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 can cause you a headache when planning your new kitchen but we have a number or 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.

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.


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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.

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