Technical Tips

Kitchen Fitting Tips – Technical Advice

Because we manufacture a lot of our own products we have lots of information that we can share with you which we hope will help you with measuring your kitchen or bedroom.

Before measuring up you may find it useful to have an understanding of the relationship of doors to standard carcass sizes.

Carcass sizes

Usually kitchen units stand approximately 870mm off the floor that is the measurement from the floor to the underside of the worktop is approximately 870mm.
Legs are 150mm high and can be adjusted approx 10mm up or down.
Standard plinths (Kickers) are 150mm high and can be cut down to fit.

Carcasses usually measure 720 mm (870mm less 150mm) overall height and come in standard widths of 200mm, 250mm, 300mm, 350mm, 400mm, 450mm, 500mm, 550mm  and 600mm  or multiples thereof.

Door sizes to match Carcass

Doors have a recommended gap of 2.5 mm on each side and 2.5mm on the top and the bottom. The gap between two panels (door and drawer or two drawers) is usually 5mm.

All our standard doors and drawers are 5mm less than the standard carcass widths. i.e. 295mm, 395mm, 495mm and 595mm wide. All ‘door line’ doors would normally be 715mm high (720mm – 5mm) and all ‘drawer line’ doors and drawers would normally be 570mm high and 140mm high respectively.

Measuring old doors

If you are replacing doors on an existing kitchen always measure across the back of the doors as they will be flat. If you measure the font, and there is any bevel or rounding on the front of the door it’s going to give a few millimetres of an error.

Height then Width

H before W in the alphabet. Same with doors!

Door sizes are quoted height first then width. If you are ordering a woodgrain door, the woodgrain will go with the first number you quote as we take that to be the height.

If you have any queries please give us a call on 05793 21860 and we’ll be delighted to help.