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Getting Started on your Dream Bedroom

Some points to consider…

  • Look at your bedroom, what wall space do you have available
  • Where are your power points (switches and plugs)?
  • Do curtain rails butt onto the wall that you want to use for cupboards?
  • Do you have space to fully open the cupboard doors?
  • Are you going to be mounting a mirror to the door? You will need to account for this additional weight of the door with additional hinge points.
  • Are you able to run your bedroom cupboards to the ceiling? If so, check if your facia will allow for your cornice. This is recommended as a neat and clean option.

These are all points to consider when planning to install your bedroom cupboard units.  Consider too, that your floor surface must be a level, finished floor surface. Walls and floors are never perfect, you want to manage the variables as much as possible, particularly if you are installing yourself.

STEP 1 - Measure

  1. Carefully measure your walls, taking note of plug points, light switches and curtain rails.
  2. Note: your floor surface must be prepared and finished before you install your bedroom cupboard units. If your floor surface is currently unfinished, note that your measurements will change when your final floor surface is installed.

Key points to inform your measurements:

Know your ceiling height.  This is very important. Note any slopes or height variation.

Standard skirting height for bedroom cupboards is 100mm.

STEP 2 - Draw

  1. Put pen to paper and draw your floor plan.
  2. Consider the configuration of the bedroom cupboard units. How many hanging spaces and shelf spaces?  Do you wish to include drawers? Draw the image of the cupboard unit – using blocked paper, scaled 1 block to 50mm – 100mm.
  3. Boardprep has an extensive range of Ready To Assemble units. These standard Ready To Assemble units will streamline your order.
  4. Good quality accessories are very important. The moving parts (hinges for doors and drawer runners for drawers) can offer additional features like soft closing – something to consider in your planning and costing.
  5. Symmetry where possible. Make sure you consider symmetrical spacing of your doors i.e. keep the door widths the same across the spread of cupboards.
  6. A filler panel or strip is a narrow piece of melamine which is scribed and fits between the side of your cupboard and the wall to take up any discrepancies between the cupboard and the wall. This is essential.

STEP 3 - Order it!


  1. If you’re planning to install your bedroom cupboards yourself, make sure you re-measure the room when you’ve finished your plan. It may help to get a friend to run through the numbers too, a fresh pair of eyes can make all the difference.
  2. Once finished, you can either email info@boardprep.co.za or drop the plan off at Boardprep.
  3. If you are ordering multiple bedroom cupboards for your home, our sales consultant will assist you in streamlining your order.
  4. Note, that using filler panels help you to compensate for discrepancies between walls and cupboard ends.
  5. Hinges, handles and runners will need to be ordered as well.


Installation is made a great deal easier if you prepare the area you’ll be working in.

  1. Ensure your floor finish is final, don’t plan to tile or lay a floor covering around your units.
  2. Its unusual for walls and floors to be absolutely true. Ensure you deal with any glaring issues before you try to install your units.   Filler panels can be used to address such discrepancies.
  3. Pre-assembly is generally not advised for bedroom cupboard units as they are very large and cumbersome to deal with during transport. This is made even more difficult upon delivery especially if you are dealing with multiple storey buildings.   Assemble the cupboards in the room they are going to be installed in.
  4. Consider having your units delivered by making use of Boardprep’s delivery service. Costs vary depending on destination – ask your consultant for more information.
  5. Consider using one of our approved installers. If you feel that the project is a step too far for you, Boardprep has a list of approved installers that you can commission to install for you.  These installers are independent of Boardprep.  Their rate will be negotiated directly with them and payment for installation will be directly to them.
  6. If you have ideas for customized units, it may be an idea to commission one of these independent approved installers to assist you in designing the units and creating a cutting list.  Note, the independent approved installer’s fee will be separate from your Boardprep board parts and fittings.

We want to make the process easier for you.

  1. Ask about having your units pre-assembled. This will cost a small fee, but may save you a lot of time.
  2. Consider having your units delivered, by making use of Boardprep’s delivery service. Costs vary depending on the destination. Chat to your representative to find out more…

Using an approved independent installer:

  • If you feel that the project is a step too far for you, Boardprep has a list of approved independent installers with a wealth of experience with our products.
  • If you have a number of non standard units that fall out of the menu of RTA products, it may make sense to approach one of these installers. Please chat to a representative to get a name.
  • The installer will do a final measure up with you. They will then confirm the final plan and unit list, taking into account non standard units. Speak to them about the fittings you’re keen on, it’s important that these fittings are installed correctly in order for them to function properly. Our approved independent installers are all familiar with the industry’s leading fittings and will be able to fit them correctly.
  • The approved independent installer will charge a fee for the installation. This fee is negotiated separately and does not form part of your Boardprep components and units.