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gone_fishing 12-15-2008 08:40 PM

mixing cabinet widths?
I am installing cabinets along one wall in my new home office/den. The wall is currently 123". Once I bump out 1/2 from concrete block, add 2x4, 1/2" dry wall on both walls I have 118". I was thinking about doing 15", 36", 15", 36", 15". Thoughts?

Jeeper1970 12-16-2008 07:35 AM

That's really a matter of personal preference, and what you want the cabinetry to accomplish functionally, as long as it has a uniform look, and your plan would.

I assume the 15"s are file drawers?

Just checking your math, is the 123" measurement concrete wall to concrete wall? Is one wall already drywalled?

123 - 4.5 - 4.5 = 114

Note that a 2x4 measures 1.5" x 3.5" for the math.

gone_fishing 12-16-2008 08:38 PM

To clarify...the outside wall is already 2x4. The inside wall is cinderblock. These are wall cabinets, not base cabinets.

troubleseeker 12-16-2008 08:50 PM

There is no technical problem with mixing widths, as long as you are happy with the asthetics of the layout, and are careful to order the single door width boxes hinged on the side that will offer you the most convenient access. IMO though, the larger widths over more versatility for storage and easier access than narrow boxes. Go with whatever works for you.

skymaster 12-16-2008 10:26 PM

GF; a 30" cab is way better than 2 15's, try for a style that does NOT have a center stile so you have full open when door/s are opened. Best thing is to really decide if office, combo, what is room for. Then do cabs for that specific purpose. Dont try to get exact fit from cabs, if it doesnt work easy then fillers are your best friend. 3" filler is standard so if layout is a bugger then subtract 2" from dimension and try again. this way u balance the layout same filler both ends. Yes I know the missing 1" LOL sawcut and enuf to scribe both pcs makes that 1"

Jeeper1970 12-17-2008 12:16 PM

Like the other responses, I would recommend two 30" and two 27" cabinets, then cut and scribe the fillers for a good fit. It'll probably be a little less expensive that way, too.

And like Skymaster, I hate those center stiles. I've actually become a big fan of frameless, or Euro style, cabinetry.

gone_fishing 12-19-2008 09:00 PM

Great tips guys...I looked at 36 cabinets at Lowes today that I like and they had the filler strips. Thanks for the advice!

skymaster 12-20-2008 04:25 PM

GF: If you wood like, PM me the room layout if you have already done it, or the room dimensions and what you wood like it to be, whatever. I wood be glad to help ya on the thunkin part if it wood be helpful.

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