How to adjust unit legs and attach plinth


When fitting your kitchen units, it’s important to ensure that they are all square and level. To start off with, you need to lay your units on their back and slot the adjustable legs in (1) to the locked position (2).

Once you have put your unit legs in and stood the unit upright, it’s a simple process of adjusting each foot section (3) slightly to allow for any slope in your floor. It’s always a good idea to have a spirit level to hand to ensure that the units are level in all directions.

Adjusting kitchen unit-legs

Fitting the plinth

Marking the plinthNow that your units have feet on them and are now level, lay the plinth in front of the cabinets and mark the centre of the leg on the plinth, then draw a line down the centre of the plinth to give you 2 cross sections (4).

You now have the points to which you will be attaching the plinth clip back plates in a moment.

Now, screw the plinth clip back plate central to the markings made in the last step (4). Then slide the plinth clips onto the back plates (5). Finally position the plinth with the clips near the unit legs and line up with the legs before pushing the plinth into place, allowing the clips to spring around the kitchen unit legs.

Plinth Clips

Side return plinths

Finally, when fitting side return plinths, fit the plinth clips to the plinth in the previously mentioned way, making sure to fit the clips above the centre of the plinth. This will prevent the front clips from clashing as shown below (6).

Side return plinths


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47 thoughts on “How to adjust unit legs and attach plinth”
  • Janice says:

    If I purchase end panels to cut down to make plinths will plinth fixings still be supplied? Thanks.

    January 5, 2024 at 8:43 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Janice, we will only supply the correct amount of plinth clips, for the lengths of plinth in which you have ordered. If you’re not ordering plinth, then no plinth clips will be supplied unfortunately. However, they’re available to order via our main website if you do require them.

      January 8, 2024 at 2:03 pm
  • Janice says:

    Hi. If the legs have to be at 165mm – 170mm due to a taller than average undercounter appliance do you have any suggestions on filling this extra 15 – 20mm? Would the Tall Wall End Panel or Dresser End Panel be suitable for cutting down to make kickboards?

    January 3, 2024 at 7:10 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Janice, yes, you would need to cut down one of the end panels to fill in the space.

      January 4, 2024 at 3:13 pm
  • Lisa says:

    How do you fit the plinth at the front of the corner larder pls

    June 12, 2023 at 7:30 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Lisa,

      This section here, shows how the plinth is attached.

      June 13, 2023 at 6:08 am
  • Julia S says:

    I am planning a kitchen run which starts with a sink corner unit (with the long side incl. the door in this run), followed by an integrated washing machine, an integrated slimline dishwasher and finally a freestanding fridge/freezer. I am a little concerned about the lack of legs in this run. What would be the best way to attach the plinth? Would it be best to get an end panel at the end of the integrated dishwasher and to get a bracket for the plinth?

    December 9, 2022 at 6:41 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, you will require base end panels between the appliances. For the integrated appliances, the plinth will be attached to the legs on the appliance. For the free standing appliances, the plinth doesn’t run in front of these unfortunately.

      December 12, 2022 at 11:43 am
  • Tess says:

    How strong are the legs? I am worried that when standing a tower unit upright the weight will snap them.

    June 27, 2022 at 3:25 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, our carcase legs have been tested, they have the strength to lift larder units from horizontal. Our carcase legs are designed for kitchen use, therefore they are made to stand a significant amount of weight – The carcase legs are attached to units such as appliance housings that are 1970mm high and have appliances such as ovens, fridge/freezers & microwaves inside of them, I can confirm the carcase legs will be fine holding the weight.

      June 28, 2022 at 3:43 pm
  • tom says:

    Is it possible to use base units (drawers and corner unit) for a Home office?
    At an overall height of 760mm including 20mm worktop.

    April 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, a standard desk height is between 700 & 750mm tall. Our base units are 720mm high without legs and 870mm high with legs. If you were to use the base units, you would also need a worktop overhang of around 300mm in order to get your legs under.

      April 21, 2022 at 8:08 am
  • Ian says:

    Our floor to ceiling height is 2110mm and we would like a built in fridge/freezer housing.. bearing in mind the minimum height of the adjustable feet is 140mm coupled with the 1970mm height of the carcase doesn’t leave us with much room !! Would it be feasible to drill 4 shallow holes in the floor Where the carcase feet are to reduce the overall height…( Obviously cutting the plinth board to suit )

    November 28, 2021 at 8:49 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, we would not recommend this. You need to have 100mm of space above your units to lift them into place.

      November 29, 2021 at 12:31 pm
  • Anwar Shaikh says:

    Do the plinths comes with transparent plastic edging?

    August 1, 2021 at 9:04 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, plinths don’t come with any plastic edging i’m afraid.

      August 2, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Do all worktops come in 30mm and 40mm depths?

    June 8, 2021 at 3:19 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, worktops usually range from 20mm to 40mm in depth. This measurement will be shown on the worktops on our website.

      June 9, 2021 at 9:06 am
  • Charlie Buckley says:


    Do all your plinths come with plinth clips or do these have to be bought separately?


    November 25, 2019 at 9:12 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Charlie, when you buy your kitchen and plinths, all the fitting accessories like plinth clips, come inside the fittings box that is supplied.

