Make a kitchen splashback yourself

Kitchen splashbacks are trendy. Therefore, some of them are relatively expensive, not just because of the materials. But it doesn't always have to be the expensive kitchen splashback. Below you will find various ideas on how you can make a kitchen splashback yourself.

The materials to DIY a kitchen splashback

A kitchen rear wall changes the visual effect of a kitchen permanently. The old tile mirror, on the other hand, looks downright old-fashioned. For the individual design, if you build the kitchen splashback yourself, basically the same materials are available as for purchased kitchen splashbacks:

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  • Acrylic glass
  • Safety glass (ESG, toughened safety glass)
  • High pressure laminate (HPL or HDL)
  • Metal plates made of stainless steel or aluminum
  • Wood
  • Composite materials such as MDF or HPL
  • Plastics
  • Kitchen worktops (wood, pressboard, natural stone, etc.)

Not every material is suitable under every condition

The choice is of course enormous with the numerous materials. But which material you use for the kitchen rear wall also depends on the requirements. The following questions need to be clarified:

  • if there is already a tiled surface or the kitchen wall is plastered
  • may be drilled into the tiles if there is a tiled area
  • the tiles may be pasted
  • there is a hob with open flames

Make the kitchen splashback on a plastered wall yourself

Different approaches result from the first three points. A conventionally plastered wall is suitable, for example, for gluing a kitchen rear wall with foil. Follow the link and receive comprehensive assembly instructions.

Tile surfaces may be drilled or pasted

If the tile can at least be glued to, you can use these instructions to attach a kitchen splashback. You can also use it to mount a neutral carrier plate, for example made of MDF or HPL, but also a plastic plate. You can then use this plate to mount the visible surface, for example a film.

Tile mirror must remain intact

If you are not allowed to glue or drill holes in a tiled area, a 6 to 8 mm thick wooden multiplex board is recommended. This is not too difficult. It is attached to the hanging cabinets (underside) and to the kitchen worktop using strips.

Design your own kitchen splashback made of glass

If you want to redesign your kitchen rear wall with glass and use ESG, this must also be between 6 and 8 mm thick. As you can imagine, the weight is enormous.

Therefore there are only two options here: drilling and spacers, drilling and point fixings, insert rails above or below or brackets and simultaneous gluing of the back of the glass. The exact options you have are summarized under Fixing glass as a kitchen rear wall.

Hob with open flames

In the case of a gas hob with an open flame, however, the materials are somewhat limited. Building the kitchen rear wall yourself with wood or wood composites is just as little recommended as with acrylic glass. The problem: the open flame can lead to a build-up of heat, especially when using several hobs at the same time, which damages the material of the kitchen rear wall.

Tips & Tricks For most kitchens, we recommend a composite panel that you slide into a rail system. Depending on the material chosen, the panels are so light that you can also attach the rails to the underside of the wall units and to the worktop. You can also redesign this plate at any time by attaching a film with a different motif.

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