How to Measure Laminate Counter Tops

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When it comes to replacing counter tops, you can save money and ensure an accurate estimate by doing some of the prep work yourself. One of the first things you need to do is measure laminate counter tops so you can compare prices realistically. Whether you want to stick with laminate or upgrade to granite, the process to measure kitchen counter tops is the same. An accurate counter-top measurement will help ensure the first bid you receive is an accurate representation of the amount of money you’ll spend to replace your counter tops.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Grab a piece of paper and a pencil so you can track your measurements. It may even help you to draw a scale drawing of your kitchen, and then you can determine the measurements of each section of counter top. Write down each measurement in inches to maintain consistency.

  • Run a tape measure lengthwise from corner to corner on the back of your laminate counter top.

  • Measure your counter top from the back to the front to determine the depth. The standard depth is 25.5 inches. Whatever your depth is, it should be consistent across all of your kitchen counter tops.

  • Multiply the length times the depth to calculate the number of square inches of countertop you have in that section.

  • Divide that number by 144, which is the number of square inches in one square foot. The number you end up with will be the square footage of laminate counter top you have in that section. If that number has a decimal point in it, round it up to the next whole number, which helps you determine the amount of counter top needed when you try to get an estimate.

  • Repeat these steps for each section of counter top then add your totals to determine the total square footage you have.

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