Asked on Aug 5, 2012

Does the thickness of the kitchen countertop matter?

ZJeanette SSusan B


We are looking to redo our kitchen counter top. One contractor showed us "thick" granite and said that it was the best. How thick does it need to be?
12 answers
  • Designs by BSB
    on Aug 6, 2012

    kitchen counter tops in granite should be at least 3cm which equates to 1-1/4" thick.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Aug 6, 2012

    Becky sue has it ...I've seen others where 2cm stuff was used and the "edges" are built up by gluing stock together it does not look half as good.

  • Rachel
    on Aug 6, 2012

    Ok thank you. I have had the house a yr now and thinking about upgrading my kitchen. The house was built in '92.

  • At 1 1/4 of an inch, or 3 cm, granite can allow for great functionality. As most granite is cut at this thickness, it also provides for less seams and greater cover-up space. Slabs at this cut can be as large as 105 x 54 inches, meaning they can cover a greater space & have less seams. A 1 1/4" granite is also great for customization, unique edges, and extensions off the island for bar seating.

  • Lucille B
    on Aug 7, 2012

    I would have said an inch. Guess I was close!

  • Diane Cournoyer
    on Aug 7, 2012

    3 centimeters

  • Jeanette S
    on Aug 7, 2012

    Wow! I guessed 1/2"...guess I would have been in a mess! Of course I have never looked for granite counters, so don't know anything about them. Just proves you need to do your homework before buying anything! By the way, how do those granite tops that "cover" existing tops work out? I have seen them advertised, but personally would be a little skeptic of them.

  • I guessed with Jeanette ... and was wrong. I should've measure my quartz counters first. But I didn't want to cheat ... :)

  • Rachel
    on Aug 7, 2012

    We painted the cabinets white (they were brown), brought an island from The Restore (habitat for humanity, love that store). So its now time to put a countertop on the island and the redo the kitchen. We are also thinking of putting in a bench by the windows. Just some ideas.

  • Susan B
    on Aug 7, 2012

    Speaking of countertops, has anyone used the new Thomas' stainless steel paint? It's for appliances, countertops etc. Looks really easy in the video and can't beat the price. i think it's only 55.00

  • Jeanette S
    on Aug 8, 2012

    We retopped our island a year or so ago and found a 48"x36" butcher block piece 2" thick for $50! We cut it to size, sanded and sealed it and I absolutely LOVE it! Our cabinets are dark and we have blond oak laminate...the butcher block was perfect! Our countertops are white so we knew we needed something light!

  • Z
    on Sep 11, 2012

    Rachel, have you decided on your counters yet? If not have you looked at the quartz products? We've had Silestone for almost nine years now and are very happy with our choice. Jeannette, my sister in law had that type of granite counter top in her kitchen and loves it. You'd never know it wasn't solid granite. She's only had a year or two so not sure how it lasts in the long run, but it sure looks great.

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