KARLBY Worktop, birch/veneer, 186x3.8 cm
KARLBY Worktop, birch/veneer, 186x3.8 cm
KARLBY Worktop, birch/veneer, 186x3.8 cm
KARLBY Worktop, birch/veneer, 186x3.8 cm
KARLBY Worktop, birch/veneer, 186x3.8 cm

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 Number103.351.87

Product details

Worktop with a thick birch 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.Birch is a straight-grained and light-coloured hardwood with light brown knots. Over time the colour goes from cream to light amber.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.Supporting legs are required when an overhang exceeds 25 cm. The maximum distance between these legs should not be more than 80 cm.Designer

IKEA of Sweden

Article Number103.351.87
  • Top/ Edge:Thick birch 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.
  • 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.
  • KARLBYWorktopArticle no.103.351.87
    Width: 65 cmHeight: 5 cmLength: 194 cmWeight: 29.56 kgPackage(s): 1
  • Assembly instructionsKARLBY Worktop103.351.87

Product size

Thickness, veneer: 
3 mm
186 cm
63.5 cm
3.8 cm


KarlbyVerified BuyerNice worktop3
Sturdy and looks fantasticVerified BuyerSturdy and looks fantastic5
Fantastic worktop!Jane1969We bought 4 Karlby oak veneer worktops in an IKEA clearance sale 4 years ago .... reduced from over £100 to just £25 each! They were too much of a bargain to pass by, even though my new kitchen was a distant dream. We unwrapped them and stored them in our insulated shed, laid flat on top of another worktop to avoid any possibility of them bending. We finally managed to buy our Bodbyn kitchen from IKEA 2 years ago, and installed the worktops we'd had in storage. They were in perfect condition then, and still are now. We're now extending our kitchen slightly, and I need more worktop to create a breakfast bar, as well as a couple of Bodbyn doors. Ikea Leeds, I'll see you soon!5
Not water resistantDom SmithWater has begun seeping into the veneer through imperfections. This worktop is now rotting less than 6 months after installation. All 3 lengths have the same issue and all rotting areas are far away from the where it was cut to install. Keep well away from water, I now need to buy all new worktops which are water resistant.1
Product received not as we assumed we had purchaseNotcontentKarlby worktop was ordered in the Exeter store, and as we required a non standard one piece length we knew we would have to wait a few weeks for delivery. Choice was made based on the samples on view, in our case Birch veneer on a Blockboard sub structure. We received Birch veneer on a particleboard sub structure, more often referred to as chipboard, far inferior to blockboard. When checking online images it again shows blockboard construction, however if you go further Into (a read more) menu only then do you find the term Particleboard.1
Does what it says on the tinwalnut87Brilliant worktop that looks just like solid wood with an added touch of 'upcycled-ness' because of the core. The upside here is it's pre-oiled and requires less maintenance than a solid equivalent. Absolutely what it says it is: a thick veneer over a chipboard core. The fitters had no issues finishing the ends, as self adhesive cover veneer edges are included: bit of planing, clamping and sanding, and it looks just as if it was a pre-formed edge. Do read what the product is, and actually hold a sample in store, and ask if you are not sure. I love it, thanks IKEA!5
PerfectEmmedWe needed a wooden worktop and this was the best we had seen. Excellent quality and very good value5
Not as advertisedDuped againBought as oak worktop didnt realise it was chipboard. Over priced for what you get1
Rubbish materialDuped againDidnt realise until package opened that it wasnt real timber.1
Nearly perfect worktopRogdhLooks good. The surface is good and very flat. It was easy to install, though the individual pieces are very heavy for one person. My only criticism is that the edging supplied is a bit cheap and nasty. Luckily I didn’t need to use very much.4
Looks great.nel 2Bought to go with white kitchen units. Gives a great look to the kitchen only wish id bought the solid oak as the cut ends are hard to finish.4
GreatEwaEvaI really like it. Nice quality.5
Good productBought to go with black kitchen units. Looks great and is strong and durable.5
2400x620x18RMS solutions ltdvery expensive for veneeredMDF1
Good qualituBunn 59This the second time we’ve used this worktop in our kitchen , it’s looks great and is easy to maintain .5

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, birch/veneer, 186x3.8 cm

Better worktops by using wood smartly

Wood is a precious natural resource. Even though it’s a renewable material it needs to be handled responsibly. One way to do it, is to use the wood more efficiently. That’s what we do with our kitchen worktops in thick wood veneer.

“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.

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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.


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.

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