Over the next post we will be sharing useful information on how to plan your new space using our Kitchen Planner. Including need to know information that may not be common knowledge to your average DIY’er as well as tips and tricks to make the best use of your space.
End and filler Panels
When you’re planning a new kitchen our Kitchen Planner will prompt you to add in end panels but what are they, and when might you need one?
As the name suggests, end panels are fitted to the exposed end of a unit, both at the end of a run of a line of cabinets and in between appliances such as dishwashers and freestanding ovens. There are three different sized end panels; base end panels, wall end panels, and tall end panels.
The base and tall panels are attached to the cabinet and are needed as something for your toe kick to butt into. As well as this they support an overhanging benchtop, whilst the front edge aligns with doors and drawers to give that finished kitchen look.
While wall end panels are not as important, as the sides of the cabinets come with a finished look and the doors open on themselves, they will stop your cabinet handle banging into your wall and they may provide a aesthetic advantage if you are trying to match your top and bottom cabinets to the same size. (base end panels and wall end panels lining up with each other).
Base filler panels are needed when trying to fill your wall to wall space and may be needed in corners so your kitchen can function the way you would expect. For example, if you have a space of 2800mm in between your walls and your cabinets and end panels are only adding to 2764mm you can add in one of our base filler panels which come in 100mm wide, cut this to 36mm and use it to fill the empty space giving your space a clean and complete look.
Another example of when to use a base filler panel is when you are using blind corner base cabinets and you have something such as a oven or set of drawers on the return of this corner. You may want to think about adding in a 50mm filler panel (again by getting our standard 100mm and cutting this to suit) in between the corner and your appliance/ cabinet so you will be able to open the doors / drawers without hitting these on the handle of the blind cabinet.
That’s the basics of end and filler panels! We are always happy to check over any plans you have created or answer any further questions you may have. Get in touch with one of our friendly team today
We have 2 types of corner units in our range. Our corner base cabinet and our blind corner base cabinet.
Our corner base cabinet is advertised in 2 different size. A 786mm x 786mm and a 886mm x 886mm.
However please note, this cabinet is the same size no matter which option you opt for. The cabinet itself is a 485mm deep (and a 786mm x 768mm corner to corner size) but by bringing this off the wall by 100mm in both directions you are able to line this up with our 585mm deep cabinets which in turn creates a void of 100mm at the back and brings the overall size to 886mm x 886mm. This also helps when working with unsquare walls. Not to worry, when the benchtop is in place you won’t notice this void.
Our second option is a Blind corner base cabinet. This is a good choice for people who are running tight on space down one wall or have items they want to store in the kitchen they only reach for once in a blue moon. These are more flexible when it comes to sizing as we have a few different widths and depth to choose from that work with the rest of our base cabinet range. Blind corner bases may need filler panels to help make the space work. You can read about these in tip 1
Once you have finalized your Kitchen Plan it’s time to add the benchtop! Our benchtops can be added to your order through our benchtop planner (link here)
You will need to calculate the size of your top while still in the Kitchen Planner as you won’t have a visual of this in the benchtop planner. To do this you will need to add together the lengths of all your cabinets including any end panels or filler panels in this space. Appliances such as dishwashers will also need to be accounted for. It is a good idea to include a extra 5-10mm on top of the appliance width so you have room to get this in and out if need be. If your space is open plan we recommend a overhang on each side of your cabinets of 10mm. Standard overhang on the front is 15mm (600mm deep benchtops for 585mm cabinet depth)
Remember, measure twice so we only cut once!
Upgrades and extras
There are a few options when it comes to personalizing your Cabjaks Kitchen such as upgrading to soft close and choosing your handles, accessories and appliances.
During step 4 of the planner process you will be prompted to choose these extras and it’s ideal to think about who is going to have access to the kitchen and what will work best for every dynamic. In a house with young children? You may want to opt for a handle that doesn’t have pointy edges such as Elba or Moda and upgrade to soft close to avoid fingers getting slammed into drawers. Accidents can happen but there are ways to make it safer for everyone.
You may then want to think about making the space more practical such as adding in a lazy Susan for your corner unit and a cutlery tray for your drawer set. You can see our full range of extras here - https://cabjaks.co.nz/collections/accessories
Layout and handy tips
Knowing where to start can be tricky, when you have a full kitchen to fit in and a blank canvas to begin with it can be a bit overwhelming.
We suggest starting with the main points such as the sink cabinet, oven and corners. You may have plumbing and electrical restrictions on where these can sit which gives you something to work off. Try to keep sinks under windows and make it practical by putting the dishwasher next to this cabinet, keep ovens next to drawers and away from tall units (you don’t want your hob up against tall end panels as you need room for handles to sit off pots and pans.) Keep all tall units -pantry’s fridges, oven towers etc. all grouped in line next to each other to make a clean look.
That’s it for our Kitchen Planner tips and tricks. We hope we helped with the planning stage of your new Kitchen. If you need further help or just want a 2nd eye over your plan get in touch with our team and we will be happy to answer any questions/ check over your designs. Check out our contact page here.