My stove does not fill the entire space between countertops. Any simple way to cover the space to avoid spills on the hard-to-reach floor?

Asked by Shirley
Lafayette, CA

The open space on either side of my new stove is approximately 3 inches. I'm not interested in building a narrow custom-made storage space for trays, etc. I simply want to add/attach something to the edge of the steel-colored stove and adjacent dark aqua countertop (which has a lip edge) that will prevent annoying occasional spills of food and crumbs that I must remove from the narrow, unlighted space on either side.


Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS

Answered by Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS

Bainbridge Island, WA

A Kitchen That Works LLC

December 28, 2010

Dear Shirley,

First, I am going to assume that you have a 30-inch “free standing” range (the sides are finished and there are no flanges on the sides) rather than a drop in, slide-in or professional range.

  • My second assumption is that your aqua countertop is laminate.
  • Third assumption is that your range is stainless steel.
  • The fourth and last assumption is that the “lip” on the countertop does not fill the void between the countertop and the range.

Install a filler below the counter

To minimize food getting down into the gap, you can have a 2¾ inch (+/-) filler fabricated for either side of the range.

  • The filler can be wood to complement your cabinets, or, to complement your range,
  • a stainless lookalike laminate, or
  • actual stainless steel (wrapped around a no-added-formaldehyde plywood or particleboard substrate).

The filler would be installed below the counter.  The range would need to be pulled out to install the fillers. I will have to assume that snugging the range up to one side or the other, rendering a 6" gap, which could be filled by a base spice pull-out or tray cabinet, would set the range off-center from the exhaust hood, eliminating that option.

Extending the countertop over the filler

Next, you may want to trim back the existing countertop lip and put a new extended lip on that would come to the edge of the range and cover the suggested filler above.

  • This new lip would be attached to the existing countertop and/or base cabinet.
  • Again, the lip could be wood to match the cabinets or it could be stainless to match the range. Stainless will be more durable and easier to clean in this potentially greasy environment.
  • Please note that there will be a seam between the existing countertop and the new lip which may become a catch point for food particles, etc.

A local green cabinet maker could most likely help you with both the countertop lip and the filler.

Alternatively, if the expected life of the range is limited, you might want to consider a replacement unit that is wide enough to fill the gap (make sure your exhaust hood is compatible with a bigger unit).

Good luck!


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