Which appliances fit in tall kitchen units?


When planning a new kitchen design, people with larger sized kitchens tend to go with some tall units on a side wall where they will house  the likes of an oven, as well as gaining a load of additional storage space as well.

The question people ask is, “what other appliances can I realistically put in a tall housing unit.” Well, below is some food for thought for you.

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Example tall kitchen units

tall unit examples

Single & double ovens

One of the most common things people do with tall housing units is to place their oven in there. This can make a real feature of your kitchen, not to mention the practicalities of having an oven at waist level as it’s much better on the back as you don’t need to keep bending down to open it. Also, if you have small children that are starting to explore your kitchen then it will help to keep them away from the door and the steam that escapes upon opening.

Below are some pictures of ovens that have been integrated into tall kitchen units

Single double ovens

Coffee machines

If you love your coffee and want it on tap then you can invest in a compact coffee machine that fits neatly into a tall unit with compact housings, especially designed for these types of appliances.

Below are some pictures of coffee machines that have been integrated into tall kitchen units

Coffee machine

Warming drawers

Warming drawers are ideal for keeping plates and food warm until everything else is ready to serve. The warming drawers fit perfectly under your oven or in a compact aperture space

Below are some pictures of warming drawers that have been integrated into tall kitchen units

Warming drawers


To help save worktop space, your microwave that has probably been sat on your worktop since the dawn of time can now be elevated to new heights, making it more accessible and keep your kitchen looking tidier in the process.

Below are some pictures of microwaves that have been integrated into tall kitchen units

Integrated microwaves

Wine coolers

Most of us like a glass of wine of a weekend to unwind, but there is not always space inside your main fridge to keep that bottle of white chilled. The solution is to get a wine cooler that can fit snugly into your tall units that can be filled with all your favourite wine or soft drinks for the kids.

Below are some pictures of wine coolers that have been integrated into tall kitchen units.

Wine coolers

Fridge freezers

One of the most popular uses for tall units is to hide away an integrated fridge freezer. The monstrous appliance that usually takes up a good portion of your kitchen can now be hidden away and blended perfectly into the kitchen design.

Below are some pictures of fridge freezers that have been integrated into tall kitchen units.

Fridge freezers


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37 thoughts on “Which appliances fit in tall kitchen units?”
  • Abby B says:

    I am looking at the Altino kitchen and would like to have a run of 3 tall units, 2 would hold single appliances next to each other and the third would hold a microwave, foraesthetic reasons I would like to add a warming drawer to the microwave unit so that the ‘lines’ are the same for all three. which unit do I need for this? I have seen this in the showroom but am struggling to find it on the planner.

    May 29, 2020 at 10:45 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Abby, for a single oven housing unit it would be unit SOH. The microwave and warming drawer, to get it to line up, the unit would be SOHT14WD (microwave and 140 warming draw). These units have a 570×597 top door and a 715×597 bottom door, the units will line up with the top and bottom door.

      June 3, 2020 at 7:47 pm
  • Lori says:

    Hi, Do you do a tall unit that would house a integrated microwave and coffeemaker? this would be the same size a standard double oven but in two appliances one on top of the other.

    August 12, 2018 at 5:54 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Lori, the tall unit that you require is here.

      August 13, 2018 at 8:06 am
  • Daniel says:

    Hi, we’re considering two single ovens in a 1970mm high tall unit (code SOH2), but would prefer to ‘flip’ the unit so that the bigger door was on the bottom and the pan drawer was at the top (replacing the pan drawer with a smaller door to create a simple cupboard). Would this be possible for the Norton Painted style kitchen? Thanks in advance.

    April 1, 2018 at 6:54 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Daniel, unfortunately we are only able to supply the units as standard, we do not bespoke make the units to your specification i’m afraid. If this is something you where wanting, you would need to adjust the unit onsite. If this is something you intend to do then I would advise for you to order the unit to be supplied dry assembled, so you can take the unit apart if needed.

      April 3, 2018 at 1:26 pm
  • Kim says:

    Do you do a 2300mm tall appliance unit that will accommodate two single ovens, you only appear to have a 2150mm unit that will do this? the total height of my kitchen from floor to top of wall units will be 2270mm minimum.

    March 8, 2018 at 6:01 pm
  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Would it be possible to have a single oven and an integrated fridge in the same housing unit? If so how?

    February 24, 2018 at 9:31 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, we don’t have a unit for this and do not recommend trying it, as the oven would give out a lot of heat and cause the fridge/freezer to work really hard to keep the contents cool.

      February 27, 2018 at 9:46 am
  • Tracey says:

    I would like to put a single oven on top with a microwave 382mm below in one unit and a single oven on top with a 290cm warming drawer below in second unit. Obviously the bottom units wont match up – any ideas??

    February 20, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, unfortunately with the appliances being at different sizes, there is no way to have the two units lining up with one another. If you were to use the DOH, which would have the correct aperture for the single oven and 290mm warming and a SOMH, the two of these have the same height bottom door, which is 570mm. It will just be the top section of the units which will not line in.

      February 21, 2018 at 10:20 am
  • Amy says:

    Hello, what the max height possible for an integrated fridge/freezer housed in a tall larder unit?

    September 15, 2017 at 1:42 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Amy, thanks for getting in touch.

      We provide a range of integrated units to house a large variety of fridge freezers. The maximum height of these units is 2150mm.

      As even the tallest fridge freezers tend to be no more than 2000mm high, our units can accommodate these comfortably.

