Cabinet hardware

High quality cabinet hardware – hinges, drawer runners, fixings – makes all the difference in both building and using your cabinets designed on our site.

35mm blum hinge

35mm blum hinge

The hinge in the photo is made by Blum, probably the best quality 35mm cup hinge range you can get.
These hinges clip on meaning the door can be fitted or removed in seconds. All the adjustment settings can be made with the hinge fitted making it easy to align a set of doors.
We design our cabinets to use the Blum range of hinges and drawer runners.

To make fitting the 35mm cup hinges (as shown in photo above) easy we have designed this template that you can download.
35mm hinge template

Visit the links below to read more about this hardware and contact us if you need more information.

To see an example of a 170 degree hinge in one of our designs see here.

There are a large number of choices available. 99% of the time customers buy their hardware from us. We can source exactly the right part and give you fitting advice, using our industry contacts as needed.

See a video of drawer runners installed

Large MDF wardrobe

MDF Large Cabinet front view

18mm thick MDF Large Cabinet front view

This order was for a group of cabinets 2400mm wide, 2400mm high and 1000mm deep – huge!
The customer decided to break them up into six cabinets to make transport, assembly and fitting easier.
The photos show two units stacked together-a 1600mm on top of a 400mm tall cabinet (another 400mm will be stacked on top).
All six cabinets were designed with the Cabinet Designer on and delivered cut to size ready for assembly.

The customer has chosen doors with the ‘frame and panel’ effect. See our video on assembling these doors. Once painted these look very effective.

The customer will be painting them white (note we can deliver ready spray primed too).

MDF Large Cabinet Side on

MDF Large Cabinet Side on

Door close overlapping profile

Door close overlapping profile

MDF Large Cabinet doors open

MDF Large Cabinet doors open

Designing a wardrobe around a chimney breast

Wardrobe built around a chimney breast

Wardrobe built around a chimney breast

Many homes older than 40 years will have a chimney breast in the bedroom. It’s tempting just to put doors across the alcoves either side of the chimney breast. The problem with that is the depth of the wardrobe is severely constrained, perhaps only 400mm deep. Also you’ll need to drill the walls (which inevitably are out of plumb) for the wardrobe interior fit out.

The diagram above shows a group of three cabinets designed with to fit around a chimney breast.
The key to this design is to make a shallow middle cabinet to cover the chimney breast and therefore bring out the depth of the main storage areas to a useful 500-600mm.
Having a perfectly square interior that you can easily drill also makes the interior fit-out straightforward.

Tips for planning your wardrobe design:

  • Make the middle cabinet around 100mm wider than the chimney breast. This gives you enough leeway if the walls are out of square.
  • Attach the middle cabinet to the cabinets either side. Don’t attach it to the chimney. This will ensure everything lines up and once again avoids problems with the walls being out of square.
Chimney Wardrobe Door Stage 1

Chimney Wardrobe Door Stage 1

ChimneyWardrobeDoor Stage 2

ChimneyWardrobeDoor Stage 2

ChimneyWardrobeDoor Stage 3

ChimneyWardrobeDoor Stage 3

You can make the middle cabinet a shelf unit if you wish.



Computer Desk

Computer Desk

Computer Desk made up of three sections. Each section is a cabinet made with The left 'leg' is a cabinet with door, the right 'leg' is 4 drawer cabinet and the 'top' is a cabinet with a shelf or drawer unit.

You can use custom sized cabinets to make all kinds of furniture. This computer desk is made up of three cabinets designed with

  • Left Leg – A basic cabinet with door. Can be used to house a computer tower or other peripherals.
  • Right Leg – A 4 drawer cabinet unit.
  • Top – A basic cabinet.

The best feature of this design is that you can make it whatever size you want to fit the room that it is in.
Whereas a wide shelf can sag, the top on this desk can be very wide as it is effectively a torsion box type structure.

Fitted wardrobes under a sloping ceiling

Sloping ceiling wardrobes

Many people want to make best use of potential storage space under sloping ceilings in bedrooms and loft rooms.

