Formica Countertops

Find out why Formica laminate countertops have become a fixture in a variety of kitchen designs.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

A countertop legend among laminate materials, Formica is available in a number of single solid colors or a combination of textures, making it easily adaptable to a variety of kitchen styles.

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Like other laminates, Formica 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 and patterns, ranging from ones that mimic wood, stainless steel and stone. The end result is a clean and finished surface that doesn't put too much of a strain on your budget.

Formica countertops that look like granite or marble will work well in classic kitchen styles. For example, a white Formica countertop with gray and black veins made to look like marble will look beautiful in a kitchen with white cabinets and a subway tile backsplash. On the other hand a Formica countertop that has a wood texture will fit well in a kitchen with a rustic or country inspired design.

Because of its lightweight nature –– as opposed to heavy stone countertops –– Formica can easily be installed without professional help. This, of course, adds to its cost efficient nature. Avoid using a knife or setting hot items directly onto the countertop to prevent damage, and clean Formica surfaces with a mild soap.

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