When you’re designing a new kitchen, one of the things you might forget about is the style of countertop edges you want. Though it seems like a minor detail, the edging on countertops can make your kitchen design feel dated, modern, or somewhere in between (also known as “transitional“).
So, do you know what the most popular kitchen counter edges are? Do you know your countertop edges pros and cons? Our Kitchen Infinity team will take a look at 5 popular counter top edge designs and show you their advantages and drawbacks in terms of style, design, safety, and whether they’re easy to clean.
Let’s get to it!
Countertop Edges Pros and Cons
1. Bullnose Edge
One of the simplest designs you’ll see for countertop edges, a bullnose edge curves all the way around. It’s a great modern design which keeps things safe if you have children, though a bullnose edge isn’t very easy to clean. If you try to wipe crumbs off a bullnose edge, they’ll usually slide underneath the kitchen countertop.
Nonetheless, bullnose edges remain very popular for countertops all over the world, owing to their practicality and family safety. This countertop edge has its pros and cons, but it’s not going away any time soon.
- Bullnose edges are very safe edge if you have small children
- Modern and contemporary edge style
- Easy to prevent damage to your kitchen countertops
- Liquids easily spill over bullnose edges and into your cabinets
- It’s hard to clean crumbs off your countertop because they go underneath the curved surface of bullnose edges
2. Ogee Edge
An S-shaped design associated with opulence and luxury, you may have seen an ogee edge if you’ve ever stayed in a fancy hotel or visited a high-class casino. Ogee edges are generally safe around small children, though it’s a pain to clean and can look a little “too much” if you use it all over your kitchen.
There are many different types of ogee edge, and this style can look particularly opulent if it’s chiseled into a marble countertop or something similar. Done right, these edges can really elevate the look of a room. Done wrong, they can look tacky and over the top. Approach these edges with caution!
- Unique S-shaped edge design
- Timeless and opulent edge – has a luxurious feel to it
- Generally safe for children (no sharp corners etc.)
- Too much ogee edge can look a bit over the top
- Best limited to kitchen islands etc.
- S-shape edge is a bit awkward to clean
3. Half Bullnose (Or Demi Bullnose) Edge
A half bullnose (or demi bullnose) edge is essentially a gentle rounded edge which slopes down to become a vertical line straight to the floor. This means that the countertop is easy to clean and wipe down, and things like water spills are easier to contain. The main downside is that they’re not quite as child-safe as a more rounded edge.
While a demi bullnose edge isn’t exactly the most luxurious design in the world, simplicity is key here. If you want to clean your countertop and keep things simple, then this is a really good edge to go for. However, if you like class and luxury, this edge will drag the aesthetic down a little.
- Countertop is pretty easy to clean and wipe down
- Relatively cheap and modern kitchen countertop design
- Easier to contain water spills etc
- Not as child-safe as a regular bullnose edge
- Half bullnose edges are quite common-looking
4. Beveled Edge
One of the classiest countertop edges designs, a beveled edge can look like it’s modern or classic depending on the style of kitchen it’s in. With a modern twist on straight edge, beveled edges are a great all-rounder style of countertop edges. Done on quartz countertops, beveled edges will add a modern touch to your kitchen design. Beveled edges are easy to clean and spills will fall straight onto the floor instead of seeping into your kitchen cabinets, which is a nice plus.
The main downside with these edges is that they’re not very safe for children – the edges are fairly sharp and could injure kids if they run into them when playing. Some people also think that these edges don’t look very “fancy”, but I believe that’s down to a matter of taste. I personally think that these edges are very fancy, so each to their own I suppose.
- This edge style can look modern or classic
- Liquids spill straight to the floor so they don’t ruin your cabinets
- Simple and easy design to clean and wipe down
- Not the most opulent look in the world
- Children can be easily injured on these countertop edges
5. Square Edge
If a rounded edge or eased edge isn’t really your thing, maybe you would really like a square one instead! Square countertop edges suits basically all styles of home, especially more modern designs. Square edges are cheap, very easy to keep clean, and less likely to sustain damage than more eased edge and rounded designs.
The problem with these edges is they’re very dangerous if you have young children, as they’re literally just a sharp corner begging to be ran into. Also, some people don’t like these edges because they think their designs are too minimalist, but minimalism has been in fashion for decades at this point and doesn’t seem to be going away.
- Suits basically all styles of home
- Cheap and affordable edge
- Less likely to sustain damage
- Easy to wipe crumbs off the countertop edge
- Edge design is too minimalist for some people
- Not great edge if you have children (they could run into it etc.)
We’ve looked at a lot of different countertop edges today – hopefully you’ve found a style of countertop edge that works for you. Kitchen designers recommend considering countertop material and overall kitchen designs before deciding on the type of countertop edge. Apart from looking stylish, edge profiles should be such that it saves your cabinet face from any spills and damage. Different types of countertop edge will always have their own pros and cons, but it’s about finding the style that works for you and your family’s needs.
So, whether you go for a half bullnose, a squared edge, or anything else, we hope you find the perfect countertop style for your home!