Cabinets on-Demand on-Line™
All cabinetry is supplied as flat-pack, meaning that the cabinet is supplied unassembled, but pre-drilled and with all components and associated hardware supplied.
A typical carcass-only cabinet flat-pack contains the two end panels (referred also as gables in some states), a bottom shelf, a middle shelf and a top rail (if it is a base cabinet) and a back all made from 16mm High Moisture Resistant (HMR)white melamine particle board.
The kit form cabinet also includes a front door or drawer front in a specified colour finish - either in Laminate (melamine),Vinyl or 2-pack Polyurethane paint, or unfinished MDF for D.I.Y painting- as selected for each product. For details on Colour Finish see STEP 5: Colours & Profiles
Kit form cabinets are priced individually, rounded to the nearest whole dollar - depending on the product and dimensions in 1mm increments specified by you.
Carcass-only cabinets are priced in size ranges.
The individually labeled cabinet components are supplied pre-drilled (machined) and pre-edged, ready for assembly.
All required assembly hardware, door hinges, drawer sides and runners and adjustable legs are included. Some extra small items such as screws are included to compensate for accidental loss during assembly.
The various Standards and Recommendations are referenced in the text that follows.
The discourse here is based on the expectation that the person that is assembling these flat-pack cabinets has some basic Cabinet Making experience, because they are custom manufactured to the size that you specify and are not a modular, pre-set size. A general, detailed "Assembly Guide" will be distributed on CD-ROM or as a PDF file with the delivered components - all of whom are individually labeled.
Any competent DIY'er should find the assembly process easy enough to follow. You will need the basic Cabinet Making tools, such as a drill, battery drill etc to assemble the cabinets.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Bench tops are not included for Base (Floor) cabinets (unless ordered specifically) because:
Cabinets on-Demand does supply also High pressure Laminate (Laminex, Wilson Art) Benchtops that can be ordered separately. Other benchtop materials, such as Granite, Engineered stone, Corian, Stainless steel etc. will need to sourced from a local Supplier and we suggest that you either contact your local HIA (Housing Industry Association) who can provide you with a list of suppliers or browse through the Yellow Pages.
Kickboards and Fascias are not included as normally these are ordered to cover more than one Cabinet and are shaped on site to fit the cabinet configuration - you can specify your needs under STEP 3: Single Panels etc.
Door Handles are optional but: - handle screw holes are NOT predrilled as placement is better identified once cabinets are in place, and again depend on personal preference (For some doors you may have the handles centered and horizontal, for others (e.g. wall units) at the bottom and vertical).
Mounting screws or wall anchors required to fix a cabinet to the wall are NOT included either, because everyone has different fixing methods and it is also dependant upon the wall surface you are fixing the cabinet to (timber frame, steel frame, brick or concrete).
All the parts are supplied clearly labeled, so unpacking and sorting at the final destination is simple. The hardware to build the cabinets are supplied in the hardware box, this is typically a separate box with all the hardware for all cabinets in it. The smaller items (such as screws and cam fittings) will be grouped in bags & labeled, while the larger items (such as hinges and drawer runners) will often be supplied in separate smaller boxes. and all the hardware to build that cabinet (screws, cams, hinges, drawer runners).
Door Style - Material Finish There is a wide range of choice to select the Material that you would like the Doors, Drawer Fronts, End-panels or Kickboards made from – as well as the actual colour/manufacturer or finish.
Cabinets are constructed in accordance with the dimensions are specified by the user - this is our great strength - but of course can be made to conform to general standard measurements as shown below:
All cabinet construction is typical "butt joint" construction and follows the Euro method of construction (frame less method), which is typically used throughout kitchen manufacturers in Australia.
The internal cabinet material (carcass) is made from 16mm white H.M.R (high moisture resistant) melamine particleboard board, which is again typically used by kitchen manufacturers in Australia.
Hinges and Drawer Sides and Slides are supplied by Hettich for high
quality fitting and easy adjustments and are guaranteed for 10 years.
