The cost of laminate countertops varies based on the installation method and the varying rates charged by different installers and contractors. In 2014, the cost of installing laminate countertop ranged from about $17 to $31 per square foot. This figure includes the cost of the countertop itself, installation labor and an equipment allowance.
The least expensive option is to buy mass-produced pieces of laminate countertop and have the installer cut them to the appropriate size. The countertop itself, which can be installed by a knowledgeable do-it-yourselfer, costs around $4 to $9 per square foot. Professional installation adds $200 to $270, depending on the kitchen size. This makes the average cost of a professionally installed countertop about $13 per square foot.
When countertops are customized, the measurements of a specific kitchen are sent to the factory, where a countertop is custom built to best accommodate the space. Customization reduces the number of cuts that need to be made at the job site and uses extremely precise mechanized tools to make seams almost impossible to detect. This option is more expensive, however, as the costs of manufacturing and shipping the countertop to the job site are factored into the price. Installed customized laminate counter cost between $15 and $30 per square foot with an average cost of $23.