Understanding fillers and void spaces

Explaining the Importance of Fillers and Voids in Cabinet Installation

Filler panels and void spaces play a crucial role in most cabinet installation projects. 

Typically ranging from 30mm to 60mm in width, these elements are usually designed to match the external colour and finish of your cabinet drawers or doors.

When planning your cabinet layout, it’s important to consider the inclusion of filler panels and void spaces. These components are incredibly useful in addressing common installation challenges, such as rooms with non-90-degree corners or walls that are not perfectly square. Without fillers and voids, cabinets might fit too tightly or not at all.

In such cases, filler panels and void spaces can help resolve these issues, ensuring that your cabinets fit properly, appear straight, and achieve a seamless finish.

Straight Line Kitchen Voids

When measuring between two walls for cabinet installation, make sure to measure the back wall where the cabinets will sit and then measure in line with the front of the cabinets. This is particularly important if your walls are not perfectly square. For example, the first measurement against the back wall might be 3020 mm, while the second measurement in line with the front of the cabinets could be 3040 mm. This discrepancy could lead to complications during installation.

Installing cabinets is made easier with the use of filler panels. Simply position your cabinets, leaving space for the filler panel. This allows flexibility in cabinet placement, as the filler panel seamlessly covers the void space beside your cabinet, creating a polished look. Refer to the image above for clarification.

U Shape Kitchen Voids

Your ideal kitchen layout might involve a U-shape design, where you have three walls to work with.

Placing Corner L-Shape cabinets with a smaller depth than your other base cabinets in the corners of your room allows for extra space behind, ensuring your cabinets fit perfectly in your available space.

Consider this layout: by using Corner L-Shape cabinets with a shallower depth than the rest, you create a void space behind them to accommodate any variations in the corner walls. This approach guarantees that your kitchen maintains a straight line from one end to the other. The beauty of these void spaces is that once your benchtops are installed, they will be completely hidden, and you may even forget they exist.

Just like with a Straight-Line Kitchen, when measuring between two walls, take two measurements: one at the back of the wall and one near where the front of your cabinets will be positioned. This ensures accurate measurements of your room and workspace.

L Shape Kitchen

If your ideal kitchen fits this L-Shape description, there’s just one corner to watch out for. Like a U-shaped kitchen, using a corner L-shaped cabinet with a slightly shallower depth than your other cabinets will create a void space.

In the layout above, we’ve incorporated a corner L-shaped cabinet with a void space behind it, along with a filler panel at the right end of the kitchen to complete the row of cabinets against the wall. Having two void spaces on either side of your cabinet run provides plenty of room to adjust for any uneven walls.

Blind Returned Unit

Blind return cabinets can serve as an alternative in room corners where a corner L-shape cabinet is not feasible or when a different cabinet style is preferred. These cabinets feature a filler panel between the returned blind upper cabinet and the single-door upper cabinet, concealing any gap between them and providing sufficient space for aligning the remaining cabinets.

 Filler Panels and Doors and Drawers

Using filler panels in your kitchen serves several important purposes. Firstly, they create ample space so that cabinets with drawers do not scrape against the wall when opening and closing, preventing damage to both the cabinets and the wall. Secondly, when used in conjunction with a Return Blind cabinet, filler panels allow the cabinet door to open fully without obstructing neighbouring cabinets. This layout maximizes accessibility and convenience, ensuring that you can easily access all areas of your cabinets.

Additionally, using a filler panel on a Return Blind cabinet provides the flexibility to use drawer cabinets near corners without worrying about the drawers hitting adjacent cabinet handles. This setup ensures smooth operation and full access to the drawers, enhancing the functionality of your kitchen cabinets.

In practical terms, the extra space provided by the filler panel and void space next to a Single Door Upper cabinet ensures that the cabinet door can open fully, providing unobstructed access to the cabinet contents. Likewise, using a filler panel on a Return Blind cabinet allows drawers on adjacent Base Cabinets to extend fully without hitting the door handle of the Return Blind cabinet. This not only improves the functionality of your cabinets but also helps maintain their aesthetic appeal by preventing damage from frequent use.

In the second example below, a Filler panel with void space has been successfully implemented allowing for the drawer to fully extend and give maximum access to drawer space.

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