Laminate Countertops

If budget is a top concern, then a laminate countertop may be the best choice for your kitchen surface.
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High-pressure laminate countertop is a stylish choice that’s easy on the budget. The durable surface is available in a wide variety of colors. Photo courtesy of Formica Corporation

Photo by: Photo Courtesy: Formica Corporation

Photo Courtesy: Formica Corporation

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Like all of the days you spent playing dress up as a kid, the laminate kitchen countertop is a master at imitating its more expensive friends, such as granite and marble.

Inspired Examples of Laminate Kitchen Countertops

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Closeup of a kitchen countertop made from laminate material and a marble tile backsplash.

From: H. Camille Smith and H. Camille Smith

Galley kitchen with white cabinets and countertops made from laminate, wood ceiling and floor.

This retro blue and red kitchen has a formica kitchen island countertop, red barstools, blue tiled backsplash, red pendant lighting, and dark cabinets.

This kitchen island has laminate material and a drop in sink with a new faucet.

This drop in sink design has a laminate countertop with neutral tones.

Kitchen worktop with recessed gas knobs and cupboards overhead

Laminate countertops are made from layers of plastic that are bonded to particleboard or kraft paper to create a solid countertop surface. These countertops are available in a wide variety of colors, textures and patterns, ranging from options that look like marble to ones that mirror the appearance of stainless steel. The end result is a clean and finished surface that won't put a huge strain on your budget.

Because of its lightweight nature –– as opposed to heavy stone countertops –– laminate can easily be installed without professional help. This, of course, adds to its cost-efficient nature. Laminate will have to be replaced more frequently than more durable surfaces, like marble or Corian, but with the right care it can last for many years.

Laminate counters can scratch easily, so don't use them as cutting boards. Also, avoid placing hot items directly onto the countertop to prevent damage. Clean the surface with a mild soap.

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