How to Cut Ikea Countertops

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If you just bought a countertop from Ikea and didn't have it cut to length, you can do it yourself at home with the right tools. Ikea sells two types of countertop -- laminate and butcher block, which are both cut to length the same way. Unlike many traditional laminate countertops, Ikea countertops do not have a backsplash, so you don't need a jig to cut them. For best results, use clamps to help hold the countertop in place during the cutting.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Ikea countertop
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Masking tape
  • Circular saw
  • Thin-kerf carbide circular saw blade
  • Jigsaw
  • Belt sander
  • Sink template (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the Ikea countertop over so the countertop is face down.

  2. 2

    Measure the space where you're putting the countertop. Add 1/16 inch to the measurement. This is how long you need to cut the countertop.

  3. 3

    Measure the countertop from the end to the length of the space. Use a level or a straightedge to draw a straight line across the countertop to mark it.

  4. 4

    Place a strip of masking tape on the top of the counter where the blade will cut through to keep the laminate or wood from chipping.

  5. 5

    Measure the depth of the countertop. Ikea countertops are typically 1 1/2 to 1 3/8 inches thick.

  6. 6

    Cut the countertop to length using a circular saw. Use a thin-kerf carbide circular saw blade that will reach a depth of 1/8-inch more than the countertop thickness

  7. 7

    Clean up any rough edges with a jigsaw, if needed.

  8. 8

    Use a belt sander to sand the edge of the countertop smooth.

Tips and warnings

  • To cut out a hole for the sink, place the sink template where the sink should go. Trace the template and cut along the line with the jigsaw.
  • Always wear protective gear, such as safety glasses, when using power tools.

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