Apron in the kitchen of plastic - information for the buyer

Plastic apron is good because it allows you to update the interior of the kitchen super-fast, budget and without dirt. The only condition is that the plastic panel can not coexist with the gas stove (although this is fixable). In the rest, it is an excellent "workhorse", thermal and moisture resistant, easy to maintain and install.

Plastic apron with photo printing

However, plastic plastic is different both in price and performance characteristics. Today we will consider three types of plastic aprons for the kitchen:

  • From ABS plastic;
  • Of polycarbonate;
  • From PVC.

Option 1. Plastic apron from ABS

This kind of plastic apron is a flexible and lightweight sheet of polymer material, named abbreviation of three monomers of Acrylonitrile, Butadiene and Styrene.

Kitchen apron made of ABS plastic

Apron ABS

Dimensions: The apron made of ABS plastic is sold in sheets of 60 cm wide, 1.5 mm thick or 2 mm thick and 3 or 2 meters long. Many companies can produce an apron of non-standard sizes and configurations, for example, a height of 77cm or 120 cm in the drawing zone.

Design: Apron made of plastic ABS is often made out by photo printing, and therefore it looks very similar to a glass apron-skinned. The image is selected from the catalog of the manufacturer or the customer's print is applied. Then the image is covered with a heat-resistant glossy or matte lacquer coating. Another version of the design of the plastic apron - with a metallized mirror coating.

Kitchen apron made of ABS plastic

Apron made of ABS plastic in the style of cheby chic

Kitchen apron from ABS

Features of installation: Panels from ABS-plastic are most often mounted on liquid nails for polymers. Also they can be installed with the help of special wall profiles or screwed onto the screws.

  • To install an apron from ABS plastic, not all liquid nails are suitable, but only those that are intended for polymers.

Pros:

  • Availability - the price of one panel of 3 m length is about 2000 rubles, which is much lower than the cost of an apron made of glass, MDF or tiles. In addition, a kitchen apron made of ABS plastic allows you to save on delivery and installation.
  • Impact strength and bending.
  • Resistant to the appearance of small scratches.
  • Flexibility, due to which the apron is easily installed even on an imperfectly flat wall, as well as curved.
  • Due to its flexibility and lightness, the apron is very easy to transport - it is enough to roll the sheet into a roll and bring it home by yourself.
  • Easy installation - plastic apron can be installed quickly and without dirt by one's own hands (for liquid nails).
  • ABS-plastic apron is not afraid of wet cleaning with aggressive cleaning agents and light abrasives.
  • Decorative, the ability to put on the panel any image or mirror coating.
  • Heat resistance - the material withstands heat up to 80 degrees, does not emit toxic substances during combustion and melting.

Disadvantages of the apron plastic apron:

  • ABS plastic is not suitable for finishing the kitchen apron with a gas stove, as it is deformed from prolonged heating and high temperatures. The material withstands heating up to 80 degrees and only short-term heating at a temperature of 90-100 degrees.
  • Weak touches with a knife do not frighten a plastic apron, but if you hit the surface with force, a scratch or chip will appear on it inevitably.
  • ABS plastic fades in the sun.
  • Can not stand contact with acetone and solvents.
  • If the base wall is very curved, the plastic apron can lie down in waves.
  • The service life of the ABS panel is small and is about 3-5 years, depending on the load.

See also: How to choose a tile for an apron: 12 nuances and an overview of popular formats

Option 2. Apron made of acrylic glass (polycarbonate, plexiglass)

Apron made of acrylic glass is inexpensive, but more shockproof and easy alternative to hardened glass and skins. Externally, polycarbonate is virtually indistinguishable from silicate glass - it is just as smooth, shiny and transparent.

Dimensions: The thickness of acrylic glass is 3-4 mm, width - 60 cm, and the standard length of one panel can be 3 or 2 meters.

Design: Apron made of acrylic glass is often made out by photo printing, but it can also be colored (monophonic) or simply transparent.