All straight edging on the carcasses is 1mm white PVC edging (impact resistant) -for durability and longevity, but Melamine is used when PVC is not supplied for a particular Laminated board bought in, while 2mm PVC can be chosen at a small additional cost per cabinet.
Door and Drawer Gaps are set to 1.5mm for both LH and RH sides. Other dimensions can be specified in the "Special Instructions" boxes. (See Below).
Shelves are have a default set-in from the front of 80mm for Base, 15mm for Upper and 125mm for Walk-in cabinets, but different value can be chosen - also the client can set the number of shelves for each cabinet from 0-7 - the cabinet price is automatically adjusted.
The ends (gables) run the full height of the cabinet,
with the bottom shelf, top shelf or rail 'butting' into the ends.
Cabinet components are typically all screw fixed together, using a range of self-tapping pozi-drive screws, with some other components requiring the knock-in cam & dowel type construction. In either case, the total required number of screws and/or cam & dowels are supplied with each order.
Some Cabinetmakers prefer to nail or staple the components together initially, before screwing them. Some also pre-drill the components with a pilot hole, to avoid the possibility of the material splitting when the screw goes in (more typical if the product they are screwing is of MDF construction). Others also use glue on the joints to assist in the strength of the butt joint. These are all optional additional construction methods and can be preformed if you wish, but things like the nails, staples, etc are not supplied with the kit.
The bottom of the Floor cabinets, Pantries & Wall Ovens are supplied pre-drilled, ready to ‘knock-in’ the Plastic legs. If you prefer to use the solid ladder style kick board construction, then you can just ignore the leg drilling and build your kick as you normally do.
Any curved parts with exposed edges that require edging will be typically finished in a 'T-mould' (as conventional edge-banders can only edge straight edges). If the colour of the curved part for is not a standard “T-mould” colour, then the traditional thinner melamine edge tape may have to be applied.
As each cabinet is custom manufactured to your specific size, there is no 'one all' step-by-step instruction manual that can cover the endless array of possibilities available, this is where your basic knowledge of cabinet making is required. Following the steps in the supplied CD we suggest that you carefully layout each part of the cabinet you are assembling and 'dry' assemble it if unsure. Even though the parts are clearly labeled and the supplied hardware sheet outlines the location of the hardware (with a brief description of its function/location), care needs to be taken to avoid using the wrong screw or assembling the cabinet incorrectly.
Before assembly of each individual cabinet, it is recommended that you layout the cabinet parts out and sort out hardware - before you start (as it may save you time in the long run and avoid mistakes).
Tools and Hardware required to assemble custom sized Flat-packs. As a minimum, you will need a battery drill with a pozi-drive bit, a hammer (to knock in the plastic feet), a tape measure and a drill.
Screw cover caps (dress caps) are an optional accessory and are not included in the standard Flat-pack, it's use is an individual choice for Cabinetmakers.
All parts are individually labeled and there is specific information
on each of the labels relating to the individual parts name, sizes &
unique cabinet number, to name just a few. You will find this very helpful
in the construction phase and it makes the construction process very
simple to follow & understand.
The following schematic shows a sample of "standard" cabinets used
in the industry:
Request for Quote (or Ordering) Information.
For each Cabinet that you select in a particular Size /Price class you must specify as a minimum the EXTERNAL Height, Width and Depth - we work out the the rest from this.
This "Special Requests" type box, provided in the Prompt Box for each separate Product can be used for additional machining instructions such as:
Left Hand (LH) Door/Drawer Gap e.g. =2mm
Material / Colour required for an Open Box (e.g. Microwave Box)
Additional Specific Product information.
Cabinets-on-Demand supplies Only the High Pressure Laminate style bench tops with a 34mm thickness, which are supplied cut-to-size and optionally fully machined for Joins and/or End Finish - the maximum one piece length supplied is 3550mm - longer tops will be machined with a Butt Join.
For additional detailed specification instructions see Benchtop-Ordering Guidelines .
Please select your shapes from the Sub-Category listed above (or at the bottom) for delivery in ACT, NSW, VIC, SA and WA .
