Different types of pan drawer sides


The simple answer to that question is yes! We have 3 distinct pan drawer variants.

Pan drawers are very valuable and a much utilised kitchen unit in anybody’s kitchen, which many of us could not live without. It’s a very convenient place to ‘chuck’ pans in until the next time they are required.

Pan Drawers

If you have standard pan drawers then you tend to find that the pan handles can protrude through the drawer sides and scrap against the side of the unit when you close it. But, there is a simple solution available by having your pan drawers fitted with higher sides, as shown in the videos below.

Standard Gallery Rail Pan Drawers

All our drawers are fitted as standard with Gallery Rail sides.

High Sided Pan Drawers

This video shows the high sided pan drawers that you can upgrade your pan drawers to. The cost to do this is £16.50 per pair.

Glass Pan Drawers

If you want to upgrade even further then you can have glass sided pan drawers for the ultimate effect, especially pleasing on the eye when you have in-unit lighting. The cost to do this is £27.50 per pair.

If you want to upgrade your pan drawers in your shopping cart then you will need to click the “Special upgrade offer” button at the bottom of your shopping cart to do so.

You can see all the pan drawer kitchen units that we have available on our pan drawer page.

Internal Cutlery Drawer Clearance for Hob

If you are opting to buy a pan drawer unit with an internal cutlery tray and a hob above it then we do recommend that you have “at least” a 30mm depth worktop (preferably 40mm) and a hob which is no more than 50mm in depth. This is to ensure that the tray can close without any obstructions from the hob above it.

So, if you have a worktop which is 30mm in depth plus 18mm for the top of the unit and 8mm between the top of the tray and the unit then you would have a clearance of 56mm, giving you an actual 6mm gap between the top of the drawer and any elements on the underside of the hob. A worktop of 40mm in depth would give you a safety gap of 16mm.

Pan drawer internal cutlery draw clearance

If using a hob above a 3 pan drawer unit (P2D1-*), you have:

  • 45mm space if using a 20mm worktop
  • 55mm space if using a 30mm worktop
  • 65mm space if using a 40mm worktop.

Can the drawers be purchased separately?

Yes, you can purchase drawer boxes on our website here.


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59 thoughts on “Different types of pan drawer sides”
  • Olivia says:

    Hi – I appreciate that the Blum runners take 50k on the pan drawers, but how robust are the actual drawer bases? Some companies have bases which would simply bow if you tried to put pans or crockery weights on them, whereas others have rigid, strong bases that can easily carry heavy cooking pots. (We can test that when we can physically see the stock just by putting a hand on the showroom base and pressing, but of course that’s not possible with you.) We are looking to have a kitchen that allows us to use pan drawers for pans and stacked plates, so please can you advise what weights your pan drawer bases, as opposed to the runners, can bear?

    October 23, 2022 at 12:36 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, our drawers have a very secure and solid 16mm thick base and are secured by the runners and metal back. The bases are not going to break. The issue you are referring to, usually happens on flimsy flatpack units that have very thin chipboard bases and nothing but grooves in the sides, to support the base.

      Drawer Base

      October 27, 2022 at 1:22 pm
  • Heather says:

    Hello there, Do you have any fittings to make it easier to open the internal drawer? I have seen some units with a clip on the front of the internal drawer which is attached to the main drawer front – so the internal drawer opens first. Other suppliers have a small pull handle on the front of the internal drawer. As far as I can tell, the only way to open DIY internal drawers is by putting your hand under the drawer box and pulling, which seems a bit awkward…

    September 5, 2022 at 12:51 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, we don’t have any other fittings we can offer for the internal drawers unfortunately.

      September 6, 2022 at 6:31 am
  • Ben says:

    What is the internal height for the drawers in the ‘4 Drawer Pack’?
    Looking to see how tall kitchen items can be within the drawers.
    As I see there are two or three different drawer sizes.

    July 30, 2021 at 12:22 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the drawers are 90mm high.

