Beautiful countertops can be the focal point of space, grabbing the attention of anyone who walks into the room. Once your countertop material is chosen, there are still several other aspects to consider before you have your countertop installed. Considering important details throughout the remodeling process will help you create a great conversation piece for your room.

What edge profile is going to work the best in your space?

If you’re going to be installing kitchen countertops, choosing an edge profile will be one of the choices you will have to make during the selection process. The shape of a countertop’s edge can impact not only its appearance, but it can also make a difference in the functionality and safety of your kitchen. There are many different types of profiles. We are only going to cover a few of them. Be sure to do your research before selecting so you know all of your options and can select the best kind for your space and lifestyle.


If you have a simpler kitchen, this may be a great option for you. It’s a clean, basic profile that won’t draw too much attention to itself. If you’d like another piece of your kitchen, such as the flooring or a backsplash, to be the focal point, this is a great option. Beware, however, that it can also be a dangerous option, especially if you have small children who run through the kitchen regularly. An option is to ease the edge to make it less pointed. This will also help prevent chipping as well.

Your countertop edges will be thick, just like in the regular square counters. This is a good option if you want simple and easy to clean.


A beveled edge has an angled, modern look that’s easy to clean. Corners are clipped, so they’re flat instead of pointed. Consider this type of edge if you have a contemporary space.


This one has rounded edges, which makes it safer. The curves can make it difficult to wipe up crumbs, however. This type of edge is great for traditional kitchens, giving the space a classic look and feel.


Ogee is another type of edge that looks beautiful in traditional kitchens. It adds a bit more detail, typically with two curves, giving a space a quiet elegance.

Marine Edge:

The outside edge is raised instead of sunken, like on mitered edges. If you spill water on your countertop, don’t worry about it falling to the floor if you have a marine edge to stop it!

Also, look into:

  • Dupont
  • Cove
  • French Cove
  • Quirk
  • Radius
  • Reverse Bevel
  • Waterfall

You’ll find that your options become virtually limitless when you start to combine different types of edges at varying degrees (full, demi, reverse, etc.).

Consider the backsplash

If you want to add a backsplash in your kitchen, make sure it complements and doesn’t compete with your countertop. Choose to make either one or the other the focal point of your space. If you have open ends on your cabinets, consider adding a waterfall edge. This will really “wow” your guests and make your countertops stand out even more. A waterfall edge runs from the top of your counter to the floor, giving you the opportunity to incorporate the maximum amount of countertop material into your kitchen. This works well for countertops with square profile edges.

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