Abbreviations and descriptions used in the kitchen Industry.

M.F.C. Melamine faced chipboard. Most kitchen cabinets are made from this material, usually 18mm thick.

M.D.F. Medium density fibreboard is used in the manufacture of kitchen doors.

HL or Hi-line base units. A standard 720mm high cabinet requiring 1 or 2 doors 715mm high.

DL or Drawer-line base units. A standard 720mm high cabinet requiring 1 or 2 doors 570mm high and 1 or 2 drawer fronts 140mm high.

Plinth. Panel that fills the gap between the bottom of the cabinet and the floor usually 150mm high.

Cornice. Decorative moulding running along the top edge of the wall cabinets.

Pelmet. Decorative moulding running on the underside of the wall cabinet often used to conceal light fittings.

End Panels or Decor Panels. These are panels that can be attached to the end of cabinets to give a more finished and professional look.

Integrated Appliances. Appliances-dishwashers, fridges/freezers, washing machines manufactured specifically to be housed under the worktop and in tall cabinets with cabinet doors attached.

Appliance Housings. Tall cabinets with various sizes of aperture to take a variety of Appliances and combinations ie. Oven/Microwave.

Soft Close. The BLUM Tandembox integral soft close mechanism ensures the drawer closes softly and silently no matter how much force is used and the drawer boxes are fully extendable. The soft close mechanism on these runners uses the resistance of a highly viscous liquid making this system more reliable and better performing. Spring loaded, these drawer runners offer slight opening resistance to prevent the drawer from being opened when not required. These are premium quality, high performance drawer runners. This option is available with our cabinets and is factory fitted. Pretty much an Industry Standard now.

Soft Close Hinges. Either integral soft close hinge or a simple piston that clips on to the hinge, which makes the door close slowly, again quality products from BLUM.

Butt and Scribe Joint. This is used to join laminate and timber worktops at corners and is achieved using a worktop jig, router and connecting bolts, an almost invisible join is possible using this technique.