Kitchen Design: A Look at Countertop Edge Profiles


A relatively square edge profile from Michelle Cooks with Art

The edge profile of the countertop is a small detail among many in the kitchen. And that little shape might at first seem a purely aesthetic concern. But it's not, trust me:

The shape of your countertop's edge can have a huge effect on function, impacting everything from cleaning to safety. It's the surface you'll come into contact with most as you move through and use your kitchen, so its shape matters. Here are a couple of examples of some drastically different countertop edge profiles.

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This granite countertop has a bullnosed edge profile.

It's a common complaint that a bull-nosed edge profile like the one above can make it difficult to wipe crumbs from the countertop. Have you had this experience? I know I have.

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This concrete countertop still looks square with its slightly eased edges.

A completely square edge can be downright dangerous. A truly square countertop edge would be razor sharp! Even if you want a perfectly square-looking profile, most installers will provide a small "kerf" to ease the edge a bit. This serves a dual purpose: to make it less sharp and to prevent chipping and breakage. A sharp corner is much more prone to breaks than a slightly eased corner like the one above.

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Some common countertop edge profiles.

What is the edge profile of your kitchen countertop at home? What do you like/dislike about it?

Related: Concrete With Soul: Richard Holschuh's Countertops

(Images: Jill Slater / The Kitchn, StoneNet, Inc., Trueform, The Stone Shop)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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