The kitchen back wall - which material


Kitchen splashbacks are available in a variety of designs, both in terms of motif, material and shape. Below is a description of the most important materials. You can use this information to determine which material is best for your kitchen back wall.

The tile mirror is no longer in demand

The tiled mirror in kitchens was for many years the standard covering of the kitchen wall between upper cabinets and worktop. But those times are over. The design demands on this part of the kitchen wall have grown steadily. It is an area that can be perfectly individualized in design.

Special features of kitchen rear walls

The most striking difference to the tile mirror is the homogeneous surface. This is either smooth or can also be pronounced relief. Own picture templates, artistic designs, solid colors or colorful - there are really no limits set. Also with the used materials the variety is big:

  • Acrylic glass (Plexiglas)
  • Glass (toughened safety glass)
  • High pressure laminate plates (HPL)
  • Metals such as aluminum or stainless steel
  • refractory and heat-resistant plastics
  • other composites
  • Kitchen worktops made of pressboard, wood, stone etc.

Which material for the kitchen back wall in which kitchen?

What is important in the case of the materials used as the kitchen back wall is, above all, which are heat-resistant, fire-resistant and resistant to moisture and water vapor. Therefore, not every one of these materials can equally be used.

Acrylic glass, certain plastics and composites, for example, can not be used with a gas-fired cooking plate with an open flame, as this creates an enormous heat build-up and can cause lasting damage to the material.

Which attachment of the kitchen back wall?

When attaching the kitchen back wall, there are also different approaches. Some materials can be glued to the wall, others are dowelled and screwed, brackets and frame profiles can be installed. Which method can be used depends on the material used.

The kitchen back wall made of glass

Glass, for example, expands significantly when exposed to heat, which is why edge joints must be preserved. In addition, tempered glass is too heavy to stick, since it should be used in thicknesses between 6 and 8 mm. More about attaching a glass kitchen back wall here.

High pressure laminate (HPL) as a versatile solution

High-pressure laminate plates offer a great deal of freedom in terms of design, since they can easily be printed using modern printing techniques. Everything that is important for a kitchen back wall made of laminate during assembly, we have summarized here. According to this principle, you can also attach kitchen backs made of acrylic glass or other synthetic and composite materials.

The same material as the kitchen worktop

Recently, more and more often the same material is used, which also consists of the kitchen worktop. This can be stone like marble, but also pressboard. The disadvantage of wood composites is the greater care, since the wood also reacts as a composite very sensitive to moisture. And in the kitchen, as is well known, this is permanently caused by the steam.

Tips & Tricks

You can also beautify and individualize an existing kitchen back wall. One of the popular features is integrated LED lighting. How to build a kitchen back wall with LED yourself, you can read here.


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