Recently, we published content on the pros and cons of different countertop finishes. Now, let’s talk about the edges. The edge profile is an overlooked consideration when designing your countertop. It’s best to consider which styles of countertop edges will work with your selected material.
The Different Types of Countertop Edges
Before offering tips on picking the best edge profile, we want you to understand your choices first. Here are the different types of edge profiles.
As it sounds, this edge profile is flat, with a 90-degree angle on the top and bottom. It’s a squared edge that you commonly see with laminate counters.
This edge profile is close to being square, but the top and bottom have a slight curve. Eased edges don’t appear rounded, but there is a subtle softness to the edges while maintaining straight lines and a flat profile.
It looks like a half circle if you look at a bullnose edge profile from the side. The rounded top and bottom create a perfect curve. It’s softer than an eased edge and is excellent for high-traffic homes with small children.
This edge profile is rounded along the top edge and squares off along the bottom. If you want an attractive countertop, its gentle slope achieves that. Plus, half-bullnose edge profiles don’t take much work to clean.
Beveled countertop edges are perfect if you want to modernize your home. Beveled edge profiles have a 45-degree slice taken off along the border, appearing angled rather than curved. This option also offers minimal maintenance when it comes to cleaning. This choice is one of the most popular on the market.
An ogee border is when two curves, a concave and convex angle, create a subtle “S” shape perfect for classic or traditional homes. Ogee borders also have more depth than other profiles and extend past the cabinet’s face. This option is ideal if you want your style to say “luxurious.”
This edge has a slight concave curve along the top edge. It’s also an excellent choice for classic homes.
How to Choose the Right Style
You might not have been aware that you had so many choices, which might feel overwhelming. The following tips will help you narrow down your options:
Consider Your Style Preference
Ornate countertop edges are better for traditional homes. Elaborate edge styles are ogee and cove. We also offer an ornate edge style called the triple pencil. On the other hand, a simple, eased edge is more modern and popular because of its clean lines, fitting well with any style from traditional, farmhouse, or contemporary.
Set a Budget
Like some countertop materials can be more expensive than others, the same is true for edge styles. The more detailed the profile, the more it will cost.
You want to be as cautious as possible when you own a countertop, regardless of its material, finish, or edge profile. Consider a countertop border with minimal grooves if you don’t want to do a lot of cleaning. Drips and spills can collect in these curves. Straight, eased, beveled, and bullnose are all easy-to-clean choices. You also want to consider how squared edges might chip if you hit them with heavy objects.
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