number302.976.41

Product details

Countertop with a thick walnut 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.


IKEA of Sweden

  • 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 color that appears through the grain.

    Not suitable for use in damp rooms.

    Please note that the actual colours of our products may vary slightly from the colours shown online.

    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.

  • Material
    Top/ Edge:
    Thick walnut 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.

  • Supporting legs are required when an overhang exceeds 10". The maximum distance between these legs should not be more than 32".
  • We want to have a positive impact on the planet. That is why by 2030, we want all materials in our products to be recycled or renewable, and sourced in responsible ways.

    By using particle board with a slice of wood as top layer instead of solid wood only in this product, we use less wood per product. That way, we take better care of resources.


Length: 74 " (188 cm)

Depth: 42 " (106.7 cm)

Thickness: 1 1/2 " (3.8 cm)

  • KARLBYArticle Number302.976.41

    Width: 44 ½ " (113 cm)

    Height: 1 ¾ " (5 cm)

    Length: 77 ¼ " (196 cm)

    Weight: 103 lb 7 oz (46.91 kg)

    Package(s): 1

Excellent for the purpose purchasedPAULExcellent for the purpose purchased5
Laundry room countertopJenI purchased this island countertop to use over my washer and dryer in my laundry room. It worked absolutely perfectly and looks great. Used back slice for laundry room shelf. There was still a big enough slice left over to use as a small shelf in my en suite bathroom. Love it!5
Exactly what we wantedCARAIkea products never stop impressing me. We were very happy with this purchase.5
Beautiful wood grain with thisMaryBeautiful wood grain with this stain. Used it for a work desk.5
Water stains even with the treatment productLaurence L.I bought this countertop less than a year ago and protected it with the treatment product IKEA sells. We have black water stains all around the sink. We were removing excess water after each usage and adding the treatment product on a regular basis, but it still happened. There's nothing we can do since it's not real wood. We can't sand it and protect it again. Quite expensive for the quality.1
It's an amazing desk spaceJasIt's an amazing desk space for my computers 🖥 accessories.5
New Cottage KitchenMADELEINEThis summer we installed a new kitchen at the cottage. The Karlby countertop added a warm feeling to our white kitchen. My husband said it was very easy to install. In fact he installed the same countertop in our home laundry room. Recommend highly.5
ExcellentJessicaI used this as a makeshift desk with my partner for our bedroom and to finish it I bought the adjustable legs to screw on and it's perfect for us. Totally customized to what we need so I couldn't be happier with the purchase.5
Have had this for 2NormaHave had this for 2 years and it has stood up well.5
Butcher Block countertopcharleneButcher Block countertop5
Used as table top.JOHNGreat matt finish, resists water marks, etc.5
Looks very nice, exactly asOlgaLooks very nice, exactly as on the pictures. Creates appearance of real wood.5
Affordable counterJASMINEGreat counter. Would be better if we could find more sizes.4
Ikea needs to work on veneer end coversmichelleThese look amazing when installed however the small veneer strips for the cut is new need attention. They snap very easily since they’re thin pieces laminated together and sliced. You’ll also need to purchase your own adhesive, the backing adhesive that comes with it just isn’t strong enough. I can’t seem to be able To purchase extra veneer strips From IKEA which is annoying as it limits how many pieces a single one can be cut into.4
bad qualityjinbad quality1
Very happy with the theMARIAVery happy with the the product5
OkDawnLooks good5
Not up to what we have come to expect from IKEAChristineDefinitely a lower end dresser. Not near as sturdy as the Malm3
Great desk topRichI'm using this as a desk top on a standing desk frame, rather than a countertop, as is popular these days, and it's great. I was a little worried that 25" deep wasn't going to be enough but it's plenty, and doubly so now that I have a monitor arm. The finish is durable without being shiny, and it's easy to attach the legs and accessories to the (MDF?) bottom surface.5
This product looks amazing andShelleyThis product looks amazing and was relatively easy to install. We had no problems cutting to fit.5

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, walnut/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.


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.