Will my dinner plates fit in your kitchen wall units?


A common question people tend to ask is “will my dinner plates fit into your wall units?” Well, most standard dinner plates will, but it is worth reading the rest of this article first just to be sure!

Industry standard wall units

Dinner platesIt has long been an industry standard to manufacture wall units 300mm deep with an interior depth of 275mm. A standard dinner plate is 270mm.

Changing depths of wall units is complex. Changing the depth of the corner wall units would mean changing the depths of the corner base units to keep symmetry within the kitchen design. This would involve a whole new design concept in the depth of cabinets.

Your dinner plates can be stored in our diagonal corner wall units, above a tall oven housing, in deep pan and plate drawers, in base units or on magic corner/le mans pull out baskets in a corner base unit. 10.5inch or 270mm plates are the biggest that will fit inside our wall units.

Plate sizes

Plates continue to change in shape and size. In the 1960s, plates were roughly 9 inches in diameter. In the 1980s, they grew to around 10 inches, and now, it’s not unusual to find plates and dishes that are 12 inches or larger. A 12 inch plate 305mm, would need a carcase depth of 335mm, allowing for the 8mm back panel and 17mm service void.

Dinner plate makers do not consider the depth of wall units they simply make plates in a size and design that they feel will sell.

For advice on creating a plate rack in your kitchen, click here.


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11 thoughts on “Will my dinner plates fit in your kitchen wall units?”
  • Neil says:

    My boiler has all the pipework extending on the top left and going upwards- also very close/tight in the corner of the room. The pipes leave little space for the left rear hanging plates. I expect I could fashion some kind of connection on the corner, i.e. fixing the side of the cabinet rather than the rear perhaps with a baton or metal bracket – but this would be a hack to the unit. These larger wall units are also quite weighty so I need a secure connection on the left side.

    Do you have any advice on how I can fit the wall unit when only one wall hanging plate seems viable?

    April 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      If there is a unit going next to it you can screw through to secure it some more or if not then a baton on the wall or L-bracket the unit to the wall, it would definitely need fixing as the unit will sag otherwise.

      April 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm
  • Jean says:

    Do you supply all wall brackets for wall units and base units?

    March 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      We supply wall brackets in the fittings box that comes with your new kitchen. These brackets are 2 pieces that are attached together that snap in half for when you attach them to the wall. We do not supply base unit wall brackets, just connecting bolts to attach each base unit to each other.

      March 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm
  • Sam says:

    Our boiler cover comes off by lifting it up above the boiler. would it be possible to use a cupboard without a top to enable to front of the boiler to still be removed? or would it be better to use end panels and a door front to create a ‘fake’ cupboard?

    December 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      You could do that or order a wall unit to be sent dry assembled to cut most of the top out but just leave in a small rail to hold the unit together.

      December 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm
  • David Smith says:

    I am after an increased depth wall unit of 460mm, is it possible to request this ?

    December 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the maximum depth wall unit we would manufacture would be 400mm deep. There would be an £18.00 surcharge per wall unit to make it to the increased depth.

      December 3, 2015 at 9:52 am
  • B Wood says:

    appreciated, thank you

    October 22, 2015 at 12:15 pm
  • B Wood says:

    I am interested in about a dozen units probably in Malton Oak – but I need L- shaped corner base to be bespoke, namely as per listed size on right-side but on left with 147mm door hinged to right-hand 313mm door (which I presume would give unit size of 734 x 900 x 560 depth).

    I have made quick enquiry on telephone and advised not possible – sorry to ask again but in hope of buying range from yoursleves could I please ask if you may reconsider?

    I understand it may not be possible, but because of the dimension problems I wish to overcome and my keennes on your products, I hope you do not mind my asking again.

    Also, I now note here that depth sizes are specifically mentioned as being unchangeable, and my request is not a depth issue.

    I admit to being dishearteneded by your previous telephone answer because it would be a simple from my perspective, and I also may be naive in thinking ‘ you can surely rejig your computer’ for any product’.

    Of course I understand it might not be possible, and of course am happy to accept that, but please understand that in view of my dimension compromises I feel complelled to make absolutely sure before looking at other potential remedies with products from elsewhere.

    B Wood

    October 21, 2015 at 11:34 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      The L-shape corner base units are all sized at 900×900 and due to their construction and the wireworks that are placed in some of them, this is the only size that we make. We do have the most kitchen units available in the industry and if we don’t supply it then you may be hard pressed to find it anywhere else.

      The people you spoke to on the phone are the technical sales team and that is the place I go to, to get definitive answers. If they are unable to make the unit then I’m afraid I’m unable to give you a different response.

      The only possible solution I can offer is to opt for a standard corner base unit on one of the kitchen runs and fill in the space on the other run with one of our varied range of base units that range from 150mm to 1200mm in width. We also have 10cm tray space units that come without doors and also base unit wine racks to create a nice little feature.

      I’ve thought long and hard about this, even to the thought of you requesting the unit dry assembled and getting your kitchen fitter to shorten the unit but this would not work with a Malton door as it is foil wrapped MDF and you would be left with a messy edge. If you had a solid oak door like Linwood, then you could cut this door quite easily and treat the wood so that you got the same finish as the front.

      As you are cutting doors down you may have to cut the existing hinge holes away but you can easily put these back with a TCT 35mm Hinge Cutter but you need to ensure that they line up exactly with the mounting plates on the kitchen units.

      Sorry that I could not be of any further assistance and I really do hope that you find a workaround to your dilemma.

      October 22, 2015 at 8:59 am
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