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Why Outsourcing Your Drawer Manufacturing Makes Sense

At Probox, we are passionate about helping both joiners and kitchen manufacturers to complete their projects in the most cost-effective way possible. We’ve been the UK’s largest supplier of solid timber premade drawer boxes for over 15 years, with our cutting-edge machinery and highly skilled craftsmen creating products of the highest calibre.

Whether you need dovetail drawers made to your exact requirements or our standard-sized Swift range, we can supply you with exactly what you need, exactly when you need it. In this blog, we look at the benefits of outsourcing your drawer production in a way that absolutely guarantees a product that will delight the end user.

Outsourcing Means Higher Productivity

The first benefit of outsourcing your drawer making is the boost to productivity that it offers. Having premade timber drawers delivered means that they only have to be fitted onto the runners and can be a real game changer for tradesmen and kitchen manufacturers. The time saved really adds up and what it means is that the more skilled craftsmen in your team can be moved onto other, more demanding and creative work.

We mean it when we say that you can rely on us to create consistently excellent work and we’ve had feedback from our customers about how much more work they can do as a result. Whether it allows you to fit an extra kitchen each week or each month, it all goes into influencing that most important of factors – your bottom line.

Say Goodbye to Over-ordering

We’re very flexible with our ordering criteria too, and thanks to our recent partnership with Blum – the Austrian international fitting supplies giant – you can get the exact quantity of runners you need. So no more reordering and no more wasted revenue on runners that you don’t need. We think this is a major benefit that helps everyone in the industry.

Not only that, but if you have a need for accessories like spice racks, knife blocks, chopping blocks or cutlery inserts for your kitchen projects, we can help you out with that too.

Interested? We’d Love to Hear From You!

So, if you’re a professional joiner or involved in kitchen manufacturing and you like the sound of high quality bespoke timber drawers delivered to you on demand, then we’d absolutely love to hear from you. We stand by the standard of our workmanship that our industry reputation is founded on and we’ll strive every day to ensure that you get the products you need, precisely when you need them.

If you would like to know more about us and why we’re a respected supplier to the trade, why not visit us online at today? Alternatively, if you’d like to get started and chat with one of our friendly experts, you can get in touch by calling us on 01280 428380. Our team is available from Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm and they’re eager to help you in any way they can.


Shaker Style Kitchens

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Shaker Style kitchens have become a typical feature in the modern era of traditional kitchen design; becoming a trend in many kitchens and adored by kitchen lovers. The timeless style of Shaker kitchens maintains its popularity in both contemporary and traditional settings and the term shaker style has also become synonymous with timber kitchen design. There are however certain specifics of the Shaker Style and the Shaker Style shouldn’t be confused with other styles of timber construction kitchens.

Shaker Style History

The Shaker Style originates in the 18th Century in Manchester, England from the Shakers, who were part of the Quakers until the end of the 18th Century when the Shakers separated from the Quakers, emigrated to America and settled across New England. The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as the Shakers, was a Protestant sect founded in England in 1747. The “Shaking Quakers,” or Shakers, split from mainstream Quakerism in 1747 after being heavily influenced by Camisard preaching.

The Shakers continued to handcraft high-quality furniture often using Cherry and Pine timber woods and overtime their furniture became renowned for its craftsmanship and high-quality. As time went on the Shakers handcrafted their kitchen doors and furniture with their designs being simplistic and understated. The guiding Shaker principles of honesty, utility, and simplicity found expression in various crafts: furniture, boxes, and textiles which made the Shakers renowned for their minimalist design and unstinting quality.

From the honest craftsmanship to the solid wood frames and panelled doors, the Shaker Style has become a timeless design with today’s adaptation of the Shaker Style holding a different level of spirit to the simplicity. Compared to the original 18th century style, the Shaker Style has become more of a bespoke style with finishing in a variety of colours and various accompanying ironmongery.

Most Shaker Style furniture pieces were originally painted or stained, both to protect the wood and to make it more attractive. Colours were strictly regulated by the ‘Millennial Laws’ with blues, greens, reds, and yellows the most popular and monochromatic treatments preferred. Shaker’s believed that furniture should be honest in construction and appearance; therefore practices such as veneering and applied ornamentation were incompatible with Shaker beliefs.

In the late 1800s into the 1900s there was the emergence of freestanding kitchen furniture and preparation tables which have now developed into kitchen islands and breakfast bar areas. In the 1900s with Shaker Style the origin of classic English kitchens. All the elements of highly skilled design and Shaker craftsmanship passed down through the generations swiftly achieving the greater appreciation and wider acclaim that the Shaker Style has today.

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Shaker Style Today

The Shaker Style is now prevalent in kitchen design with Shaker Kitchens being a popular choice for a long lasting traditional feel. Shaker kitchens are very popular in interior design publications, at exhibitions and on social media too. There are numerous kitchen manufacturers specialising in Shaker Style kitchens; each with their own slight twist on the style. Increasingly there is also a convergence of modern design and the convenience of modern fixtures and fittings alongside the traditional Shaker Style. Probox Drawers specialise in manufacturing high-quality wooden dovetail drawer boxes that are perfect for shaker style kitchens. As the UK’s leading supplier, many kitchen manufacturers as well as specialist bespoke kitchen companies use our drawer boxes for their shaker style units.

