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How to Install Laminate Countertops

Laminate countertops are an easy way to revamp your counters cheaply and quickly. While you'll need to have a shop make your countertop for you, you can do the installation yourself.


Cabinets can settle over time and become out of level. You will need to level them for your installation.

When you have your new countertop made, ask them to make it in sections. This makes it easier for you to handle it and install it. Have them test-fit all the parts and seams.

You will need:

  • Laminate countertop
  • Craft paper
  • Wood shims
  • Caulk
  • Jigsaw
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Pry bar
  • Drill


Step 1: Remove everything attached to your old countertop, including sinks, drop-in stovetops, etc. If you are re-using these fixtures, use craft paper to trace the shape of the holes made by these things and cut out the hole shapes. Otherwise, trace around your new fixtures and cut out the holes for the new ones. Remove drawers and shelves to give yourself room to work.

Step 2: Go in below the old countertop. Remove the screws from all the mounting brackets. Also remove the screws and retaining clips from any draw-tight fasteners connecting sections of the countertop.

Step 3: Where the old countertop meets the wall, cut away the caulk with a utility knife.

Step 4: Lift the old countertop off of the cabinets and then lift the new countertop into place. Check that the new countertop is level. If it is not, use shims to level it out. Screw the new countertop to the mounting brackets.

Step 5: Trace around your craft-paper hole patterns in the correct places for your fixtures. Score the cutout line with a utility knife. Drill a pilot hole for the jigsaw. Then use the jigsaw to cut out the holes. Put your fixtures in place, adjusting the holes if necessary.

Step 6: Apply caulking along all areas where the countertop and its backsplash meet the wall.

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