Tray space unit

A question that we were recently asked was “What is a tray space unit and how do I fit one?”

Well, an open tray space unit only measures 10cm in width and it is used to fill in small gaps in kitchen runs with this practical little unit.

As the tray space unit is only 10cm wide, it does not come with a door, so it is classed as an open unit and is useful for storing the likes of:

  • Chopping boards
  • Baking trays
  • Custom tea towel railsTray space with oak carcase

Fitting a tray space unit

In order to fit the tray space unit, you just slide it into position, like you would do any other unit and connect it to the units either side with the supplied unit connecting bolts. The leg bosses the legs slot into for these units are supplied but not fitted as standard, so you can position them on the base of the unit wherever you want them to be.

Tray space under peninsular

How to line up the tray space unit

The tray space unit is intended to be lined up with the other units in the kitchen run. If you would prefer it to line up with the doors in your kitchen then there is nothing stopping you from doing this.

One consideration to make is that the units have a coloured matt finish to them and if you have a gloss door next to the carcase then you would notice this. But, if you have a smooth painted shaker kitchen in light grey for example, and our light grey carcase then the unit would blend in pretty well against the door.

When installing your kitchen just place the tray space unit next to the adjacent one and see what you think looks best. At the end of the day, it’s your kitchen and if you like what you are doing, then go for it!

One point to remember is that if you place a tray space unit, in-line with the doors of a handleless profile kitchen like our Luca range then you will break the run of the J profile handleless grove that runs across the top of all the doors and it may look a little strange.

Tray space in line with door

Tray space in line with doors

Tray space in line with units luca

Tray space unit or corner post?

Some people who have very little space left in their kitchen for a corner post or just need to fill in a few additional centimetres, place a tray space unit on one side, where the corner post would normally be.

We would normally recommend using a corner post to ensure that handles do not clash but if you do it properly then you can get a tray space unit to fit in there just nicely and the unit will utilise the space that would normally be dead space that a corner post would take up. Just another thing to consider, if you are at a loose end and struggling for ideas.

Below are a few pictures to show you a tray space unit being used instead of a corner post.

Tray Space Unit

Tray space as corner post

Tray space as corner post

Tray space as corner post


Some people do add rails into tray space units for tea towels etc., but do not sell these rails though. If you are going to fit a mechanism in these tray space units then you will need to do this before you install the unit in your kitchen as it can get pretty fiddly.

Tray space white with tea towel rail

Other tray space unit examples

Here are some more examples of tray space units fitted in some of our customers’ kitchens.

Tray space with towel rail

Tray space in line with doors

Tray space units either side of hob

Tray space units either side of sink

Tray space in line with units

Tray space in line with units

Tray space in line with units

You can see the open tray space unit on our website here.

Inframe tray set unit

If you are buying an inframe kitchen then we have a similar unit available called a Tray Set unit.


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8 thoughts on “What is a tray space unit?”
  • Louise says:

    Do you supply the tray/chopping board which fits into the tray space unit as shown on the Silsden painted and Harewood painted kitchen photos>

    February 23, 2020 at 2:55 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Louise, we do not sell the chopping boards i’m afraid. All the accessories we sell can be seen here.

      February 24, 2020 at 9:28 am
      • Louise says:

        Hi, do you know where to source these? They are on a lot of your example kitchens and fit the space so perfectly.

        February 24, 2020 at 9:49 am
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Louise, apologies, I thought you were referring to the chopping boards/trays in the pictures above. If it is this unit with the trays that you are referring to then it can be bought in the Harwewood range. The trays are not down on the site as an item that can be bought separately but if you give the sales team a quick call on 01977 608 418 then they will be able to confirm this for you.

        February 24, 2020 at 10:05 am
  • G Walker says:

    Hi, Can the tray space be any color? I will be fitting an oak work top so would it be possible to get the tray space either made or painted.

    Thanks Graham

    October 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Graham, tray space units are made from carcase material and we have 15 different carcase colours available, as shown here. We do not make any oak units i’m afraid or able to paint the units themselves. Only the doors can be bespoke painted.

      October 29, 2019 at 10:15 am
  • G Walker says:

    I notice the above picture has the tray space made of wood. If I’m fitting oak work tops is this an option of having these made of oak?

    Thanks Graham

    October 27, 2019 at 9:30 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Graham, tray space units are made from carcase material and we have 15 different carcase colours available, as shown here. We do not make any oak units i’m afraid.

      October 29, 2019 at 10:14 am
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