When you start a remodeling project, what you look forward to most is the way the room comes together. The final product should look exactly like what you’ve imagined—right down to the last detail, no matter how small that detail may be. Even a detail as small as the style of your countertop edges matters to the remodel as a whole.
We put together this list of countertop edge types, explaining a bit about each of them so you can get an idea of what will work for your unique remodeled room.
If your kitchen or bathroom is in a part of the house that gets a fair share of natural light, a beveled edge can work wonders for you. This type of edge only adds to the brightness of a room with the way it reflects light off of its surface and fills the space. There are two choices when it comes to a beveled edge—a single bevel (with a forty-five-degree cut down the edge) and a double bevel (with a cut on the top and the bottom).
When you think of a square edge, the first image that pops into your mind is probably something ultra-modern and harsh. While this type of edge does coincide well with modern-style kitchens, it’s not as severe as you might think. It’s rounded by a kerf that’s cut into the edge, which makes it significantly less dramatic.
The top is round on an eased edge while the bottom remains square, which gives this type of edge a similar vibe to the square edge—although the two are not exactly alike. An eased edge has more of a curve to it, which allows it to be more versatile; it looks good in both modern kitchens and in styles that are more traditional.
Bullnose is a style of edge that is known for the amazing way that it pairs with granite countertops. The reason the two go together so well is that a bullnose edge makes granite look even thicker than it is, and it’s known for its soft corners. These soft corners don’t just give granite a more subtle look, but they also encourage spills to drip down the cabinetry instead of falling straight to the floor.
A half-bullnose edge is the midpoint between a bullnose edge and a square edge of a countertop—the top is bullnose and the bottom is square, making the half-bullnose a happy medium between the two. Unlike a bullnose edge that encourages spills to drip down the cabinetry, a half-bullnose edge encourages spills to fall straight to the floor and avoid the cabinetry altogether.
The Dupont edge is also similar to the bullnose edge, as it has a straight surface that dips into a curve. This type of edge is known for its versatility because it looks great with any and all types of materials, in any and all styles of kitchen.
Much like the bullnose edge, the miter edge also has a way of making a countertop look thicker. But even though it makes the countertop look thicker, it doesn’t actually add any cumbersome weight. It accomplishes this look by wrapping the countertop around the sides with a thickened frame.
The French cove edge borrows from the Dupont style edge, but it’s much more relaxed than the Dupont is. This type of edge is typically paired with marble countertops; it gives off an elegance that can’t quite be achieved with anything else. It has a bullnose cut that slopes into a square, increasing its classy vibe.
Like many that came before it, the ogee edge also borrows from the bullnose style. But unlike the bullnose edge, it doesn’t have a sudden drop—instead, it has an S curve with a straight surface that curves toward the floor.
If you really want your countertop to catch the eye, we recommend waterfall-style edges. They create the look of a never-ending countertop because they don’t have a delineated edge—instead, they drop all the way to the floor.
If your kitchen is more on the rustic side, a chiseled edge countertop might be your best choice. Also called the “broken” or “rock-face” edge, it’s not refined and polished like the other types of edges. Instead, it goes the rough and natural route, which gives it a natural look.
The quirk edge looks like a one-step staircase with its L cut, and it pairs well with quartz countertops because of its known sleekness.
Choosing a unique countertop edge is what makes your kitchen unique as a whole. There are plenty of options to choose from, so if you still need help deciding what will work best for your remodel, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (919) 899-2828.