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How to Get a Kitchen Countertop for Less Than 100$

Last modified: 2017/08/28 | 2 mins

Looking to change your kitchen countertop but think you can’t afford it? Discover these amazing kitchen countertops materials that cost less than 100$ per square foot.

3 kitchen countertop options that cost less than $100/square foot

Laminate countertop

Laminate countertop is made of plastic covered chipboard, plywood or wood fibers. Many colors, patterns, and textures are available. Since laminate is very affordable and durable - between $5 to 20 per square foot - it is one of the most popular materials used for kitchen countertops.

Also, it is resistant to water and stains. Another advantage is that it is easy to clean: you only need water and soap to clear off dirt. However, laminate is sensitive to scratches, therefore, cutting food directly on the surface is not recommended. Always use a cutting board to protect it.

Tile countertop

Tiles are made from clay which is heated at very high temperatures. The ones that are used for kitchens are usually porcelain or ceramic tiles. Many textures, colors and patterns are available and you can assemble them in various ways. You could even create amazing mosaics. Although a tile surface is usually polished, you can also find matte finish ones. Tiles are resistant against water, heat, stains and scratches.

They are durable and easy to clean. Another perk is the fact that tiles are very affordable. They cost anywhere between $0.50 and $30 per square foot. However, be careful with your porcelain and glass kitchen accessories: they probably won’t resist if they fall on your tile countertops. Also, since tiles joints tend to accumulate dirt, this part can be quite hard to clean. Lastly, cutting food on tiles may damage them so you should use a cutting board to prevent it.

Wooden countertop

A wide range of wooden countertops are available. Much like in floor covering, you can choose the type of wood and the finish that best suits your taste. For kitchens, types of wood like oak, beech, and teak are more suitable. Wood is a very good material on which to cut food.

Also, its level of heat resistance is good and it is easy to clean. Wood kitchen countertops cost from $10 to 90 per square foot. However, wood is less durable than the other materials used for kitchen countertops. It is sensitive both to humidity and to scratches. Also, wood changes depending on the environment: it tends to contract in dry weather and to expand when the air is humid. Finally, be aware the you’ll have to varnish or oil your wood kitchen countertops on a regular basis in order to protect them.

All the prices mentioned in this article do not include the installation process, which can vary depending on the material chosen and the complexity of the task.

Summary table of the prices for affordable kitchen countertops

Type of counter

Average price

Laminate counter

approx. $5 to $25/square foot

Tile counter

approx. $0.50 to $30/square foot

Wooden counter


approx. $10 to $90/square foot


To find out about the average prices of different home renovation projects, check out our Home renovation price guide. 

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