Utility cupboard with wide angle (150 Degree) hinges

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

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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.

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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
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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) 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.
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

Utility Cupboards

Utility rooms often have a lot of pipework to work around so custom DIY cupboards are a good choice to maximise space.
In particular if you have added a Utility as part of an extension you may well have a ‘stub stack’ to contend with.

Sub stack and plumbing in Utility room

Don’t expect a full treatise on plumbing now, but the stub stack is a necessary addition when a new ground floor level waste pipe can’t connect directly into the main soil pipe because it is too far away.

From a room planning point of view it is an inconvenience but when using a DIY Wardrobes cabinet, as many cutouts as needed can be made into the cabinet to work around it.

First of all the right side of the cabinet is offered up, marked out and cut.

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Side panel in front of stub stack

Cutout started with a Festool TS55

Cutout started with a Festool TS55. A handsaw can be used to make cutouts as any slight chipping of the laminate surface will not be seen

Side panel cut for stub stack

Side panel cut for stub stack



Note that for this cabinet we are using kitchen style adjustable legs. The cabinet will sit on a screened floor so the adjustable legs help make the cabinet level and provide access to any services.

The cabinet is assembled in the regular way and then offered up for cuts in the left side for the pipework.

Utility cabinet before cutting left side for pipework

Utility cabinet before cutting left side for pipework

A combination square is a very useful tool for marking out the cutout needed. Ensure there is at least 10mm extra space to allow adjustment of the cabinet feet to make the final installation level and square.

Using a combination square to determine pipework cutout size

Using a combination square to determine pipework cutout size

Drawing cutout outline

Drawing cutout outline

Attach scribe piece fastening blocks

Before we put the cabinet in its final position now is a good time to attach blocks on the right hand side that we can fasten the scribe pieces to

The cabinet is placed in its final position flush with the wall.

Pipework cutout complete

Pipework cutout complete

Note: the cabinets featured were manufactured using the www.diywardrobes.co.uk service. Because these cabinets are made from 18mm thick material, use an extensive number of dowels and screws then large cutouts are possible without compromising cabinet integrity. Whether such cutouts work with cabinets obtained from other manufacturers we have no idea!