How to improve your kitchen?

Written by JD
23/04/2018 09:25:46

Kitchen Splashbacks 

The kitchen is ranked as the most popular room in the house. For many it's the hot-spot for most of the action - and the mess.  Furthermore, it is one of the most expensive rooms to change. If a new kitchen is the stuff of your daydreams but funding and implementing it the stuff of your nightmares, you might be interested in the easy, speedy and inexpensive transformation provided by cut to size acrylic splashbacks.  Splashbacks provide a low-cost way to bring your kitchen quickly back on trend and protect kitchen walls that are prone to splashing.  Easier, quicker and cheaper to install than tiles, hygienic acrylic kitchen splashbacks update your kitchen with minimal disruption.  Installation is so easy you can do it yourself.

Check out these photos of kitchen splashbacks provided by customers of splashback providers, The Plastic People.

Pistachio High Gloss Splashback  Acrylic Kitchen Splashback  Lemon Kitchen Splashback  Brightly coloured kitchen

coloured acrylic adds a stylish finish to these modern kitchens
 

Why are splashbacks perfect for kitchens?


They are an affordable way to make your kitchen look brand new. Top of the makeover wish list is for new improvements to look the same as they did on day one and this is where kitchen splashbacks score highly. There are many splashback choices – traditionally tiles and glass – but none that are as versatile, hygienic and easy to clean and fit than acrylic.  Because they are cut from one  sheet there are no joins or grout to clean or discolour over time. Acrylic sheets are typically available as large as 3m x 2m so splashbacks can be used to cover large areas without the need for joins. The end result is seam free and hygienic as well as visually stunning. 

 Our acrylic splashbacks make a great choice, not least because they give a high end look at a low-end price:

1.    They come in amazing colour options - bright primary colours, subtle neutral shades and tones as well as pearlescent and sparkly options. The latest acrylics are clear, high gloss coextruded with a colour effect layer. They make an excellent choice for a high gloss look.
 
2.    They are very hygienic. As previosly mentioned, all our splashbacks are cut from one acrylic sheet and therefore are seamless. This means you won’t need to worry about grouting, cleaning grout or re-grouting.  The benefit of acrylic is that dirt finds it hard to adhere to its perfectly smooth surface!  Effective cleaning couldn’t be easier: our splashbacks simply wash clean with warm soapy water and a soft cotton cloth. Really dirty acrylic splashbacks benefit from cleaning with a mild, non-abrasive detergent added to the water or cleaning with an acrylic cleaner (Chemical cleaners should be avoided as they are too harsh for acrylic and will damage it.) 
 
4.    Our Perspex equivalent kitchen splashbacks are easier, quicker and cheaper to install than other splashbacks - around 4 times faster than glass or tiles
 
5.    The hard work is done for you. Your splashbacks arrive ready to fit in your wall space.  The splashback will be cut to the size and shape you need to cover your area. That will include any socket holes being cut out ready as well as any other shapes you might need; for example, to allow for pipes or even to cover pipes!
 
6.    Installation is an easy DIY task – acrylic kitchen splashbacks come ready shaped / sized to fit your wall area and they simply glue or screw to your wall. When you have your splashback, you'll notice it is very light - picking it up and putting it on your wall is relatively easy to do.
 
 Cream Acrylic Splashback  Black high gloss wall protection  Acrylic cooker splashback  Grey sink splashbacks
white and black acrylic splashbacks work well in a neutral kitchen 

They are very easy to install. Acrylic kitchen splashbacks offer installers and DIY’ers an easier solution than glass or a tiled equivalent.  Unlike glass, acrylic splashbacks are very light in weight so lifting and fitting a large splashback in one section is much easier than a glass equivalent. As well as being lighter than glass, our splashbacks are also strong: around 10 times stronger than glass.  If they are dropped accidentally they are unlikely to break. Solid colour splashbacks can be fixed to kitchen walls using a suitable adhesive such as Strong Stuff. Lighter shades, translucent or tinted acrylic splashbacks can be screwed to kitchen walls to avoid any adhesive showing through. (If you're going to hang your splashback with screws, we recommend that you ask for screw holes to be ready-drilled into your splashback - then your splashback will arrive ready to hang).
 
They offer a high end custom design without the high price tag. Acrylic comes in many styles, thicknesses, colours and finishes.  Just like glass there are frosts, matts, prints and patterns as well as the vibrant, high gloss shades Perspex acrylic has become renowned for.  The Plastic People recommend 5mm Perspex branded acrylic for splashbacks. 

Splashbacks are generally produced in 3mm or 5mm acrylic. 5mm will give the splashback it’s stunning depth of colour as well as enough rigidity to display well. The thinner the acrylic the less depth of colour and the greater its flexibility too. Flexibility is an important consideration because a flexible splashback on an uneven wall risks a poor distorted appearance.

The quality of acrylic does vary in the industry. Some acrylic is produced in clean, state of the art factories from high quality resins while other acrylic is produced in lower quality factories using lower quality resins. The difference typically shows in the flex of the acrylic and in spots and imperfections which affect durability and longevity. The Plastic People use Perspex acrylic or equivalent for all acrylic splashbacks.
 

How to Choose Your Acrylic Splashback?


For more information and advice about our plashbacks, including prices and having splashbacks cut to the sizes or shape you need, head over to our acrylic splashbacks page. If you’d like an idea of price, measure the area of wall you’d like to cover with a splashback and use our calculator to enter your measurements to get a price. If you will need socket holes or shapes cutting out, enter how many you will need too.
 
Alternatively, our friendly team at The Plastic People will be delighted to help by email or phone (reach them on 0113 249 2200). They've been creating acrylic splashbacks for years and supply to industry as well as homeowners.. 
 

Guidance On Measuring and Fitting Acrylic Splashbacks


Read how to measure for an acrylic splashback and how to fit an acrylic splashback in our guidance here. Alternatively email the friendly team at The Plastic People who will be happy to help.
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