KARLBY Countertop, birch/veneer, 74x1 1/2 "
KARLBY Countertop, birch/veneer, 74x1 1/2 "
KARLBY Countertop, birch/veneer, 74x1 1/2 "
KARLBY Countertop, birch/veneer, 74x1 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 Number903.352.06

Product details

Countertop with a thick birch 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.Birch is a straight-grained and light-colored hardwood with light brown knots. Over time the color goes from cream to light amber.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.Designer

IKEA of Sweden

Article Number903.352.06
  • Top/ Edge:Thick birch veneer, Oil-acrylic
    Back side:Laminate
    Main parts:Particleboard
    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.
  • KARLBYCountertopArticle Number903.352.06
    Width: 26 "Height: 1 ¾ "Length: 76 ¾ "Weight: 66 lb 6 ozPackage(s): 1
  • Assembly instructionsKARLBY Countertop903.352.06

Product size

Thickness, veneer: 
1/8 "
74 "
25 5/8 "
1 1/2 "


Love it!JosieLove it!5
Great countertopjeanneLove this and it looks great5
Wonderful Product - SHORT SUPPLYWilliamThese are beautifully finished countertops and a perfect alternative for a different than quartz look. Had a difficult time with "out of stock". Been waiting for our last one for over a month. Worth the wait, by the way!!5
Very nice color. Love it!FernandoVery nice color. Love it!5
Awesome counterop!RICKwe used it to make a desk and we love every bit of it. very sturdy surface for the desk. would definitely recommend for any surface!5
Perfect for Standing Desk topRojalUsed this as a standing desk top at home. Very good finish and looks awesome. Also very sturdy.5
Great counter top. Used inBeckyGreat counter top. Used in laundry room.5
Worked perfectlyANDREAWe used it for a game PC desk and it worked great for school and play5
Beautiful Desk TopEmilyWe are using this for a work-from-home desk set up. It looks amazing and was easy to work with. We used the delivery service as well, and it was hassle-free!5
absolutely stunning!DAVIDcompletely in love with these countertops! they are simply beautiful. installing these was the first time I ever replaced countertops. the entire process really was not that difficult, to my surprise. cutting and sizing these up was no issue at all. it seems like it, and I sure hope they remain beautiful and gain character for years to come.5
Beautiful, functional countertopLinda B.I had this installed in my kitchen as a baking/cooking center and to double as a breakfast area. It is a beautiful addition to my kitchen.5
StunningRACHELLove the warmth the wood gives to our Island. Guests love the natural feel of the wood and how it adds visual interest to our kitchen5
Rate KARLBY!VeronicaNot a bad product!4
Perfect counter top!Terry K.I created a long counter with the Karlby and it's perfect in its dimensions and look - thick enough that it doesn't sag, even with 3 sewing machines on it. We did put an Alex at each end and one support in the back of the middle that doesn't take away leg room. I love it!5
Used as deskColeWe bought two of these to create two desks along a wall for work at home. My computer has tower and two monitors and this board does an excellent job supporting the weight. Texture is nice, smooth to touch and has been resilient. Definitely recommend for that usage.5
Karlby for desk topSANDRASturdy, very nice piece of wood. Love the dark color. Perfect for use as desk top or counter top.5
Unable to deliver, will still take your moneyJoeGranolaThis countertop is not available and out of stock now, yet they will take your money and cancel delivery of it for over 3 months. I paid full price for this and have nothing but two cancelled deliveries. If I am lucky enough to get a hold of customer service they will just schedule it for delivery next month. I wonder if that one will also be delayed...1
Good for an office computer desko0thuyzerI bought 2 of these in order to make a long L shaped desk for crafting in my office. I did add a protective clear varnish over them in case markers or paint would get on it. I might use it as a simple butcher block for kitchen or dry bar.5
Ready out the boxIan PapWanted to upgrade my gaming/school work setup, so I finally decided to pull the trigger on something nice. Ended up going with the very common Alex drawer combo and decided to add an adjustable support leg for peace of mind. Wish it was solid wood but this seems to do the job. Most likely going to treat the top with some sort of conditioner or something when I get around to it, but besides that there’s no work required. I’d urge you to add a support leg in the middle if you’re able to do so to prevent any sagging because again, it’s not solid wood. (Still very solid)5
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!XNateBought this along with two Alex drawers, and its literally the perfect setup. This Karlby counter looks absolutely amazing with the black Alex drawers. I have been eyeing this setup for years, and so glad I finally pulled the trigger.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, birch/veneer, 74x1 1/2 "

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 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.

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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.


Thick wood veneer = craftsmanship + innovation

With thick veneer we’ve taken the best of solid wood and combined it with advantages of veneer to create beautiful and durable surfaces. The layer construction is less likely than solid wood to bend or crack and the countertop is pre-treated with hard wax oil to create an easy-care surface that does not require oiling before the first use. This innovative technology enables us to create unique and distinctive expressions while efficiently using the whole tree.

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