Going with a quartz countertop? Now that the hard part of selecting a stone for your renovation is behind you, it’s time to choose a countertop edge. There is a wide range of quartz countertop edges, with each evoking a different style and finish. This is a design choice that is frequently forgotten about, yet can have a big impact on your kitchen or bathroom’s design.
At ProStone, we’ve mastered the art of the perfect quartz edge. From simple, sleek shapes, to luxuriously sculpted edges, we’ve gathered together a list of our top countertop edge options so you can perfect your space’s design.
How are Quartz Countertop Edges Created?
Quartz countertop edges are created at fabrication facilities where they use technology to get just the right shape you’re looking for based on your style and preferences. This typically entails putting the slab through a machine that’s fitted with the proper routers and water jets to expertly shape your stone. Different routers can create a different countertop edge, perfect for creating just the style you’re looking for.
A quartz edge can also be shaped using a hand-held sander. Using sandpaper, the sander will shave away at the stone to shape it to the perfect edge for your space. This can take a bit of time to get just right, but with an expert hand, you can have the countertop edge you’ve been dreaming of.
Ultimately, it’s up to you when it comes to what’s the best edge for quartz countertops. Whether you’re looking for a standard or premium edge, you can find just the right look to complete your renovation.
What Are Quartz Countertops Edge Options?
So we know how to create an edge, but what are the countertop edge options? There are a lot of different types of countertop edges, with each one giving a different vibe and style for your space. Typically, they are categorized by standard and premium edges - with premium edges requiring more attention to shape and create.
To get you acquainted with your options, let’s go over the countertop edge profiles for both standard and premium edges.
Standard edges have a simpler style than premium edges and are very commonly used with quartz countertops. A standard quartz edge is typically curved or straight. These quartz countertop edge options are frequently used in renovations as they create a more standard look that doesn’t draw too much added attention. Here’s a closer look at some standard edges.
Straight edge: A straight edge isn’t exactly what it sounds like. Straight edge countertops are still slightly rounded to help prevent any damage to the countertop. This is perfect for those looking for a subtle edge choice that won’t distract from other elements of your remodel’s design.
Half bevel: A bevel edge is a traditional edge style that entails the top corner of the countertop is cut at a 45-degree angle. This is an elegant countertop option that adds a little extra design, without a high price, making a countertop look less sharp and more classy. This countertop edge also helps prevent spilled water from damaging the countertops below - a key benefit if you’re expecting spills!
Half bullnose: A half bullnose edge is a countertop edge that has a slight curve at the top and a flat bottom. This quartz edge gives a delicate, curved silhouette to a countertop. Similar to a half bevel, this will help spills from damaging cabinets below. Plus, it can actually work to make your countertop look thicker.
Quarter round: Similar to the half bullnose, this countertop choice has a rounded edge on the top of the stone, but it’s slightly smaller with a diameter of a pencil. This quartz edge has a sleek look that can blend in with any space. Perfect for both modern and traditional designs, this countertop choice will make your stone look slightly thicker.
Full bullnose: A full bullnose entails a countertop that is curved at both the top and bottom. This classic edge choice is one of the most popular and highly regarded as a timeless countertop edge choice. It doesn't have any sharp edges - perfect for kids - and gives your space a softer finish.
Premium edges take a countertop up a notch, adding elegance and high design elements. Premium quartz edge profiles will draw more attention to your countertops with a luxurious, customized design. Check out our favorites!
Double quarter round: This quartz countertop edge option features a pencil edge at the top and bottom of the countertop. This will actually make your countertop look thinner, and is great for a traditional design.
Double bevel: A double bevel countertop edge features an angled edge on both the top and bottom of the stone. This choice can be customized in terms of both the size of the angle and the width - perfect for those who want to get their countertop just-right. Since it’s beveled on both sides, this edge will catch the light on both ends to make a great impression in your kitchen.
Ogee: One of the most popular premium countertop edge options, the Ogee features an S-shaped curve. This is an edge that is pretty much exclusive to quartz and granite countertops, making it a more exclusive, coveted choice. Because it adds extra depth to your countertop, this edge choice is best for a larger space. The graceful design is great for a traditional kitchen, as well as Victorian and Colonial designs.
Dupont: This formal edge features a sharp 90-degree angle top that drops down and blends into a bullnose-esque curve. It is a slightly bolder choice than an Ogee edge but is ideal in a traditional style kitchen.
Double Bullnose: A double bullnose quartz edge combines two rounded bullnose edges. This countertop combines two-quarter circles for a beautiful design that looks great in any kitchen.
Double Ogee: Want to make the Ogee even fancier? Go with the Double Ogee. This countertop edge is characterized by two S-shaped curves and is more shallow than the classic Ogee choice. This is great for a traditional kitchen, adding a luxurious element to heighten your space.
Chiseled: Also referred to as “rock face,” a chiseled edge describes an edge that exposes the raw stone edge, creating a natural, almost rustic finish. It is neither smoothed nor rounded, as if it was left in its natural form (even in the case of a manufactured quartz stone!). While this can give your space an antique feel, when paired with a quartz countertop that has bright color or flecks of shimmer, it can draw the eye to an added, unique sparkle.
Triple Pencil: This layered countertop edge entails that three quarter inch radius edges are layered on top of one another for a tiered design. This is a perfect, regal countertop edge option for a classic kitchen.
Waterfall: This modern design entails a countertop that flows like, as the name suggests, a waterfall from the top to the floor. This extends the countertop downwards, with the slab running from the countertop down the side and to the floor for a flowing design. This is the perfect choice for a modern or contemporary space, especially if you’re obsessed with your stone selection!
How To Choose A Kitchen Quartz Countertop
A lot of what goes behind your countertop edge choice is personal style. Looking for a more elegant, high-end finish? You’ll likely opt for a premium edge. But need something more subtle that can match with ever-changing kitchen design? A standard edge is perfect.
There are a few things to consider when looking at different quartz edge profiles. First, if you have a smaller space, you’ll likely want to avoid some of the more intricate designs. This could overpower your space. Additionally, you’ll want to consider the overall style you’re going for. A super modern kitchen won’t look as good with an ultra-traditional edge. You’ll want to be forward-thinking about the overall design direction so you can better narrow down the types of countertop edges you’re considering.
Lastly, think about who will most use the space. If you expect lots of young children running around, you might want to avoid a sharper edge, opting for rounded edges. These can look equally sleek, so you won’t sacrifice style!
No matter what countertop edge you decide to go with, ProStone can perfectly shape your quartz edge for the design you’ve been looking for. To learn more about our services, from countertop edge fabrication to installation, contact us at 662-895-4795.
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