How to Pick and Install Cornices & Pelmets in Solid Wood Kitchens
Unlike many companies, our kitchen cabinets are made from solid oak rather than composite materials overlaid with thin veneers. This means that without any additions, our kitchen cabinets already look superb in solid wood kitchens.
If, however, you are looking for a more complete look, then cornices and pelmets are the perfect finishing touch for our range of wall cabinets. In a kitchen, a cornice is a decorative moulding that is fitted to the top of the wall cabinets, and a pelmet is a decorative moulding fitted to the bottom of wall cabinets.
Picking the right cornice or pelmet
Whether you have adopted a modern or more traditional kitchen theme, we have a variety of cornices and pelmets to suit our oak cabinets.
To complement our cabinets, the entire visible edge on all of our cornices and pelmets are made from solid oak, whilst the return is constructed from MDF with a real oak foil; this makes installation easier and more efficient.
Cornices and pelmets in the ‘Shaker’ style are made to be clean, elegant and simple – the perfect complement for any contemporary kitchen.
Ideal for classical kitchen designs. Our traditional cornices and pelmets contain additional ornamentation to ensure that they enhance the overall aesthetic.
We offer curved options that match beautifully with our curved wall cabinets – whether you have opted for Traditional or Shaker frontals. Unlike many of the curved cornices and pelmets on the market, our range incorporates a substantial solid oak front that is steamed and pressed in order to create a smooth curve.
Installing cornices and pelmets
We have made it as easy as possible to install cornices and pelmets to the top or bottom of your oak kitchen cabinets. Straight cornices and pelmets are provided in a straight 2700mm length, whilst our curved options are provided with a 190mm radius. Both are available in a variety of finishes – sanded, lacquered or painted in any of Farrow & Ball’s wide range of natural paints.
To attach them to a cabinet, we suggest using a minimum of five wood screws to hold them securely in place.
- To decide where to position these screws, temporarily position the cornice or pelmet on the top or bottom of the cabinet.
- Mark three points on the cornice or pelmet and on the cabinet to allow for correct positioning.
If you need to cut the cornice or pelmet down to size, you will need to:
- Mark a line that indicates the edge of the unit on the cornice or pelmet
- Use a chop saw to cleanly cut the item
Before attaching, we suggest pre-drilling five holes using a 3mm drill bit. You can then screw the cornice or pelmet into the wall cabinet using five 15mm long screws.
For full, printable versions of our assembly instructions, please visit our Assembly Guides page.
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Please note: This Information Guide was originally posted on 12th of December 2014 and has been updated on 7th March 2018 to include additional information.