How To Measure For Countertops


I’m Todd Bauer from Builder Surplus, and today, I’m excited to revisit our popular guide on measuring countertops for granite and quartz. I’ve created a detailed YouTube video to make this process even easier for you. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned DIYer, this updated guide, paired with our new video, will ensure you get precise measurements for your dream kitchen. Let’s dive in!”

Measuring Guide:

“Measuring your countertops is the first crucial step in your kitchen makeover. With our latest techniques and tools, you’ll find this process a breeze. Here’s a quick refresher on the essential steps:

  1. Measure Length and Depth: Start by measuring the length from the corner to the end of your countertop. Remember, standard countertops are about 25.5 inches deep, but always double-check your specific layout.

  2. Consider Appliance Spaces: Don’t forget to measure the spaces around your stove or other appliances. For instance, standard stoves are typically 30 inches across, but always measure to ensure accuracy.

  3. Island Measurements: If you have an island, measure both the length and the depth. A standard small island might be 60 inches by 36 inches, but variations are common.

  4. Calculating Square Footage: Now, let’s do the math. Convert all your measurements from inches to square feet. For example, 120 inches in length and 25.5 inches in depth will give you 21.25 sq. feet. (See our video for a detailed walkthrough of these calculations!)

  5. Account for Overhangs and Cutouts: If your island has an overhang, or if you have cutouts for sinks or cooktops, measure these separately. These details are crucial for a perfect fit.

“Ready to transform your kitchen? Watch our detailed video guide to master countertop measurements like a pro. Once you have your numbers, schedule a FREE countertop consultation with our experienced designers. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Happy Remodeling, and we look forward to bringing your dream kitchen to life!”


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Custom Countertops: Butcher Block and Concrete

Today, we’re going to talk about a couple of pretty unique and insanely intriguing custom countertops. It’s because of their out-of-the-box design that we love them so much, and I’m pretty sure you’ll come to adore them, too. In this post, I’ll lay it all on the countertop and give you reasons why these particular styles have captured the interest of homeowners across the nation and why they continue to be a hot, trendy style in kitchen and bathroom design. As countertop experts in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati, we are here to share our expertise on these two unique countertop options.

Custom Countertops: Butcher Block

There’s no denying it – they’re edgy. I mean, they’re not called custom countertops for nothing. Unlike the typical granite or marble, these countertops have a more creative, quirky feel to them. The butcher block is a natural at maintaining the traditional country home or cottage style kitchen setting, and because of its natural tendencies, it persistently looks fresh, giving the impression that it’s just been cleaned. There’s versatility in them, too! Since it’s made of wood, you can apply any color of stain and compliment the other features in your kitchen or bath to tie everything together. If the color doesn’t grow on you after a period of time or you simply want to switch it up a little bit, there’s a cost-effective way to make that change. Simple, too. Even with a sealed finish, it doesn’t take too much elbow grease to sand down and refinish the butcher block countertop. Then, when you’re done, apply that new color of choice. See, change doesn’t always have to be difficult.

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Another thing, I bet you’ve probably already guessed it, but you’ll never need a cutting board again. Depending upon the finish applied to it, you can slice-and-dice all you want on these bad boys with no worry about knife trails. It’s truly a chef’s dream. The longevity of this style is one of its greatest appeals, though. With a simple cleaning solution (water and vinegar), you’ll keep that same shine and finish decades, yes, decades later. Now, if that doesn’t pique your interest, then take a look at the pictures. Nice, right? See what I mean about the different finishes and colors of stain. Listen it’s your house, your kitchen – make it your own with a sleek, unique style like this one! At Builders Surplus, we’re happy to provide you with such a style. Butcher block is a special order product, so please contact one of our designers to discuss your butcher block countertop options.


Butcher Block Countertops

Custom Countertops: Concrete

Concrete countertops provide a whole realm of possibility. It’s concrete, so it obviously has to be poured. This means you can mold the concrete in any fashion to make it your own. There’s an abundance of really cool, off-the-wall designs that can make a kitchen or bath truly one of a kind. You can mold the edges how you want to. Don’t like hard-cut, 90° angles?  Well, smooth it out, and give your custom countertop the kind of curvature you want! I really appreciate this feature because, if you’re like me, you’ve turned a corner too sharp and been subject to that merciless, pain of the corner jab. But, you’re probably not like me and know your way around a kitchen.

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With that said, these custom countertops are incredibly durable and very near impenetrable to common damages including chipping, scratching, and cracking.  The finish protects it from pesky stains, too. Consider it an instant repellant to spaghetti sauce, wine, or grease. The maintenance on these slabs are almost too easy. Warm, soapy water usually does the trick, but if you want to get really crazy, you can use pH cleaner, as well. Either way, this style is designed for simplicity.

While you may think that if you can pour quick dry concrete, you can DIY concrete countertops. Well, that’s probably not the case. While they may seem like an easy DIY project, they are far more complicated to install than you might think. The main concern is getting every single bubble out of the concrete. If you don’t, you risk cracks, which make this stunner more of a bummer. Our suggestion, use a professional. Use reputable sites like Thumbtack or Home Advisor to find reputable installers. You can see reviews from past customers and they have already been vetted by the company.


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What are your thoughts on concrete and butcher block countertops? Would you ever use them in your home? Let us know in the comments below!

Custom countertops


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!


Written by: Chris Chamberlain

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