Most countertops come with different options and features that are available to chose from to complete the countertop in the style and finish that you prefer. There are a few different features to choose from regarding the countertop, but the main three are: Backsplash, Thickness, and Edge Profile. We’ll look into each of these options a little more in depth below.
When talking about backsplashes, keep in mind that there are two different types of backsplashes, regular backsplashes, and countertop backsplashes, we’ll discuss countertop backsplashes in this section. A countertop backsplash refers to the section of matching countertop material that runs up the back of the countertop, along the wall, usually 3″ in height. This little piece is useful as it prevents damage on the wall, will cover up any inconsistencies that are showing if the wall was left unfinished, and also acts as a nice decorative piece. Most backsplashes can be built to various heights, and can be finished off with an edging profile to match that of the profile on the exposed edges of the countertop itself.
The thickness of a countertop is one of the most basic features, and provides a few different benefits. The first is looks, when you look at your countertop, if you wish to have a thicker or thinner top, you’ll notice that when you look at the countertops, and depending on the look you wish to go for, you can adjust the thickness to get the perfect style. As well, thicker countertops tend to be a bit heavier and more durable, so if you’re rough on your countertop or like to do a lot of baking, a thicker countertop then standard may be the best way to go.
Perhaps the largest feature, with the most options for customization, is that of the edging profile. The edging profile refers to the way that the edge of your countertop that is exposed will be finished, in a particular style. There are many different types of edging profiles, and you can choose them based on personal preference, something to match your door style, other trim and molding work in the room, or based solely on appearance. Most manufacturers use a standard selection of edging profiles, shown here, but different ones can be requested, usually at an increased cost however.
These are just some of the options to keep in mind when considering your countertop on any cabinetry work or furniture. The countertop is one of the most widely used, and visible parts of the kitchen, so make sure that you choose the proper material, and compliment it correctly with the above options to make sure that your entire project wraps together smoothly and elegantly. If you have any questions about these options, contact your countertop supplier about them, or as us here at Handcrafted Wood Furniture & Kitchens for further information.