  • Example of an apron made of plastic in the kitchen
  • Example of an apron made of plastic in the kitchen
  • Example of an apron made of plastic in the kitchen
  • Example of an apron made of plastic in the kitchen
  • Example of an apron made of plastic in the kitchen
  • Example of an apron made of plastic in the kitchen
  • Example of an apron made of plastic in the kitchen

Transparent polymeric glass can protect painted or decorated walls and walls, even hung photos, clippings from magazines, letters and postcards.

  • Apron made of transparent acrylic glass
  • Apron made of transparent acrylic glass
  • Apron made of transparent acrylic glass
  • Apron made of transparent acrylic glass
  • Apron made of transparent acrylic glass
  • Apron made of transparent acrylic glass
Glass apron - decor by own hands

Ideas of a homemade design of a transparent apron made of polycarbonate

As for the installation, the acrylic apron can be installed by anyone's own power, but still the work requires accuracy, especially since the sheet is peculiar to bend. Holes for sockets and fasteners are made "feathers" in several approaches. If necessary, the dimensions of the sheet can be adjusted with a grinder. To the wall, the acrylic apron is installed with special fasteners for glass and mirrors or with the help of aluminum profiles.

Pros of apron from acrylic glass:

  • Acrylic glass is more transparent than ordinary glass;
  • Low cost compared to the glass skin - from 5 tr / sq. M. m;
  • Shock resistance (to break and especially to break a plastic apron from polycarbonate it is almost impossible!), Bending strength;
  • Does not fade under direct sunlight;
  • Fireproof - polycarbonate does not ignite even with open fire, instead it melts without forming toxic substances;
  • You can install it yourself.

Minuses:

  • In the category of kitchen aprons from plastic, acrylic skin was the most expensive material.
  • Acrylic apron does not tolerate cleaning with abrasives and aggressive cleaning agents.
  • It is not recommended to use near a gas stove.

See also: Guide for the selection of artificial and natural stone for finishing the apron

Option 3. Apron made of PVC

If you need a super-economical and quick solution, say, for finishing an apron of a country house kitchen or a removable dwelling, then we suggest examining wall panels made of PVC. Aprons from PVC come in two formats: sheet and rack (in the form of lining).

Dimensions: The most common panel format is 950x480x3 mm, lining - 3000x100x10 mm, 3000x100x12.5 mm, 3000x195x12 mm and others.

  • PVC lining
  • PVC-apron
  • PVC-apron

Design: Panels are sold with ready-made design - with patterns and pictures, applied by offset printing (figure + protective varnish). Also PVC apron can imitate natural finishing materials, for example, brickwork, mosaic, leather, stone, etc. The board can be white, "wooden", "stone", sometimes it is complemented by patterns and colored / metallized edging. The PVC-apron coating can be glossy (laminated panels) or matt.

  • The wear resistance of glossy panels is slightly higher than matte.

Apron made of PVC plastic in the interior

  • PVC panels in the apron finish in the kitchen
  • PVC panels in the apron finish in the kitchen

Features of installation: Kitchen apron of their PVC is installed on glue, liquid nails or screws. If desired, PVC-lining can be laid both in vertical rows and horizontally.

Advantages of PVC-apron:

  • Easy and quick installation by yourself;
  • The low price is 160-300 rubles per square meter. m.

Minuses of a kitchen apron from PVC:

  • Low resistance to mechanical damage and abrasion.
  • Over time, fades and turns yellow due to exposure to sunlight and cleaning agents.
  • Low heat resistance: deformed at a temperature above 80 degrees, easily ignites, with combustion. Poor PVC can release toxic substances.

4 tips for choosing a plastic apron for the kitchen

Advice 1. When buying a plastic apron, make sure that it has a quality certificate and is suitable for finishing the kitchen walls, that is, at least it does not emit toxic substances (including burning / melting), has moisture and heat resistance.

Tip 2. The life of any plastic apron can be significantly extended if a transparent glass screen is installed in the area of ​​the plate (over the apron as shown in the photo below). So you save the panel from grease and dirt and, accordingly, from cleaning and detergents. In addition, the glass screen can protect the plastic from the open flame of the gas stove.

