How to Put an Edge on a Quartz Countertop


Quartz countertops are popular in modern kitchens and bathrooms due to their durability, easy maintenance, and stylish appearance. Unlike natural stone, quartz is engineered, so it doesn’t require sealing and is resistant to stains, scratches and heat. One appealing design feature of quartz is the ability to put a beveled or eased edge on the countertop. This rounded edge softens the look and feels smooth underhand. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to put an edge on a quartz countertop.

Gather the Right Supplies

Putting an edge on a quartz countertop requires just a few supplies:

  • Quartz slabs
  • Router with 1/8″ bevel bit
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Respirator or dust mask
  • Gloves
  • Rags
  • Mineral spirits for cleaning up

Make sure you have high-quality quartz slabs to work with. The edge can only be as smooth as the material itself. Purchase slabs that are at least 2 cm thick. Thinner quartz is prone to chipping.

Cut the Quartz to Size

Bring the quartz slabs home and cut them to the size of your countertop. It’s best to have the supplier or stonemason make the major cuts with a wet saw. If you need to trim the pieces further to fit your space, use a jigsaw with a diamond grit blade. Make sure to cut the quartz about 1/16″ smaller than the base cabinet to leave room for the edge. Smooth any rough edges with 120-grit sandpaper.

Create the Edge Profile

Now it’s time to cut the beveled edge profile using a router and 1/8” bevel bit. Set the bit depth so it cuts 1/8” into the edge of the quartz. Make multiple passes, taking off just 1/16″ at a time until you achieve the desired bevel. Move the router from left to right in a smooth, steady motion. Advance about 1/4″ after each pass.

Keep your hands safely away from the spinning bit and use a guide or jig for the best control. The edge should have a smooth beveled profile without any deep grooves from the bit.

Polish the Edge

Once you’ve created the beveled profile, polish up the edge for a flawless finish. Start by sanding with 220-grit sandpaper to remove any router marks. Sand the flat bottom and front bevel gently. Don’t round over the edge.

Next, smooth the quartz further with 400-grit sandpaper followed by 600-grit. Finally, apply polishing pads from 800-grit up to 3000-grit. Work through all the grits evenly to achieve a glossy sheen. Take your time during polishing to avoid creating new scratches.

Clean Up the Countertop

The last step is to thoroughly clean the quartz countertop once edge polishing is complete. Remove all dust and debris with rags. Then wipe down the surface with mineral spirits to eliminate any oily residue and fingerprints. Let the mineral spirits evaporate fully before installing the countertop.

Install the Countertop

Now you can install your quartz countertop with ease, knowing the edge has been cut and polished to perfection. Carefully position the quartz on the base cabinets. Shim underneath if necessary to level the countertop. Apply a bead of silicone adhesive around the perimeter and along walls and backsplashes.

Finally, secure the countertop with brackets attached to the underlying cabinets. Tighten bracket screws just until snug. Wipe away any excess adhesive squeeze-out. Allow the silicone to fully cure for 24-48 hours before using your quartz countertop.

Maintaining the Edge

The eased edge you’ve added to your quartz countertop not only looks beautiful but makes the surface less prone to chipping if bumped. Still, take care not to bang quartz edges on hard objects, as some chipping can occur. Avoid using the countertop as a cutting surface to prevent knicks.

Use a gentle cleanser and soft cloth or sponge when cleaning quartz. Avoid abrasive pads. Resealing is never necessary, thanks to quartz’s non-porous properties. With proper care, your quartz countertop will maintain its smooth beveled edge for years to come.

FAQ About Putting an Edge on Quartz

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about creating a beveled edge on a quartz countertop:

What’s the best edge profile for quartz?

A gentle 1/8″ bevel is recommended for quartz. This creates a subtle eased edge without being prone to chipping. More dramatic edges may expose the engineered quartz material in a less appealing way.

Can I do an edge profile on quartz myself?

Yes, it is possible for a DIYer to cut a simple beveled edge on their quartz countertop with a router and bevel bit. Go slowly and follow safety precautions. Consider having complex edge profiles made by your fabricator.

What tool do I need to put an edge on quartz?

A handheld router with a 1/8″ bevel bit is the essential tool needed to cut a bevel profile on your quartz edge. Variable speed is helpful for control. Make sure to polish thoroughly after routing.

Is there a specific bit to use for quartz edges?

A router bit designed specifically for beveling quartz would have diamond grit surfacing. However, a quality high-speed steel bevel bit used properly works very well for quartz edges.

Can any edge profile work for quartz?

Simple eased edges or bevels best complement a quartz countertop. Very dramatic edges or deep curves may not suit the engineered nature and thickness of quartz material. Consult your fabricator on possibilities.

Does the edge have to match the surface finish?

It looks most natural if your edge finish matches the surface. For example, create a honed beveled edge on quartz with a honed surface. Polished quartz should have a smoothly polished beveled edge.


Upgrading your countertop with a beveled quartz edge takes planning and care but is very achievable as a DIY project. With the right router bit, safety gear, and polishing pads on hand, you can cut a smooth eased edge to give your quartz counter a seamless custom finish. Take it slowly and don’t rush the polishing steps. A beautifully fabricated quartz edge will enhance your kitchen or bath for many years to come.