What types of plinths are available?


When designing your kitchen, one thing you cannot miss off are the plinths, as these are what cover the feet of the units and create a neat & tidy finish, below the units. When thinking about plinths, it’s worth noting that we have 3 different types of plinths available, which are detailed below. If you want to know how to calculate how much plinth you need then click here.

Unit material plinths

These plinths are made from the same material as the kitchen base units (MFC) and will have the same finish. A good example of where you could use plinths made from unit material is when you have a white matt painted Luca kitchen.

Although these plinths will do the job nicely and are hidden away from site most of the time, the plinths will have the texture of the units (MFC) and not the doors. Unit material plinths are also cheaper, around £7 for a 2770mm length and they are also available with a height of 150mm or 100mm.

Unit Material Plinth
Unit Material Plinth
Unit Material Plinth

Door material plinths

Door material plinths, as the name suggests, are made from the same material and finish as the doors. So, if you are choosing our white Luca Gloss door range then you’ll get a nice gloss white plinth, which will be a perfect match in every way to the doors.

Door material plinths are slightly longer than the unit material plinths (3000mm long) and cost upwards of £29 per length, depending on the door style that you choose. The height of door material plinths measure 150mm.

Door Material Plinths
Door Material Plinths
Door Material Plinths

Mirrored plinths*

If you want to add a little more wow to your kitchen then you could opt to use mirrored plinths. The bounce light around a little more and give the impression that your flooring continues under your units and beyond.

Mirrored plinth comes in 3 metre lengths (150mm high) and they are around £45 for each length and can be found on our main website by searching for (BPSPM15).

  • Available in Altino & gloss ranges only
Mirrored Plinths
Mirrored Plinths
Mirrored Plinths

Skirting boards

You may have seen on some of our customers’ kitchens that their plinths are more ornate and not recessed. This is because the customer has used actual skirting boards from the main kitchen and incorporated them in front of the kitchen units and island, if they have one. Skirting boards are not available to buy from ourselves though.

Skirting Boards
Skirting Boards
Skirting Boards
Skirting Boards
Skirting Boards
Skirting Board

You can start buying your plinths on our main website here.


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12 thoughts on “What types of plinths are available?”
  • faye says:

    Where can I get the paint to match kitchen for skirting boards? I’m finding it very difficult to get a colour match.

    October 26, 2023 at 11:40 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Faye, if you take an off cut of plinth/cornice/pelmet to your local hardware store that offers a colour match paint service then they will be able to supply you with the paint that you need.

      October 30, 2023 at 9:25 am
  • Sabrina says:

    Hi, do you provide a sample paint pot to be able to buy a colour matched paint for the skirting?

    September 1, 2023 at 8:56 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Sabrina, our standard colour palette of matt painted kitchens come with a small touch up paint pot. If you are ordering a a gloss painted or bespoke painted kitchen though then you could use an off-cut of plinth/cornice and use this to get a colour match from.

      September 4, 2023 at 7:18 am
  • Nic says:

    Hi, Recently purchased a Helmsley in frame kitchen which is great, when you mention a specific dishwasher to make the skirting plinth work do you mean a sliding hinge/vario hinge or something even more specialised? Also with the integrated fridge/freezer door (which isn’t actually in frame) is it best to fit the skirting to a self built frame so that the skirting never actually overlaps the frame of the cupboards and allows this type of door to open freely also? Many Thanks.

    August 2, 2023 at 11:34 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Nic, you would just need an appliance door for the dishwasher. The frame part of the door and the door itself are made as a 1 piece door. This allows the appliance to open properly, without the frame getting in the way and allows the appliance to blend in with the inframe look of the rest of the kitchen.

      In terms of the plinth, You would just purchase standard plinths with us and these would then need cutting into, to ensure the door doesn’t catch the plinth as it is being opened downwards. If you decide to purchase skirting from elsewhere, rather than plinth with us, Then it would be the same, you would need to cut into the skirting slightly to ensure the can open downwards without catching the skirting.

      In terms of the Fridge/Freezer doors, these are also supplied as one piece where the frame is attached to the door so the plinth/skirting shouldn’t really get in the way of the door opening correctly, if it does then you will need to cut into the plinth/skirting.

      August 3, 2023 at 7:49 am
  • Jane says:

    Can you use skirting boards with any range of kitchen even if it’s not an in frame one?

    October 21, 2022 at 4:16 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, you can use skirting boards instead of plinths on any kitchen. Please bear in mind that when using skirting boards instead on plinths, you have to bend over more to get to the worktops, as your feet will not be able to go in the space under the base units, that is left by the recessed plinths.

      October 27, 2022 at 1:31 pm
  • louise says:

    when using skirting boards, how does it work with an appliance door?

    September 29, 2022 at 6:27 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, you would have to use a dishwasher, specially designed to work with skirting, as it has a different hinge.

      October 1, 2022 at 8:46 am
  • John says:

    If there is a 150mm gap under the base units for the plinth, would we use a 168mm skirting board for a Helmley inframe kitchen?

    October 20, 2021 at 9:12 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi this is the response from their builder. “The skirting boards are a 6 inch skirting and from a builders merchants. We didn’t have to increase the legs at all because normal plinths are about 150mm, which is about 6 inch. The skirting boards were called Victorian.”

      October 25, 2021 at 6:30 am
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