Plastic apron with a glass screen behind the stove

By the way, about the gas stove. It is generally accepted that a plastic apron is incompatible with it, but this is not entirely true. If desired, you can install the plate at a distance of 15 cm from the apron or install a glass screen, as we already noted above.

Tip 3. Most often plastic panels are decorated with photo printing - patterns, textures, beautiful photos or drawings. Such a catchy design should be chosen much more carefully than conventional tiles or MDF, otherwise the apron will make the interior lurid and quickly get bored. Here are two main principles that should be followed:

  • The kitchen apron should correspond with the color scheme and style of the interior in general. For example, the color of the panel can be selected in the tone of the facades of the headset and / or other elements of the environment, say, in tone curtains or Wallpapers.
  • Apron made of plastic with photo printing
  • Apron made of plastic with photo printing

Боитесь ошибиться с цветом и дизайном? Выбирайте фартук нейтрального цвета, например, белого, светло-серого or бежевого, возможно с простым растительным or геометрическим принтом (ромбами, полосками, в клетку). А вот темных цветов стоит избегать – на их фоне будет заметна даже самая маленькая пылинка or капля воды.

White plastic apron

  • Чем сложнее, детальнее и многоцветнее интерьер кухни, тем лаконичнее должен быть дизайн фартука. Если стены оклеены яркими обоями с рисунком or фасады гарнитура украшает позолоченная резьба, то фартук лучше выбрать однотонный or с неброским рисунком.
Laconic design of apron

Laconic design of kitchen apron from plastic

If the kitchen set and interior are minimalist, the plastic apron can and should be chosen bright.

Apron with photo printing

Совет 4. Хотите иметь возможность менять дизайн фартука по настроению? Это возможно с двухсторонним фартуком из АБС-пластика or ПВХ, установленным не клеевым способом, а с помощью настенных профилей. Двухсторонний фартук можно приобрести в ИКЕЕ or заказать в некоторых мастерских, профor же продаются в строительных гипермаркетах и в той же ИКЕЕ.

IKEA apron

IKEA plastic double-sided apron

Mounting the plastic apron with your own hands

Чтобы установить фартук из пластиковых панелей, листов or вагонки своими руками, нужно произвести следующие действия:

  1. Определяемся с габаритами фартука – он должен быть таким, чтобы заступать за столешницу на 1-3 см, а вот по высоте от столешницы до навесных шкафов он может быть любым – непосредственно до уровня шкафов, немного заходить за них or быть ниже. В последнем случае нужно хорошенько загерметизировать стык между листом и стеной и украсить видимые торцы молдингом;
  2. Раскраиваем пластиковые панели, листы or вагонку с помощью ножовки с мелкими зубьями. Некоторые панели разрезаются обычным резаком как показано на фото ниже.

Cutting the plastic apron

  1. We fix the panel on the wall. This can be done in three ways:
  • Экспресс-способ: просто приклеить пластик к стене на жидкий клей, который наносится на стену и на панели с расстоянием между полосками клея примерно 15 см. Этот способ хорош, если панели клеятся только на фартук, а не на всю стену/стены, в ином случае демонтаж будет проблематичен. Кроме того, желательно клеить панели на основание, подготовленное в следующей последовательности: грунтовка, выравнивание и заделка щелей штукатуркой до удовлетворительного or хорошего состояния (до идеала можно не доводить), далее после высыхания штукатурки снова наносится грунтовка.
Plastic apron - fastening to profiles
  • Installation on self-tapping screws: you can tie the apron around the corners on the screws.
  • Крепление к металлическим профилям: лучше всего сделать фартук съемным, для этого нужно прикрутить к стене с помощью тех же саморезов специальные металлические планки для настенных панелей как на фото справа. Они позволят вам легко менять фартук при необходимости or желании.

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Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen
Example of a plastic apron in the interior of the kitchen

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