The Types of Countertop Edges for Your Kitchen Remodel

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People these days are spending, on average, around $15,000 on kitchen renovations in recent years. This is a large investment, and it is important to ensure you make the right decisions when it comes to what you install. If you are looking to update your kitchen area, do you know what you want everything to look like?

This article will focus on one area: countertops. So, read on and learn more about the different types of countertop edges so you can make a better decision for your kitchen’s aesthetic.

Straight Edge

For many people for whom buying new countertops is a little expensive, they might want to look into a simple option such as this. This is the most simple option available on the market and encompasses a flat edge with a small curve at the top and bottom to remove any sharpness. There is no embellishment here, so you must rely on the color and material to make it unique for your needs.

Bevel Edge

For those who think a straight-edge countertop installation is still too sharp, you can look into the beveled edge. This removes even more material from the topmost edge, smoothing down the area where this diagonal cutout meets the top and side. For many people, this is a nice mid-point between a straight edge and a fully-round half-bullnose edge.

Bullnose Edge

Another popular option for a kitchen remodel project is the bullnose countertop edge. Instead of leaving one edge as a sharper point, this option rounds out both the top and bottom of the edge.

This does not create a full semicircle pattern, as there is still often a small amount of straightness on the very side, but is very close. Though, if someone only gets this rounded feature on the top of the counter, it instead has the name “half-bullnose”. When looking into a kitchen renovation, many people choose a half-bullnose if they wish to have the side of the counter flush with a cupboard.

This is a very popular choice for people who have small children whom they can imagine running into the bottom of their countertops.

Eased Edge

This is partway between a straight edge and a full bullnose. It has the same rounded nature as the bullnose edge but is less severe in how much it cuts away. 

These have both the safety of the bullnose but for a lower price. Their edges also allow the countertop to retain a stark image, should that be what you are looking for. It retains a sense of clean lines and feelings of strength you do not get with the bullnose.

Ogee Edge

The ogee edge is the name for several different variations of a theme. These have the look of traditional or even classical architecture. They offer concave and convex arches along the edge of the countertop, creating a sweeping mood.

These edges become more popular the more people have to spend on kitchen refits. They are both graceful and offer a unique look for the area, one that is different depending on whom you buy it from. The only issue people tend to have with them is that it takes an extra wipe to remove any spillage from the surface.

Waterfall Edge

These are the best countertops for people who want to hide their kitchen counters from specific angles. Waterfall edges do not end when they get to the side of the counter; instead, the material “spills” down to the floor.

These are a good choice if you have one side of your countertop open to a social area. It gives a consistent color and texture from the top of the countertop itself to the floor. For this reason, many people looking into ways to make their kitchen more elegant choose this option.

Mitered Edge

Having a mitered edge is a method by which you hide seams in a countertop by using multiple pieces of stone. It involves cutting stone at a 45-degree angle and attaching it to another similar piece perpendicular to it on a corner.

This allows the countertop to look much thicker than it actually is while not using as much material. It is great for saving money while appearing quite opulent to any casual glance.

Dupont Edge

The Cupont edge uses a quarter-circle that sweeps backward from the bottom of the countertop to meet a short vertical section at the top. This offers a refined appearance but also looks like a more modern design. It is among the more stylish countertop options but has similar issues with cleaning as the ogee edge.

As this option does not have a rounded bottom edge, it is not popular among those with children, and it is more prone to chipping. Still, it works well when sitting flush against the kitchen counter instead of hanging over the side.

Chiseled Edge

For a more natural look, this uses a roughly-hewn appearance on the side of any countertop. This demands the counter not have a veneer but comprise real stone, and as such, might be too expensive for some people. Still, it remains one of the most fashionable options for people who want to portray “natural” aesthetics or a rustic mood in their kitchen.

One of the downsides of this style is that it does not look good when flush against any surface but is perfect for when hanging over the side. It is also much harder to clean, so ensure you are prepared for more time taken in the kitchen when it comes to ensuring the surface is safe to use.

More Types of Countertop Edges

With all the above options for the different types of countertop edges in mind, it might be hard to come to a final decision. If you are struggling and need someone to discuss it with, we can help you out.

If you are in the Las Vegas area, we have experts ready to offer you a free consultation and go over all the details of what you need. So, pick up the phone and give us a call today to start your journey toward the kitchen of your dreams.

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