How to Measure Granite Kitchen Countertops

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015 by Arch City Granite

When it comes to kitchen counter space, more is better–especially when those counters are covered in granite. This is why figuring out exactly how much counterspace your kitchen can handle is so important.

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Accurately measuring granite countertops allows you to maximize your kitchen’s square footage to ensure that you have enough space to prep and prepare meals, do homework and gather with friends and family for great conversations.

And while it might seem like measuring granite countertops is a straightforward process involving the basic mathematical principle of length times width, it can get a little tricky when your space requires specialized cuts and curves.

Here’s a look at how proper countertop measurements are done by the granite fabrication professionals at Arch City Granite & Marble:

Step One: 
Take measurements of the entire length of each countertop you want covered in granite.

Step Two:
Make sure you measure in inches, and multiply the length by 25.5 inches since typical cabinets are 24 inches and you’ll want a 1.5-inch granite overhang.

Step Three:
Divide the figure you get by performing the steps above by 144. This will reveal the square footage you’ll need to cover in granite.

Step Four: 
Factor in the backsplash, which is done by multiplying the length along the wall where the backsplash will by by 4 inches and then dividing that number by 144.

Step Five:
Repeat this process for all sections of your counters–from the area that surrounds the sink to the smaller parts by the appliances to the island–and then adding all of the figures together.

Once you’ve finished all five of the steps listed above, you will know with precision how much granite it will take to cover your cabinets with granite. Of course, if you have areas of your kitchen with abnormal angles or curves, or if you want to create a custom-made countertop that requires more overhang or other innovations, you might want to seek some help measuring your counters.

Lucky for you, experts at Arch City Granite & Marble excel at measuring granite countertops. Contact us today to start designing the kitchen countertops of your dreams. You’ll schedule a time for a trained technician to visit your home, make precise measurements and create drawings and specifications so the fabrication process can begin.

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