While the kitchen is the powerhouse of activity in most households, there are some features in a kitchen that may make or break the look. Whether you have a closed or an open layout, your kitchen backsplash is something that people will look at, instantly. And if it’s eye-catching, you have got it right! But, if you happen to be planning a kitchen renovation and looking for options to get a kitchen backsplash on a budget, then you have landed at the right place.

We’ve put together a few inexpensive yet stylish ways to pretty up your boring backsplash with materials that do not cost a bomb. Here are some great options to consider for kitchen backsplash ideas on a budget:

#1: Peel-and-Stick Sheets

Easy on the pocket and attractive

Our first and the most favourite DIY idea for getting a cheap kitchen backsplash on a budget is  getting a self-adhesive peel-and-stick sheet for your kitchen. You can get them in various designs and patterns, and also finishes. Buy them online to get them at a good bargain. 

All you need to do is peel off the paper and stick it on to your backsplash. We personally love this gloss film vinyl sheet that resembles marble. From afar, you will find it difficult to tell if it is the real deal or not. It is also an affordable kitchen backsplash idea for renters.

#2: DIY Wallpapers

Get DIY wallpapers with instructions

Whether you are a homeowner or renter, wallpapers are always a good idea; especially for those who cannot commit to a particular material or design. So if you’re thinking about cheap backsplash ideas, wallpapers are a great choice. Wallpapers give you the opportunity to keep experimenting without having to break your bank each time. 

Choose from glossy to matte finish wallpapers in dreamy florals or rugged cement look. To further trim down the expense, try installing the kitchen backsplash wallpaper on your own and have a little DIY fun in your kitchen.

#3: Tiles Design for the Kitchen Wall

Choose a finish that matches with your kitchen

Tiles are one of the most common materials for any kitchen backsplash and they’re also the most affordable option out there. Also, if you are looking for a low maintenance kitchen backsplash on a budget, then tiles are your best bet. 

Available in many designs and colours, you can choose something that suits your taste. From ceramic to mosaic, tiles offer a great variety of patterns.

Also read: 10 Countertop Materials You Need To Get For Your Kitchen

Pro Tip

If you want to try your hand at some DIY fun, we recommend you paint these tiles as a family bonding exercise. It will just cost you a jar of paint!

#4: Laminate

A very popular and low maintenance option

Designed to emulate real wood, laminate sheets can act as great cheap kitchen backsplash panels. You can easily find a laminate backsplash in numerous condos around Singapore, making this a popular kitchen backsplash on a budget idea. They are affordable, non-porous, easy to clean and water-resistant to a great extent. 

You can choose a glossy or a matte finish option as per your preference. Laminate sheets are also available in a variety of colours. The only thing to watch out for is the heat levels in your kitchen. We recommend not using laminate behind your hob, since this material is not heat-resistant.

#5: KompacPlus

Looks exactly like wood and can be installed easily

Another inexpensive kitchen backsplash material that looks like wood and laminate is KompacPlus. It comes in various colours and patterns that look just like real wood and does not leave the house owner with the hassle of cleaning and maintaining it. 

This is an especially useful option for a kitchen backsplash on a budget as you would not have to hack your kitchen wall down. You can simply mount it over your existing tiles. This material is scratch-resistant, waterproof and non-porous.

#6: Stainless steel

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Perfect for Industrial kitchens

Coming to that one unconventional backsplash idea that is super easy to maintain and does not pinch your pocket. Stainless steel is a great material choice if you want to go in for a non-tile look. You can fix it to your wall directly with glue or screws. 

And if you happen to have an Industrial theme design at home, then this kitchen backsplash material will do wonders to add to the look.

#7: Fun Posters or Stickers

A fun way to perk up your boring backsplash

For those of you who do not want to install a new backsplash or cover an extensive DIY project, we’ve got just the thing for you. Fret not, for you can still jazz up your kitchen backsplash on a budget! 

All you need are some stickers and a plain backsplash, and you can make your own DIY affordable kitchen backsplash. You can also purchase posters and place them in corners to divert the attention away from any plain jane backsplashes.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

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The right backsplash can change the entire look of your kitchen

Here’s a quick checklist of things that you should keep in mind while hacking your backsplash and installing a new one:

  • Define exactly how much backsplash your kitchen needs
  • The more extensive space you want to cover, the more cost you will incur
  • To cut down on the cost, consider covering the portions that lie just above the countertop
  • Depending upon the complexity of the work, you can choose to DIY or hand it over to an expert
  • DIYs are a great way to build a kitchen backsplash on a budget

Now that you know how to get an affordable kitchen backsplash, here’s another article you might find useful: Where to Save and Splurge on Your Kitchen

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