Measure & Plan

Step-by-step instructions for measuring and planning your PaperStone® project.

Step 1

Tools needed for measuring and templating (Photo 1A)

  • Measuring tape
  • Pen/pencil (a silver marker works well on PaperStone® surface, marks can be removed with acetone or lacquer thinner after cutting) (Photo 1B)
  • Material for templating
    • Cardboard, drafting paper, plastic sheets or
    • 1/8” luan strips or lath
  • Hot glue gun with glue (for use with plywood strips or lath)
  • Level
  • Sink/stove templates (included with sink/stove or available online)
  • Straight edge/square

Photo 1A Photo 1B

Step 2

Check cabinet installation

  • Make sure cabinets are in place, anchored correctly, clean of any debris and that tops are level (Photo 1C)
  • If cabinets are not level, adjust with shims and secure properly

Photo 1C

Step 3

Create drawing of countertops

  • Draw the layout of your desired countertops (Photo 1D)
  • Measure carefully and include all vital measurements
  • Include sink, faucet and stove center points
  • Make sure sink, faucet and/or stove will fit into cabinet bases (Photo 1E)

Photo 1D Photo 1E

Step 4

Obtain sink and stove templates

  • Templates should be packaged with sink and/or stove, or available online (Photo 1F)

Photo 1F

Step 5

Make countertop template

Template option A

  • Create an accurate template of your countertop from drafting paper, cardboard or plastic sheeting
    • place template material on cabinet bases
    • trace perimeter of cabinet bases on the underside of the template material (Photo 1G)
    • make accurate notes/markings for the location and boundaries of the sink cabinet base (Photo 1H)
    • note and explain all overhangs, radius corners, finished edges, etc.
    • scribe template material to wall (if a backspash will be installed over countertop, the fit between the countertop and the wall can be less accurate)
    • flip template material over and complete the tracing of the perimeter and sink/stove cutout areas (include overhangs by measuring from the traced perimeter to the desired overhang and mark with a straight edge)

Template option B

  • Create outline template by hot gluing together 1/8” luan strips or lath
    • build an outline of the cabinet bases by laying out strips of luan on the perimeter (Photos, 1I, 1J, and 1K)
    • use plenty of support strips
    • build an outline of all cutouts (sink/stove/etc.)
    • hot glue all joints of template strips so you have one continuous template (Photo 1I)
    • make notes on the strips explaining overhangs, radius corners, finished edges, etc. (Photo 1K)

Photo 1G Photo 1H Photo 1I Photo 1J Photo 1K

Step 6

Order your panels

  • Figure out total material requirements and order correct size panel(s)