walls not square

Postby PETER R » Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:23 pm

hi guys , just took delivery of a howdens kitchen , i plan to fit the units myself , and get a carpenter to fit the worktops , but the walls are not 90 degrees , the two corners are over , could i ask for any tips on how to set the corner units ?

thanks peter
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Simply Build It

Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:21 pm

a very common problem. 'best fit' is the only real answer. try and align the units equally ie have the same angle of protrusion of the units on both walls.

this may leave you with a gap behind the side panel at the end of each run. if its quite a large gap then you may want to try and get hold of an extra side panel - wider than the units if possible - and scribing it to fit. wider than the units so that you can make the leading edge flush with the door and scribing to butt neatly against the wall - neatest way of doing it.

or, if the units have a void behind, you can trim the excess on the upright panels at the rear of the units near the corner, effectively scribing them in. this may have a bearing on any waste and plumbing pipes though, so measure carefully.

complicates things when cutting mitres to join the worktops as well but a decent fitter should be able to overcome it.

secure all units together then jiggle the whole lot around (requires 2 people) make it as good as you can before securing to the walls.

you have made life a little more difficult for yourself by having a purpose built corner unit as they give you absolutely no tolerance whatsoever to absorb such discrepancies. if you had two separate runs of units that simply 'meet' in the corner its much easier. only the worktops need fiddling around with then. but hey this problem shouldn't be a barrier to having the kitchen that you want!

frankly its always a right faff when fitting 90 degree units. you just need to play around until you find the best compromise - just be prepared for a fair share of grunts, huffs, head scratching and frustration!
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Postby PETER R » Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:26 pm

thank you for the reply , as the walls are new board then obviously nice and flat but not 90 in the corners , i think ill go for your second option and trim the back so the front meet , and leave the work top to the carpenter
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