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New Year New Kitchen

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If all you want for Christmas is a new kitchen, we supply great kitchen fittings. Here are some ideas to consider when it comes to designing and planning your dream kitchen. Top 10 Items to Include in a Kitchen Refit 1. Soft Close Hinges For cupboard doors that close quietly and efficiently, include soft close hinges. Fitting couldn’t be easier or quicker using the clip-on plate supplied. Offering various degrees of adjustment to ensure an exact fit, and all mechanisms are hidden from view by a small cover. Learn more about Clip On Concealed Hinges here. 2. Soft Close Drawer Slides Include GTV’s undermount soft close drawer runners for a satisfyingly soft close and silent drawer. The soft close drawer slides are full extension (less 16mm), allowing full access to the whole the drawer. These are designed for wooden drawers with a maximum weight of 25kg. Learn more about GTV's undermount Soft Close Drawer Slides here. 3. Pull Out Waste Bin Solve the problem of unsightly rubbish with

Soft Close Drawer Slides - The 10 Best Things

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The 10 Best Things About Soft Close Drawer Slides When it comes to supplying furniture fixtures and fittings, Unico will go the extra mile to make sure their customers have exactly what they need. One of our most popular and best-selling items this year has to be soft close drawer slides . And there are plenty of reasons why they are a top choice, we have put together just 10 of the advantages and benefits you can enjoy from these drawer slides. 1. Last longer As there is generally less stress and wear on the mechanism compared to standard drawer slides, expect to enjoy better performance and smooth travel for longer. 2. Safer Soft close drawers can’t be slammed making it harder for fingers to get caught in the closing drawer. Just before it is completely shut, the soft close mechanism of the drawer takes over and very gently pulls the drawer closed the rest of the way. 3. Luxury finish Drawers with soft close offer a premium feel and allude to high end with a luxury quality. 4. Satisf

Espagnolette Locks

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What to do if your replacement espagnolette lock has gone out of production Espagnolette locks are a catch! These locks are easier to fit than to pronounce or spell! The meaning of espagnolette is literally “a catch”. The mechanism uses long rods or bars the length of the door, to secure the top and bottom of the cabinet as well as the option of securing the middle. Operating the handle or lock rotates the rods employing the catches, in turn securely closing the cupboard or door. Replacement espagnolette locks It can be a relatively common occurrence that when replacing an espagnolette lock, you find that the fitting has been updated by the manufacturer or discontinued altogether. If you are replacing an espagnolette lock but are struggling to find your particular lock, then contact us to find a suitable alternative . Remove the lock and note the measurements written on the lock or measure all the parts so we can suggest an alternative from our range. For example, espagnolette locks m

How to Get an Excellent Trustpilot Score

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Our Pledge to Our Customers We want our customers to have an easy and enjoyable experience when buying furniture fixtures and fittings from us. That’s why we aim to offer support both before and after ordering from Unico Components Ltd , and to provide the best customer service possible. We believe that this is how we retain our customers and grow our business. Call for a chat More often than not, we would have to deal with a bot for online help and support which sends us round in circles and doesn’t always properly resolve a query or problem. How refreshing then to actually be able to have a proper conversation directly with a member of staff. And on the phone no less! Here’s our number, we are on hand between the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday so, whatever you need to know, just give us a ring 01483 237621 . Got a query out of hours? Drop us a line sales@unico.uk.com and we’ll get back to you when we reopen. Excellent Trustpilot Score Did you know we have great reviews on Tru

Guide to Buying Hinges

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At Unico , our staff are always happy to advise customers and ensure they have the right furniture fixtures and fittings for their needs. One question we are often asked is “How do I choose the right hinge?”. Choosing the right hinge for kitchen cabinets or wardrobe doors is crucial and we can help you make the right selection from our range. What are the different types of hinges? With different function and use, choose from a wide array of styles, designs, and types such as: butt hinges cranked hinges cylinder hinges spring hinges flap hinges flush hinges piano hinges lay on hinges lift off hinges pivot hinges self-closing hinges  We are confident we have the right hinge for you so let’s look at some of our hinges in a little more detail: Overlay hinges Fitted to doors where the door lays onto the frame of the carcass. Full overlay hinges Overlay the width of the carcass side. Half overlay hinges Overlay up to half the width of the carcass side. Inset hinges Allow the door to close w

Guide to Buying Drawer Runners and Slides

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It is pretty satisfying when a drawer fits perfectly and runs smoothly! To help our customers make the best purchase we have put together a guide for buying drawer runners and slides. Unico  are a specialist supplier of slides and runners , and our staff are only a phone call away if you need further information or advice. Single extension, full extension and over extension drawer slides Full-extension drawer slides are suitable when we want the drawer box to extend, so the back of the drawer is level with the front of the cabinet. Whereas, when using single extension drawer slides a part of the drawer, approximately one quarter, will remain inside the cabinet. For the drawer box to travel completely out of the cabinet we use over extension drawer slides, and these are useful in being able to easily reach right to the back of the drawer. Side fix and bottom fix drawer slides We have the option of fitting drawer slides either to the bottom of the drawer for a concealed fit, or

