“When referring to cabinets in solid oak kitchens, what is a service gap?” Question of the Week 24.07.16
“When referring to cabinets in solid oak kitchens, what is a service gap?”
We were recently sent a question by Duncan in Barnstaple, who would like to know what a service gap is and why it is needed.
“My new cabinets for solid oak kitchens have just been delivered! I am planning to install them this weekend, but I noticed that my installation instructions refer to a ‘service gap’. I wanted to ask you what the service gap is, and what is it for?”
Thank you for your email, and for purchasing our high quality oak kitchen units! We are happy to hear your cabinets have arrived promptly, and know you will be immensely pleased with them once installed.
A kitchen unit service gap – or service void as it is sometimes known – is a small, empty space behind your cabinets that is an important consideration in any kitchen design. Service gap measurements can vary from company to company, and depend on the type of cabinet you purchase.
The space concealed with a service gap is used to disguise any wiring, water pipes and waste pipes that sit behind your cabinetry, removing the need to create unsightly cut-outs in the back panel of the cabinets. If your kitchen wall has any larger protrusions, however, it may be necessary to remove a section of your cabinet’s back panel to accommodate them. Alternatively, you can move the cabinets forward slightly and purchase deeper wooden worktops that covers the extra space behind the units.
Service gap details for units from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets®:
Standard and specialist base cabinets: 75mm
300mm depth slimline base cabinets: 10mm
450mm slimline base cabinets: 40mm
Wall cabinets: 10mm
Full-height cabinets: 75mm
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