Waterfall Ends: What Are They And How To Do Them
‘Waterfall’ ends are gaining popularity across kitchens, becoming a prominent feature in most installations to create a striking centrepiece to the room.
A waterfall end is where the kitchen countertop appears to ‘flow’ from the top of the counter to the floor and are more commonly seen on a kitchen island and can be on both sides or just one.
It’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with this design. It ideally showcases the stones beautiful natural markings, making it a show-stopping feature in any kitchen. We felt it was about time to put a spotlight on this fantastic design and talk you through some of the options and the tooling you can use to achieve them.
What Is So Great About A Waterfall End?
Firstly, waterfall edges don’t just look good, they also serve an important purpose. The edge of your kitchen countertop can often be the first part to show signs of distress and ageing. A waterfall end hides the end and therefore prolongs the life of the kitchen worktop. There are no harsh edges which makes your kitchen much safer for the heads of little ones running around, or the sides of clumsy adults!
Finally, a waterfall end also protects the cabinets underneath, shielding them from wear and tear too.
Let’s Look At The Designs
The Veined Look
This is where the stone is chosen because of the veining quality. The pattern matches up on the stone so it seamlessly flows through to the floor.
This is a stunning design and makes the island look like a proper waterfall flowing down the rocks.
For a bolder look customer’s are contrasting colour choices and even materials to create a more show-stopping kitchen centrepiece.
Allowing an overhang across the width of the island give a fantastic place for the stools to sit under, making the island a great place to sit around.
How To Achieve The Perfect Waterfall End
These simple steps are our guide to help you to create the perfect waterfall end.
Follow the links in the instructions to check out the perfect tool for the job.
- Cut the island to size as usual.
- Mitre the top edge of the stone using a saw blade at a 45-degree angle or a CNC 45-degree edging tool.
- Cut the down turn leg to size
- Mitre the top end to match the top.
- Back polish the backside of the down turn panel with an Ultimum polishing pad so that if you see the underside of the breakfast bar it will look smooth as the front.
- Use seam it adhesive for a strong join for the mitre joint, colour matched to the stone.
- Use a 90-degree suction mitre clamp to pull the mitres together and create a virtually seamless joint. – *Exclusive* 90-degree clamps coming to the Stonegate shop soon!
Tooling applies to granite and quartz countertops.
For DEKTON use our accredited tooling.