How to calculate the linear feet of kitchen countertops

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How to calculate the linear feet of kitchen countertops
Kitchen countertops are usually sold by the linear foot. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

As you plan a kitchen design or remodel, countertops will likely be one of the features you select and install. Many manufacturers sell kitchen countertop materials by the linear foot -- the straight length of the countertop. If you need to calculate the linear feet of kitchen countertops, measure carefully to arrive at accurate measurements. With simple measuring and basic math, you can measure the space and determine the length of the countertops you require for your kitchen.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape measure

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the end of the tape measure at one end of the countertop area flush with the wall where you wish the countertop to begin.

  2. 2

    Extend the tape measure straight across along the wall to the end of the countertop. You will probably reach a perpendicular wall at this point -- a corner. Note the measurement in inches and write it down.

  3. 3

    Place the end of the tape measure flush with the wall at the same corner to measure the countertop along the perpendicular wall.

  4. 4

    Extend the tape measure straight across along the wall to the endpoint of the countertop, including any overhang area where the countertop extends past the cabinetry beneath. Note the measurement in inches and write it down.

  5. 5

    Measure any other surface areas of countertop in the same fashion and write these measurements down also.

  6. 6

    Add all of the measurements together. For example, if the first countertop measured 70 inches, the second countertop measured 50 inches and a third countertop area measured 80 inches, add 70 + 50 + 80 = 200 inches.

  7. 7

    Divide the total inches by 12 to find the feet. In this example, divide 200 / 12 = 16.66 feet. Round this up to 17 linear feet of countertop.

Tips and warnings

  • Although it may seem confusing, you must measure along the back wall to get accurate countertop measurements. Because most pieced counter tops will have mitred corners for "L" and "U" shaped counter tops, each perpendicular piece will meet at the corner and portions of each piece will be cut away to form the mitred corner seam. The back edge measurement is the entire length of each piece of countertop, which you need to create a mitred corner.
  • Standard kitchen countertop depth is 25.5 inches. If your countertop area will be larger or smaller than this standard, include this dimension when you order countertops.

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