Countertop Overhang Styles And How To Choose Your Best Fit
When redecorating your home, choosing a new countertop that best fits your needs and design can be a daunting process. Between deciding on the material and the pattern, sometimes homeowners find it difficult to choose what type of overhang profile will complete their room’s aesthetic.
In this countertop edge profile guide, we will outline what the countertop overhang does for you, the differences in styles, and discuss how this finishing touch will make your house feel like home.
Overhang Edge Styles
A demi-bullnose or half-bullnose edging style is one of the most popular styles of overhang for countertops. It softens the kitchen for a warmer, curvier look. The curving of the overhang emphasizes the thickness of the countertop and the patterns and veining throughout the surface.
Because of the curved edge, it is easy to clean as there are no grooves in the detailing, but this also means that any spills will be directed right to the floor.
A mitred edge countertop is made when the edge of the slab is cut at a 45-degree angle, usually to create a seamless flow between two pieces of stone or to create a waterfall effect. These edges are very valuable in creating strong yet invisible seams.
The ogee overhang brings a certain elegance to the kitchen design with the “s” shape grove and rounded bottom. Because of the ornateness of this edge, it can feel large, so this style is not typically recommended for small rooms. The groves in this overhang do require more effort to clean.
A bullnose edged countertop is simply a completely rounded version of the demi-bullnose. It balances all design styles and looks great in any room. As opposed to its demi brother, the bullnose style makes the countertop slab look thinner, presenting a more elegant and timeless look.
Because of the completely rounded edge, it is very easy to clean and spills will not be directed to the floor. This means that excess liquids will be directed back toward the cabinets and drawers. This style is great for kids because there are no sharp edges.
One of the most commonly used countertop edge profiles, the basic eased overhang offers the most practical contemporary look. The edges are softened just enough so that the corners are not too sharp yet not round. This makes it safe and prevents breakage.
This edge is the thickest profile available, is very easy to clean, and doesn’t hold liquid like other edges are prone to.
A straight beveled edge overhang offers a contemporary and elegant aesthetic. The top corner is essentially clipped to a 45-degree angle leading to a straight line down allowing the thickness and patterning of the stone to be displayed with pride. These edges make are easy to clean and maintain with their simple lines.
What is the purpose of a countertop overhang?
Your countertops are designed as a multi-functional tool: they are not only a workspace and storage space, but they cover your cabinets, prevent spills and crumbs from getting into your drawers and cabinets, make standing at the cabinet more comfortable, and provide a finished look for your room.
How far should a countertop overhang on the side?
Generally, the standard overhang of a countertop is 1 to 1 ½ inches from the cabinet, while the exposed ends of a countertop will usually have a ½ inch overhang, and the ends that meet a wall don’t have any overhang at all to keep the fit flush to the wall.
For islands designed to have seating, the traditional overhang length is 12 inches; as longer overhangs require supports like legs or brackets for additional support. Discuss any overhangs when selecting your countertop options as different materials and overhang lengths will impact how your cabinets and supports need to be installed. No one wants to be surprised with a support issue on the day of install!