How far Down to Tile Behind Stove

How far Down to Tile Behind Stove?

When talking about tile behind the stove, this is referring to the tile backsplash.  The backsplash is what protects the wall from splatters and splashes when you are cooking on the stove.  It not only adds décor to the kitchen but also makes cleanup easier.  The question is, how far should you extend it behind the stove?

How far Down to Tile Behind Stove

How far down to tile behind the stove is a matter of personal preference and taste.  If it goes all the way down to the bottom of the stove or cabinets, it will provide the most protection.  It should also be as high as the range hood.

Why Have a Backsplash

Splatters and stoves: The tile, or backsplash, behind a stove or cooking area is an important feature.  Not only will it add a decorative look to the kitchen but it will also protect the paint or wallpaper behind the stove.  It will be easier to clean and being tile, it will help prevent a fire if there is a cooking mishap.

Counter culture: Although this is not behind the stove, many will extend what they put behind the stove to behind the counter. In this case, it is more decorative than functional although it will help to protect the walls closest to the stove from being splattered on and easier to clean.

You will need at least four inches to give your wall some protection and to make it decorative.  When it is near the cooktop, you can put it as high as you want.  Just make sure that it looks cohesive and not something that has just been put on haphazardly.  

To help it look more cohesive, you can line the tiles up with the bottom of the cabinets or the bottom of the windowsill.  The width should be as wide as the counter or it will look out of place.

How to Install Tile Backsplash?

Step 1: Move the stove away from the area you want to tile and measure the width between the cabinets that the stove sits between.  Cut a piece of one-by-two-inch board one-fourth inch smaller than the measurement.  Find the studs in the wall.

Step 2: Place the board toward the wall horizontally and level to the heights of the countertops.  Screw the board into at least two of the studs, making sure that the board is even.  If not, the tiles will be crooked.  You want it flush with the wall. 

This is called a ledger board and is what will be used to support the bottom row of tiles.  Measure the width of the board and divide by half.  Mark the center and then draw a straight vertical line on the wall to use as a centerline.

Step 3: To make sure you have the pattern correct, you should lay them out on the counter.  Make sure that you leave enough space that is about the width opening of the stove.  You will need to identify the center tile so you can see how they will look on the wall when laid out.

Step 4: Spread the mastic to the wall about one-eighth to one-fourth inch thick with a trowel starting from the center and going to the right.  Make sure that you have an even base.

Step 5: Position the first tile-based on the centerline arrangement and tile across the bottom right row, inserting spacers until you reach the end of the stove area.  At this time, make any corrections you need.  Continue until you have all the tiles laid.  

Step 6: Let it dry for 24 hours and then you can remove your spacers and clean up your grout lines.  At this time you can remove the ledger board.  Mix the grout powder with water and stir until moist but not runny.

Step 7: Put the grout in between the tiles and if you get any on the tiles, you can use a grout sponge and water.  It may take a bit of cleaning to get it off so be as careful as you can not to get the grout on the tiles.  Use a grout float to put it between the tiles.

Step 8: You will need to let the grout set up for four hours before you can use cheesecloth to buff the tiles.


As you can see, how far down to tile behind stove is a matter of preference and what you want it to look like.  You should make it as tall as the range hood.  A good rule of thumb is to tile down at least halfway to make sure that you are protecting the wall behind the stove from spatters and possible fires due to cooking mishaps.  You can do this yourself or hire a professional to do the job.