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Existing cupboard doors onto integrated dishwasher?

Postby AdrianS » Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:30 pm

Hi all,

We've recently moved and want to fit a dishwasher. I'm thinking of removing 2 half-width (300mm) carcasses which are next to each other and fitting an dishwasher in the space that they leave.

As I suspect I can't get the cupboard doors any longer, does anybody know if it's possible to attach the existing doors to an integrated dishwasher? I'm hoping I can make up some sort of back board to screw them to, which I can attach to the dishwasher. However, I don't know if this would work as I don't really know anything about integrated appliances.

If it's relevant, the existing cupboards each have a small drawer at the top, so I would be assembling the fascia from the two cupboard doors and 2 drawer fronts.

Anybody tried this?

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Postby marrtin » Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:20 am

In theory, this is possible assuming the integrated dishwasher has all the controls hidden. Those that do cater for a drawline (door bottom draw top) arrangement so as to match other units .

I think the main problem will be with using 300 doors. Trouble is with dishwashers, the amount of force required to open the door. Even the full size door takes a beating. It's often the case with an enthusiastic tug, the door gets pulled off.

Using a backing board may not be strong enough, and may lead to the doors not being flush with the others. You cannot rely on pushing the appliance further under as they are very deep, and there is little free space at the back. See the topic below about "Integrated washer warning"

Other than that, good luck.
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Postby AdrianS » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:19 pm

Thanks - I hadn't thought about the strength needed in the fascia. I guess I'll probably have to have a chat with a kitchen specialist to see if they can suggest a model that's slightly less deep, in order to allow space for a sturdy backboard (unless homebase can manage to find a replacement door for a 5 year old kitchen, which I very much doubt).

If not, sounds like I may have to go for a non-integrated one.

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