Not everything should be set in stone. Laminate counters still have their place in many home improvement applications.
Realtors often caution against over-building in some neighborhoods where values are established by comparable houses
in the community. In these cases, it’s wise to select materials
that keep costs down. This doesn’t mean you have to go with
fake wood grain or avocado green. Large varieties in color and
textures are available with today’s laminates.
One of the big advantages to flat lay laminate countertops is
the ability to fit them precisely to irregular wall shapes and a
variety of countertop sizes. To do this, you should plan to fit
and fasten the sub-decks to the cabinets or strong backs first,
and then fit and install the laminate.
Because flat-lay laminate can be fit very closely to the wall,
it works well for desktop surfaces where no backsplash will
When you want to use a backsplash for kitchens, baths and
utility rooms, you have a number of options including tile,
stone or matching laminate. One of my favorites is a 3/4-inch
thick backsplash with a laminate face and wood accent cap to
match the counter edges.
I prefer to use a hardwood self-edge, which can be stained
or painted to match the cabinets. For this application we cut
the countertops for a 1/4-inch overhang past the face frame
of the base cabinets. We then install a 3/4-by-1-1/2-inch
By Larry Walton