What is a Le Mans corner unit?


A Le Mans corner base unit provides a very convenient way of accessing items in hard to reach places in the unit. This is achieved by the 2 large trays that extend out of the unit that bring items to you.

Le Mans Corner Unit

One thing to remember with the Le Mans corner base units is that when the door is fully open, the 2 Le Mans trays do come past the width of the door. Also, when the door is open, the 2 trays come out and need an additional 30cms of space at the side, so that the trays can be pulled out fully.

The picture below shows how it looks fully open.

Le Mans Corner Unit

The trays also protrude past the front of the door, by about 13cms.

Le Mans Corner Unit

See the le-mans mechanism in action below.

Which size units are available in Le Mans?

The Le Mans corner units are available in highline units with 2 pull out trays and mid/studio height units with 4 pull out trays. See the table below to see which size units are available for each height.

Size Highline Available Mid Height Available
900mm wide Yes (No)
950mm wide Yes (No)
1000mm wide Yes Yes
1100mm wide Yes Yes

You can see all the Le Mans corner base units on our website

What is the weight capacity of the Le Mans shelves?

The Le Mans unit can hold up 25kg of weight on each shelf.

What is the difference between the Arena styles?

The difference between the pullouts is in the wirework. Arena style is the best as this has a solid base and a bar surround whereas arena classic has a solid base and a wire surround.

Le Mans blanking panel

The blanking panel of a Le Mans corner unit is always 500mm wide, so if you wanted a 600mm wide door on a Le Mans unit, they you would need to choose the 1100mm wide Le Mans version.

So, to recap, a 500mm blanking panel and a 600mm door = a 1100mm wide Le mans units. But, the total space needed in the kitchen run for this unit is 1230mm (+130mm for the service void, which allows for a corner post of 70mm x 70mm). The service void area always remains the same, it is the size of the door that make the unit bigger or smaller in width. You can see all our Le Mans corner units here.

If you have not already read them, then these articles on service voids and cornerposts will be useful reads.


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24 thoughts on “What is a Le Mans corner unit?”
  • Nasima Natha says:

    What is the difference between le mans and le mans2???

    October 18, 2018 at 11:00 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Nasima, the LeMans2 is an updated version of the LeMans unit as the older version is no longer available. The only difference is Lemans2 has a soft close mechanism, whereas the Lemans does not.

      October 19, 2018 at 5:25 pm
  • Andrew says:

    Hi, I have a U shaped kitchen and intend to use a Le Mans2 950mm base unit with a 900mm 2 drawer unit then a Le Mans2 900mm base unit along my short wall run. The total width for this including voids is 3010mm, my wall length is 3040mm. This means that both Le Mans doors will be 15mm further towards the centre of the kitchen than required. My question is are the blank panels on the Le Mans units the same thickness as the doors, are they painted the same colour as the doors, and if so, other than seeing 15mm of the blank panels (when the corner posts are fitted) is there any problem with this?
    Many thanks

    April 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Andrew, this is not something we would advise on. You would be better to use fillers instead of moving the corner units further away from the wall, The blank panels are not provided in door material these will be in the carcass material and colours, so depending on the door range you are looking to order, these may not match the door finish and colour.

      April 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm
      • Andrew says:

        Thanks for that. Having looked at this https://advice.diy-kitchens.com/customer-questions/what-are-kitchen-corner-posts-and-why-are-they-needed/ if I did 45mm corner posts rather than 30mm that would solve the problem wouldn’t it? The extra 15mm width would then meet the edge of the door, and having an extra 15mm void in the other direction doesn’t matter to me. It would even give a bigger clearance when opening doors.

        April 26, 2018 at 3:51 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Andrew, having bigger corner posts would be the best, and neatest option.

        April 26, 2018 at 3:59 pm
  • Claire says:

    On a standard carousel corner unit 1100 wide with 500 blank do you need to leave additional space for the door to open ie the actual measurements are not adhered to in the plan ? As in past have found can’t put corner units flush to wall on blank side end as you have to leave a recess or the door won’t open please can you advise . If so – What allowance is needed between end of base and wall?

    February 11, 2018 at 3:36 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, you do need to allow extra space to plan a corner unit in, the unit needs to be pulled off the wall by 130mm so a 1100 would become a 1230 wide unit including the allowed void and the depth that needs to be left is 630. This will then allow you to use a corner post so that the doors can open without clashing.