      November 25, 2019 at 9:14 am
  • Tony says:


    I have fitted all my kitchen apart from the plinth. I have ensured that all the tops of the units are perfectly level but that means the bottoms are not level due to a badly slanted floor. It runs out about 15mm from one side of the room to the other. Is it normal to fit a plinth that is 150 one side and 135 the other? its over a fairly long length (3m). Many thanks.

    October 31, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Tony, if the floor is out then cutting the plinth to fit will be the only option now but the 15mm difference, should not be that noticeable.

      November 1, 2019 at 7:58 am
  • Kevin says:

    Good Morning

    What width are the legs of the stanbury base units? I recently bought the kitchen and need additional plinth clips so need to k ow what size I need. Thanks.

    February 16, 2019 at 12:57 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Kevin, I passed this message onto our aftersales team and they will send you some plinth clips out in the post today. The email address you supplied when you posted this comment is on our recent orders database, so we found you OK.

      February 19, 2019 at 9:12 am
  • Wally says:

    Can the leg bosses be removed from the bottom of the units?

    February 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Wally, leg bosses cannot be removed I’m afraid, They are firmly in position and you would damage the unit taking them out. You could try giving our sales team a call on 01977 608 418 and see if the unit can be made without leg bosses for you.

      February 11, 2019 at 10:03 am
  • mike Finelli says:

    I am ordering the Kitchen & want to put down 18mm ply under the cabinets over the floorboards to line up with the back edge of the plinth for later installation of a wood laminate floor with the expansion gap sited under the plinth. I need to know the dimension from the back of the base unit to the front of the legs or back of the plinth if greater please .

    January 7, 2018 at 8:08 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, it would be easier to put the ply under all the unis as the legs only adjust by 20mm in height so if the floor runs out the plinth wont fit, the approx distance from the back of the unit is 485mm.

      January 8, 2018 at 1:29 pm
      • mike Finelli says:

        Thanks very much for the advice. The finished Laminate floor will also be 18mm in total including Insulation, but the floor run out & leg adjustment advice was particularly useful. I checked & fortunately, its within 3mm on the unit run so can deal with this.

        January 8, 2018 at 5:36 pm
      • Vikki says:

        Does this distance (the front of the legs are 485mm from the back of the unit) include the allowance for the 42mm service void at the back?

        March 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Vikki, the position of the front legs are measured from the back of the unit which includes the 42mm void.

        March 20, 2018 at 3:14 pm
  • Keith says:

    Am I right in thinking that you fit the legs to the units after delivery including the tall and corner larder Units . Am asking as our ceilings are quite low and the tall units would need the legs fitting after standing upright
    Regards keith

    January 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the leg bosses (the bits the leg fits into) are attached to the bottom of the unit. The legs are supplied separately in the fittings box, for you to slot in when ready.

      January 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm
  • Rachel says:

    Can you please tell me the height range that the 100mm legs will adjust too?

    July 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm
    • Andrew Newbound says:

      Hello Rachel, thanks for getting in touch.

      Our 100mm legs can actually be adjusted to a height of 120mm. They can reduce down to 90mm too.

      I hope this helps.

      July 7, 2017 at 4:06 pm
  • Michelle says:

    I’m quite short and have a shoulder problem, so I can’t lift up my hands that high, is there any chance of having extra short legs or any alternative to legs to bring the whole kitchen lower?
    Many thanks

    May 14, 2017 at 11:11 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, on request we can supply 100mm legs, which will wind down to 90mm at the very lowest. So the overall height would be 810mm plus worktop thickness. However doing this would mean all the plinths would need to be cut down in height on site by the kitchen installer.

      Alternatively if there are no appliances in a run of units you could use reduced height units 575mm high plus legs.

      I hope this helps.

      May 15, 2017 at 9:38 am
  • Bob says:

    Hi there,

    My current units sit ~130mm from the floor – do you supply legs that would match this?


    February 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the default height of our legs is 150mm but the legs on our kitchen units will adjust from 140mm to 170mm. We don’t have any legs which are 130mm I’m afraid.

      February 10, 2016 at 8:38 am
  • Angela Clowe says:

    I am needing to fit side plinths but having trouble seeing how will fit. From what I can see the leg cups are flush with edge of side unit, so if fit a plinth on top it surely that plinth will be pushed out and not flush with side of unit. Does this mean a section of the plinth will have to be cut out.

    August 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the legs are set back by about 6.5cm. The plinth fits on just fine using the plinth clips supplied.

      August 17, 2015 at 12:48 pm
      • Angela Clowe says:

        I am talking about the side of the cupboards not the front. Are you saying legs are set back at front and sides of units?

        August 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        The legs are set back (front, back and sides) so that the side plinth fits perfectly under the unit without it sticking out of the side.

        August 18, 2015 at 7:40 am
  • Angela Clowe says:

    If I decide to use plinth on side of a unit at end of run, will I need to buy edging strip to cover plinth cut edges? Alternative is an end panel but don’t want this expense unless totally have to.

    August 9, 2015 at 9:48 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, yes you would need edging tape for the long sides of the plinth.

      August 10, 2015 at 6:56 am
  • Gary Clooney says:

    I have a sloping floor and the difference between lowest and highest point is 13mm. Can you tell me how much adjustment is available on the units’ legs?

    January 29, 2015 at 5:55 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      The default height of our legs is 150mm but the legs on our kitchen units will adjust from 140mm to 170mm.

      January 29, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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