Kitchen furniture is often supplied in a limited range of
carcase colours (to reduce manufacturing costs) and the colour is
applied by fixing addition "end panels" to the exposed ends of
units. Sometimes these are separate panels which are screwed on to
the cabinets but in other ranges they are whole panels which
replace the side(s) (sometimes called "gables") of cabinets with
panels of the correct material.
This picture shows the best way to use end panel in your kitchen
layout. These panels are supplied in a finish to match the
material used for your door front to give a neat result to your
finished kitchen. They also are used to support work surface
overhangs and are placed either side of free standing
appliances.If you have two appliances next to each other you
should (ideally) have a support panel between them.
These panels can easily be missed out when a kitchen is being design and can make a significant difference to the cost because they are often quite expensive. They also make a considerable difference to the look of the final kitchen. Don't forget that they take up space! so make sure that you leave enough room for them if you are fitting a kitchen into a tight space.
The front edge of panels are often brought forward to align with
the front of doors and drawers to hide the end of the door and
give a more "build-in" look. Base and tall end panels can drop to
the floor and can be used to end the run of a plinth, as shown in
the picture. They can be cut back so as not to interrupt the run
of a plinth if they are placed between units, as in teh case of
the tall housing unit below.
Some end panels are provided with small adjustable feet or
plastic moulding to lift them of the floor. It is useful to keep
them clear of the floor so that they are not damaged if any
unsealed ends are in contact with water on the floor.
End panels are provided in a range of sizes so they can be cut to required size.