How to plan around a boiler and other obstacles


Unlike many of our competitors, we understand that not all kitchens are perfect and that many have areas that might be difficult to plan around or time consuming (and therefore expensive) for a fitter to work around. Here at DIY Kitchens, we have a number of solutions for just these situations…

Boiler housingBoiler housings

Unsightly central heating boilers or boiler pipes can cause you a headache when planning your new kitchen but we have a number of options to help you to overcome this problem.

We are able to supply you with a 600mm wide wall cabinet (in any of our wall heights – 575mm, 720mm, 900mm) that is manufactured at a depth of 450mm to accommodate your boiler.

Alternatively, you may wish to accommodate your boiler within one of our tall housings. Please remember to always ensure that the boiler manufacturers’ guidelines are followed with regards to safe installation and ventilation requirements.

Boiler Housing - 3151

Boiler housing

Boiler HousingBoiler HousingBoiler HousingBoiler HousingBoiler HousingBoiler HousingBoiler Housing

Stowaway kitchen unitReduced depth & stowaway cabinets

We can accommodate even the most awkward of shapes and obstacles with our range of reduced depth and stowaway cabinets.

Our reduced depth cabinets are available in depths of both 300mm and 460mm and we can even include a drawer. They’re available in a variety of widths from 300mm to 1200mm and are especially useful if you have a narrow room with a gallery type layout. Remember, when planning your kitchen we recommend a minimum 900mm between adjacent cabinets so if you’re tight for space these cabinets are perfect. They can also be used to help to create an island  feature (see our section on island features).

Our stowaway cabinets are a particularly clever solution for hiding pipework, gas/electricity meter, or even planning around a chimney breast. At just 100mm deep, and available in widths from 500mm to 1200mm, these cabinets are supplied without a back panel and therefore facilitate easy access to concealed stop-taps, meters etc.

Stowaway wall unit


Download our mobile app

Looking for some kitchen inspiration? Take a look at some of our real customer kitchens, video reviews as well as advice in our mobile app. We’ll also keep you up to date with any new ranges and offers that we have available.

Up to 50% off competitor kitchen prices

At DIY Kitchens, not only do you get a quality rigid built kitchen but you also get it at a fabulous price too! Price your kitchen up on our site and you could see savings  of up to 50% off other kitchen quotes that you’ve had.

Take a look at our kitchen price comparison page here.

Real customer kitchens

Get some inspiration for designing your own new kitchen with over 3,000 pictures of our customers’ kitchens that they ordered from us.

Related articles

28 thoughts on “How to plan around a boiler and other obstacles”
  • Helen says:

    Hi, Do you have fitting instructions for your dry assembled 600mmW x 900mmH x 460mmD Boiler Housing please. Thanks.

    February 23, 2023 at 12:00 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Helen, we do not have an assembly guide for the boiler units, this is something your fitter should be able to fit quite easily.

      The fitter will need to remove the backing panel of the unit and fix the unit to the wall, using some sort of L bracket. They will also need to glue the unit together, once they have made the amendments as needed.

      February 28, 2023 at 12:22 pm
  • Kieran Bettinson says:


    My boiler is 280 depth, silly question but would the standard 300 depth wall unit be deep enough to house the boiler? Is the door included in the measurements on your site? (so unit 270, door 30 for example) or is the 300 just the unit depth, then the door is added ontop of that?

    March 16, 2022 at 8:40 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the wall units are 300mm deep but they have a 17mm service void at the back, behind the back panel. You would need to request the wall unit to be dry assembled, so that you can remove the back panel. A lot of people tend to use our boiler housing units here.

      March 17, 2022 at 9:20 am
  • Carol says:

    I need a boiler cupboard size 32 inches height x 19 inches width do you have any in this size please.

    May 7, 2020 at 1:37 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Carol, we have no units that high but if you give the sales team a call on 01977 608 418 then they will be able to tell you if there is any way of creating something like that.

      May 7, 2020 at 3:56 pm
  • shaun mallon says:

    My boiler is placed in the corner 650mm above the worktop. It is 720 in height. There are pipes including a filter coming out from below the boiler down through the worktop. How would you reccomend boxing these in as the 900 hight housing isnt tall enough and the tall housings would be too big and clash the ceiling.

    August 18, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Shaun, I’m afraid the units that you see on our site are the only ones available. You could get your kitchen fitter to try and fill any gaps with end panels at the side and a front filler piece or even try and adapt the taller unit by taking a bit off the top. If you require any further advice on this then our technical sales team may be able to help on 01977 608 418.

      August 19, 2019 at 7:58 am
  • Camille says:

    Hi there,

    Is there a regulation as to how far away a boiler should be from an oven and induction hob?
    Our boiler is in the corner of our kitchen and we’d like to hob/oven on the same side, but space is quite tight!

    Thank you,


    March 18, 2019 at 2:15 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Camille, you would be best to consult a Gas safe registered tradesperson in your home regarding this, due to location of pipes etc.

