We asked our customers: “What style of backsplash do you like best in an IKEA kitchen?”
A popular answer: “Actually I don’t really like any of them!”
When we were designing IKEA kitchens for our customers, many of them did not want a backsplash included in their designs. Given that countertop backsplashes are a traditional element of many kitchens, we were surprised.
We learned most of our customers really don’t like the backsplash installed along the wall of many countertops. Why not?
Why IKEA Kitchen Customers Say “No” to Backsplash
The short answer: they look old-fashioned.
IKEA kitchen customers know what those of us in the kitchen business know: the trend of the moment is not to use a backsplash, regardless of kitchen design style or brand of materials.
Typical homeowners are instead:
- Running the quartz or granite material from their countertops all the way up to their wall cabinets, or
- Placing their backsplash material right up against the countertop.
Strangely, IKEA kitchen customers aren’t choosing either of these design options. Why not?
It’s simple, really.
- Customers who purchase IKEA kitchens are for the most part installing their kitchens themselves. That’s quite an undertaking, to say nothing of those customers who buy granite or quartz slabs from IKEA to create their own countertops.
After doing all that, who wants to bother with cutting and installing a backsplash also?
Don’t make the mistake of thinking the IKEA kitchen customer is lazy, however. These customers tell us they don’t see the point of a backsplash anyway. And they wonder if it’s just a way to use leftover material. IKEA customers like their kitchens to be functional. They’re not interested in unnecessary design elements.
Countertop fabricators should take this as a sales note.
- Don’t give a high quote for a backsplash that the customer won’t want anyway.
The Final Word on Backsplashes
IKEA really lucked out on this one. They provide their kitchen customers with countertop materials they can easily install themselves. Cutting and installing the backsplash would be too much for the customer; luckily, the design trend doesn’t mean the customer has to deal with that.
Looks like IKEA customers won’t be changing their minds about backsplashes anytime soon.