DIY Quartz: Checking the Measurements

Two more feet, and I can fit it in the fridge.

– Homer Simpson

When we ordered our quartz, the kitchen person told us to await templates that we could roll out over our existing counters to check our measurements. Yesterday, they arrived!

The templates are vinyl sheets cut to size with all the edges and cuts shown in place. I was weirdly delighted that all the information had been hand-lettered by a draftsperson rather than machine printed or scrawled.


Rolling out the templates accurately was a little tricky because we currently have a 4-inch backsplash that the new surface will not.


For both obstacles, we push the template up as far as possible and checked the offset, then floated the pattern pieces over the top and eyeballed everything again.


By the way, “OGEE” on the templates refers to the edge we ordered for the front of the counters. It’s a routed edge, while the edges at the ends and against the walls will be flat.

Ogee edge from the Riverstone quartz site

Ogee edge from the Riverstone quartz site

We have three countertop areas. Two of the three checked out just fine. But something was lost in translation on the third.


If there is a problem with the templates, you take them back to Menards, where they will correct the order. The measurements for this piece were right, but we didn’t love the idea of an ogee edge and inside radius up against the wall. So it was back to Menards!

It turned out that the piece had been entered correctly in the system, but the template-maker got it wrong on the vinyl. I imagine it must have really seemed like an unlikely piece to the fabricator! Kev printed off a photo of the weird corner, and the department manager will fax that over on Monday.

The angle goof is a bit of a frustrating setback, but I’m glad we found out now. The template is an option that the buyer can delete from the order, but it’s less than $40 and completely worth it. If this finished piece arrived with an inside radius corner and the wrong edge, we’d have a situation of high vexation. Plus, it was really useful to check our measurements with something tangible–it would have been easy to make a mistake at our end.

We’re getting there! If the change can be made by fax, we are looking at April delivery.

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5 Responses to DIY Quartz: Checking the Measurements

  1. Ali says:

    I’m so happy I stumbled upon your blog! About this time last year I brought up to my husband that I would like to consider Menard’s DIY quartz. He wasn’t into the idea, because he was worried about our measurements being off. He seemed pretty against it, so I did not look into it further. Now here I am again thinking about Menard’s so I ran the numbers to see that we would end up paying way, way less. While looking for personal stories, I saw your very timely post where you decided to order from Menard’s. I told him about your post and he said, “So, you’re going to let them be guinea pigs for you?” Basically, yes, that’s what I’m doing. Today I am super excited to see the template, because I know that would make me feel better about the process – it would give me a greater sense of control! I am thankful to you for sharing your experience and, maybe somewhat selfishly, I have my fingers crossed for you! Good luck!

  2. Kevin says:

    We’re glad you found us, and we’re happy to be your guinea pigs!

  3. Lyndy says:

    How long did it take from the time you ordered your template (including the remakes) until the final counter came? We are getting new cabinets, so the thought of not having a countertop for a month or more seems unimaginable!

    • Stacey says:

      Lyndy, sorry for the late reply — I think it was about three weeks. When we got new cabinets, we had some plywood down as countertops — not ideal, but it’s something! Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the counters!

      • Lyndy says:

        That’s good to hear. I’m so glad you posted this blog – we are considering the cotton. Thanks for the tip too!

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