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Countertop Overhang

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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A countertop overhang is a part of the countertop that extends past the cabinets and covers the drawers and cabinets to help prevent spills of crumbs and liquids from falling off the edge of the counter.

A standard countertop usually has an overhang of 1½ inches. Although some countertops may have a longer or shorter overhang, this number is generally the standard length for an overhang in homes.

When utilizing an overhang for kitchen islands, the standard amount of overhang is typically 12 inches. This number, however, tends to vary depending on different types of islands in a home. For example, if your kitchen island were to have cabinetry underneath, the countertop overhang would most likely be the standard of 1½ inches. If your island contained seating around it, it would most likely have an overhang of 12 inches.

When planning a raised bar top, the general height of the bar should be anywhere from 42 to 48 inches high, providing enough room for barstools. For a raised bar top, a countertop overhang of 12 inches is the standard to allow room for sitting.


                             Standard Overhang Measurements

Countertop 1½ Inches
Island 1½-12 Inches
Bartop 12 Inches


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