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January 13th, 2010 No comments

Kitchen Plinths.

Below is a question about kitchen plinths that I came across on a kitchen fitting forum and my answer to it.

I was having a think the other day, Most kitchen plinths are 150mm wide that I buy. Floors can be off by quite a bad and in some area's units can be 160mm tall which leaves a 10mm gap. At the front you don't see it due to the units sticking out quite a bit, however when you come to the end of a run of units such as a 600mm opening for a fridge or dishwasher then there will be a 10mm gap when I fit the kitchen plinths. Can you buy larger kitchen plinths to fit in these areas, or should I be fitting an end panel all the time to cover these gaps?

My answer was:-

You have several options here depending on your preferred finished look and how much work/cost you are prepared to accept.

1, Easiest option is to make taller kitchen plinths out of a base end panel if it is the same finish, it usually is.

2, When fitting the base units keep the legs in on the end by the same margin as the front. This can sometimes look a little odd when viewed from the front, but it is an option.

3, Replace the side of the end unit with a full height base end panel which is scribed to the floor. Quite a big job but the best look.

On flat pack units position the original end onto the base end panel, clamp the two together, then drill through the original holes into the end panel.

To get the correct depth, with the drill bit in the chuck, work out how much of the drill bit is left showing when the drill bit is at the correct depth and then cut a piece of wood to that length.

Now drill though the wood, leaving it in place, while you then drill the holes. This will give you perfect depth holes with no risk of drilling right through.

On solid units you can sometimes with a block of wood and a hammer tap the joint apart or cut the panel around the joint with the rails and base and clean the ends of the rails and base before biscuit jointing every thing back together. (alot of work)

4, Just plant a full height base end panel to the side of the unit although this does not look good unless you make a feature of it by bringing the panel flush with the front of the door.

As I said, depends on your choice of look/cost/time.

I immediately followed on with this post :-

Forgot to mention that if the levels of the floor are checked before fitting the base units allowances can be made, when levelling the units in, so that the highest point is 150mm.

So long as this leaves enough height for the fitting of free standing appliances under the worktops where the floor rises.

If this worked out ok then it would save all the work in the post I wrote above. This would again prove the benefit of giving some thought, at the beginning of the job, as to where and how to start.

Kitchen plinths by Ray Brock of Fit That Kitchen

Ray Brock
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