It’s a big decision choosing a counter-top, especially when there are so many different choices to choose from in regards to the material. After finally deciding the material the next big step is to choose the edge style. Easy right? Picking an edge style can end up being just as overwhelming as choosing the material for your counter-top, but the main thing to remember is to pick one that you like and that will work well with the overall style of your space, whether a kitchen, bathroom, or bar.
One thing to remember with the edge styles is that it can change depending on the thickness of the material. Typically thickness for a counter-top is either 2cm or 3cm. The main difference between the two is with 2cm you have the option to stack the material so that you can create different edge detail, thus giving you more options to choose from. Since 3cm is slightly thicker you don’t have the option to stack the material. Lets review some of these edge styles:
Mitered Edge: Do you ever see a thick counter-top and wonder how they were able to get that thick of a material? Most likely what your seeing a mitered edge counter-top. Typically done with 2cm thick material, you will see the mitered frame around the sides giving the illusion of a thicker slab. The great thing with doing a mitered edge is you can pretty much make it look any thickness you want – from 2″ thick to 8″ and beyond. A great focal point for areas like an island, and a bit more versatile. You can see this edge in both modern and traditional kitchens.
Beveled Edge: This style can be done stacked or left at it’s standard thickness. More typical for contemporary, this edge has an angle, typically a 45 degree one giving off a sleek look. With its clipped flat corner it’s an easy edge for cleaning .
Ogee Square Step: There are many Ogee edge styles, but we like how the square step looks. The Ogee in general has a more intricate detail compared to other edge styles, and you normally will see 2 curves or in some cases 3 if looking at this particular style. This is more commonly seen in traditional designs as it gives off an elegant look. There is a bit more cleaning that has to be done due to the extra curves, but for this look we think it’s worth it.
Now that you’ve seen some options, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
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