      March 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm
  • Sharon Howe says:

    Hi, I like the Harewood inframe kitchen but notice there are no boiler housing options with this range. Is it possible to to get a wall mounted boiler housing unit 900mm high?

    December 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Sharon, If you send the sales team a support ticket with your shopper ID, then they will add the unit in there for you.

      January 4, 2019 at 10:46 am
  • Matt B says:

    Hi, I’m looking into ordering my kitchen from you. Just going through the planning now.

    Our boiler location is going to be in the corner of our kitchen. We wanted to put a tall unit in the corner around the boiler. Am I right in thinking I need to add a fridge freezer type tall unit because the back is cut out?

    Any help would be great.

    Thanks, Matt.

    October 30, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Matt, the tall fridge/freezer housing would probably be best for you as there Is no back, like you say, just some wooden transport supports that you cut out when it is in place. –

      October 30, 2018 at 4:46 pm
  • Martin says:

    We’re currently awaiting completion on a house purchase so in the meantime thinking about how the kitchen could be refitted. We have an ugly boiler right in the corner of the kitchen facing in to the room (Picture can be viewed on We’ll be getting rid of all the tongue and groove below the boiler and on the adjacent wall, but can you advise what would be the best way to box this in? If it matters at all we were thinking of having the base units ending their run at the wall as current, or making a corner unit go up to the side door. In my mind the easiest way would be just to use a tall unit but we don’t want to lose any more worktop space. Thanks!!

    August 21, 2018 at 9:36 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Martin, we have some boiler housings here in various different sizes. There should be something on the page that will fit the bill.

      August 22, 2018 at 9:52 am
  • Phillip Evans says:


    I have boiler in an difficult place next to a window in the corner of the room with pipework out the sides. 450mm is too deep. Is it possible to get the 985mm boiler cabinet dry assembled or flat packed? Then would it be possible to cut it down to size so it was about 400mm deep. Then cut out some of the side for the pipes to run through? Also, why do the boiler cabinets have shelves? I assume they arent needed and its just a big empty space inside?

    August 12, 2018 at 9:11 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Phillip, you can add a note to your boiler housing to ask for it to come dry assembled, so it will be delivered without the glue used to allow you to make any changes on site.

      We can also increase or decrease the depth of most units for a surcharge of £24. If you would like us to do this you will just need to send in a support ticket with your shopping basket ID, so that we can amend this in the shopping basket for you.

      The boiler housings are provided with two adjustable shelves, however, these can be removed if they are not required.

      August 13, 2018 at 9:19 am
      • Phillip Evans says:

        Excellent! thank you! One other question if thats OK. How are the boiler units attached to the wall, as there is no back to the boiler unit, it it fixed to the wall with L shapes brackets? And do the brackets attach to the top piece of the boiler unit, or to the sides, or both?


        August 13, 2018 at 6:44 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Phillip, you would be correct fitting l brackets to the top and the sides would be the way to secure the unit to the wall. To strengthen the fitting, I would personally screw them to the unit next to it, if there is one or use a baton underneath to take some of the weight.

        August 15, 2018 at 11:40 am
  • fred says:

    Hi, i have a 300l water cylinder in my kitchen, do you have anything that i can use to house this?

    July 11, 2018 at 11:22 pm
  • Matt says:

    My boiler has all the pipework extending on the top left and going upwards- also very close/tight in the corner of the room. The pipes leave little space for the left rear hanging plates. I expect I could fashion some kind of connection on the corner, i.e. fixing the side of the cabinet rather than the rear perhaps with a baton or metal bracket – but this would be a hack to the unit. These larger wall units are also quite weighty so I need a secure connection on the left side.

    Do you have any advice on how I can fit the wall unit when only one wall hanging plate seems viable?

    February 23, 2016 at 8:35 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, if there is a unit going next to it you can screw through or if not then a baton on the wall or L-bracket the unit to the wall, it would definitely need fixing as the unit will sag.

      February 24, 2016 at 11:45 am
  • Leigh williamson says:

    Hi there,

    I can’t seem to find the option online for a 450mm deep wall unit to house my boiler. I will need to order all my wall units in that depth so there is a smooth line of wall cabinetry running from one end of the wall to the other.

    Please advise,


    December 24, 2015 at 10:06 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, there are boiler units in both the 720 and 900 height wall units. All the wall units can be the same depth but there will be an £18 surcharge per unit for this reduction service.

      January 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm
  • Gemma says:

    our boiler cover comes off by lifting it up above the boiler. would it be possible to use a cupboard without a top to enable to front of the boiler to still be removed? or would it be better to use end panels and a door front to create a ‘fake’ cupboard?

    November 19, 2015 at 11:07 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      You could do that or order a wall unit to be sent dry assembled to cut most of the top out but just leave in a small rail to hold the unit together.

      November 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.