Plastic for kitchen apron

Features and Benefits

An apron is the surface of the wall above the worktops. Plastic is often used to decorate this area; the features of the material attract consumers. Plastic kitchen aprons are used to protect the walls near the work area. To decorate the kitchen in this way, you do not need special skills, the installation is quite simple and quick. Many housewives turn their attention to such materials due to their lightness and variety. Holes for fasteners can be drilled in plastic. At the same time, cracks and similar damage do not appear on the surface during operation..

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List of main advantages:

  • Plastic is an affordable and economical material for wall decoration near the work area..
  • Such an inexpensive material will serve you for at least 5 years..
  • The plastic cover is very aesthetically pleasing. Many of them have no seams at all. If there are joints, then they are almost invisible..
  • It is very easy to install and remove plastic aprons. There is no need to prepare the walls. You can change the decorative element if you wish..
  • Many companies will cut out the necessary holes for sockets and other communications right in your kitchen.
  • You can hide the wiring behind the plastic. This is especially easy to do if the panels are attached to metal or wood beams. The structure fits snugly against the wall and can hide its irregularities.
  • Color and pattern do not fade over time.
  • It is quite easy to care for the plastic cover. The material does not deteriorate from wet cleaning.
  • The variety of designs will delight you. Sheets can be glossy or matte, with embossing, drawing, photo printing. You can choose products with imitation of natural stone, wood, brick, mosaic or tiles.
  • PVC lining, wall panels. ABS sheets can withstand temperatures up to 80 C °.
  • The material is lightweight and does not stress the wall.

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Minor flaws

Any product has drawbacks, and a plastic apron is no exception. You can see that their list is much shorter than the list of benefits.. Disadvantages:

  • Temperatures above + 80 ° C may result in a fire emitting harmful vapors. That is why it is better to cover the area near the stove with glass or other more resistant material. This is especially true when decorating kitchens with gas stoves..
  • Sensitive to mechanical damage. It is not worth washing the surface with metal sponges or powders. Better use a cloth or soft sponge.
  • PVC surfaces do not tolerate contact with acetone.
  • If installed incorrectly, material deformation may occur..

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The type of plastic apron determines how long it will serve you, how to care for it and how it will look. The main types of plastic:

ABS

This wall apron is famous for its decorative properties. It is on it that you can apply a variety of images through photo printing. Sheets are sold in the format 3000x600x1.5 and 2000x600x1.5. The material is not afraid of fungi and mold. The cost is reasonable. A kitchen apron made of this material is convenient, practical.

PVC panels

Such wall panels are produced in the following parameters: 15-50 cm wide, the length is most often 2.6 m, 2.7 m or 3 m, the panel thickness is 0.5-1 cm. The thickness and stiffness of the panel affect its cost and durability. Usually, such material is sold with already applied drawings: patterns, stripes, monograms, etc..

PVC lining

The width of the lining varies within 10-12.5 cm, and the length of the products reaches 3 m. In most cases, the material is monochromatic. The most popular designs are in pastel colors..

Polycarbonate Sheets

Such material can have a glossy or matte finish. Various images are applied to the sheets, including photo printing. These plastic aprons are the most durable and resistant to high temperatures. The sheets have no seams. On such a surface, dust, grease and other contaminants accumulate less.

Care features

Opt for solid plastic. The presence of seams can significantly complicate the cleaning process. Moreover, old grease can accumulate at the joints and spoil the appearance of the work wall. You don’t need any special detergents or cleaning agents to clean the panels. Use warm soapy water and a soft sponge.

It is better to wipe off dirt several times a day. Just wipe the surface. Such a simple procedure will protect your apron from indelible stains. The process itself takes little time, which is very convenient.

Dimensions (edit)

The dimensions of a kitchen apron are calculated based on several parameters. The first important parameter is height. The coverage must necessarily start below the headset line. How low is up to you, but experts recommend choosing 1-3 cm. The stove is taken as the main piece of kitchen furniture. Its standard height is 85 cm.It follows that the apron should originate at a distance of 94 cm from the floor.

Now it’s worth considering the distance between the bottom and top edges of the cover. If the doors of the upper cabinets are opened with closers upward, then the apron should be made low (45-55 cm). In standard kitchens, the apron height varies between 47-117 cm (45-115 cm from the countertop to the top edge).

Materials (edit)

Plastic aprons are an innovation on the market. Many people acquire such a cladding without thinking about the features of the material.. Let’s consider the main ones:

  • PVC;
  • ABS;
  • Acrylic glass (polycarbonate).

The popularity of PVC aprons is due to their low cost and attractive appearance. Let’s take a closer look at all the benefits that sellers often talk about. The low cost of the material is due to its sensitivity to mechanical damage and a tendency to discoloration. It is really difficult to wash such an apron, and it should be done right away. If the grease stain is absorbed into the surface, then you will have to use aggressive detergents. This will damage the surface..

Installing such an apron is really simple; this is done with liquid nails. They make further dismantling difficult. PVC is sensitive to high temperatures. Such an apron should not be installed near a heating surface. The environmental friendliness of the material is also controversial. When heated, the material begins to release toxic substances.

Aprons made of ABC are at the level of the tiles, but this option is still cheaper than glass. The plastic has a yellowish color and this should be taken into account when buying. A light abrasive can be used for cleaning, but a metal brush will not work. The surface is resistant to all chemicals except acetone and solvent. Eco-friendly material quickly changes its color from exposure to light. A fairly wide assortment of textures will help you choose something special.

As for polycarbonate, the advantages are more significant, but the cost differs significantly from the two previous materials. Such a panel will not lose its color. If the glass is more than 6 mm thick, the surface is not afraid of impacts. But scratches on the surface are formed as on any plastic. Acrylic glass does not differ from ordinary glass in its transparency.

