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Designing with Filler Panels


Using filler panels can solve a number of design and installation problems and are a great option to consider from the start of your project.

Rarely are walls straight & vertical and so the use of a filler panel allows us to scribe the end cabinets into the wall for a neat and clean finish. Filler panels are a cost effective way of finishing off a run of cabinets without leaving a space or small gap at the end of your design.

Filler panels are supplied in door colour matching the adjacent cabinet – they are purely show here for illustrative reasons only.

 


Design Features

Semble filler panels are designed in the sandbox and automatically fill the space left over out to a maximum of 1150mm.

Applying filler panels in the sandbox will also cause your benchtops and kicker panels to automatically adjust to the additional length of your filler panel.

You are only charged for the length of filler panel you require and this provides a very cost effective method for finishing off a design.


Step 1 – Complete the Design

Design your layout… use the snap feature to allow each cabinet to touch each other….
Once you have a feel for the basic layout and you know which combination of cabinets suits your design needs the identify spaces where cabinets run into walls…

In this example here we have identified a space against the wall where a filler panel will be used to finish off the design – whilst larger in this example, this would be useful to cover penetrations (pipes) or other obstructions to placing another cabinet (see red square).


Step 2 – Apply Filler Panels to Suit

Select the end cabinet – in this case the 900 Floor 3-Drawer Cabinet – and then click the ADD LEFT Filler Panel button under the Product Details section…

When the Button changes to green the selection is active. You will then note the space is occupied with the grey filler panel.

If the option is greyed out then your cabinet is not within 1190mm of a wall or another cabinet – this is the maximum filler panel you can design with.


Step 3 – Design Flexibility

While a detailed measure up is crucial on designing your kitchen, a U-shape or G-shape kitchen will still demand design flexibility when it comes to installation. In this instance we would benefit from inserting a filler panel between cabinets. Or,  In the below example a 100mm filler panel has been inserted between two cabinets which will allow a structural protrusion in the wall to be covered neatly without cutting into cabinets…

This will allow all cabinets to be installed straight and level with bench tops scribed neatly to the wall and allow a small filler to be trimmed to the leftover space.

Done neatly, this professional tradesman ‘trick’ will be practically unnoticeable in the finish design of your affordable, cheap flat pack kitchen.


RELATED TIPS:

 

DESIGNING WITH BENCHTOPS

DESIGNING WITH END PANELS

DESIGNING WITH BAR PANELS

USING SEMBLE BLIND CORNERS

 

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