When designing your new kitchen, many people like to keep good symmetry as well as the lines in the kitchen that are achieved from getting the wall units to line up with the base units below.
The kitchen plan example below shows just this. The wall units (in dark green), line up with the base units (in light green) below and opposite. This kind of design is not always easy to achieve as every kitchen is different but with the wide range of kitchen units that we have available, most kitchens can be kitted out appropriately.
As well as standard 300mm & 600mm single wall units, we also have many other units to chose from that will allow you to fill in gaps and get a little create to ensure maximum use of available cupboard space.
Take a look at the images below to see what kind of units are available. Remember, the size of the wall units are determined by the size of any tall units that you have.
Click here for more information on how to mix wall an tall units. The standard size wall unit heights are 720mm high.
Single & double wall units
One of the most common types of wall units that you will see in a kitchen are the single and double wall units as show below. The single wall units have just the one door whereas the double units have two doors that open from the centre outwards.
Sometimes when a wall unit is just a little bit too big then a top box could be the answer. Although tall units do feature a built in top box into them, you can buy them separately and are most commonly used above hobs.
Separate top boxes are mainly used to either house a canopy or integrated extractor fan above the hob. You can read more about extractor units here.
Top boxes range from 500mm – 1000mm wide and from 290mm – 450mm in height, so there is always a top box to fit the size of your kitchen.
When designing a kitchen and getting to the end of a kitchen run, you can find yourself with very limited space left, or you just want to do something different at the end and make a little feature of it. Some ideas for units that you can use are shown below.
- 300mm curved unit
- 300mm quadrant wall unit
- 150mm pull out wall unit
- 150mm single wall unit
If you want your kitchen to look that little bit different and possibly add a little bit of extra functionality to it, in the form of internal unit mechanisms then angled and curved wall units could be the answer.
The units below measure 600mm by 600mm and fit nicely into the corner of your kitchen run. These units are available with internal curved doors, bi-fold doors or as an open unit.
Straight corner wall units
One of the most popular types of wall unit is the standard corner wall unit that allows other adjacent units to neatly butt up to it. These units range from 600mm to 900mm wide. The larger the corner wall unit the larger the door becomes, so that the dead space in the corner of the unit is left to a minimum.
Bi-folding wall units
Something a little bit different to consider are the bi-folding wall units where the doors can pull up towards to ceiling or the larger doors can open as one to the side. The horizontal bi-folding barrel doors with glass fronts can really add a nice touch your kitchen.
Open and microwave wall units
As well as units with doors, we also create units without them. Position them correctly within your kitchen and you have opened up an area to be creative with. use the area as open storage for condiments, a plate rack or even decorate it with some plants over the sink. There really are endless possibilities that are as wide as your imagination!
Don’t forget that that you can also have a wine rack built into your kitchen run as well as hide your microwave away in a microwave wall unit that will allow you to free up space on your work surface, ideal for small kitchens where work space is at a premium.
Download our PDF to take away that will show you the wall units for you to print off.
Mixing tall & wall units
This short video shows how to use the correct wall and tall units in your kitchen design.
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