How to Buy Laminate Counters

Questions about how to make your dreams for new laminate countertops a reality? This is your comprehensive resource for learning about the process from start to finish.

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Your Step-by-Step Guide to New Laminate Countertops

If you’re ready to update your space with custom laminate countertops, you’ve come to the right place! We’ll walk you through the process so you understand the steps and decision points involved as well as the resources that can help you along the way.

1. Get Inspired

Hopefully this is the fun part! You can find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram in addition to well-known websites focused on the latest home design trends such as Houzz, home improvement websites or popular design blogs. Browsing the web, perusing magazines and checking out your local home center stores will help you narrow down the look you want to create in your space. 

With hundreds of selections ranging from bold colors and whimsical patterns to authentic stone looks and woodgrains, Formica® Laminate has you covered. You’ll find inspiration galleries for laminate kitchen countertops and laminate bathroom countertops at the end of this article to get you started.

2. Get Samples

Samples are helpful in the decision-making process because they let you see how an actual color or pattern works with key elements of your existing space. This is an important consideration because it helps you factor in lighting, cabinetry and other color-related considerations that will complement the countertop. You can order free Formica® Brand laminate samples on our website, or you can secure samples from a home center store or remodeler’s showroom. 

How to Get Laminate Samples for Your Countertop on

Explore the selections and add any samples you’d like to receive to your cart. You can also contact customer service at 1-800-FORMICA (367-6422).

3. Consider Your Edge Profile

Did you know you can achieve beautifully finished laminate countertop edges without brown seams? Discover the range of modern IdealEdge® Decorative Edging profiles, available in Double Radius, Waterfall, Bullnose and Ogee. Once you determine your selection, you can ask your retailer to order the edging along with your desired pattern. Other popular edge treatments include a traditional square edge or a postform edge. 

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4. Choose Your Sink

Many countertop projects involve adding or replacing a sink. From classic stainless steel and acrylic to glazed fireclay, cast iron and composite options, your sink says a lot about your overall design aesthetic. There are also functional considerations such as the number of basins and the type of faucet you want, as well as whether an undermount or top-mount selection will be your best bet.

5. Determine Your Installation Route

Evaluate your timeline, budget and overall interest in DIY projects as you decide whether to involve a professional installer or dig out your tool belt. If you go the professional route for custom laminate countertops, home center stores offer installation as do your local kitchen and bath remodelers. Our Where to Buy tool can help you navigate what’s available in your area. (Note: Check with your local home center store or remodeler for color selection.) 

If you’d like to complete the project yourself, visit our DIY hub to access step-by-step videos and articles to get you started.

Where to Buy Laminate Countertops

As you do your research, you may determine a postform laminate countertop is your best route, especially if you’re looking at a DIY approach. Home center stores offer these both in-stock and via special order in a variety of sizes and popular Formica® Brand patterns to help you tackle your project quickly. With this route, the laminate sheet has already been adhered to the particleboard substrate, saving you several steps. If you have some time and want a wider variety of color options and more flexibility in your edge profile selection, a remodeler may be your best bet. 

Inspiration for Your Laminate Kitchen Countertops

Inspiration for Your Laminate Bathroom Countertops

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