Our standard upstands are 100mm high (about 4 inches, or one traditional small tile height).  We usually try to cut them in lengths to match the worktops, so that the joins line up, but you will appreciate that the thinner material sometimes needs to be fitted in shorter runs due to its fragility. In general, upstands are used all wherever the worktop butts against a wall, but not up against tall units.

Other heights of upstand are available. For “non-standard” heights it is a case of ‘price on application’.



Splashbacks are higher than our standard upstands and are normally used in splash/splatter-prone areas of the kitchen, such as behind the hob or sink.

They are generally made from 20mm thick stone.

Upstands and Splashbacks

Sometimes people ask us whether or not they should have upstands or splashbacks. There are no rules, this is completely a matter of personal preference; our job is to show you the possibilities to help you make an informed decision.

Some customers do not have upstands but, instead, choose to tile right down to the worktops. With the huge range of wipeable paints now on the market some people don’t do either. This picture shows no up-stand but tiled down to worktop with hand-made grey tiles.

Many customers have upstands and no tiles. This is probably the most economical approach. Make sure you choose a paint especially for kitchens that can be wiped down easily, and still use glass or stone splashbacks in the high “splatter” areas. Here the upstand beneath the matching sill is extra high.

A classic and winning combination – matching worktops, upstands and high splashback behind the hob.

The middle ground for a very traditional look, especially in light marble-look materials: extra-high upstands throughout the room. Is it an upstand or is it a splashback? I’m not sure – just please tell us the height, and watch for how you hit your electrical sockets!

And occasionally some people have full height splashbacks all the way round! Big statement red worktop and splash-backs shown here with cream cabinets. We will need to know about any rectangular socket cutouts you need on this kind of design.