      February 12, 2018 at 12:19 pm
  • Tanya Perry says:

    Can a sink be situated above unit with le mans2 fitted? Thx

    August 7, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, there would not be enough space in the unit below for all the pipes and plumbing. It would bot be advisable putting a sink above this unit, as it would interfere with the 2 trays in the unit.

      August 8, 2017 at 9:12 am
  • exasperated says:

    for each sized unit (900, 1000, 1100) is the size of the Lemans carousel surface the same or does the larger unit have a larger surface area. Can you advise what the surface area is? Also do you know if you get more storage space with a Lemans unit or Magic Corner unit?

    July 27, 2017 at 9:52 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the mechanism does vary in size but its not enough to affect the capabilities. The weight bearing for every size can take 25kg per Le mans shelf, so 50kg in total.

      Please see below link to Kessebohmer’s specs. Page 4 has some small diagrams to show how the tray changes size slightly, to accommodate the size of unit and door it’s installed within.


      So, Le mans mechanisms carry 25kg on each shelf – 50kg in total. Magic corners carry 9kg on each back basket and 7kg on each door basket, a total of 32kg.

      I hope this helps.

      July 27, 2017 at 11:54 am
  • Dean says:

    Hi, what angle does the door need to open out to, to allow the trays to fully pull out?
    I have a ‘U’ shaped kitchen & was worried the door/handle would collide with the Handles Or units I have at the base of my ‘U’
    I would like a magic corner pull out as my other corner unit so could you tell me the angle required for this as well please?
    Thank you.

    May 23, 2017 at 9:09 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the doors will open to 90 degrees, without any fouling providing you use the full corner post as advised. The same again applies for the magic corner, providing the corner post is used, it will ensure that the door bypasses any handles and prevents clashes of doors and handles when being used.

      May 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    • Dean Wibberley says:

      Thank you, regarding the magic corner, does the whole door pull out with the magic corner unit?
      If so would this eliminate my issue with door handles clashing as they would pull away from the corner & handles

      May 25, 2017 at 7:21 am
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi, the Magic corner door pulls forward then to the right or left, depending on the LH/RH unit that you choose. The door and trays then open into the kitchen area and away from the corner post.
        Magic Corner Unit

        May 25, 2017 at 9:05 am
  • Simon says:

    For the 900w and 950w Le Mans base units, what width would the door be for each please?

    May 1, 2017 at 11:50 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the blank panel is always 500mm, so the doors would be 400 and 450mm.

      May 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Rebecca says:

    “Also, when the door is open, the 2 trays come out and need an additional 30cms of space at the side, so that the trays can be pulled out fully.”
    No idea what this means! Is there a plan diagram to explain this?

    March 19, 2017 at 3:04 pm
  • puzzled says:

    Thank you for your response. In the pictures above the pull outs have a solid shelf not wire, what style are they?
    With the hobs does it have to be one unit underneath the hob or could I have two units eg. 880 hob and underneath a 450 shallow drawers (not pans) and a 450 cupboard door?
    I am also a bit puzzled/confused about the difference between canopy extractors and integrated extractors, I also don’t understand what type of units they would need to fit under or into? I have been looking at an AEG dual gas and induction hob which is 880 mm wide and there would be the tall 900 height wall units either side of the hob. It is an external wall so the extractor could extract outside. I prefer the look of a continuous run of unit rather than unit, chimney, unit, so I think I need the canopy extractor or integrated extractor, but I am not sure about if they sits in or below what sort of unit. I am trying to maximise storage as it is a small kitchen so if there could be storage unit of some sort above the extractor that would be wonderful.
    Thanks again.

    March 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      (1) Arena style gloss
      (2) The hob can straddle 2 units but part of the units might have to be cut away.
      (3) A canopy extractor fits in a top box, an integrated one has no unit but a door attached thanks

      March 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm
  • puzzled says:

    I wish on the “more details” page for a unit that there were more details rather than having to raise questions 🙂 Or even on the section introduction for instance on the Le Mans page it would be great if there was an explanation of Arena style, Arena Classic and Arena Style Gloss? On the table pull out cabinet what are the dimensions for the pull out table bit? In what appliance need a unit section, I would love to have found out what units are suitable for a built in hob?

    March 9, 2017 at 10:26 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, thanks for the feedback. The difference between the pullouts is in the wirework, the cheaper one has a square dull coloured wirework, the middle one has a shiny square wirework and the expensive one has a shiny round wirework. The pullout table extends to 810mm. Hobs sit in worktops, so any unit can be used below the hob.

      March 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm
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