These Laminates typically are used for kitchen, laundry and bathrooms, but can be used also for entertainment units, general joinery, office cabinetry and even in garages!
Pricing is calculated when you specify your dimensions and click the "Add to Quote" button, and is based on the popular range of rolled edged bench tops for Standard colours in 600mm, 900mm or 1200mm in Width. Whilst we can supply the newer Laminex SQUAREFORM range, this is (on average) 50% dearer. If SQUAREFORM and/or High Gloss finish is required than please specify this in the Material/Colour selection in STEP5 below - and a quotation will be supplied.
The pricing of the laminates covers the standard colours and for "U" and "L" shapes includes the cost of all Joints. When we receive your order. we will check the colour and you will be advised if it is outside the standard range. Typically 'gloss' laminates (for example) are not in the standard range.
You can use the links below to assist with the colour selection - should you require sample swatches, please contact the laminate supplier and they will post them out to you.
Laminate Suppliers:http://www.polytec.com.au/products/kitchen/melamine-doors-panels/ http://www.laminex.com.au/colour-palette.php
http://www.chhwoodproducts.com.au/index.cfm/PageID/314/ViewPage/COLOURpyne/ (CarterHold COLOURpyne)>
Note : When selecting a colour off the web site, your computer screen will at best only approximate the actual colour. We recommend that you ask the Laminate supplier for a sample chip to ensure that you are getting the colour that you are after. Brand and Colour specifications can be made in "STEP 5: Select Colours/Materials" .
Costs and Ordering Information are provided on-line for the following Benchtop shapes and Edge profiles:
The pricing of the laminates covers the standard colours. When we receive Request for Quotation we will check the colour and you will be advised if it is out of stock or outside the standard range . Typically 'gloss' laminates (for example) are not in the standard range.
Costs are based on three Width ranges: 600mm,
900mm and 1200mm and length in 100mm increments.<
NOTE: The Length to be specified is EXCLUDING any Banana Shape you may specify for the Left or Right End finishing
These bench tops have the laminate continuing round the long (leading) edge of the of the bench top, to form a continues 'seal'. They can also be ordered with the laminate continuing along the rear edge (if required). They are very popular due to their appearance and ease of clean.
The actual rolls come in 2 choices (see
below). All of these are the same price:
Bullnose Edge D-round Edge
These bench tops have the laminate glued to the top and then a piece glued to the leading (front) edge of the bench top. They can also be ordered with the laminate continuing along the rear edge (if required).
The Square edge bench tops come in only 1
Brand and Colour specifications can be made in "STEP 5: COLOUR & Profiles" For additional detailed specification instructions see Benchtop-Ordering Guidelines
Flat pack cabinets typically includes a solid back, bottom, left
& right ends (gables), a top rail. The bottom shelf is typically
pre-drilled to accept the knock-in style plastic legs. This cabinet
has no solid top, as it is not required (it has a rail instead). The
drawers are set as default to Hettichs Multi-Tech M4
Steel sided drawer system and include the Drawer bottoms, backs, runners,
front clips –Everything you need.
The Drawer base is made of a 18 mm HMR White melamine bottom (4) plus a Back panel (5).
The Metal sides and slide come in sets, two for each drawer and consist
of a Slide (1) that is to be screwed to the cabinet wall, the Drawer
Metal side (2) that is affixed to the Front panel with the mount (3).
If you prefer to use the (expensive) "Self-closing Silent Drawer System" then specify this in the "Special Requests" Prompt box and we will provide a written quotation.
Warning: When designing the cabinet dimensions please
ensure Bi fold door width is not greater than 600mm. Maximum and Minimum
Here is a quick 'How to' working example of finding out whether the Door sizes are no problems on a custom sized cabinet:
Assume from your design, you have worked out that you need the following
custom corner cabinet size:
Now you need to test it to see if it's O.K:
Test 1: Left Width 852mm minus Right Depth 580mm = Left Door Size of
Note: Altering any one of the 4 sizes above alters the outcome of the door sizes, so if you change the size at any stage remember to do the simple 3 test rule above.
