Add Counter Space

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

OvenWhen you’re not using your stove, does it bug you how much space it takes up?  Space that could be used as a counter?

Recently, two readers have shared photos of how they created “removable counter tops” over their stoves and graciously agreed for me to post them here.  Both are fairly simple DIY projects and even if neither one works perfectly for you, they may give you some ideas.

Que Tal had elaborate custom made covers for both the sinks and stove, but I almost never used them because they were really heavy and there was no convenient place to store them.  And something that takes me 5 minutes to get out just isn’t going to used numerous times a day!

Both of these look to be much more likely to be used all the time.  With either, be sure that the stove surface has sufficiently cooled after the stove has been used before putting the cover on.  And in really rough weather, you should remove the cover and stow it where it can’t become a flying missile and cause damage or injury!

Maple Cutting Board

The first set of photos comes from Karla Vialle aboard Aria, who has also gave some good ideas on converting a hanging locker to shelves and making your own dog treats.

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Karla bought a large maple cutting board that just fit the stove top, with a couple of inches still clear at the back.  Then she and her husband added a simple cabinet pull and two dock pole hangers . . .


and she can easily hang it when she wants to use the stove.  She notes that it also keep the stove top cleaner!

Plastic Cutting Board

Annette Baker sent me this picture of her stove cover (Annette has tons of boat sewing advice and resources on her blog, that was created by the previous owner of her boat, Magnolia.


This uses a white 1/2″ thick cutting board, with wood added to both ends so that it fits snugly in the stove top.  The pre-cut hole makes it easy to pick up.


The wood on Annette’s was routed and apparently glued onto the cutting board, but if you don’t have access to a router, you could also use separate pieces of wood on the top and bottom and screw or glue them to the cutting board.  One nice thing about using the white plastic cutting board is that it weighs a lot less than a thick wood board, making it easier to move off/on the stove numerous times a day.

Got other great designs for a stove cover?  Leave a note in the comments and I’ll contact you to get photos.

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  1. I set the sink cover over the stove. I added rubber bumpers to each corner to lift it up a little and keep it from sliding. It still fits into the sink so I can change work surfaces with just one self-storing piece.

  2. Ronald A. Horton on Facebook says:

    On Sojourner we had a wood cover that was also a nice serving tray with side handles. The bottom had two ribs with notches in them to fit over the wire stove top grates. It was really slick. When not in use It would fit nicely on edge between the side of the sink cabinet and the companion way stairs. We also designed a folding shelf with fiddles to attach to the backrest of the saloon settee. Remove the back cushion and raise the shelf. Down it hides behind the cushion. The boat had no counter space. Worked on several other items. Dennis Schell will be doing the 1500 on his own boat this time.

  3. Glad to contribute to this helpful article. Since I sent you the pictures of the starboard cutting board for the stove top we upgraded the stove to a shiny Force 10 and the cutting board top fits it as well. I like adding the hooks for hanging. Ours just sits underneath the stove or I use it on the counter top when I’m cooking.

  4. Sue Fuller says:

    We use a white starboard cover for our stovetop available from Zarcor. Some great extra counter space when the stove is not in use.

  5. I’d like to incorporate this idea on my boat. I have a cutting board that fits, but I’m having a hard time locating hardware to hang it. The men at West Marine looked at me like I had two heads when I asked for “dock pole hangers.” Can anyone help me figure out exactly what the hardware is that was used for this project? Thanks!

  6. On our boat the previous owner took with him the custom cutting board covers that came with the boat. Thus we measured and had custom bamboo cutting boards made for our galley sink and the cook top from:

    They did an outstanding job and I would highly recommend them.

  7. Tap plastics cut my HDPE sink and stove covers to fit and rounded the corners. I drilled 1″ holes. The sink cover has a cutout to fill a glass of water without moving the cover.

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