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rickjames8 09-01-2012 06:32 AM

Installing countertops in a kitchen which is not square.

I am working on a very old farmhouse in which none of the walls are really square. I have a plan for an L-shape kitchen, and the wall which will have the corner of the L is about 95deg, so quite a bit off square.

The budget is low-end, with plans to use pre-fab countertop without the 45deg angle cuts. The countertop will not have an integrated backsplash, but rather we will tile one afterwards.

I don't think I have the tools or the skill to make two 47.5deg cuts and get it to really look nice. But I think I could get it fairly close. Is there any product which could be made to fill any 2-3mm gaps which I expect if I go this route?

I'm also open to any other suggestions on a better way to do this? I have considered running 2 straight pieces and having the join run parallel with the longer piece, thus meaning that I'd just have to make one 5deg cut along the side of the shorter piece, however, I think that would not look good with regards to the bullnose along the front of the countertop.

Open to any suggestions.

PS. As far as I have seen, I have not found countertop for sale with the 45deg cuts on the end (I am in France), as if I did, I toyed with the idea of using this and just filling in the rear edge along the short wall.


DannyT 09-01-2012 11:37 AM

i would place the countertop on the cabinets and see where it hits the wall. the mark all the places where the wall hits the countertop. you can cut a notch in the

wall the width of the countertop so it will recess into the wall and fit square? since it doesn't have a backsplash connected after you install your backsplash it

should look fine. remember to leave a gap between your tile and the countertop for caulk.

rickjames8 09-11-2012 02:46 AM


Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, the wall is brick and stone, and the angle is quite severe, such that the cut would need to be 2-3 inches deep at the far end. This would be much more work than I'd be trying to avoid with fussing with the countertops. :)

In the end, I found that by placing my stove in just the right location, I'll only need to make one cut which can be easily calculated and made.


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