How to measure the splashback area to get a quote

Measuring the area where the solid glass splashback must go can be a daunting task, and in most cases it is.  It is the one activity that has caused most companies to go under, or potential start-ups to give up. You only have one chance to measure it right, thereafter you're gonna pay if it is wrong.  You cannot cut or alter toughened glass. If you try it will shatter, that is what it is designed to do. One of the reasons why solid glass splashbacks are so expensive is the high risk involved in measuring and installation of the glass.
So lets start. Below is a drawing of a typical installation type.  The area where most people want a splashback is coloured grey.
A basic layout of a kitchen. Two cupboards to the left and right of a stove extractor fan with some plugs. A wall to the left and open space with a window to the right. Stove is right in the middle.

Points to consider before getting quotes or installing the splashback.
  • Where do you want the splashback. The complete upside down "T" or only behind the stove.
  • If only behind the stove, right up to the ceiling or just to the lowest section of the extractor fan.
  • Any other creative areas?
This is important since it will influence the cost and method of installation.

Getting a quick estimation from a supplier

To get a quick estimate from a supplier divide the area into three rectangles.

Keep measuring simple. Divide the area into three sections and measure the length and width of each rectangle in either meter (m).

  • So panel A: 1.45m by 0.8m (or 800mm) = 1.45x0.8=1.16m²
  • Panel B: 0.9m x 0.45m (or 900x450mm) = 0.9x0.45=0.405m²
  • Panel C: 0.8m x 0.45m = 0.8x0.45=0.36m²
  • Area of Panels A + B + C = 1.16+0.405+0.36 = 1.925 ≈ 2m²
So the total area you will require with solid glass splashbacks is two square meters (2m²).  You multiply the 2 with the cost per square and you will have the total amount that it will cost with installation (if price quoted from supplier includes installation). You have to add the cost of the three plugs and the extractor fan as well since there are hole to be drilled into the glass.
That is how simple it is. The real nitty-gritty will come later, doing the actual measurement of the glass for installation purposes.  The final measurements are much more complicated because of the high risk involved and has to be done meticulously.

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