Now the chair is in position, the positioning of the cabinetry is dictated by the shape and size of the room and the orientation of the chair.

It’s useful to know that pretty much anything is possible with the cabinetry. We make all our worktops and cabinets in-house so they can be any depth, any height or any width. The minimum sensible depth of cabinets is 350mm. Less than that and the cupboards or drawers become unusable. The worktops can be any size or shape and can fit any alcove or recess.

The worktops do not have to be rectangular or regular in shape. Solid surface worktops can be any shape you can imagine.

The standard depth for the worktops is 600mm. Which is a 500mm cabinet and a 100mm service void at the rear to allow for plumbing and wiring.

The most common layout is for the chair to sit diagonally in the room and the cabinetry to form an ‘L’ shape around the head of the chair. I’ll assume that’s the case with your room but if it’s not, the principles I’ll set out below will still apply.

The first thing to consider when determining the placement of cabinets is the orientation of the chair and which cabinets are closest to the dentist and which are closest to the nurse.


Dentist’s cabinetry requirements:

More drawers, fewer cupboards
No amalgamator cupboard required (cupboard with up-and-over door and pull-out slide)
Hand-wash basin required
Desk area and computer access required


Nurses’ cabinetry requirements:

Amalgamator cupboard required
Tray storage cupboard for sterilised equipment
Larger sink
More work-surface area
More general storage


Generally, the nurse should have more worktop space and more storage than the dentist. This means the longer side of the ‘L’ shape should be on the nurses’ side if possible.