      August 2, 2021 at 9:05 am
  • Abi says:

    Hi, my desired hob is 50mm deep but the worktop is 27mm. Would this work with a pan drawer unit with an external cutlery drawer?

    January 18, 2021 at 11:46 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, this link will take you to a section that answers your questions. We do recommend a bare minimum of a worktop thickness of 30mm (40mm if possible), otherwise cutlery could touch the underside of the hob.

      If using a hob above a 3 pan drawer unit (P2D1-*), you have

      • 45mm space if using a 20mm worktop
      • 55mm space if using a 30mm worktop
      • 65mm space if using a 40mm worktop.
      January 18, 2021 at 12:58 pm
  • Olly says:

    Hi, would I need to put a filler panel between a drawer unit and the wall to ensure the drawer front doesn’t scrape against the wall?

    January 16, 2021 at 6:53 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the drawer unit would open fine, as it opens within the unit’s dimensions. The doors are about 3mm smaller than the units as well. If there is a door at the bottom of the unit that opens outwards, then we recommend at least a 50mm gap, from the wall, the prevent the handles from hitting it. If your handles extend beyond 50mm, then you may need a bigger filler between the unit and the wall. This article talks about your question also.

      January 17, 2021 at 9:04 am
  • Anja says:

    Could I have the sizes/dimensions of the inside of a drawer on the 600mm pan drawer unit? (for (cutlery)inserts)

    June 8, 2020 at 2:29 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Anja, the internal measurements are as follows: 425mm deep, 480mm wide (at the base where it contours in, but 520mm at the top and 70mm high.

      June 10, 2020 at 5:13 pm
  • Peter Watson says:

    Hi, What is the depth of a 900mm Pan drawer ie, from drawer front to back of the draw on a std base unit?

    May 28, 2020 at 6:56 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Peter, the internal depth you can use is 470mm, external depth is 490mm.

      June 1, 2020 at 6:09 am
  • Sylvia says:

    I have an inframe Helmsley kitchen.
    Are the metal pan drawer sides to be fitted with the plastic spring at the front (on to the wood) or back (on to the metal) of the drawer?

    Are there any on line fitting instructions for the pan sides?

    April 18, 2020 at 1:23 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Sylvia, the plastic spring section, fits to the back of the drawer. If you sit the high side flat to the top of the rail it does just clip on and then you can turn it, so it sits vertically against the side of the rail.

      April 20, 2020 at 2:29 pm
  • George says:

    I want to create a slimmer island unit using slimline 460mm deep units back to back. Could I have the 460mm depth slimline base cabinets with only 2 pull-out pan drawers??

    January 24, 2020 at 1:27 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi George, this unit is not available in the reduced depth sizes.

      January 27, 2020 at 9:53 am
  • NK says:

    I have planned to have a run of:

    I have been advised that these drawers wont line up and to have 3 pan drawer units, why would this be as on the planner they all line up with no problems? Many thanks,

    September 18, 2019 at 6:24 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, i’m a little confused too. The doors on those 3 units will line up next to each other. The only issue you may have is that you will loose the flowing lines of the doors/frontals, if you have a tall oven unit next to them, as your pan drawer units would need 3 frontals to line up with the drawer(s) at the bottom of the oven, see the image below. I hope this helps. Please contact our technical sales team on 01977 608 418 if you need any clarification on this.

      3x drawer fronts lining up and keeping the drawer lines

      September 19, 2019 at 9:45 am
  • Richard says:

    Dear DIY Kitchens

    I am ordering a highline double pan drawer 1000mm wide and will have a downdraft induction hob sitting above. I need to modify the drawers on site to make them shorter (around 400mm). I have requested for it to be supplied dry assembled. Is the back panel of the drawer easily removed so that I can reposition to the required size? The hob is only 800mm wide so I should have 100mm either side to allow for the runners to remain full depth, so I am planning to move the back panel forwards and cut out the back part of the drawer base to house the ducting. Can you also advise what material the base of the drawer is made from? Thank you.

