Have you been wanting to add something extra to your bathroom or kitchen space? Does it seem to be missing something but you’re not quite sure what? We’ve all been there before. Sometimes, all a space needs to bring it together is color and texture. Luckily, there’s something that provides both of those things for a low cost—backsplash. In this guide, we’re going to answer the question, what is a backsplash? Installing a backsplash is super easy, too! So, let’s talk about backsplashes and what they are, first.
What is it?
A backsplash, though an aesthetic addition, is actually used for its function. The backsplash is a panel or series of panels that come together to provide a barrier between the sink and wall. A backsplash protects the wall from water and moisture splashing up from the sink. These panels are often made of tile, stone, or vinyl.
Over the years, backsplashes have gained popularity as an accent piece in many modern homes. There are an endless variety of options when it comes to how a backsplash looks. When it comes to installation, you can have whatever width you want. Most often, you will see backsplashes that go up the wall between 12 to 16 inches. Sometimes, though, you will find ones that go all the way up to the cabinetry or ceiling! So, it’s ultimately up to you.
Now that you understand what a backsplash is and what your options are, let’s talk about how you go about installing this functional accent piece.
How to Install a Backsplash
Before you get started, you need to figure out how much backsplash material you’ll need. The way you determine how much to get is based on square footage. So, it’s time to measure the wall! Start by measuring the height and width of the wall. Once you have those two numbers, multiply them together and that will be your square footage. E.g., you have a wall that’s 10 feet wide by 2 feet tall. That would mean you need 20 square feet of backsplash material. Measure twice to ensure you were accurate to avoid buying too much backsplash.
If you have any outlets or power switches on the wall, remove the plates before installing the backsplash. Note: turn off the power before removing any wall plates. Also, if your wall isn’t the same height all the way across, you will need to measure all the variations. We suggest dividing the wall into sections and then, adding all the sections’ square footage together. If you want to double-check your calculations, you can use a calculator, like this. Finally, make sure the wall is clean and dry for maximum adhesion.
To install a backsplash the easy way, you need to purchase a peel and stick backsplash. A peel and stick backsplash is what it sounds like. All you’ll need to do is cut the material to fit, peel the adhesive covering and stick it on the wall in sections.
There you have it! Now you have a beautiful accent piece for your home that will assuredly catch the attention of anyone who walks in!
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