Here are two ways you can do that using our cabinets.

1. Create a number of cabinets that fall in height to match the fall of the ceiling. The angled spaced above each cabinet can be covered by filler pieces. The last cabinet in the diagram has the ‘scribe kit’ option which shows filler pieces – we can supply extra large pieces to cover the void entirely.
UPDATE – We now have the ‘Run of Cabinets Planner’. This will calculate the sizes of cabinets to fit under a sloping ceiling. Visit DIY Wardrobes design and ordering page for more info.

2.Create angled cabinets to follow the slope of the ceiling

This is the neatest option. The Cabinet Designer can produce cabinetry angled either:
– left to right or right to left
– front to back

The images below show the former option. There are four pertinent parameters to specifying an angled cabinet like this:
– height left
– height right
– angle
– width flat section

Determining the angle is done for using our Cabinet Designer or Cabinet Planner design tools. Just enter heights left and right and then press the Calculate button next to the angle parameter.

Where the whole top is angled (like [Hanging 2] and [Shelves] in the images below) then the width of the flat section is 0. Cabinet [Hanging 1] doesn’t continue the angle to a point so here the width of the flat section is set to 150mm.

Tips for creating angled cabinetry:

– Angled cabinets usually have one door which is hinged on the long side. With an angled cabinet with two doors the shorter door may hit the ceiling on opening (exception to this is under stairs cabinets which open into free space).

– The side height of one cabinet should be used as the start height of the adjacent cabinet to continue the slope

– For a run of cabinets calculate the angle only once and use it consistently. All cabinets should use the same angle. Avoid the temptation to fiddle with the angle to fine-tune the sizes of individual cabinets!

SlopingWardrobe internal


Massive Bedroom Cupboards

Large Drawers on full extension drawer runners

Large Drawers (1000MM wide, 500MM deep, 400MM high) on full extension drawer runners. The drawer runners are fitted underneath the drawers so are invisible in use. These are the drawer boxes before the drawer fronts are fitted. They are made from Birch Ply and are finger jointed. Our standard drawers are offered in MDF and jointed using dowels and screws for ease of assembly.

One of the advantages of making your own custom built-in wardrobes is that you can make them massive in whatever dimension you have available. Compare this to free standing wardrobes where the dimensions are confined by the need to ensure they are stable.
Free standing wardrobes for example shouldn’t topple over if all the drawers are opened simultaneously.
If you are making built-ins which will be bolted to a wall, no such restrictions apply so if you want 2400MM high by 400MM deep then that’s no problem.
And if you want to make your drawers 1000MM wide that’s fine too.
Large drawers are practical and a pleasure to use because you don’t need to spend time opening a series of smaller drawers looking for something and you still have the advantage of a sensible way to divide up your wardrobe usage.
And there is something very civilised about a drawer bringing your belongings to you rather than having to delve deep into the back of a shelf.

Large Top Drawer puts medicines and valuable trinkets out of reach

A Large Top Drawer puts medicines and valuable trinkets out of reach of curious little fingers. This is the top drawer of the pack positioned at 1200MM from the floor and has the drawer fronts fitted in Birch Ply.

Five reasons to use DIY Wardrobes

1 Make best use of the space you have available
The ready-made furniture industry tries to offer sizes that fit ‘standard’ UK rooms. Potentially this leads to wasted space like the area above a 2metre high bookshelf – there’s usually 20% of the vertical space available there!
Kids’ rooms are another prime candidate. Kids don’t need a lot of space but they do need a lot of storage available for their things so an array of custom cabinets is just the ticket.

2 Make something beautiful
Well they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You can make something that you find beautiful by choosing the materials and proportions of the cabinets you design.

3 Make it long-lasting
Mass produced furniture has an objective to reduce the amount of material it uses. This has led to features like 2-4MM hardboard backs held in place by tiny nails. Now obviously that will not last for ever, especially if it is moved a couple of times.
Our cabinets only use high quality 18MM thick material that will literally last a lifetime.