Smart Kitchen Fixtures and Fittings

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There is more to kitchens than worktops and tiles. That is why Unico supply a range of innovative kitchen fixtures and fittings to designers and kitchen fitters, to achieve beautiful kitchens that are up to date and functional.  Creative storage solutions continue to be very popular. Around two thirds of homeowners renovating their kitchens, will be planning to include specialty kitchen storage in their new cabinetry. Ramping up kitchen storage A good way to achieve more storage in a small kitchen is to think vertically. Create storage high up while making items easy to access using our pull-down shelf unit. This comes as a 2-tier chrome plated wire shelf which can be pulled forward allowing full access to the contents. Make use of hard to access space with pull-out corner units to utilise all available space and allow items to be easily accessible – no more crouching, bending, or crawling into the cupboard to reach items. Smart kitchen storage It is not just small kitchens t

We Supply the Trade

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Our customers span a range of different industries and come in all shapes and sizes with varying expectations. Tony Killick, our General Manager, spoke to us about supplying the trade with furniture fixtures and fittings in our Q&A below. Which types of tradespeople and industries do Unico generally work with? "We supply multiple trade manufacturers and individuals across differing sectors including kitchen manufacturers, kitchen fitters, furniture designers, carpenters, bedroom fitters, office furniture manufacturers and locker furniture." Do Unico supply internationally? "Although we do sometimes supply overseas, the majority of our business is currently UK based customers." What are Unico especially well known for and what are your best-selling products with regards to trade customers? "Our strongest range is locks for furniture and lockers , for example code locks, cam locks, cylinder locks and much more. We actually have a vast product range, so lock

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Coin Locks

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At Unico we are well known for selling great quality locks for various applications. Our coin locks for lockers range is one of our most popular. Let’s look at the 10 best reasons they remain in such demand: 1. Eliminate the need to hand out keys This saves valuable administration time which can be better spent elsewhere. 2. Suitable for wet areas The Lehman Coin Lock 70 Wet Area has been designed for use in damp environments and so is ideal for spas, pool changing rooms and shower areas. 3. And dry areas Coin locks actually have any number of applications including schools, healthcare facilities, stadiums and arenas, concert and festival venues, amusement parks, corporate and industrial facilities to name but a few. 4. Reduces the number of lost and retained keys  You’ll see an increase on returned keys which saves money and time on your part as you no longer have the hassle and expense of replacing keys. 5. Highly durable for public and commercial applications  These locks are buil

Table Extension Fittings FAQs

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At Unico, we stock and supply a range of table fittings from leading manufacturers. These include fittings suitable for a dining table, coffee table, workstation, or any other type of extending table.  We have put together some of the most frequently asked questions about our range of quality table fittings in this blog. Do your table fittings offer value for money? Yes, quality and value for money are important to our customers and are important to us also. We have been supplying furniture fittings for over 40 years and have a rating of 4.9 on Trustpilot. See our customer reviews here . What if I can't find the table fitting I am looking for? If we don't stock the fitting you need, we are able to source and supply alternatives. You can rest assured that you will receive great service from an established and proven table fittings supplier. Do you offer a good range of different table fittings? As a specialist table fittings supplier, our range includes click catches , flip bra

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Pull Out Waste Bins Gimmicks and gadgets don’t sell a kitchen, but well-planned, practical, and functional space does. When designing a new kitchen layout, carrying out a remodel or upgrade, resolve the problem of hiding any unsightly rubbish bin and incorporate a clever pull out waste bin instead.   Supplied to order, directly from a leading manufacturer, our pull out waste bins are available with prompt delivery. We offer 3 different pull out waste bins which make a great addition to any kitchen. Uses vary from kitchen waste, sorting recyclable materials or practical storage of other essential kitchen items. Main features of Envi 400mm Pull Out Waste Bin • A set of soft closing side fixed drawer runners and drawer front connectors. • Suitable for either 16mm or 18/19mm board thickness . • The bins can be withdrawn from the unit while the lid remains in place. Main features of Pull Out Hinged Waste Bins 2 x32 Litres • Two large 32 litre capacity bin

5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Runners

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In our latest blog we offer  5 reasons why you should upgrade to our Soft Close and Push to Open Drawer Runners . These side mounted drawer runners are ideal for use in manufacturing and bespoke furniture. They are also a perfect replacement to damaged runners or simply for upgrading drawers in a living room, bedroom, kitchen, office or under stairs. Here is why you should be upgrading drawers with our push to open and soft close drawer runners: 1. They last longer These fittings last longer  because the mechanism is under less stress, so they offer a great investment over the longer term. 2. They are quieter The big appeal of these drawer runners is preventing banging when closing.   All that is needed is a gentle touch which engages the mechanism to fully close or open the drawer. This results in drawers closing in virtual silence and never being slammed shut. 3. They are on trend Uber modern, minimalist style can be achieved using these runners for drawers without handles. They of