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Old 09-05-2011, 09:10 AM   #1
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Countertop Spacers


When installing postform laminate countertops with a front lip, is it standard (or more common) to put them on a 'spacer' between the cabinet and the area of the countertop behind the lip - so that the underside of the lip is flush with the top of the cabinet, OR put the area behind the lip directly on the counter top so that the lip hangs down infront of the cabinet ? (possibly hit drawers)

Furthermore if it is standard (or more common) to have a 'spacer' or build up, where are they placed? Along the length of the countertop ? Perpendicular to that on the joining areas of the cabinets? See picture.

I would like to know if i need to add spacer material (wood) into the budget, or if i can order countertops that have this spacer already, is it a higher price than is listed ?

Thanks in advance for any info to this 'spacer'/'build-up' topic.

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Most of the countertops from the "Big Box" stores may not have spacers.
Tops from a shop usually do.
We usually add spacers (as you mention - clearance for the drawers).
For the spacers we would use 1 X 2's or 3/4" plywood strips.
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I mount the spacersaround the entire perimeter of the cabinet setup as well as all the cabinet sides. You want the counter to have continuous support or it will sag in the areas without the support.
How thick the spacers are depends on how high the cabinet drawers sit. You might need thicker spacers with a frameless cabinet then a traditional face frame unit.
Before you install the cabinet, seal the bottom edge with a clear poly so water doesn't get into the substrate. Two areas particularly susceptible are by the sink and dishwasher. Apply 2-3 coats.
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Since there is 5/8 inch lip just add 1/2 inch to all edges of the cabinets and you will have an 1/8 inch lip which for sure shouldn't interfere with anything, there really isn't a set rule for spacers unless it is a commercial job then it better be dead on specs. The deciding factor for me would be how much clearance will there be for the dishwasher to slide in and how much space above it even with the adjusters, also the amount of space above the drawer fronts.
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