Polycarbonate is resistant to high temperatures. It is such an apron that can be installed near the stove..

Colors and decor

Manufacturers of plastic kitchen aprons offer a fairly wide assortment with various design solutions. The choice of color scheme depends on many factors: the size of the kitchen, interior, lighting, etc. An apron can perfectly complement the overall style of the room, but the wrong choice can ruin everything. Even if your budget is fairly tight, you shouldn’t skimp on this part. It is this part of the decoration that catches the eye and sets the overall tone of the kitchen..

An apron in the same style as a headset should not be in the same color with it. It should be in harmony with countertops, appliances or furniture. The main thing is that the apron is a logical continuation of the interior. In this case, the apron will not become a key element, but will only continue and maintain the overall style..

Companion colors are used as standard. Green countertops go well with yellow panels. Shades of blue are combined with gray tones. But browns are combined with beige shades. Remember that light aprons visually expand the space and make the room brighter..

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The opposite option is to create contrast using the panel. So the apron will draw attention to itself and emphasize the work area. If the kitchen is made in bright colors, then the apron should be pastel (white, beige, gray, and the like). If the overall color of the kitchen is more neutral, then choose a bright colored apron. In the latter case, it is worth adding a few more nuances in the same color. Such nuances can be curtains, napkins and other textiles..

The apron does not have to be in the same color. More and more often housewives give preference to panels with photo printing. You can buy ready-made products with typical designs. The style of brick and other expensive materials is popular. To imitate wood, it is better to choose PVC lining. Now many catalogs are full of aprons with flowers (usually orchids) and fruits (orange, apple, etc.).

Photo printing can be done under an individual order. This solution will let your imagination run wild and create a real work of art in the kitchen. Today, many firms offer this service. You can choose any image or photo as a picture. By giving preference to photo printing, you can supplement the entire kitchen interior with similar prints..

Landscapes, marine themes, natural motives look good in the kitchen. More daring owners should definitely pay attention to abstractions. Orange panels look good. This shade will cheer you up and add joy, improve your appetite..

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How to choose

ABS plastic is the most common material. Plastic and durable material makes it possible to create an imitation of any surface. Modern technologies have made it possible to make plastic resistant to moisture and heat. It is easy to care for such an apron – it is enough to periodically wipe the surface with a damp cloth or soft sponge. A variety of colors and textures of ABS will allow you to choose a copy that is suitable for style..

The glossy plastic surface reflects light. This creates the effect of extra space. Matte panels are able to create a special mysterious atmosphere. Choose clear plastic for extra volume.

In a small-sized kitchen, pick up a light apron, it is able to visually expand the boundaries of the room. For a kitchen set in light colors, choose a dark apron and play in contrast. For a classic design, choose panels with imitation of brick, wood or any other natural material. A printed apron is more practical. Minor dirt will be less noticeable on it..

Kitchen aprons with photo printing have a wide range. There are models with 3D printing. Choose the pattern so that it matches the kitchen set. With the help of manufacturer catalogs, you can familiarize yourself with the most popular options and estimate them for your kitchen.

The most reliable and expensive example of plastic aprons is polycarbonate glass. It combines the reliability and durability of metal and the attractive look of glass. 3D printing on such panels looks especially elegant and attractive.

The plastic sheet should be 1-3 cm larger than the work surface of the wall. This will hide the edges behind the furniture for a cleaner, more cohesive look. Especially carefully study the characteristics of plastic if you intend to install it near the stove, hob. Match a protective border to match the apron. Such a simple device will protect you from moisture getting into the countertops..

DIY installation and installation

In order to install a plastic apron yourself, you should go through three simple steps:

  1. First you need to decide on the size. Remember that the apron should be 1-3 cm below the countertops. But there are no special requirements for height. You can install an apron that will not reach the top headset. In this case, the transition point should be decorated. The main thing is that the working wall is protected from moisture and dirt..
  2. You need to cut the panels using a hacksaw with fine teeth. Some models cut with a conventional cutter, but there are not many of them. The plastic should be cut based on the general design of the apron..
  3. The final stage is fixation. For this purpose, choose one of three ways.

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  • The fastest and easiest way will be to glue the panels with liquid nails. The glue is applied to the wall and to the panel, between the strips of glue there should be about 15 cm. The glue should be applied to the base: primer, leveling, plaster, after drying, the primer is again. Such preparation of the wall is needed for better adhesion of surfaces..

Despite the fact that this method of fastening is the simplest and fastest, there is a significant drawback – it will be difficult to dismantle the apron. First, you need to warm up the plastic panel with a construction hair dryer. After removing the panel, remove the remaining liquid nails from the wall.

  • The PVC apron can be fixed with self-tapping screws. Self-tapping screws are screwed into the corners of the apron.
  • With the help of metal profiles, you can make a removable structure. With the help of self-tapping screws, you need to fasten the metal strips. This solution will allow you to change the apron without damaging the wall and with minimal time costs..

Reviews

Buyers’ impressions are quite contradictory. Before installing such a panel, you must familiarize yourself with all the features of the material. This is exactly the advice consumers give. With proper installation and maintenance, the apron can serve for more than five years.

Buyers recommend removing stains and dirt as soon as they appear. Otherwise, the grease can be absorbed and you won’t be able to wash it off again. The modest price allows you to change the apron on a whim, which pleases women. The wide popularity of plastic aprons speaks for their quality..

Buyers blame the main drawback of plastic panels – they are highly prone to scratches. That is why it is quite difficult to use the same aprons for five years. But the acceptable cost slightly smoothes the impression of this disadvantage..

Interesting solutions in interior design

Plastic aprons are relevant for the design of kitchens in modern styles: minimalism, modern, hi-tech, techno, futurism and the like. Check out these interesting examples for inspiration..

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