Glass Splashbacks – how to fit an upstand

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It’s great when readers pose a question because it gives us a topic for a blog.  If someone wants advice, the chances are that others will too.  In this case, the question concerned a glass splashback behind a hob, and whether it should sit on an upstand, or be positioned within it.

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Glass Splashback for a Hob

To answer the question directly, the upstand should finish either side of the glass splashback. It looks more aesthetically pleasing and avoids creating a separate ledge to catch grime.  In fact, if you search for glass splashback images online, you would be hard pressed to find one sitting on the upstand. That gives a good indication of the preferred configuration around the nation.

Why have an Upstand?

Obviously it is important to clean up to a resilient surface without marking the wall, and some people prefer to extend the worktop material for this purpose.  An upstand is also cheaper than a fully glazed splashback.  The glass splashback above cost £180 and the quartz upstand £250 round the worktop. For this kitchen, a complete glass splashback would have cost around £1200.

Alternative Glass Splashbacks

It is possible to fit glass to upstand height which would then blend nicely with the hob splashback.  You then avoid joining two different materials and would be a similar price to a quartz or granite upstand design.


We have seen some designs where the glass sits on an upstand all the way round.  There’s no reason for this; it adds cost, and provides an extra dirt trap.  Our preferred design is to fit a full height glass splashback for its supreme aesthetics and ease of cleaning.

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You can see more of these in our page on kitchen splashbacks.

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