Tambour kitchen cupboard door

A tambour door is one that rolls up. This is an ideal solution for a cupboard with items which are frequently used during cooking or baking as content is accessible whilst the door is up – without a door being in the way. Once the tambour door is down, all is hidden and out of sight.

A tambour door works well as well as a door for a wall-hung unit that comes right down on  to the worktop – i.e. toaster or kettle on the worktop are quickly hidden behind the roll-up door for a clean-look kitchen counter.

Spray painted kitchen cupboards with oversailed doors

In this project the doors for the wall-hung kitchen units were designed with oversailed doors.

Oversailing means the doors are longer than the carcass. The usual reason to oversail the door is to create a finger pull area on a wall mounted cabinet.
Oversailing door with aluminium profile

A lighting strip has been fitted to the underneath of the cabinet and to finish it off neatly an aluminium profile hides the cables.

Door longer than carcass

Taller door than carcass

Oversailing  can also be used at the top of the door to hide something.

In this kitchen unit there is a steel beam and the oversailed door has a cutout.

Cut-out to allow for steel beam

Farrow & Ball semi-matt lacquer finish for cabinetry

When you choose ‘paint semi-matt’ or ‘paint high gloss’ in the Cabinet Designer tool on our website we will spray your design in any colour you like. Two of the most popular colour ranges are Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth. We can also paint in any RAL colour. Just give us the paint name or RAL code and we’ll do the rest.

Here is a kitchen cabinet with Farrow & Ball ‘Cooks Blue’ frontages and a carcass in Egger W1000 Premium White.

Cooks Blue door
Cooks blue close upCooks Blue

Typically when you are looking for a painted finish we recommend paint for the frontages only and melamine for the carcasses. This combination gives you a hardwearing carcass and the colour to match your decor plus the economics are good.

Paint finishes are more labour intensive which is reflected in the costs. A semi-matt finish is relatively straightforward involving several coats with drying time in-between. High gloss is more intensive with a cutting back and polish process required between coats.

In both cases the finished result is extremely high quality.

Utility cupboard with wide angle (150 Degree) hinges


Small utility cupboard above the sink, unit measuring 720 x 470 x 340mm
Material: white melamine faced

With the sink being underneath the unit, wide angle hinges have been used here, so the door is out of the way when open.

Detailed view of wide angle hinge.


A wider angle hinge (170 Degree) is available, however, not recommended with children in the household due to the danger of trapped little fingers.

Comparison of standard hinge and wide angle (150 Degree) hinge when door open


Boiler/Kitchen Cupboard with easy access to pipes

The task
To maximise the use of space around and underneath the boiler
To fit and hold frequently used kitchen items, pots and pans
To incorporate the microwave at a comfortable height

The challenge
To still be able to access the pipes and ensure sufficient ventilation

The product
White melamine faced tall unit (2300mm – read about recommended guide sizes) is built around the boiler, with a door finishing just above the microwave, hence only covering the boiler. A shelf at the height of 1050mm is the base for the microwave. Open shelving in the lower part of the cupboard guarantee that items which are frequently used can be accessed swiftly.

1 tall

The upper part of the tall cupboard has a door (950mm) but no bottom shelf, as to allow air to circulate. The microwave can now be used at a comfortable height, sitting on a shelf below the boiler, hiding the pipes and boiler filter just behind it.

2 upper

The upper cupboard and lower shelves are partly backless for easy access to pipes. (Often kitchen cabinets have a ‘service void’ behind the back panel whereas bedroom furniture tends to have a flush back. See an example of kitchen cabinet configured with service void).
The microwave can easily be pulled out for access to the boiler filter.

4 filter

Bottom shelf and open back
3 pipes

Next step
Build and slot in a drawer at the bottom of the cupboard

170 degree opening angle hinges

170 degree opening hinge on a kitchen unit

170 degree opening hinge on a kitchen unit

Normally a wardrobe door opens around 100 degrees. If the door is, say, 500mm wide and your bed is 550mm away from the wardrobe then you won’t be able to walk around the bed when the wardrobe door is open. Quite common and usually not a problem.
However if the room is small anyway this could be quite inconvenient. One solution is to use 170 degree opening hinges.
As can be seen in the photo above, when fully opened they allow space to walk around. (For comparison a common 95 degree hinge is shown in the fully open position on the door above).

If you want 170 degree opening – or any other special hardware requirement – just let us know when ordering your cabinets from DIY Wardrobes.

(By the way the photos above are from a kitchen unit – www.diywardrobes.co.uk is just as useful for designing kitchen units as it is wardrobes!)

Please note 170 degree hinges are not recommended where young children may come into contact with the cabinets (finger hazard). In this case 155 degree hinges are recommended.

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

Bespoke kitchen cabinet

We’re called DIY Wardrobes but at the end of the day you can use our system to make anything that is made from cabinets. Generally kitchen cabinets are built from 18mm thick material and bedroom cabinets from 15mm thick material. We only offer 18mm thick material which is obviously on the strong side of things and therefore can be used for all house applications.

There are many odd shaped things to store in a kitchen. This kitchen cabinet was designed to store bulky appliances and small, but many, consumables.
What’s special is that we designed this to utilise dead space – 300mm of space next to the fridge and 250mm of depth out of the dining area.

Kitchen Cabinet Open

Bespoke Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen Cabinet View line

Cabinet view line – note how the shallow part of the cabinet is not visible from this angle

The cabinet was designed to be unobtrusive. The finish is white to blend in with the walls and the shallow part of the cabinet is positioned such that when walking into the kitchen the view line means it isn’t visible and therefore doesn’t take any of the visual space of the dining area.

Kitchen Cabinet Model

Model of the bespoke kitchen cabinet designed online at diywardrobes.co.uk

Here is the design produced by the diywardrobes.co.uk online cabinet designer. To recreate this design you can follow these steps:

  • Go to the Cabinet Designer tab.
  • Enter 250 in the Width box, 2000 in the Height box, 400 in the Depth box. Press ‘Preview Cabinet’ to see the basic cabinet.

  • Now to add the doors. Click on Door Options and then the ‘One door’ radio button. Because we want to have five little doors, divide the door by entering 5 in the ‘Doors divide vertically’ box.
  • That’s the first part of the cabinet designed. You may want to add more shelves by clicking on ‘Shelf Options’ and entering the number of shelves you want.
  • Press the ‘Add Cabinet to My Order’ button. Details of the cabinet will appear on the order together with a thumbnail image at the bottom of the page.
  • Go back to the ‘Cabinet Designer’ tab and this time set the depth to 400. Ppress the ‘Add Cabinet to My Order’ button to add the second cabinet of the design. You will notice there are now two thumbnails on the ‘My Order’ tab.
  • For the final part of the design go back to ‘Cabinet Designer’ and press ‘Add Cabinet to My Order’ again.
  • The thumbnails of the ‘My Order’ tab will look like this. You can drag the thumbnails with your mouse to create the image of the design above.
  • Your design is complete. Fill in your details at the bottom of the ‘My Order’ tab and get a quote!