A true pilaster is a decorative feature that gives the effect that it is used to support a ceiling in or outside a building.

A pilaster in a kitchen context is purely ornate and adds a nice little feature to give more of a traditional look to your kitchen.

An example pilaster on show in one of our real customer kitchens.

Pilaster example

Types of kitchen pilaster

When designing your kitchen with pilasters in mind, you need to consider if you want pilasters on the base units, the wall units or both. Don’t forget to factor in the pilasters into your kitchen plan as well as they measure around 100mm in width.

Some examples of our kitchen pilasters, taken from our Innova Linwood Oak styles are shown below. There is 1 pilaster for base units and 2 different height ones for your wall units to match the height of unit that you choose.

Linwood painted pilasterFloor pilaster – 890mm high x 100mm wide x 85mm deep

Short wall pilaster – 772mm high x 100mm wide x 85mm deep

Tall wall pilaster – 952mm high x 100mm wide x 85mm deep

Using pilasters as a support for a worktop

Pilasters can be used at the end of a kitchen run to support a worktop, providing them have been secured properly. The pilasters aren’t usually used this way as 1 side is usually hidden away. Because of this, pilasters are only painted on 3 sides.

Kitchen pilaster

Here are some more examples of pilasters used on some of our customers’ kitchen installations.

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Pilaster cross section

Pilaster cross section



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10 thoughts on “What is a kitchen pilaster?”
  • Rebecca Leavesley says:

    Hello, do you have any guidance on fitting the pilasters. I have 4 for each corner of an island.

    September 25, 2023 at 4:50 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Rebecca, we have no guide on fitting the pilasters but you just need to use brackets or screw into it. There are many different ways that people want a pilaster to look, flush or stepped forward, so this needs to be decided first so the kitchen fitter can attach it.

      September 25, 2023 at 10:45 am
  • Nick says:

    Is there a reason why the Pilasters are shorter than the end panels?

    August 26, 2022 at 9:41 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the pilasters are the correct size. The end panels are supplied oversized and will need to be cut down on site.

      August 26, 2022 at 1:33 pm
  • Sharon says:

    Can pilasters remove corner posts

    September 21, 2021 at 12:39 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, in theory, you could put a pilaster in the corner but it would not look right as it would have to stick out 70mm like a corner posts would. You would not see much of it and it would look a little cramped in the corner.

      September 22, 2021 at 6:43 am
  • mark stocks says:

    do pilasters need end panels on each side?

    October 29, 2019 at 11:31 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Mark, you do not need to use end panels either side of a pilaster. Here is an example.

      October 30, 2019 at 10:42 am
  • sana says:

    Do you supply square chamfered pilasters?

    April 17, 2018 at 12:35 am
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