Why is it called a countertop?

Why is it called a countertop?

The term “countertop” first appeared in the late 19th century with reference to the counters in stores (“Some brutal tradesmen … affix tremendous nails … to the fronts of their counter tops, in order to keep their visitors at a respectful distance,” Travels in West Africa, Kingsley, 1897).

Is a countertop a table?

The relatively long and narrow table that is attached to a kitchen wall is a "counter." The top horizontal work surface of the counter is the countertop. The "kitchen table" is a usually square or round table that stands on its own legs, and is not attached to the wall.

Is counter top one word?

Webster's New World Dictionary says countertop, one word.

What types of countertops are there?

Countertop Materials

  • Granite Countertops. Granite countertops are some of the most elegant, richest kitchen countertops available. ...
  • Quartz Countertops. ...
  • Laminate Countertops. ...
  • Concrete Countertops. ...
  • Recycled Glass Countertops. ...
  • Butcherblock Countertops. ...
  • Marble Countertops. ...
  • Solid Surface Countertops.

What do countertops cost?

On average, expect countertops to range in price from $40 to $100 per square foot installed, according to a 2013 report by Consumer Reports. Granite countertops range from $50 to $250 per square foot, while tile counters can start at as little as $10; butcher block at $30, and solid surfaces at $35.