4 Increase the value of your home
Well fitted built-in wardrobes increase the value of your home because they make best use of available space (especially if they are floor to ceiling) and become an integral part of the house.
And if a prospective buyer doesn’t like your style of wardrobe they can always just change the doors – the robust wardrobe carcass will stay solid for the lifetime of the house.

5 You made it yourself
Whilst many people find assembling flat pack straightforward – fun even! – designing and building built-in furniture can be daunting. Even worse, initial good intentions and ambition give way to the dreaded half-finished project.
This is where DIY Wardrobes really comes into its own. Once you have designed your cabinets online, you will get a kit of precision cut parts and step by step pictorial instructions to make the assembly straightforward. We’ve chosen user-friendly hinges and drawer runners for you too.
And to help you get those finishing touches just right you can choose to include ‘scribe pieces’ to cover the gaps between walls and ceilings.
Our aim? That you and your partner can build a beautiful bespoke fitted wardrobe / set of cabinets in the space of a weekend.

Materials for wardrobes and cabinets

MDF and Macassar

MDF and Macassar, both edgebanded

We get asked lots about what materials are cabinets are available in.

Short answer ‘A’ is that our workshop has a catalogue of over 400 materials of various thicknesses and finishes so in all probability you can have your cabinet in anything you want.

Short answer ‘B’ is that the website is geared around providing an instant quotation for delivering your design to you from 18MM thick MDF.

As you may be thinking there is a very long answer between answers ‘A’ and ‘B’!

The picture above shows standard MDF and a Melamine Faced Chipboard (MFC) product which has what the manufacturer calls a ‘Macassar’ wood grain effect finish.
Although that horrible word ‘chipboard’ has been mentioned don’t confuse these type of MFC products with the chipboard you’ve seen in DIY sheds. A quality MFC differs in that:

  • The finish is thick, hard wearing and attractive with a multitude of textures available.
  • The core is manufactured within high tolerances so it is even and won’t fall to bits even if it gets the occasional soaking.
  • The core doesn’t contain odd things like bolts found in cheap chipboard therefore you won’t ruin your tools.
  • Matching edgebandings are available so once it is assembled you’ll never see the core.
  • The edgebandings are available in 0.4MM and 2MM. The thicker edgebandings are incredibly robust and give the final cabinet a strong appearance.

Because edgebanded quality MFC doesn’t need spraying/varnishing etc, is low maintenance and is available in any wood grains and colour it is the material of choice for high end kitchens and commercial fit outs.

The reason we don’t automatically offer it on the website is because it costs more and we need to use it on a per sheet basis. So whilst we know MDF will be used every day something like Macassar may be chosen by a customer just once a month.

However if you do want a special MFC, or indeed real wood veneer or Baltic Birch Ply, it is available and usually within 3 days. You’ll probably want the MFC edgebanded so the cost goes up a bit more again.

Is it worth it? I think so. It makes the cabinets true bespoke quality that will last for a lifetime. It’s why so many of the samples on this website are in Birch Ply, Platinum White MFC and ‘Tabacca Aida Walnut’.

Building a cabinet with pocket screws

Click to see animation of build sequence for this cabinet

Building one of our cabinets using pocket screws is quick, easy and can even be accomplished on your kitchen floor!
The major advantage of using pocket screws is that we can avoid visible fixings on the outside of the cabinet.

Pocket Hole Jig

Components of a pocket hole jig

Pocket Hole Jig Ready for Use

Pocket Hole Jig Ready for Use





Joining the parts with pocket hole joinery

Pocket hole showing how screw locates

We start with the cabinet top and make the first pocket hole on the outside of the cabinet.

Driving the pocket hole screw home

Driving the pocket hole screw home

The top is held tight against the cabinet side and the pocket hole screw is driven through. Note in the picture how we have used a panel behind the joint to keep the top in the right position as the screw is tightened.
Repeat the process for all the screws in the top and bottom, using a screw every 200mm. Once the top and bottom are attached to one of the sides, now is a good time to check your shelf positions.

Clamping the parts as the screws are driven in helps keep the whole cabinet square

Completed cabinet

Cabinet sides, back and bottom joined with pocket screws