Our system also has a built-in checker to test the Corner cabinet using these simple rules but it just returns a message and not a 'how to'. If you really must have a size and it fails the 3 test rule above, then put in the size that the computer accepts for the product and use the 'Special requests' box to over-ride the size to a size that you must have, i.e.: "Over-ride Left Depth to 672mm -I must have this".
We do offer some special features, such as Framed Doors for glass inserts. We do not supply the glass but will supply the Door frames in the following styles.
Please specify the Door Frame-Type in the Special Requests Box and we will calculate the additional cost and advice you before proceeding.
All Hardware for assembly, Door(s) and Hinges are included - Handles excluded (but see: >Handles
Wall (Upper) cabinets do not really have a Standard Height - they are normally placed at least 600mm above the benchtop and a height of 750mm is very acceptable but Depth should be minimum 320 - 350mm (to fit dinner plates) - and maximum 500mm (inclusive of Door thickness) to prevent overloading strain.
All Hardware for assembly, Door(s), Hinges and Plastic Adjustable feet are included.
It is envisaged that Floor units are screwed to and end cabinet, Legs (and drill holes) are not included - but if the unit is meant to be free standing then these can be ordered (extra cost $25), using the "Special requests" box.
NOTE 1: Unless otherwise specified these units do not include a Face profile. All units are priced for one Shelf - additional shelves must be ordered separately.
Any height to 1000mm - any width between 300 - 700mm, Please ensure
that in your design the door width does not exceed 600 - 650mm, and
that each blade is at least 220mm wide. Precise Door sizes will be calculated
by the system.
NOTE: If you require some type of specific machining or something non-standard, make a note on the products “Special Requests section and we will advise you on if it can be done and what the cost will be for it.
The Cabinets On-Demands Standard range Comes in the following popular colours and wood grains:
NOTE: You can have different Style/Colour for different components (e.g. Doors in Antique White and Kickboards in Sage) - but if you need a second Color for similar components with the same Material Style(for example having some Doors in a different colour) then record new "Orders" on your Shopping Cart for the additional Material/Colour chosen.
Face Designs, Face Profiles and Edge profiles only apply to Doors, Drawer Front and Panels and do not apply to Open Units and Kickboards
About 80% of customers are completely satisfied with our 43 different Style/Colour combinations, but we can integrate any style of Door, Drawer front or Panel available through normal commercial channels. Just specify your requirement in the "Your Choice" prompt boxes and we will provide a quote.
Laminate (Melamine) Colour Range
(or Melamine) is the most economical material due to it's durability,
availability, vast choice of colours and low cost.
See STEP 5: Colour & Profiles - Coloured Laminate for the range of standard colours that are available - or choose your preferred colour from a range of suppliers at an additional minimum charge of $385. This charge covers the extra material (coloured melamine plus a roll of matching PVC edging) in small uneconomic quantity and ordering costs.
Since 2011 we now also offer the GLOSS Laminate - a 1mm thick coating on 16mm HMR board in nine pleasing colours and matching Edge tape - manufactured by Formica. It has all the advantages of standard laminate but is in a stunning High Gloss finish - still at a very low cost. See STEP 5 - Colours & Profiles - GLOSS Laminate for details and colour range.
Vinyl Wrap (Thermoformed) Colour Range
(Thermoformed or Vacuum Wrapped) is the most popular material used in
Kitchen Doors and Drawers today, due to it's sealed edges, availability,
large range of colours and relatively low cost.
Specialist suppliers of Vinyl Wrap doors and panels and modern higher quality materials and glues ensure a lasting long life quality product.
Cleaning is easy with a sponge using warm water liquid cleaners. Harsh cleaning products are not recommended. If this product is damaged, it can not be fixed, it need to be replaced.
Where the 1mm or 2mm edge tape is available we use the 1mm PVC. The 2mm edge adds quite a bit more expense but has a radius edge which is the most impact and chipping resistance.
