How to Install Quartz Countertops Yourself

Installing quartz countertops can transform the look of your kitchen or bathroom by adding an elegant and stylish touch. With proper planning and preparation, you can install quartz countertops yourself, saving on installation costs. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to install quartz countertops yourself.


Quartz countertops, made from crushed quartz blended with resins and pigments, have become popular in recent years due to their strength, durability, and aesthetic appeal. Their non-porous nature also makes them resistant to stains and scratches. Quartz requires less maintenance than natural stone and is an ideal choice for DIY installations.

While professional installation is recommended, installing quartz countertops yourself is feasible for the ambitious DIYer. Proper planning and preparation are key to ensure a smooth installation. Factors like measuring and cutting accurately, leveling the cabinets, and adhering the countertop correctly, will determine how your finished countertop will look and perform.

Benefits of Installing Quartz Countertops Yourself

  • Cost savings – Hiring a professional to fabricate and install quartz countertops can cost $50-100 per square foot. DIY installation can reduce your costs to around $10-20 per square foot.
  • Customization – You can customize the size, edges, and layout when you fabricate it yourself. This allows you to get the perfect fit.
  • Learning experience – Installation provides the satisfaction of learning a new skill and achieving the transformation yourself.
  • Flexibility – You can work at your own pace and schedule.

However, DIY installation has some downsides to consider:

  • Quartz slabs are heavy and moving them requires 2-3 people.
  • Mistakes can be costly if slabs crack or chip.
  • Installation has a learning curve, especially cutting, polishing edges.
  • Total costs can add up between tools, adhesives, and disposal fees.

What You’ll Need


  • Circular saw with diamond blade
  • Router
  • Tile adhesive spreader
  • Jigsaw
  • Orbital sander
  • Hole saw drill bits
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter’s square


  • Adhesive – Specifically formulated for quartz.
  • Seam kit – Includes color-matched filler and adhesive.
  • Shims – For leveling and support.
  • Silicone caulk
  • Rags
  • Denatured alcohol

Safety equipment

  • Respirator
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection

Other supplies

  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil/marker
  • Wood braces
  • C-clamps
  • Clean buckets

Step 1: Prepare the Cabinets

Proper cabinet preparation is crucial for achieving a level, seamless installation.

  • Remove doors, drawers, handles/knobs from cabinets.
  • Clean cabinets thoroughly and repair any damage. Apply wood filler to gaps or holes.
  • Ensure cabinets are level front-to-back and side-to-side using a level tool. Shim any unlevel areas.
  • Apply painter’s tape to top edges of cabinet to protect from adhesive drips.

Step 2: Make a Template

Making a template will ensure your cuts are accurate.

  • Use cardboard or particle board to create a template.
  • Trace the outline of the cabinets onto the template material.
  • Extend the template 1 1/2 inches beyond the front and rear walls.
  • Cut out the template using a utility knife.
  • Test fit the template and make any adjustments for a perfect fit.

Step 3: Cut the Quartz Slabs

Cutting quartz requires specialized diamond-tipped blades.

  • Transport slabs to your workspace. Get help moving heavy slabs.
  • Keep slabs supported on a flat surface like saw horses when cutting.
  • Use the template to mark cut lines on backside of slabs.
  • Cut slabs 1/8 inch smaller than the template.
  • Make straight cuts using a circular saw with diamond blade.
  • For curved cuts, use a router with diamond bit or jigsaw.
  • Smooth cut edges with orbital sander.

Step 4: Install the Countertops

With slabs cut, you’re ready for installation.

  • Clean the cabinets and slabs thoroughly with denatured alcohol.
  • Apply a 1/4 inch bead of adhesive around tops of cabinets using the adhesive spreader.
  • Carefully lift slabs in place one at a time and press down firmly.
  • Use C-clamps to hold slabs tightly against cabinets while adhesive dries.
  • Apply seam adhesive between slabs and clamp until dry.
  • Let adhesive fully cure for up to 2 days before use.

Step 5: Finish the Edges

Finish edges for a polished, complete look.

  • Sand edges smooth with an orbital sander.
  • For rounded edges, use a router with rounding bit.
  • Soften any sharp seams with sandpaper.
  • Clean and wipe away dust thoroughly after sanding.

Step 6: Seal and Caulk

Sealing and caulking provide added protection.

  • Apply clear silicone caulk between countertop and walls/backsplash.
  • Apply caulk along seams between slabs.
  • Allow caulk to fully dry for 24 hours.
  • Apply sealant to all quartz surfaces following manufacturer directions.

Tips for Success

  • Check cut edges fit correctly before adhering slabs.
  • Work slowly and get help moving heavy slabs.
  • Keep adhesive layer thin for strongest bond.
  • Allow adhesives to fully cure before use.
  • Sand uneven seams until smooth.
  • Clean surfaces thoroughly between all steps.
  • Use painter’s tape to protect walls and cabinets.


What thickness quartz should I use?

3cm (1 1/4 inch) slabs offer the best durability and strength for countertops. Thinner 2cm slabs are more prone to cracking.

Can I install quartz flooring myself?
Quartz tiles can be installed as flooring. Use a similar installation process but with specialized tile adhesive and grout.

What mistakes should I avoid?
Rushing the job, not leveling cabinets, inaccurate measurements, and not following adhesive curing times. Rushed jobs often have uneven seams, cracks, and gaps.

How do I cut holes for a sink?
Use a hole saw drill bit sized for your sink’s drain opening. Cut holes before attaching quartz slabs. Follow sink manufacturer’s instructions.

Can I pour hot liquids directly on quartz?
Avoid exposing quartz to extreme heat. Always use trivets or hot pads when setting hot pots, pans, etc. Rapid temperature changes can damage quartz.


Installing quartz countertops yourself brings a great sense of accomplishment along with transforming your space. Careful planning, precision cuts, proper adhesion, and finished edges will result in a successful installation. Seek assistance for lifting slabs, and take it slowly. With patience and care, you can DIY quartz countertops and save on professional installation costs.