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The Thick and Thin of Laminate Countertops


Even nearly 100-year-old companies like to push the boundaries of tradition.  Although standard laminate countertops are about 1 ½ inches thick, experimenting with thicker or thinner countertop heights can add a modern and dramatic flair to the kitchen.

To create such a look in your home, you’ll need to consider:

Location:  For maximum comfort, you’ll want your kitchen prep countertops to be 36 inches from the ground (standard cabinets measuring 34 ½ inches tall and standard countertops measuring 1 ½ inches thick).  Adding an additional two to three inches of countertop may not be practical for such areas … unless you want to use a step stool or are willing to invest in shorter custom cabinets.  In contrast, a thin countertop on standard cabinets may be too low.

How do you get around this?  Try using thick and thin laminate countertops on kitchen areas that are naturally higher, such as bars and islands.

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The Counter Edge:  Thick and thin laminate countertops look great with simple square edges, as seen below.  Other edge treatments may not work on countertop thicknesses greater or less than 1 ½ inches.

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Other than considering the countertop location and edge treatment, installing thick or thin laminate countertops is no different than installing those that measure 1 ½ inches.   With the right tools, you can even do it yourself.


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