Should You Install Your Kitchen Countertops Or Backsplash First?

Remodeling your kitchen is a giant undertaking. There are many things you need to consider, including the paint color, planning the lighting layout, the type of sink, storage options, flooring, cabinets, and getting the countertops and backsplash of your dreams. However, whether to install the countertops or backsplash first might seem akin to the chicken and egg problem and have you scratching your head. While most experts suggest installing the kitchen countertops before the backsplash, the choice is ultimately is yours.

To elaborate, if you want your countertops to be the star of the show and be the focal point in your kitchen, installing them first is the best way to go. Once the countertops are installed, you can confidently pick a backsplash without being overwhelmed by the choices available. On the other hand, if you have selected a backsplash design and want it to be the standout feature in your kitchen, install it first and choose a complementary countertop afterward. While this is one of the most important factors dictating the order of installation, it's not the only thing.

It's easier to fit the backsplash to the countertop

Having a specific countertop or backsplash in mind can dictate the order of installation, but there's another factor to keep in mind when making this decision. Some experts recommend installing the countertop first so you'll be able to seal the gap between it and the backsplash more effectively. Installing the backsplash before the counters might leave you with an unsightly large seam between the two, and it will be difficult for you to bridge the gap. At best, a little caulk will cover the distance; at worst, you might have to take out the backsplash and install it again so it's more flush with the countertop.

However, if you go with the counters first, you'll have more wiggle room with the backsplash. As such, you can customize the backsplash to fit the countertop and wall from the start, without incurring extra expenses. That being said, if you have a creative backsplash idea for your kitchen in mind, go ahead and secure it to the wall prior to finalizing the countertop.