What is an end panel?
A kitchen end panel is a panel that is fixed to the end of a run of kitchen cabinets that finishes the look of the kitchen properly.
Where do you fix the end panel?
An end panel it fitted to any exposed side of the kitchen units. They serve a number of purposes. The primary use of a kitchen end panel is to finish the exposed units so they match the rest of the kitchen, in particular it is used to match up the end with the kitchen doors.
What is the end panel made from?
The end panel is normally finished with the same colour and style as the kitchen doors, they are often made out of the same material as the kitchen doors.
Where are they fitted?
You fit an end panel to any exposed kitchen cabinet. This normally means fitting them to the end of any exposed wall units, base units and tall units, such as larder units and appliance housing. You would usually also use it to finish exposed units between the tall units and base units.
How do you fit the end panel?
You normally cut the end panel down to fit the unit it is being fixed to, as they are deliberately oversized. People choose a number of different positions for the end panel when aligning with the doors. Some people like the end panels to fit flush with the doors while others prefer to add a slight edge so that the end panel sits flush with the worktops, which sit protruding further out than the kitchen cabinets.
You can also use the end panels to square off any anomalies between the floor, the back wall and the front of the units. You can now, if required, finish the edge between the end panels and walls and the floor with caulk.
How do you edge the end panel on the wall units?
There are a number of ways to edge the wall end panels. You can either bring the edge of the panel to be flush with the doors, or bring it out slightly further, so that the doors are slightly set back.
When finishing the top and bottom of the end panel you have a number of options. The options chosen typically depend on a number of things.
The style of your kitchen can have a huge influence on the way you finish the end panels, and indeed the top on bottom of your wall units.
Modern kitchen units often either have plain light pelmet and cornices, often a square multi purpose rail. Often, if you are using thin LED lighting (or no lights) under your cabinets you can get away with a bottom rail or light pelmet. This is especially relevant when you use J profile doors, where the handle at the bottom of the wall unit, requires easy access, so is more practical to use without a light pelmet.
If this is the case one of the most favoured ways of fitting the end panel to fit the end panel flush with the bottom of the wall units, or if you are using a light pelmet or rail, run the rail up against the end panel, with the the panel sitting slightly lower than the rail/pelmet.
In a traditional kitchen it is popular to use both light pelmets and cornice, often more decorative cornices as it is in keeping with the general design of traditional kitchens. When fitting the end panel it is possible to fit the end panel shorter, with the cornice and pelmet turning at a 90 degree angle from the front of the wall units, and running to the wall. As illustrated with the tongue and groove end panel in the picture at the top of the page.
Do you need to use an end panel?
You don't have to, but we would highly recommend it. It finishes the edge of the kitchen cabinets properly. Even with kitchen cabinets that have matching cabinets and doors they are often not identical finishes, just matching colours. It also gives you an opportunity to edge up against any other appliances, such as washing machines.
Is there any time when you don't need an end panel?
You don't need an end panel when you are using a curved unit, whether it is a wall unit or base unit. In this case the unit will curve around to the end of the wall, or in the case of the base end panel will come with either a small door or a small door.
How do you choose your end panels?
Simple choose the kitchen door style you are looking for, and you will find a set of end panels within the accessories section of each range.
Need more help?
If you need anything else please don't hesitate to get in touch with the team on 02920 003 884.