A tambour unit is very similar to a dresser unit that sits on your worktop. But rather than having a door that opens outwards, the unit has a roller door that opens upwards, inside the unit, which is very convenient if you are a little tight on space.

Tambour units are excellent for keeping small appliances such as kettles and toasters out of sight, as well as using them to store glass wear or even create your own tea making area. With the 3 adjustable shelves, you can easily reposition them to accommodate whatever you intend on using the unit for.

If you plan on keeping the roller door open, then you could even buy some glass shelves and use the tambour unit as a display feature, just brief the cat that the area is off limits first!

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Tambour unit sizes

We offer tambour units in 2 widths, 500mm, 600mm and 1205mm in height to fit with our 1970mm (+150mm Legs) tall units & 720mm high wall units.

The tambour unit is not available 1390mm high unfortunately, as the doors are only made in the one size. If you needed a 1390mm high, worktop mounted unit to go with your 2150mm (+150mm Legs) tall units & 900mm high wall units, then you would need to use one of our dresser units.

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Lining up tambour units with wall & tall units

As mentioned above, 1205mm high tambour units are used with 1970mm tall units & 720mm wall units. Now, this will work fine providing you are using a 40mm deep worktop.

If you are opting for a solid surface such as a quartz or granite worktop then these tend to be only 30mm thick. This means you have 10mm to make up somewhere.

If you have tall units to line up to then you can either use a filler at the top or the bottom of the tambour unit. Either option would work, however, we would usually recommend raising the tambour unit, rather than adding a filler to the top.

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Inframe kitchens

We do not sell tambour units in inframe styles, as the tambour style door would not fit with the frame that is attached to the unit of an inframe kitchen.

If you require a tambour unit for your inframe kitchen then the only option is to choose a unit from any of our other non inframe kitchen ranges and just ensure that you have chosen the same carcase colour, as the rest of your kitchen.

Does a tambour unit have wall fixings?

No, none of the tambour or dresser units are fitted with wall fixings. If you want to attach a tambour unit to the wall though, you would need to use L brackets from any local hardware store.

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4 thoughts on “What is a tambour unit?”
  • patrick jones says:

    My tambour (purchased from yourselves) cable has detached and we do not know how to fix it back without instructions, can you forward an instruction pdf for the tambour

    August 23, 2023 at 1:38 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Patrick, there is no PDF for the Tambour units but if you create a support ticket here and attach an image of the issue then the aftersales team will be able to look into this for you.

      August 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm
  • Gill Owen says:

    What do you recommend to clean your lacquered kitchen doors and draw fronts?

    June 22, 2021 at 10:23 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, this article talks about door care.

      June 23, 2021 at 9:01 am
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