The purpose of a kitchen backsplash, which covers the wall area between countertops and cabinetry, is to protect your walls from splashes and spills. At times, homeowners will simply extend the countertop materials up the wall for a simple backsplash. Others will opt for tile or other durable materials to cover as much or as little as they like with added style. When you are considering the backsplash materials and styles available, think about whether you will want a standard or full kitchen backsplash installation to meet the needs of your kitchen’s aesthetic and function.
Determining Your Kitchen Backsplash Height
Standard backsplash measurements are approximately 4-inches up from the surface of countertops. Typically, this will simply be constructed of the same countertop material already in place. Alternatively, a full backsplash will extend from the countertop surface up to the bottom of cabinets, and sometimes further. At times, a homeowner will prefer a full backsplash that carries all the way to their ceiling. No matter the height, a backsplash can be designed with a wide range of materials, so personal preference and style is the final decision factor.
Benefits of a Standard Kitchen Backsplash
For home owners who are conscious of their budget, a standard backsplash is a great option as they use less materials and do not involve as much labor required by a full backsplash. The standard 4-inch backsplash is a money saver, particularly if your countertop material is made of a more expensive material. While 4-inches is the standard measurement, nothing is stopping you from considering other heights. 6-8 inches of backsplash height are not uncommon, so don’t be afraid to play with your design.
Advantages of a Full Kitchen Backsplash
Homeowners will choose a full backsplash installation to provide a more cohesive wall covering between the countertop and upper kitchen cabinets. These backsplashes are often created with colorful designs and unique textures from detailed tile work or other stylish materials. Full backsplashes provide for a creative touch, providing depth and dimension to your kitchen design.
Beyond aesthetics, full backsplash installations provide for additional protection to your kitchen walls. A well used kitchen may benefit from a full-height backsplash upgrade to prevent wall damage from splashes and spills, particularly behind sink and stovetops.
No matter your choice of backsplash height, Chicago Tile & Backsplash offers the finest backsplash contractors Chicago residents can find. We look forward to helping you design the kitchen of your dreams. Call us today for a free estimation and to learn more.