You’ve already chosen your countertop material and color for your kitchen, and just when you thought your job was done, now you have to choose an edge type for the countertop as well. While it might seem like an unnecessary step, these details, and your ability to choose them are really part of what makes your kitchen special and sets it apart from the rest. While there are over a dozen different countertop edge options available, most of them fall into one of two categories, simple or decorative. Depending on the style you are going for and your budget, knowing this will help to narrow down your edge option. On top of that, one of them is bound to pop out to you as “the one”, so take a deep breath and see what we have to offer.
Simple Edge Designs
Flat Polish Edge
Flat Polish is one of the most simple and common edge designs you will see. Exactly as it sounds, it is a flat and ever so slightly rounded transition from top to side.
A bevel or beveled edge is also quite simple compared to some of the other designs, but it is certainly a step up from a flat polish. On this design a single cut is made at a 45 degree angle to transition from the side of the countertop to the top. Because it is generally simple and flat it is mostly used in modern kitchen designs.
Full Bullnose Edge
The full bullnose is a completely round cut giving the entire side of the countertop a 180 degree angle, almost giving the edge a half-pipe like appearance. The only hard angles exist on the corners where the two sides meet. While simple, this design is more common on traditional kitchen designs.
Half Bullnose Edge
Like the full bullnose this edge design is round, but unlike the full version, the half version has a hard 90 degree angle on the edge connecting the bottom and the side, and a round 90 degree corner transition from the side to the top, giving a quarter pipe appearance.
Quarter Round Edge
The quarter round is quite similar to the half bullnose but the radius of the corner is much smaller, about the same width as a pencil.
Decorative Edge Designs
Double Quarter Round Edge
This style is just like the quarter round but the rounded edge is symmetrical on both the top and the bottom of the countertop. We’ve found this style is simple enough that it works well with traditional or contemporary designs.
Double Bevel Edge
Just like the double quarter round, the double bevel edge is just like the standard bevel edge but the gradient is symmetrical on the top and bottom of the countertop. While the angle is always 45 degrees, you can customize how deep you want your bevels to be cut.
The Ogee edge features a concave arch cutting inwards that turns into a convex arch as it meets the bottom of the countertop. This is a very traditional design and has a very classic look to it.
Double Ogee Edge
The double Ogee features two of these inverted concave and convex arches stacked on top of each other to create a step-like appearance and an even fancier and more traditional effect.
The Dupont is similar to the Ogee, but it features a straight cut down of about a quarter of an inch, and then a gradual slope down to the bottom of the countertop.
Triple Pencil Edge
This style also gives a step like appearance, with three round edges stacked on top of each other with each one slightly smaller than the last. This design can face up or down to give a step up or step down effect.
Rock Face Edge
One of the least common but most interesting edge styles is the rock face or chiseled edge design. This exposes the texture of the natural stone all the way around the countertop. We think this pairs well with a more modern kitchen design.