post form laminate kitchen island countertop with a plate of fruit and a coffee sitting on top

Post Form Laminate

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 1/21/2021

If you’ve ever looked at installing a new countertop, you probably know that there are quite a few options available, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. One option that might appeal to anyone on a budget or a tight timeline is known as post form laminate countertops.


Post form laminates are called “post-form” because they are applied to a pre-manufactured base after it has been formed to the correct size and shape. Post-form laminate sheets are typically applied with an adhesive to a preformed particle board substrate base, most commonly as kitchen countertops. The laminate is rolled over the base as one solid sheet, creating a seamless surface with the backsplash and edges.

The Pros and Cons of a Post Form Laminate Countertop

Post form laminate countertops may be a great solution for some situations, especially if budget and time are a concern. But there are a few things to consider before making a final decision:

  • Here are some of the main advantages of a post form laminate countertop. They are economical, with options far below half the price of a natural stone option. They are available in many colors and designs and can be customized to your style needs. They are also much quicker to install than other types of countertops.
  • Some of the big disadvantages are: post form laminate countertops are easier to damage than some other countertop surfaces. They are prone to scratches and damage from hot surfaces, such as pots and pans. Also, they do not add resale value to the home like natural stone countertops.