Countertop Edges Profiles: 10 options for Quartz
July 21, 2019
Countertop edges can have a huge effect on function, impacting everything from cleaning to safety.
Once you have decided on the color of your quartz countertop for your home improvement project, it may seem that choosing the edge is the most important decision left to take to ensure the perfect design for your space.
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And while the color and patterns of your new countertops will have a big impact on the overall appearance of the room, it is another easily overlooked detail – the countertop edge profile – that will affect the efficiency, safety and style of your new kitchen or bathroom to a much greater extent.
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 10 examples of some different countertop edge profiles:
Deeply rounded at the top and bottom of the edge, this profile is sometimes also called a Bullnose or Full Bullnose.
Both the top and bottom edged of this edge profile are rounded. It’s sometimes called a ¼ Round Double.
For a natural, rustic appearance, choose this hand-finished profile often named Chiseled, Broken Edge or Rock Face.
This angled edge is often called a Bevel.
Softly rounded on the top edge. Additionally referred to as ½ Bullnose, Demi Bullnose or a ¼ Round.
The edge is beveled, not rounded, at the top, often referred to as an Eased profile.
This profile, often called Waterfall, is one of our most ornate.
The Mitered edge is an edge assembled from two pieces, to give a countertop with less weight the appearance of a much heavier one.
Our thinnest Ogee profile. Also called a Saskatoon Ogee or Short Ogee.
Our fullest Ogee profile design also called a Cove Ogee over Ogee.
Fact: You have to consider what kind of edge your countertop should have to best suit your home!
You might not have ever considered what kind of edge your countertop should have and you might not know a bullnose from a beveled edge. And that’s okay.
This short guide should help you pick the right countertop for your home.
It’s hip to be square. When you want a simple, elegant line, the square edge countertop is for you.
This one’s especially useful if there are other details in your space you want to draw eyes to. Maybe an elegant faucet, maybe gorgeous lighting.
Your countertop will automatically draw some attention if it has eye-catching patterns, so consider using a square edge with one of our dazzling quartz countertops.
The Rimrock quality can be applied to a square countertop edge or any other edge you choose; it gives the appearance of thickness to your countertop.
The thickness remains the same, but a frame of countertop material comes down vertically from the edges of your countertop, forming a straight angle.
This works perfectly if you want to make your countertop a bit more eye-catching without overwhelming your kitchen’s aesthetic.
The waterfall is the extreme version of the Rimrock. Instead of a bit of verticality, the waterfall edge descends to the floor – countertops down!
This type of countertop is a statement piece since it can make something like a kitchen island stand out dramatically.
So if you want eyes on your countertop, or at the center of your kitchen, this style is for you.
Treeline (Beveled) Edge
Take the top half of a square countertop edge, and slant that part to a 45-degree angle, and you’ve got yourself a Treeline edge.
These are perfect if you want your home to radiate a formal elegance. The subtle contrast between the bottom and top of your countertop edge will draw eyes, though your guests might not even realize why at first!
There’s a more subtle version of this known as the Seacliff Edge, sometimes referred to as Eased.
Volcanic (Bullnose) Edge
Volcanic Edge is in some ways the opposite of the Treeline.
Use it if you want your home to have a comforting, laid-back feel. The main feature of the Volcanic style is it’s rounded edges – great if you have small children running around who might hurt themselves on countertop corners!
The softness of the style lends itself to a relaxing atmosphere.
This variation only has the top edge rounded. It gives off the same less-formal vibe as the Volcanic while adding a depth of visual interest by the variation from the bottom (square) to the top.
There are a wide variety of other, more complicated edge profiles we have available to make your countertop look even more striking, from the ornate Boulder Edge style to the thin and striking Basin Edge.
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