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August 14, 2019

How to Recognize Different Types of Wood Countertop Edging 


wood countertop edgingAs you choose the color, variety, and style of your counters, one of the most important design decisions that you can make is the wood countertop edging.  This may sound rather minor, but the wood countertop edging goes a long way to dictate the type of overall look the surface will have in the kitchen.  An extra rounding or crisp line can make the difference between a contemporary style or a country look, or it could mean something else altogether.  Before you can make your choice, though, you must know what your wood countertop edging options actually are.  The following are the most popular types of edge for wooden counters and how to recognize them when you see them.

Square edge wood countertop edging

The square edge form of wood countertop edging is a simple 90 degree treatment.  This usually works best on a surface that is at least 1 ½ inches thick.  It is often the preference for modern and contemporary kitchens, as it gives a basic, crisp, clean look to the counter.  That said, this edge can suit virtually any style.  If you are working on a tight budget, this may be your wood countertop edging of preference as it is one of the least expensive treatments.

Waterfall wood countertop edging

Waterfall wood countertop edging, also known as a flat-rolled edge, requires a thickness of at least 1 ½ inches to accomplish.  It gives the surface a ½ inch radius shape from the top edge that provides a noticeable rounded look to the top corner of the edge.  This type of wood countertop edging softens the look of the surface, decreases the chance of dents along its top, and gives the counter a look that is more “finished”.

Beveled edge wood countertop edging

The beveled edge wood countertop edging style combines the waterfall with the square edge to create something more angular than the former but softer than the latter. It is cut to provide another angle edge that have a radius generally between 5/16 and 3/8 in, and is at approximately 45 degrees.

Bullnose wood countertop edging

The bullnose wood countertop edging often the standard edge used for surfaces between 1 and 1 ½ inches thick, and have a radius of ¾ inches applied so that the final appearance will have a similar look to the waterfall edge when seen from above, but when viewed in cross section or head-on, it has a lower radius.

Euro edge wood countertop edging

The euro edge wood countertop edging is comparable to bullnose, but with a flattened front, so that the edges are softly rounded, but the face is not.  The radius at the top and the bottom of the surface is generally 3/8 to ½ inches.

Ogree edge wood countertop edging

The ogre edge wood countertop edging is quite different from other treatments in that it combines an upper edge radius with a concave (or reverse) radius in the middle of the face of the edge, with a lower edge radius matching the upper one.  This gives the front of the edge an “S” shape for a unique final look.  This edge is usually more expensive than other types, so it will require a little bit of extra room in your remodeling budget.

With this information, you should have a better idea of the wood countertop edging options that will be offered by the counter designer, so that you won’t feel as confused and will be ready to make your final decision.

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