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Buying Guide to In-Cupboard Bins

Our fitted in-cupboard kitchen bins are an increasingly popular way to manage kitchen and recycling waste. Fitting your bins inside a cupboard is a great way to keep your kitchen tidy and looking sleek.

Our in-cupboard bins can be to retro-fitted into existing kitchen units or can be included as part of a new kitchen scheme.

At Binopolis we sell only premium quality brands such as Wesco, Hailo, Vauth-Sagel & Ninka as they combine great functionality with strong build quality and durability.

Our range includes products that are suitable for cabinets with hinged or pull-out doors. You just need to supply the cabinet and the door – we can provide everything else..

Many customers prefer a waste bin for a pull-out door and most hinged doors can be adapted to be used in this way. You just need to take off the hinges (ideally filling the holes) and then fit the pull-out unit to the cabinet sides and back of the door. However, you do need a central handle to enable the bin to be pulled out correctly.

Read on for more information to help you choose the right bin for your cabinet and your recycling needs.

Key points to consider

Our in-cupboard bins for cabinets with pull-out doors are a precise fit based on the external width and internal width of the cabinet. The runners need to be fitted to the sides of the cabinet casing and the bin units are designed to fit the internal width of cupboard specified (allowing for carcass widths of 16-19mm each side).

Nearly all our bins for cabinets with pull-out doors are available with soft-close runners, which make for easy opening and effortless closing. Bin capacities range in size from 20 Litres for a 300mm wide cabinet up to 91 Litres for a 600mm unit.

If you have a choice within your kitchen as to the size of cabinet into which you can fit an in-cupboard bin, our general advice is to go for the largest possible as this will provide more options in overall capacity and bin configuration (Our bin units for 600mm cabinets, for example, come in a range of options with 2, 3 or 4 compartments).

These in-cupboard products are provided as a kit and do require some skill in fitting – in particular making sure the runner units are level and attaching the bin unit to the rear of the cabinet door.

Vauth-Sagel and Hailo in-cupboard products are supplied with an integrated soft-close mechanism in the bin side panels which are integral to the design. A product fitting video is available on-line and each bin also comes with detailed instructions. (see the respective links on the product pages).

Our Wesco Pullboy-Z bins are designed to be used with a Blum Tandembox drawer unit, which incorporates the Blumotion soft-close runner mechanism. When you add your Wesco Pullboy-Z bin into your basket, the correct Tandembox will pop up for you to add to the basket and the complete kit will be sent to you in one delivery.

Please note: Our main pricing for the Wesco Pullboy-Z bins does not include the cost of the Tandembox, which follows industry practice. We do, however, identify the total cost including the Tandembox in the main summary description (which is something our competitors tend not to do). The net effect is that bins for a similar sized specification do not differ significantly across the brands we carry and it then becomes a choice of size, brand and configuration preference.

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Most of our bins for cabinets for hinged doors are very easy to fit – just 4 or 6 screws in the cabinet base hold the bin in place. The bin can then just be pulled out of the cabinet when the door is opened. We also have 5 products which fit to both the cabinet side and the door and the bin opens automatically into the kitchen when the door is opened: Wesco (Automatic Master Boy & the \Slimline Waste Bin) , Peka (Mullboy) & Vauth-Sagel (OKO Centre 3 &4 Compartment Recyclers).

As they are self-contained within a frame, our bins for hinged door cabinets will fit any cabinet of the designated width or wider. For example all our bins for 300mm hinged door units will also fit into 400mm or wider units; and similarly our bins for 400mm hinged door cabinets will fit into 450mm, 500mm and 600mm wide units (subject of course to height and depth suitability).

The fact that you can position the free-standing  is good news for customers with units with 500mm or 600mm hinged doors as there are few products made specifically for units of this size. One option is to install either a 52L or a 64L unit for a 400mm unit which would provide a space down one or both sides of the bin for further storage. For a 600mm wide hinged door cabinet it’s possible to place two units designed for a 300mm cabinet side by side. As an example, two Wesco BigBoy 40L units will provide two bins with a total of 80 Litres of waste and recycling capacity.

Use our QUICK PRODUCT FINDER to find the right bin for your kitchen.

Drawer-based in-cupboard bins can be a great solution if you need to use the space at the bottom of your cabinet for your recycling and waste. They are designed to be used with an existing drawer but we can supply a drawer with a soft close mechanism if required (which attaches to your own drawer front).

We have bins for drawers in cabinets from 300mm to 1000mm wide. The 300mm door Wesco 300AZ bins shown here (top right) offer the largest bin capacity for a 300mm pull-out cabinet, and we include a ready-assembled Blum drawer as a complete kit.

Our drawer-based bins for 500mm and 600mm cabinets include Hailo Triple XL models (bottom right) which have strong steel cabinet-wide lids, effectively giving you an extra storage shelf in the cabinet. The Hailo bins have a product height of 430mm (added to the height of the drawer they stand in), so may be suitable for use under sinks.