      So, if you are using the 1970 [2120 inc legs] unit you have 1934mm, if you go for the 2150 [2300 inc legs] height then you have 2014mm.

      I hope this helps.

      September 18, 2017 at 9:52 am
  • John says:


    Just to confirm the microwave aperture on the double oven and microwave tall unit is 450mm?

    Our built-in integrated microwave is 380mm in height – does the filler panel cover the gap / difference between the 380mm appliance height and 450mm aperture?

    July 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the aperture for both is 450mm. The filler panel is over sized (115mm) and is to be cut down to fit. You would need to cut the filler panel down to around 70mm.

      July 12, 2017 at 10:17 am
  • Sonya says:

    Can I put an integrated double combi oven in fridge freezer housing as I want to get rid of the integrated fridge freezer but keep its cupboard?

    April 27, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, as long as the aperture is the same, it should be fine.

      April 28, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Leann says:

    Could I fit a microwave, oven and boiler in a larder unit? If I had the oven at the bottom, under unit height, the microwave worktop height and then the combi boiler at the top?

    February 22, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, it would be best to give the technical sales team a call regarding this question on 01977 608 418. They would need all the dimensions of the boiler, microwave and oven and if it does work the unit would be sent in component form for you to fit on site, as it would not be a regular unit.

      February 23, 2017 at 10:18 am
  • Stuart says:

    Hi. Are there any built in coffee machines that will fit into a 300mm deep unit?

    January 10, 2017 at 9:30 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, we don’t know of any coffee machines 300mm deep. The ones on our site are about 361mm.

      January 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm
      • Stuart says:

        Hi. Many thanks for your prompt reply. Stuart.

        January 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm
  • Mrs L says:

    we have a very small kitchen space in our flat. Please can you tell me is it a) possible and b) advisable to have a tall appliance unit containing both an oven at worktop-and-above height, as well as an integrated white appliance (e.g. fridge or washing machine) at base height? I cannot find any pictures showing examples of this online but I accept that most people are not working with such a very tight space.
    many thanks.

    January 3, 2017 at 9:04 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, it isn’t advisable as the internal size of the unit is 564mm but the washer requires a space of 600mm.

      January 4, 2017 at 11:38 am
  • Donald says:

    Hi, Is there any technical reason why I could not install an oven, microwave and shallow (150mm high) plate warmer in a 1200mm high unit? The dimensions of all 3 would seem to fit a 1200 unit but I have not seem any illustrations or units specifically for this config?

    December 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      You can but the warming drawer will be very low down.

      January 3, 2017 at 9:07 am
  • John says:

    I have an American fridge which is 92cm wide. We would like 2 30cm larder either side & top box. What do we need to house it?

    December 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      The fridge is housed left and right by the 2 larder units. You will also need a 1000 wide top box either 290 or 360 tall depending which height you are working to.

      December 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm
  • Clare says:

    Could you please tell me the dimensions of the microwave section of the 1970cm double oven plus microwave unit ? Can’t seem to find it anywhere and want to know the height of the microwave I need to fit in.
    Thank you

    October 18, 2015 at 3:02 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      The sizes for the oven and microwaves are below.

      Microwave = 450mm high

      Double oven = 880mm high

      October 19, 2015 at 10:14 am
  • shane smart says:

    how deep is the microwave wall unit, is it 300 or is it actually deeper as i wanted to fit a 320 deep microwave into it.

    October 5, 2015 at 8:08 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      The wall units are 300 deep. Add a 20mm door would give you a new depth of 320mm and a 320mm deep integrated microwave would fit flush with any doors above and to the side of it.

      October 5, 2015 at 4:16 pm
  • A.E.Walters says:

    I have just finished installation of DIY-K units. They were perfectly assembled and installation was simple. All that remains is to insert the supplied filler panel between the microwave and the top part of the tower cabinet.

    This is about 5mm deeper than the space to be filled. I guess that this is to allow for differences in the size of appliance units and I guess I will need to cut it down to fit.
    However, before I do this, I wonder if there any alternative to cutting it down to fit?

    July 30, 2015 at 1:04 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the panel comes in one size, which covers all the gaps that could be left by an integrated microwave. I’m afraid there is no alternative but to cut it to size.

      When cutting, place masking tape down the side that you are going to cut and use the correct wood blade in your jigsaw or circular saw. You can then lightly sand off any rough edge that may be left and use some touch up paint if needed to make the raw edge match the rest of the panel.

      July 30, 2015 at 1:10 pm
    • John koz says:

      I am looking to create a double larder tall unit to house a washing machine and tumble drier side by side in the bottom part, have an internal counter top on top of them and the a few selves above. All inside two normal tall kitchen cabinet doors. How should I approach this unit? There’s plenty of width so there are no constraints there. Am I better creating the cabinet using plasterboard walls and buying just kitchen doors to enclose it?

      November 10, 2019 at 11:43 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi, we don’t have such a unit available to house 2 appliances side by side in a tall double larder unit and the widest unit we have is 1000mm wide.

        If your 2 appliances are less than 1000mm wide and less than 560mm deep then you could request the (LU10) unit to come dry assembled and adapt it as you need to. If your appliances are bigger than that they you may be best to create a plasterboard cupboard and order 2 tall doors, so that you can integrate it with the rest of the kitchen.

        If you need anymore advice on this then it would be best to contact the technical sales team on 01977 608 418.

        November 11, 2019 at 9:28 am
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