Wallpapering the kitchen back wall

The classic tile mirror is extremely practical, but has long since ceased to be the trend in the kitchen. Instead, kitchen splashbacks are becoming increasingly important. Alternatively, some do-it-yourselfers are also considering wallpapering the kitchen rear wall. In the following, there are advantages and disadvantages to wallpapering the kitchen rear wall as well as similarly inexpensive alternatives.

Different materials for the kitchen rear wall

For many decades, the tiled surface between wall units and kitchen countertops was considered to be the overall solution. This is now considered old-fashioned and out of date. Instead, homogeneous kitchen splashbacks are used. These form a completely smooth, possibly embossed surface with almost every imaginable motif. The question then quickly arises which material should be used for the kitchen rear wall:

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  • Acrylic glass
  • Safety glass (ESG)
  • High pressure laminate (HDL)
  • various composite materials
  • various plastics
  • Foils
  • or a wallpaper

The significant disadvantages of a wallpaper kitchen splashback

There are some catches with the wallpaper, however. The hob is usually located in front of the kitchen rear wall; and here they cook. This means that hot steam, splashes of fat and other liquids quickly get onto the kitchen rear wall. Ordinary paper wallpapers like the woodchip are ruled out.

Wallpaper will not be able to cope with the high demands

It is true that you can seal such a wallpaper with an appropriate clear varnish. In any case, it must be washable and also insensitive to water vapor and splashes of fat. Nevertheless, even a coated wallpaper will no longer be particularly attractive within a very short time. Especially in the area around the hotplate, as the wall here has to be cleaned relatively often.

Wallpapering the kitchen rear wall is only recommended as a temporary solution

For this reason, we only recommend wallpapering the kitchen rear wall to a limited extent as a temporary solution. Also consider that in a kitchen that is already equipped with a kitchen mirror, this kitchen mirror must either be knocked off or a plate must first be installed as a surface for wallpapering. Then you can also purchase and attach a finished kitchen rear wall, only that it is then made of a material that is resistant to heat and water vapor.

Almost like wallpapering: foil as a kitchen rear wall

As an alternative to wallpaper as a kitchen rear wall, we therefore recommend a special film that can be used as a kitchen rear wall. Similar to wallpaper, the film is also stuck to the kitchen wall.

Applying the film is very similar to wallpapering in terms of the amount of work - only that you use a material that can cope with the high demands on the kitchen rear wall. We have provided detailed instructions for gluing a kitchen rear wall made of foil for you here.

Tips & Tricks If there is a tiled mirror, you have to attach a back wall anyway. Here you can read how to attach such a kitchen splashback.