How Much Does It Cost To Install A Formica Countertop?


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Formica Countertop Costs

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Formica, which is a form of laminate countertop, has been a wildly popular option in kitchen upgrades and kitchen and bath countertops for years. It comes at that higher cost because, although it looks like a high-quality stone or granite, it is actually a resin-topped material that is incredibly durable and long-lasting.

Labor or installation costs will vary based on a long list of factors. They include the complexity of the layout of the countertops (as unusual shapes or longer lengths require higher installation costs), location outside of major urban areas, the addition of elements like cutouts, and any onsite fabrication.

Formica countertops installation: 30 linear feet for a 200 sq.ft. kitchen.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Countertop $31 per linear foot 30 $930
Labor Cost $30-$40 per hour 10 $300-$400
Total Cost $41-$43.33 per linear feet 30 $1,230-$1,300


Other considerations and costs

  • Some experts say that waiting until the early winter to book an installation can save tremendously on installation costs, which can often add up to close to 15% of the price of the project – or more.
  • Costs can vary depending on the installer you choose, the edging selected, and the pattern or finish with PremiumFX and 180F two of the most common. The G-9 high-pressure laminate is comparable.
  • Pricing does not reflect additional components such as backsplashes.
  • Costs do not reflect the need to remove existing countertops and cabinetry or for hauling away the debris.
  • Any customization will boost the price of the Formica countertops substantially, such as drop-in sink cuts, etc.

DIY considerations

  • Although it is possible to install countertops as a DIY project, it is not advisable. For one, the measuring process has to be done with precision, and even a small mistake can cost the entire project budget.
  • Lifting and maneuvering even a moderate-sized piece of Formica is difficult and even dangerous, and so it is not a one-person project.
  • If opting to do a DIY project, measuring and having professionals then cut sections to length or to size is the best route, though cutting fees and the need for laminate facings to cover cut marks will all bump up the cost for the project.
  • Big box improvement stores and contractors are readily available to do full Formica countertop installations from start to finish, and this ensures the best results.
  • Material costs add up quickly and can run upwards of $200 or more per section installed. This is due to the need for support materials, glue, specialty drill bits, saws, etc.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
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Cost by city

(30 linear feet)
  • New York, NY$2,032
  • Bronx, NY$1,670
  • Brooklyn, NY$1,392
  • Philadelphia, PA$1,736
  • Washington, DC$1,507
  • Atlanta, GA$1,363
  • Miami, FL$1,240
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$1,299
  • Minneapolis, MN$1,523
  • Chicago, IL$1,775
  • Houston, TX$1,831
  • San Antonio, TX$1,229
  • Austin, TX$1,392
  • Denver, CO$1,176
  • Phoenix, AZ$1,240
  • Las Vegas, NV$1,361
  • Los Angeles, CA$1,534
  • San Diego, CA$1,392
  • San Jose, CA$1,681
  • Seattle, WA$1,231

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