I have created this blog to explain the countertop edge profile options so that you can choose the best edge for your new countertops. The right edge for your kitchen or bath countertop can make a statement and can add the finishing detail you are looking for.
Edge profiles exist at the countertop area that “overhang” your base cabinet boxes and cabinet doors. Since there are many edges to choose from, you have an opportunity to add a design detail that is appealing to you and that adds to the look you are trying to create.
A standard overhang usually extends 1 ¼ -1 ½ inches from the box of the base cabinets. The ends of the cabinets will typically have a ½ inch overhang. If a cabinet meets the wall, there is no overhang; the countertop will be flush with the wall.
If you have an island in your kitchen with seating, the typical overhang will be 12 inches.
If you desire a deeper overhang for your island, just keep in mind that you may need additional support.
What are the most common countertop edges?
Basic Eased Edge
This style edge is the most popular style right now. You may also see this edge style referred to as a “Squared Edge.” It is basically a 90-degree angle. The edges are softened just enough so that the corners are not sharp, and it keeps the squared appearance. It has become very popular for its clean look and contemporary style. It is the thickest standard profile available and really shows off a beautiful slab of marble and other stone countertops in your kitchen or bath. Also, it is effortless to clean.
This profile is similar to the Basic Eased Edge, but has more of a quarter-round edge. It is a softer squared edge that helps with eliminating chipping over time. It still maintains its squared appearance.
The Bullnose edge is round on all sides. This style works well with more traditional kitchen designs. It has a more elegant, timeless look to it, which is why it is so versatile and commonly used. The Bullnose edge is easy to clean and low maintenance. It’s a great, “safe” option in homes with children because there are no sharp edges. Spills on this countertop are easily contained. This style of edge does have a tendency to make the countertops look thinner.
You’ll notice the rounded edge is not completely rounded like the Bullnose, it squares off on the bottom. The rounded curve of the Demi-Bullnose style accentuates the thickness of the countertop and the detail in your stone. There is a softness to this edge that creates a warm look to your kitchen. It is a classic look, and easy to clean because there are no grooves. The one negative about this edge is that any spills will be directed to the floor.
The Mitred countertop edge is also commonly known as the “waterfall effect.” This edge has become more popular as it creates an elegant and clean look. It is cut on a 45-degree angle and when the edges are joined together they are virtually seamless. One can certainly see why this edge is referred to as the “waterfall effect”. It is timeless and sleek, like an infinity swimming pool. You will often see this with stone countertops such as quartz, marble, and granite. This edge is also very easy to clean.
Beveled Edge Countertop
With this edge profile, the top edge is cut on a 45-degree angle, then it drops straight down. This edge also offers a contemporary, clean, and elegant look. It is popular and goes well with most kitchen and bath designs. This edge enhances the thickness of the countertop and shows off the beautiful details in the stone. It is easy to clean and maintain.
An ogee edge has a flowing design of arches; it has a concave arch that flows into a convex arch, which forms an “s” pattern. Ogee edges are frequently seen in traditional kitchen designs and are more detailed and ornate than other edges. This edge is sometimes not recommended for a smaller kitchen or bathroom space because it is considered a more bulky edge. Many customers choose this edge to go with a more luxury style cabinetry choice, with a lot of detail. Yes, you guessed it…this edge will require more cleaning. It might not be the best choice if you have young children at home, as sticky messes will easily become stuck in the groves.
This style edge is full of drama, with its natural, organic, raw shape. It will bring charm and dimension to any room. This edge adds warmth and texture to your space and will be a conversational piece at every dinner party. It is the perfect edge for those who are looking to embrace nature; adding a natural, earthy feeling to your space. It is a beautiful look, but you will have maintenance with this style edge and more clean-up time.
Whether you choose granite, marble, quartz, corian, laminate, or wood, you will have many beautiful choices to choose from. To create the look and feel for your project, it’s important to take the time to determine which edge will work best for you.
Many of these choices are versatile and may blend well with most kitchen and bathroom projects. At the end of the day, it comes down to your style, and the look you’d like to create for your space.
Some of these options may not be available depending on the material you choose, so be sure to discuss your options with your countertop professional. As your countertop professional, they should guide you in making the right decision for your countertop. For more inspirational ideas on countertop edges, visit Pinterest.