How to measure the splashback panels yourself
Always design the panels slightly smaller than actual, because you cannot alter the size after the glass has been toughened !
|Keep measuring simple. Divide the area into three sections and measure the length and width of each rectangle in either cm or mm.|
- Panel A: Behind the stove and goes right up to the ceiling
- Panel B: on the left and ends against a wall on the left and has one plug
- Panel C: on the right will be fitted flush against Panel A, but there is an open space on the right, so no limitations there. It has two plugs that need to be cut out.
|The skewness of your kitchen multiplied by a factor of, lets say 10. No panels are ever 100% parallel, hardly any plug is on the same height and the extractor fans are never dead centre.|
- Left cupboard: The left side is slightly higher than the right and it tilts over to the right (in most cases the offset is usually 3-7mm).
- Right cupboard: This is a bit of a bummer and it happens. The whole carcass is tilted to the right, but notice a big problem, the bottom of the cupboard is not straight. It hardly happens with small cupboards, but with long ones, above 1.5m, they do tend to warp a little, in most cases, the bottom bends down. Also, the bottom left is slightly lower than the bottom right, the same as Panel B.
- The extractor fan: They are all skew and off centre.
- Plugs: They never align to the same height.
So how do we go about measuring?
Measuring Panel A:
- Draw a vertical line from the work surface at 90° up to the ceiling and mark clearly with a sharp pencil on the wall. Do the same but with a horizontal line across the length of the area where the splashback must be installed. These two lines are important since you will be measuring from the cupboards/walls to the line and then from the line to the other side. Remember, it is difficult and very inaccurate to make measurements between two objects.
- Draw a line on the wall with 90° angle up from the granite top to the corner of the left cupboard that meets the ceiling (or cornice). This line must be vertical and meet the worktop at a 90° angle. It will miss the bottom corner of the left cupboard. If it is not too much, less then 5mm or so, it's ok. If it is more, call your kitchen cupboard installer to align the carcass.
- Do the same on the right side of Panel A. Here you will have a gap at the top of the cupboard. That is not so important since it is high up and you will not notice it. Remember the gaps are filled with silicon after installation. But more about that later.
- Measure the distance between work surface and bottom of cupboards. (distance from work surface to line + bottom of work surface to line = total distance)
- Now measure the width of each panel (see the arrows at the bottom of the drawing).
- Plugs: The size of each plug hole will be 110x110mm. You need to measure the height from the work top and then the distance from the edges (left and right edge).
- Extractor fan holes: These do not have to be too precise, There are usually two holes for the bolts of the fan system, and two holes close to the ceiling or cornice which holds the chimney of the extractor fan. Make the diameter of the holes about 50mm or larger. just make sure that when placing the extractor fan back, that the hole does not protrude out of the frame from the extractor fan, that really looks ugly.
Compensating measurements for installation
|Before the installation of the splashback. Three panels are required. One behind the stove, and two to the left and right. Plug holes must be measured as well as holes for the extractor fan.|
|Actual measurements for the centre panel as in the previous image|
|Lets look at Panel B: This time there are no cut-outs for plugs and the panel is simple to measure, it was a perfect rectangle (yippee !!) .|
|The right panel. Notice the plug hole, 110x110mm. The left height is 450mm and the right is 445mm. 5 mm can make a difference.|
|The final installation of the three panels.|