Kitchen Countertop Depth

Kitchen Countertop Depth

Refrigerators have gotten a lot bigger in recent years. That’s good for food storage but not so much for space efficiency, especially in smaller kitchens, where a mammoth fridge might jut out 10 inches or more past the countertop. Counter-depth (also referred to as cabinet depth) refrigerators are a slimmer option that provides a more streamlined look. And thanks to improvements in refrigerator design, some of the best examples in our latest refrigerator ratings can hold a lot more food than previous generations. One point of clarification: Though they’re called counter depth, most models in this category are around 28 inches deep, so they do protrude a bit past the edge of the countertop. That’s unlike true built-ins, from the likes of Thermador and Sub-Zero, which typically measure 25 inches deep, the standard depth of a kitchen countertop (there are also some 24-inch and 26-inch models in our built-in refrigerator ratings).
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Kitchen Countertop Depth

Today’s kitchen countertops come in many materials, colors and styles, so how do you choose what’s right for you? Here’s what to consider when buying kitchen countertops including function, what looks good in your room and budget: Although granite has been popular for many years, the latest trends in countertop surfaces include soapstone, solid surface and laminate. Decorative and durable, these surfaces range from affordable to expensive and glossy to matte, all to fit your kitchen’s needs. The kitchen is typically the most popular room in a home and many people are making their kitchens worthy of all that attention by choosing fantastic countertops to take center stage. Three concerns that should be addressed are what complements the look of your home best, durability and budget. Granite countertops can increase the value of your home as it’s one of the most expensive options. It’s a naturally quarried product so every piece is one of a kind. Granite is really durable so it won’t burn, scratch or stain, however, the size of the pieces is limited so there may be seams. Granite is also a porous surface, which means it can absorb water and oils, so it should be sealed every year. Soapstone, which was used in lab classrooms, is known for its heavy-duty durability and works well as the current trend is a honed finish (without a high gloss shine like most granite countertops). Soapstone is generally dark gray in color and may darken and/or crack over time. It’s susceptible to stains without polish, you can scratch it with your fingernail (many people don’t mind that) and it’s comparable in price to granite. Countertops in many home stores are sold by the linear foot not a square foot, which is 12 inches by 12 inches. A linear foot is 12 inches wide and 25 inches deep because the standard depth of kitchen countertops is 25 inches. Finally, if your heart is set on granite but your wallet is stuck on laminate, you’re in luck. The hottest new laminates are made to look like the much more expensive granite. A cost-effective option is solid surface countertops. They’re man-made from natural materials and acrylic polymer for a durable, nonporous surface that can easily be fixed if it stains or scratches. This product will probably cost 20 percent less than a stone countertop. Laminate is an old favorite that’s not to be forgotten. It’s affordable and easy to keep clean, but a scratch will last until it’s replaced. Laminate also comes in a range of colors and can be more affordable to change when you’re ready for a new look than other countertop materials. Keep Reading
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Kitchen Countertop Depth

