Bathroom countertops have the ability to pull the entire look of your bathroom together. Think about amping up the elegance of your master bath with granite, or dressing up the kids’ bathroom with an affordable, colorful laminate. Want to give your countertops a unique touch all your own? Think about customizing your design, all the way down to the edges.
What Do You Need to Consider?Edit
Durability, stain resistance, water resistance and cost are generally the main factors you’ll want to note. Once you have these issues decided, you can consider colors and patterns, which should complement the overall design aesthetic in your bathroom.
Do You Want Custom or Stock Bathroom Countertops?Edit
This generally depends on preference and cost. If it’s difficult to find a stock countertop in your desired style and material that is compatible with your sink, it may be best to go the custom route. However, that’s the more expensive direction, so be sure to check the budget beforehand.
What Material is Right for You?Edit
Bathroom countertops don’t take quite as much abuse as kitchen countertops, which open up your options. Below is a list of several popular choices with their pros and cons.
Granite: The most durable and easiest to care for of any of the natural stone materials, granite is elegant, unique and impervious to water. It tends to be more expensive, so compare prices at local stone shops to get the best deal. Also, note that granite tiles are more affordable than slabs.
Manufactured quartz: Available in a wide variety of colors and thicknesses, this synthetic composite appears similar to limestone, granite or marble but is less expensive and more resistant to scratches and stains.
Tile: A classic look, tiles allow you to create colorful designs, can be used with a variety of sinks, and are durable and stain resistant. However, the grout lines can be tough to clean.
Solid surface materials: Easy to maintain and mold to any design specification, solid surface materials are made to look like natural stone and are available in many colors and patterns. Although, these materials are on the pricier side.
Laminate: One of the most affordable options, laminate is impervious to water, stain resistant and fairly durable. It’s also easily scratched and easily damaged if water leaks get to the base material.
Wood: Wood will give bathrooms a warm, natural feel at a fairly affordable price tag, but can be scratched easily and needs to be well maintained to ensure durability.
Concrete: Concrete is very versatile, durable, and can be created to fit any shape or color. However, it’s extremely heavy, and needs to be sealed to prevent staining.
How Can You Make Your bathroom Countertops Stand Out?Edit
Consider customizing the edges of your countertops. Choose from decorative edges such as bullnose (rounded), bevel (angled) or ogee (S-shaped) for a unique, final touch.