Once you’ve determined which material you will use for your countertop, you need to select an edging detail to finish off all visible edges; the one you select will affect both the style and the price of the top.
An edge typically overhangs the top of the surface by 1 inch, but some materials look better with a deeper edge. Whatever size edge you use, make sure it doesn’t obstruct base drawers or doors.
The most common self-edge options include square, bullnose, waterfall, bevel, and ogee. A band of wood or stainless steel can be used to edge both plastic laminate and tile.
The rounded bullnose, waterfall, and ogee edges are easiest on the eye and body. The waterfall detail may also be defined as a half bullnose.
Square edges are usually less expensive, but if you run directly into them they can cause some mean scratches or bruises. With some materials, square edges are likelier to chip.