Our two Vinyl Styles are manufactured using 18 mm MDF (medium density fibreboard) with optional Face Design and Edge profiles routered into the face and /or edges. The component is then covered with a PVC foil which is glued and heat cured under vacuum to one side of the component. The door foil comes in a textured, woodgrain, satin or high gloss finish. Panels. Doors and Drawer Fronts if damaged or scratched are not repairable, but can often be replaced with matching colours. The doors are easy to clean and have a 7 year warranty.
For a standard
Textured finish see:Vinyl Wrap-texture
with a choice in Profile, Colour and Finish options.
For Vinyls outside the standard range we may have to charge a small additional cost, depending on the Supplier select ed..
2-Pack Polyurethane (Painted) Colour Range
Polyurethane (or Painted) is the most desired material for Kitchens
today, due to it's beautifully finish, unlimited colour range and sealed
Polyurethane door is either a 16 or 18mm thick door and is pre-coated
on the face side and 4x Edges only in the chosen paint colour. The rear
of this door is standard White Laminate. The substrate is a MR MDF (Moisture
Resistant Medium Density Fibreboard) material and the Edgings of the
Doors are all completely sealed by the Vinyl paint -This gives the door
a ‘seamless’ look and also means that you could have a profile finish
on the Edge.
'Painted' components are made from 18mm MDF (medium density fibreboard) with can be routered and profiled as for the Vinyl components with pencil round edges and sprayed with a chemically cured paint and heat dried.
The paint finish can range in gloss levels from matt(10%) , satin (30%), semi gloss (60%) to high gloss (90%). The paint surface is very hard but can chip - but repairs are relatively easy to do. Paints can be matched to resemble aged coatings from Years ago.The high gloss can show marks as does any highly polished surface - and is relatively much more expensive to apply, as many coat may be needed to ensure an even finish.
Semi gloss or satin finishes are now more popular. For colour and Profile options in our ALBANY style range see: STEP 5: Colour & Profiles > Polyurethane painted - TEXTURE - ALBANY style .
For High Gloss colour and profile finishes in our AVOCA style range see: STEP 5: Colour & Profiles > Polyurethane painted - GLOSS - Avoca Style
Unfinished 16mm MR-MDF
Few Flat Pack suppliers offer raw 16mm thick Moisture Resistant - Medium Density Board for Doors, Drawer-fronts and/or Panels/Fillers/Kickboards in a choice of Face and Edge profiles. This allows the customers to do their own painting - which is not difficult, either with brush or spray-paint - but takes some time in sanding, priming, sanding, undercoat, sanding. top-coat and some more sanding/painting to get a beautifully High Gloss finish to astound the family - but saving a great deal of money.
For further details see:STEP 5: Colours & profiles > Unfinished 18mm MDF
Cabinets on-demand does offer most cabinets models with this 'Style' of finish at very low cost.
For Long Haul shipping the cabinets components are stored in a specially sized box, to be shipped as one or more "skids" - to ensure it can withstand the rigors of transshipments and rough handling by carriers. The skid, which can be 100 - 900 kg is loaded by fork lift in the factory and is easily opened at the Delivery Address by opening the top and removing the contents as required.
Unfortunately for outlying areas it is not always possible to provide
door-to-door delivery for heavy skids - it those cases the customer
may have to unpack his skid at a Depot or arrange local transport at
a convenient time.
This web site is targeted at the competent handy person (who already has a good knowledge of general cabinet construction) and primarily at the Kitchen Trade Professional, if you are not familiar with general cabinet construction or are not particularly handy, then you may require the services of a Trades person to assist in the assembly these cabinets, as there is no detailed step-by-step assembly drawings/instructions supplied. The assembly process is not complicated one and any competent Cabinetmaker will find this system a breeze.
For any DIY clients that feel that this may be beyond
them, we can supply technical information, support, design advice and
construction advice –Please refer to the ‘Support’ Tab at the top of
this site for more information and a schedule of rates.
Last updated 9 December, 2016
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