What is an Eased Edge Countertop?

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Nelson Tile and Stone
June 21, 2024
Countertops

Defining the Eased Edge and Its Comparisons

Though picking the countertop material itself amongst a plethora of amazing options can be challenging, followed by finding the specific pattern and design to install, you're still left with a decision of what kind of edge profile to give to your new countertop. One of the typical options you'll come across, depending on material, is the 'eased' edge. An eased edge refers to a countertop edge profile marked by its slightly rounded square corner. This subtle rounding reduces the sharpness of typical square edges, making it softer to touch and safer. It brings that classic, clean look that suits various design styles, from modern to traditional. Its simplicity ensures it complements diverse materials including granite, quartz, and laminate. Additionally, this edge type minimizes chipping potential, enhancing durability, and requires less maintenance compared to intricate edge profiles.

While the eased edge is often selected for its simplicity and versatility, it's helpful to compare it to other edge designs to understand why it may be the better option:

    Square Edge: Offers a sharp, modern look but is more prone to chipping and can be less safe.

    Beveled Edge: Features a 45-degree cut along the top edge, providing a stylish, angled look. However, it can be harder to clean where the angles meet.

    Bullnose Edge: Fully rounded from top to bottom, offering a soft and safe profile. While highly durable, it can make countertops appear thinner.

    Ogee Edge: An elegant, S-shaped curve that adds a traditional, ornate touch. This edge is more expensive and requires more maintenance due to its intricate design.

Common Home Applications for an Eased Edge

Eased edge countertops are easy to style with and fit seamlessly into virtually any of the rooms/ spaces you may be outfitting with new countertops. For example, this edge profile has strengths in the five most common areas for a countertop to be placed:

    Kitchens: Ideal for creating smooth transitions between surfaces, contributing to a modern, sleek look.

    Bathrooms: Provides a clean and polished appearance for vanities and sinks, while enhancing overall bathroom aesthetic.

    Laundry Rooms: Enhances functional spaces by reducing sharp edges, while even making folding and sorting tasks safer and more efficient.

     Home Offices: Offers a professional touch to desk surfaces, ensuring comfort and durability while moving about the room from standing and working positions.

    Outdoor Spaces: Perfect for patio bars and outdoor kitchens, combining elegance with resistance to chipping. It's safe and allows for more freedom of movement in your alternative cooking/dining space.

Popular Surfaces for Eased Edge Countertops

While the eased edge can be applied to various countertop materials, there are a few top options where it is especially popular. These are the most common surfaces featuring the eased edge, though this versatile design can be used on many other types as well.

Quartz

Quartz countertops are a top choice for eased edge profiles due to their durable nature and extensive customization. The eased edge enhances the sleek, uniform appearance of quartz, making it suitable for both modern and traditional kitchen designs. Quartz's resistance to stains and low maintenance needs complement the simplicity of the eased edge, creating a practical yet elegant countertop solution.

Granite

Granite is another popular material for eased edge countertops. Its natural patterns and durability are beautifully highlighted by the softened corners of the eased edge. This edge profile helps to minimize the risk of chipping in the high-traffic areas where granite is often used, such as kitchens and bathrooms. The eased edge offers a balance between functionality and aesthetics, enhancing granite's robust appeal.

Marble

Marble countertops with an eased edge are perfect for higher traffic environments when looking to maximize the life of an often expensive investment. The eased edge softens the natural elegance of marble, making it safer and more practical for everyday use, especially in bathrooms and vanity tops. The smooth, rounded edge helps to prevent damage while maintaining the sophisticated look that marble is known for.

Laminate

Laminate countertops are cost-effective and versatile, making them a popular choice for the eased edge profile. The eased edge on laminate surfaces enhances their appearance by providing a clean, modern finish that mimics more expensive materials like stone. This edge type also contributes to the durability of laminate countertops, reducing the likelihood of edge wear and tear over time.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Eased Edge Countertops

Benefits

    Safety: Rounded edges reduce the risk of injury from sharp corners.

    Maintenance: Eased edges are easy to clean and less prone to chipping.

    Visual Appeal: Provides a sleek and modern look, suitable for various design styles.

    Versatility: Compatible with diverse materials like granite, quartz, or laminate.

Drawbacks

    Cost: Often more expensive compared to traditional square edges.

    Durability: Can still be damaged by heavy impacts, though less likely than sharper edges.

    Repair: Repairing chipped eased edges may require professional assistance.

    Style: May not suit a highly traditional or ornate interior design, but then again this is why different edge styles exist.

Final Notes

So there they are, the many reasons countertops are often installed with an eased edge and what considerations exist in the selection process. Between its all-around safety and its smooth touch, both physically and visually wherever you decide to use it, this edge is a front runner when selecting one if it’s compatible surfaces. 

Feel like talking more and having an expert opinion on what would look best in your home? Come by our showroom at 20794 NE High Desert Ln, or write to us and let us help you select the perfect edge for your beautiful new countertop.