Kitchen Quality Guide

Kitchen unit quality & specification

Kitchen units, from National Kitchens, are built-to-order following strict quality control procedures. The following information details the specification of all of our standard kitchen units, and shows how robust and durable our kitchens are.

Total peace of mind with our 10 Year Guarantee

National Kitchens' goal from day one has been to build a reputation for supplying the best quality kitchens with great functionality, built using the highest standards of craftsmanship,  and at a fraction of high street prices.

The whole National Kitchens range is built to perform without exception. As a commitment to quality, all of our premium kitchen units are guaranteed for 10 years against defects in manufacture, and our premium kitchen doors for 5 years.

In the unlikely event that your kitchen suffers a manufacturing defect, please contact our office and we'll remedy a speedy solution.

Made in the UK

Proudly Made in the UK

At National Kitchens we believe in supporting local businesses and are proud that all of our kitchen units are designed and built within the UK. Our highly regarded kitchen manufacturer is based in the Midlands and has recently celebrated their 30th year in business. They place themselves at the leading edge of kitchen door development, ensuring we have all the latest styles and trends available for our clients to create their dream kitchen.

High Quality Kitchens Built To Last

Our rigid kitchens cater for every taste and pocket, always using only top quality products. Whichever door you choose, whether an MFC door edged in thick and robust PVC, a Vinyl Wrapped door sculpted using the latest computer controlled machinery, or a Solid Timber door painted or covered with a fine veneer to ensure the most consistent finish, you can be assured we continue to use only the best available materials.

Each rigid kitchen unit comes together on a production line where the carcasses are assembled by hand. With joints being glued and dowelled, units being squared under pressure and doors, drawers and any internal pullouts fitted. Your whole order is then collated by your assembly team who completely clad your units in heavy duty plastic and corner protectors to await delivery. Throughout, a stringent Quality Control procedure helps ensure that every kitchen unit arrives in only the best condition.

Quality Kitchens Built to Last

Strong & Durable Carcasses For Hardworking Kitchens

Any kitchen unit is only as good as the board that’s used to make it. Our manufacturer uses a 19mm board supplied by one of the industry leaders, Egger, who are also based in the UK. Other kitchen manufacturers use 15-18mm. The extra 1 to 4mm thickness of our board may not seem important, but there is currently no board of this thickness that is denser than ours, this leads to a stronger, more durable carcass. Egger was chosen to supply this board as they’re one of the few companies offering such a high quality, dense material. This, coupled with Egger’s ability to make exactly the colours that we need to give you colour co-ordinated kitchen units with your doors, makes them the ideal partner.

Soft Close Drawers and hinges With A Lifetime Guarantee

In the construction of our kitchen units, only the best fittings have been used. All drawer boxes, hinges and fittings are supplied by Blum, another UK based industry leader. The Blum Tandembox Antaro Drawer with Blumotion Soft Close system ‘grabs’ the drawer in the last 50mm of closing providing a gentle and controlled closure, making drawer slamming a thing of the past.

Blum Soft Close Hinges provide strong, reliable door hanging while also offering easy door removal with their clip-on clip-off system. The hinges have been rigorously tested for wear and fatigue; including 200,000 opening/closing cycles and load and abuse testing to support their lifetime guarantee. These Blum systems work together in creating that slam-free environment. All our kitchen units use these fittings as standard.

Blum Soft Close Drawers & Doors

Sustainable Kitchens

Kitchens That Take Care Of The Environment

We recognise that we have a vital role in helping to protect the local and global environment and are proud that our manufacturer uses a wide range of sustainable products throughout the production process. These include woods that have either been FSC certified or Pan European approved, or has originated from Managed Forests.

Premium kitchen units - carcass specification

Ten Year Guarantee with All Premium Range Kitchens
Our manufacturer leads the market in the construction of kitchen units. The materials used and build methods employed deliver to you, the client, a top quality product designed to last for many years to come. Compare the build quality of our kitchen units to other suppliers and you'll soon see that no other kitchen unit matches this high level of specification. 

Base Units spec

  • Rigid construction using Glued and Dowelled joints
  • Units are squared under pressure to give a 'true' unit
  • 19mm Hi-Density Egger MFC
  • Solid Backs and Tops
  • Blum soft-close Hinges
  • Blum Antaro soft-close, fully-extendable Blumotion drawers
  • Special Depths available
  • 40-47mm Work Void
  • ABS Thermoplast front edged
  • Low-level Bases available
  • Depth: 560mm + 20mm for door/drawer

Tall & Midi Units spec

  • Rigid construction using Glued and Dowelled joints
  • Units are squared under pressure to give a 'true' unit
  • 19mm Hi-Density Egger MFC
  • Solid Backs
  • Blum soft-close Hinges
  • Blum Antaro soft-close, fully-extendable Blumotion drawers
  • Special Depths available
  • 40-47mm Work Void
  • ABS Thermoplast front edged
  • Heights: 1590, 1970, 2115, 2300mm
  • Depth: 560mm + 20mm for door/drawer

Wall Units spec

  • Rigid construction using Glued and Dowelled joints
  • Units are squared under pressure to give a 'true' unit
  • 19mm Hi-Density Egger MFC
  • Solid Backs
  • Blum soft-close Hinges
  • Concealed, fully adjustable Wall Hangers
  • Special Depths available
  • 17mm Work Void
  • ABS Thermoplast front edged
  • Heights: 290, 360, 455, 570, 720, 900mm
  • Depth: 300mm + 20mm for door/drawer

Value kitchen units - carcass specification

Five Year Guarantee with All Value Range Kitchens
Our value kitchen units are made in the same factory, by the same people, on the same production lines and using the same materials as our premium kitchen units. There are small differences, such as a different drawerbox, base units only have one shelf, and the value units don’t have solid tops, but beyond that they're practically identical. For full details see the value unit specification below and compare to the premium kitchen unit spec above.

Base Units spec

  • Rigid construction using Glued and Dowelled joints
  • Units are squared under pressure to give a 'true' unit
  • 19mm Hi-Density Egger MFC
  • Solid Backs
  • Blum soft-close Hinges
  • Blum Titanium soft-close, fully-extendable Blumotion drawers
  • 40-47mm Work Void
  • ABS Thermoplast front edged
  • Low-level Bases available
  • Depth: 560mm + 20mm for door/drawer

Tall & Midi Units spec

  • Rigid construction using Glued and Dowelled joints
  • Units are squared under pressure to give a 'true' unit
  • 19mm Hi-Density Egger MFC
  • Solid Backs
  • Blum soft-close Hinges
  • Blum Titanium soft-close, fully-extendable Blumotion drawers
  • 40-47mm Work Void
  • ABS Thermoplast front edged
  • Heights: 1590, 1970, 2115, 2300mm
  • Depth: 560mm + 20mm for door/drawer

Wall Units spec

  • Rigid construction using Glued and Dowelled joints
  • Units are squared under pressure to give a 'true' unit
  • 19mm Hi-Density Egger MFC
  • Solid Backs
  • Blum soft-close Hinges
  • Concealed, fully adjustable Wall Hangers
  • 17mm Work Void
  • ABS Thermoplast front edged
  • Heights: 360, 455, 570, 720, 900mm
  • Depth: 300mm + 20mm for door/drawer