Buying Guide Upstands

Glass Splashbacks and upstands are becoming increasingly popular in kitchen design.

They started out life as a stone, wood or laminate extensions of a worktop in kitchens. They are typically 10cm (100mm) in height, and in varying thicknesses.

The example below shows two types of upstand, composite and glass.

Originally, upstands were invented to hide the gap between the back of the kitchen worktop and the wall. In recent years these have become increasingly popular as a way of protecting the wall, without expensive tiling costs. 

The below gallery of photos of glass upstands showcase some great examples of how you can easily transform your kitchen- yourself!

New York Skyline Glass Splashback

As we've said above, as well as saving money on tiling, Glass and acrylic upstands are a cost effective solution to protecting your kitchen walls from splashes and dirt.

When combined with a glass splashback and our easy-clean protective coating, they are the ideal washable wall covering. Unlike tiles, glass splashbacks and upstands are almost seam free, avoiding grout lines and nasty sealants.

As you can see from the examples above and below, glass upstands are available in any height and width.

Lime Green Glass Splashback

The above photograph shows how this homeowner was able to measure, and fit entire areas of glass without the need for a professional. With the help of our tutorials section, you could too. We talk you through every stage from measuring to fitting, so you’ll save money on costly tradesmen.

Note how the glass splashbacks and upstands run almost seamlessly from one to another with the finest of joins. The advantage using multiple panels of glass as opposed to tall, long widths is that postage is cheaper, and fitting is easier.

Dulux first frost glass splashback

Glass upstands are suitable in any style of kitchen, from ultra modern to traditional. The example above shows a glass splashback and upstands in a traditional shaker style kitchen in our best selling shade Glacier.

An advantage of choosing glass upstands is the flexibility to change the paint colour of the walls above. Unlike tiling, glass upstands enable our clients to change their entire colour scheme with a lick of paint, whilst still benefitting from a durable and easy-clean wall covering below.

Grey Glass Splashback

In this example, the client choose a grey splashback to compliment their stone worktop for their splashback and upstands. We recommend ordering a glass sample to help find a colour match, or alternatively- why not send us a sample of your worktop and we can recommend the perfect shade? We’re always on hand to provide advice and inspiration. Call us on freephone 0808 2540007 or email us on for help.

Glass upstands are a cost effective option, as they avoid plug cut-outs in glass. Choosing a height, is up to each client. A general rule of thumb is to measure the distance to your plug sockets, remembering that not all plug sockets are at the same height. Check the lowest plug socket to ensure your upstand will not be affected by it’s location. (See examples above and below)

Red Glass Splashback

As with , glass upstands are available in any colour. We colour match with any large branded paint range, it’s even possible to send us an item to colour match. We’ll post your item back with your completed splashback. You’ll find a large selection of colours on our easy-quote tool, if you can’t find the shade you are looking for simply get in touch. Remember it is possible to order a glass sample in your chosen colour. Glass samples are particularly useful, as they are upstand sized! A sample is 100mm x 100mm (a typical upstand is 100mm high) and is refundable if you place a splashback order.

Spectrum Rays Glass Splashbacks

Glass upstands don’t have to be a plain colour! Our extensive range of printed designs are also available as upstands. The example above shows our Spectrum Rays Design continued along the length of this clients kitchen. Our design team can work with you to ensure your design choice is compatable, and even send proofs of how this would look in your dimensions. Get in touch to find out more.

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