Today’s kitchen countertops come in many materials, colors and styles, so how do you choose what’s right for you? Here’s what to consider when buying kitchen countertops including function, what looks good in your room and budget: Although granite has been popular for many years, the latest trends in countertop surfaces include soapstone, solid surface and laminate. Decorative and durable, these surfaces range from affordable to expensive and glossy to matte, all to fit your kitchen’s needs. The kitchen is typically the most popular room in a home and many people are making their kitchens worthy of all that attention by choosing fantastic countertops to take center stage. Three concerns that should be addressed are what complements the look of your home best, durability and budget. Granite countertops can increase the value of your home as it’s one of the most expensive options. It’s a naturally quarried product so every piece is one of a kind. Granite is really durable so it won’t burn, scratch or stain, however, the size of the pieces is limited so there may be seams. Granite is also a porous surface, which means it can absorb water and oils, so it should be sealed every year. Soapstone, which was used in lab classrooms, is known for its heavy-duty durability and works well as the current trend is a honed finish (without a high gloss shine like most granite countertops). Soapstone is generally dark gray in color and may darken and/or crack over time. It’s susceptible to stains without polish, you can scratch it with your fingernail (many people don’t mind that) and it’s comparable in price to granite. Countertops in many home stores are sold by the linear foot not a square foot, which is 12 inches by 12 inches. A linear foot is 12 inches wide and 25 inches deep because the standard depth of kitchen countertops is 25 inches. Finally, if your heart is set on granite but your wallet is stuck on laminate, you’re in luck. The hottest new laminates are made to look like the much more expensive granite. A cost-effective option is solid surface countertops. They’re man-made from natural materials and acrylic polymer for a durable, nonporous surface that can easily be fixed if it stains or scratches. This product will probably cost 20 percent less than a stone countertop. Laminate is an old favorite that’s not to be forgotten. It’s affordable and easy to keep clean, but a scratch will last until it’s replaced. Laminate also comes in a range of colors and can be more affordable to change when you’re ready for a new look than other countertop materials.
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Kitchen Countertop Depth

Counter depth is key to functional, comfortable kitchen design. Standard dimensions keep cabinetry within reasonable size for average-height users, and in relation to common sink and appliance sizes, but guidelines allow for slight or moderate changes. The countertop overhang plays a couple of roles and affects counter depth.
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Kitchen Countertop Depth

Counter depth is key to functional, comfortable kitchen design. Standard dimensions keep cabinetry within reasonable size for average-height users, and in relation to common sink and appliance sizes, but guidelines allow for slight or moderate changes. The countertop overhang plays a couple of roles and affects counter depth. (Damien Scogin/Demand Media)
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Kitchen Countertop Depth

We should also explain why not many counter-depth refrigerators make our recommended list. In a lot of cases, this is the result of less-than-stellar energy efficiency, which reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. The fact that a counter-depth refrigerator is, on the whole, less spacious can drive down its efficiency and, in turn, its overall score. But that may be a worthwhile compromise if space efficiency is your top priority.
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Kitchen Countertop Depth

You buy a refrigerator based on the cabinet openings. 50% of the refrigerator openings are 30 or 33 inch, yet 90% of the counter depth products are 36 inch width. I like the Samsung, because it is the best counter depth french door refrigerator at 33 inches wide.
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Kitchen Countertop Depth

This KitchenAid is counter depth and won’t protrude past your cabinets. Includes ice maker, glide crispers and interior water dispenser. At $1699, KitchenAid is one of the least expensive counter depth issues and can be packaged with many of their newly restyled products.
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Download the Yale Counter Depth Refrigerator Buying Guide with features, specs and inside buying tips to regular, pro and integrated counter depth refrigerators. Well over 200,000 people have read a Yale Guide.
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Although granite has been popular for many years, the latest trends in countertop surfaces include soapstone, solid surface and laminate. Decorative and durable, these surfaces range from affordable to expensive and glossy to matte, all to fit your kitchen’s needs.
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Standard lower, or base, cabinets are 24 inches deep, while upper, or wall, cabinets are 12 inches deep. Countertops typically overhang their base cabinets by about 1 inch, or at least 3/4 inch beyond the drawer fronts and cabinet doors. The overhang helps keep crumbs and spills from getting into drawers and cupboards below and completes the comfortable cabinetry contour that includes a 3-inch-deep toe kick at the floor. Island or bar-style overhangs often extend about 15 inches or more to create knee space for people seated at the bar. Deep overhangs require bracing, which may be provided by brackets, legs or even a steel plate underneath the countertop.
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Standard counter height is 36 inches, but for easier use, consider building up a section to accommodate a tall user or lowering a section for shorter users or someone in a wheelchair. The backsplash is installed after the countertop is in place — if it's not an all-in-one unit — and should extend at least 4 inches up the wall but, for maximum protection and appeal, could extend to the upper cabinets.