    October 15, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Richard, unfortunately it will not be possible to cut down the back of the drawer box onsite, as these are metal with a solid MDF base.

      October 16, 2018 at 9:09 am
      • Richard says:

        As I have requested that it comes dry assembled I presume I can dismantle the drawer on site? If the metal frame of the drawer can be taken apart I can probably modify it to fit around the ducting.

        October 16, 2018 at 10:00 am
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Richard, I would recommend contacting the technical sales team 01977 608 418 or create a support ticket below for further assistance on this question.

        October 16, 2018 at 10:04 am
  • kate says:


    Can you please tell me the maximum weight that you can put inside the 50cm wide pan drawers and the 100cm wide pan drawers?



    September 23, 2018 at 11:52 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Kate, all our pan drawers come with Blum runners, capable of carrying a maximum of 50kg in weight.

      September 24, 2018 at 9:07 am
  • Jonathan says:

    Hi there,
    I have a hob that has an integrated downdraft which drops down 210 from the top of the unit. I would like an inframe kitchen so cannot get the drawers with the cutout. If I bought the pan drawers with a celery drawer at the top, would the top drawer be deep enough to just block this drawer off and not use it? Alternatively I could just get a 2 pan drawer and mark out the space in the middle. How high is the back of the drawer and would that clear the 210 when opened?

    July 22, 2018 at 4:51 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Jonathan, on the 2 pan drawer plus one cutlery drawer unit, you will have an approximately 76mm gap between the top of the unit and the top of the cutlery drawer box. On the 2 pan drawer unit, you will have a gap of approximately 84.5mm between the top of the unit and the top of the drawer box. It would usually not be possible to fit a down draft extractor in a drawer unit, so we would recommend using a high line unit instead. Or, use an over sized worktop and place it behind the units.

      July 23, 2018 at 11:50 am
      • Jonathan says:

        Thanks, would it work though if I removed the top drawer (of the 3 pan drawer) and just left the drawer front screwed in place and then just used be bottom two drawers? I.e, what is the drop from the top of the unit to the bottom of the first drawer. I’m keen to have pan drawers under my cooker so they are easily accessible.


        July 23, 2018 at 11:58 am
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Jonathan, from the top of a 3 drawer unit to the bottom of the first pull out pan drawer is 380mm. If your downdraft extractor is only 210mm deep then in theory, the extractor has enough space below it, to slide into. But, you would not be able to use the cutlery drawer or the top pan drawer for storage.

        July 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm
      • Jonathan says:

        What is the drawer unit shown in this picture as it appears that this would work for what I want?


        July 23, 2018 at 9:59 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Jonathan, this is a 2 drawer pan drawer – https://www.diy-kitchens.com/kitchen-units/base/pan-drawer/2-drawer-pan-drawer/ – The height of the unit is 720mm, so the height from the top of the unit to the base of the top pull out drawer would be around 320mm, deep enough for your 210mm downdraft extractor to slot into.

        July 24, 2018 at 8:29 am
  • Adrian says:

    For your reduced depth drawerline base cabinets (300mm & 460mm), what are the internal depth/length of the drawers?

    July 4, 2018 at 2:23 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Adrian, the length of the 300mm depth unit drawer is 250mm. The 460mm depth unit drawer is 300mm long. The depth on both drawers is 90mm.

      July 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm
  • Johanna says:

    What about the clearance of a pan drawer unit with a cutlery drawer (not internal), such as P2D1 or P2D2? What is the maximum depth of a hob that could be installed with these and a 20mm worktop?

    June 7, 2018 at 1:58 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Johanna, the maximum height the hob can be when using the three pan drawer units and a 20mm thick worktop would be 45mm in height.

      June 7, 2018 at 4:01 pm
      • Francesca says:

        Does this mean that with a 45mm hob on a 27mm worktop, I would still be able to have a functional cutlery drawer underneath (in 80cm 2 pan drawer, 1 cutlery drawer unit) ? I was assuming it would have to be a false drawer. Our hob is induction.