Pan-drawers are becoming an established feature of contemporary kitchens and we have a selection of products that can be used with these. The range includes bins that fit low height pan drawers with an external width from 600mm up to 1,000mm wide with capacities from 50 to 81 Litres. These products consist of a set of bin containers to give you flexible recycling and waste storage. Extra space in the drawer can be used for cleaning materials, liners or papers. The Wesco Vario (bottom left) and Vauth-Sagel drawer-based recycling sets shown here can be supplied with non-slip washable matting to keep the bins in place.

Use our QUICK PRODUCT FINDER to find the right bin for your kitchen.

In standard overlay cabinets the door sits on the outside of the cabinet covering the cabinet frame.

In-line or in-frame cabinets, where the door fits into a frame and the frame creates a narrower opening than the inside of the cabinet, pose some additional requirements for in-cupboard bins, but with some adjustments to the cabinet, our bins can usually be fitted.

For in-line cabinets with hinged doors you may need to build up the floor so the bin clears any lip, and you may need to choose a bin intended for a smaller cabinet, so that the width of the bin can pull out through the cabinet exit.

For in-line cabinets with pull-out doors you will almost certainly need to build out the sides internally, and choose a bin intended for a less-wide cabinet, for example a 500mm wide in-frame cabinet will need a bin with a width suitable for a 400mm cabinet. You can batten the cabinet sides just at the point where the runners attach, or alternatively batten the whole side. Whichever method you choose, the battens must be very firmly fixed to ensure that the movement and weight of the bin will not work the battens loose over time.

The picture shows a beautifully neat solution to fitting a bin into an in-frame cabinet, created by Oaktree Joinery who fitted our Hailo Euro-Cargo 76L bin for a 500mm cabinet, into the 600mm in-frame cabinet made for their client. The neatly boxed solution obviously requires expert joinery skills to create, but simple side battening would also be effective and will only be seen when the bin is open.

Please call us if you need help or advice on which bin to choose for an in-frame cabinet.

Use our QUICK PRODUCT FINDER to find the right bin for your kitchen.

For many customers fitting a bin below a sink unit is an obvious place to fit an in-cupboard bin. However, pipework and drainage can pose special challenges. Choosing a low height bin will minimise any fitting limitations, and some products have a shorter depth which may be suitable for fitting in front of pipework. For really tight situations in a hinged door cabinet, we suggest the Wesco Shorty – which offers 30 Litres of waste disposal – which is both short in depth and low in height.  

We do have some lower height bins, both for pull-out and hinged doors, that will fit below normal plumbing (its usually the U-bend that creates the biggest problem!) but please check the available height carefully and/or talk to your plumber or kitchen fitter to reduce the drop or relocate the u-bend.

For more detailed information and ideas on fitting bin below a sink see our Blog: Bins for Under-sink Cabinets.

Use our QUICK PRODUCT FINDER to find the right bin for your kitchen.

Key measurements

There are 3 key measurements which will impact which bins will fit your cabinet:

Cabinet width

Our in-cupboard bins are designed to fit cabinets with standard external widths from 300mm up to 600mm (including 400mm, 450mm and 500mm). We also offer bins to fit into the increasingly popular pan-drawers in widths of 600mm, 800mm, 900mm and 1,000mm.

The two key measurements are the external width (usually the door) and the internal width (the inside measurement from one side of the cabinet to the other). The internal width is normally 38mm less than the overall cabinet width (when the carcass has 19mm sides) or 32mm less when the carcass sides are 16mm.

Cabinet height

Our In-cupboard bins are available in a range of heights from 320mm to 590mm.

A typical kitchen unit is 680mm high and the larger capacity bins need to use the full height of a cabinet. Bin units below 530mm in height will generally fit in a cabinet below a drawer and units below 370mm below cabinets with two drawers (but please check you measurements carefully as every unit is different).

Cabinet depth

Our in-cupboards bins fit a range of cabinet depths from 330mm upwards (although our slimmest bin is only 220mm deep – ideal for under sink cupboards, fitting in-front of pipework).

Most cabinets are around 500mm deep but can vary between 450mm and 600mm. Please check the depth of your cupboard before ordering and ensure there is sufficient depth.

In tight situations it is often possible to remove the top section of the back panel of a cabinet, providing those few precious extra few millimetres to accommodate the bin mechanism.

Sizes from 19L to 91L

Our bins come in a range of different sizes, from 19 Litres up to 91 Litres. A standard kitchen bin is typically 30-45 Litres so an in-cupboard bin can provide much greater capacity.

Our most popular size is around 64 Litres (2 x 32L compartment) but many prefer the larger options of 72L, 84/85L or even 91L. Most of these larger bin compartments are around 550mm high or more and utilise the full height of a cabinet.

Total capacity is largely driven by the width of your cabinet with the larger options only available for 600mm wide cabinets.

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One to four compartments

Our range includes bins with one, two three or four compartments. Bins with two or more compartments are perfect for separating waste and recycling. Nearly every local council has a different scheme so you need to choose which is best for your own situation and which you have space for.

Food waste

Many of our multi-compartment bins have a smaller bin that can be used for food waste, although we wouldn’t recommend using anything larger than 11 Litres to ensure its emptied on a regular basis. Alternatively you can incorporate a food bin into the worktop (see the Wesco Ergomaster) or use a freestanding bin on the worktop surface (see our Joseph Joseph Food Caddies).