        November 14, 2018 at 3:12 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Francesca, that would be fine, this means the hob only protrudes by 18mm, if it protrudes more than 28mm then that’s when the drawer will not work.

        November 14, 2018 at 4:54 pm
  • sana says:

    Are the drawers always metal/plastic construction or is there any upgrade options to wood veneer?

    April 15, 2018 at 7:47 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, Sana, we can upgrade for £35 per drawer, top drawer only not pan. If you can send over your cart number in a support ticket below, then the sales team can make the change for you.

      April 16, 2018 at 11:55 am
  • James says:

    Hi, Can you get a 600 fully integrated dishwasher door to match the lines of a 2 drawer pan unit ?

    February 15, 2018 at 9:58 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, no this is not possible. Only the drawerline effect can be achieved with an integrated appliance door.

      February 16, 2018 at 7:23 am
  • Jenny says:

    Hi I have a 800 2 draw with cutlery tray in top draw, how do you remove the pan draws if needed.

    June 4, 2017 at 6:24 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, to remove the drawers, you need to pull them out to full extension and lift upwards with a fair amount of force and the drawer box will come off the runners and you can then pull it out.

      June 5, 2017 at 11:45 am
      • Jenny says:

        Hi I have a 800 2 draw with cutlery tray in top draw, how do you remove the pan draws if needed.

        Is that the same method if they have soft close?

        June 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Exactly the same method.

        June 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • Gemma says:

    Can i use a 20mm deep quartz worktop with a gas hob? Planning to have drawers underneath it but not cutlery drawer. Thanks.

    April 26, 2017 at 9:48 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, providing there is no cutlery drawer, the hob will be fine recessed into 20mm worktops.

      April 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Liz says:

    Hello, please can you tell me the weight capacity of an 80cm wide pan drawer. Thank you.

    November 29, 2016 at 8:45 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      The 800 wide pan drawers come with Blum runners capable of carrying 50kg maximum weight.

      November 29, 2016 at 8:46 am
  • Donna says:

    For clean lines, can I have false line drawer doors in base units, that are not actually drawers but cupboards, appliances and pullouts etc?

    April 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      We don’t fit “drawerline effect” doors to our units but it is fine to have a drawerline effect appliance door to match the drawerline in your kitchen, we do sell these online.

      April 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm
  • Dave says:

    How far do your pan drawers extend when fully pulled out?

    April 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      The top drawer, if a cutlery drawer comes out 43cm from the unit. The deep pan drawers, the ones below, come out 48.5cm

      April 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm
  • Juice says:

    Thanks, that’s helpful. I did call your sales office several times and when I spoke to someone the response was different from above. Appreciate the clarification.

    October 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm
  • Juice says:

    Hi, what is the clearance at the top the 900mm pan drawer with hidden insert cutlery drawer? Wanting to put a hob above it but hoping to have 20mm depth quartz worktop and struggling to find a hob with less than 50mm depth.
    Advice ASAP greatly appreciated

    October 12, 2014 at 9:30 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      You can use this pan drawer unit with a hob above it but the work surface needs to be at least 40mm in depth to give you the clearance needed.

      October 13, 2014 at 11:46 am
      • Juice says:

        Disappointing this was not advised earlier. We have already purchased and I am really going to struggle with this as will not be having a 40mm worktop. Please confirm the clearance so I can determine if there is any flex. Thank you

        October 14, 2014 at 6:25 am
      • Diy Kitchens says:


        The clearance between the internal pan drawer and the bottom of the worktop would be 26m, as show in the image above & below.

        Pan drawer internal cutlery draw clearance

        18mm is the thickness of the top of the kitchen unit and 8mm is the gap between the top of the internal drawer and the top of the kitchen unit.

        If you have a worktop that is 30mm in depth then the total clearance would be 56mm.

        Should you need to contact us about your order at any point in the future then our contact details are below.

        Email: sales@diy-kitchens.com
        Tel: 01977 608 418

        October 14, 2014 at 8:35 am
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