Nowadays the shaker style tends to have the following characteristics:
• Solid and sturdy timber
• Cabinet doors showing the wooden construction, the framed panel
• Simplistic detailing
• Simplistic traditional cabinet handles
• Contemporary colours and bright colours.
• A modern farmhouse feel
• Large sinks
• Large wooden drawers and cabinets
• Wooden worktops
• Butt hinges visible sometimes as a preference

There are some things often considered when looking at shaker style designs and creating kitchen designs:
• Factoring in a free standing unit
• Simplicity and colour matching
• Making it your own
• Front frame or overlay doors
• Opting for an easy to clean design
• Textures, surfaces and timber
• Strength and durability
• Dovetailing, Detailing and style
• Accessories

Shaker Doors

Did you know that Probox also do bespoke Shaker Style Doors as well?

For more information contact our customer services team who look forward to helping you.

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How to measure for dovetail drawers

how to measure drawersProbox offers bespoke dovetail drawers to suit your project. Before you order them you need to measure up your unit and work out what size you need.

Many of our customers ring us up with a list of measurements or order online, but if you are new to dovetail drawers it’s important to make sure you have the right measurements when you place your order. Customers are welcome to ring us and discuss your project if you have any questions at all.

The details we need when you place your order;

  • Drawer width or internal carcass width
  • Drawer height and depth
  • The timber required
  • Runner type and length ( see our range of runners)

Any special features like handle cut outs, shaped sides, unlacquered, traditional dovetails

Tips for measuring up your drawers

  • Work out if your is drawer in-frame or lay on
  • Allow space for your runners

Follow this Probox pdf that shows instructions with diagrams for measuring up your drawers

Click here to order online


Dovetail Drawers VS Standard

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What is a dovetail drawer? 

Dovetail drawers are typically solid wood drawers with a dovetail joint on each corner.

What are the advantages of a dovetail drawer?

Customers that are building bespoke kitchens or furniture often opt for dovetail drawers, this is for many reasons, here are a few;

  • A dovetail joint is very strong and will outperform most other joint options, including dowel joints or a biscuit joint. 
  • A dovetail joint in a drawer for many years has been known as a sign of a high level of craftsmanship and it has become a specified requirement for many kitchen manufactures when they build a bespoke kitchen. 
  • The dovetail drawers at Probox are made from select solid timber and they are built to last, the build quality is designed to match that of a high end bespoke kitchen or furniture piece. 

What is a dovetail joint? 

A dovetail joint is a joint that holds together the sides of the drawer. It has interlocking tails on one side and pins on the other. When they are fitted together and hot glued they create a high tensile strength, this means the joint is very hard to pull apart. 

Standard drawers 

Standard drawers are often cheaper to make, but the build quality is not as good. Drawers with dowel joints are often used for flat pack furniture or bedroom furniture. Drawers with dowel joints haven’t the same strength and durability as drawers with dovetail joints and do not demonstrate the same craftsmanship or possess the same quality.  FacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblr

5 Reasons to Order Probox Drawers Online

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1# Order bespoke drawers online using our easy to use order form with size guide, then receive your quote via email within 24 hours, we always aim to get quotes back over quickly. Place your order online day or night.

2# If you need Classic Swift dovetail drawers our off the shelf service, simply choose your sizes online, place your order and receive the drawers in 3 days.

3# Add runners to your order, choose from our quality soft close range, with brands like Blum, Hettich or Grass.

4# Order other items like spice racks or cutlery inserts either bespoke made or off the shelf.

5# Read our blog section for interesting info, including a glossary of drawer terms and 10 top questions answered.

Order bespoke dovetail drawers 

Order standard sized Classic Swift drawers  


New Product: Classic Swift Oak Cutlery Insert

Classic Swift Oak Cutlery Insert UK

Our customers find the Classic Swift dovetail drawer range to be very convenient when they require standard sized, quality oak drawers delivered from stock. We have now further developed this service to also offer a Classic Swift cutlery insert.

The Classic Swift cutlery insert is made from solid oak timber and is available to work with lay-on or in-frame drawers.

Probox stocks a solid oak cutlery insert that suits lay-on drawers is 621(w) x 412(d) x 60(h) and a solid oak cutlery insert that suits in-frame drawers is 585(w) x 412(d) x 60(h).

Daniel Wells, Sales Director at Probox, commented “These versatile inserts allow you to adapt the insert by cutting it to shorten it to fit the drawer perfectly, or removing the horns on one or both ends”.

The Classic Swift cutlery insert is now being added to Classic Swift dovetail drawer orders by kitchen designers that are working on fast turnaround projects or designers that are happy to work with set sizes so that they can enjoy a cost saving and a quicker turnaround. 

As per the picture, the Classic Swift cutlery insert has three vertical cutlery areas and one horizontal utensil area. 

The Classic Swift cutlery insert is available to buy online or you can call 01280 825776 to speak to our sales team.  Orders have a 1-2 day turnaround time. 

We also offer a bespoke made solid timber cutlery tray in a range of finishes, for more information click here FacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblr

New Product : Classic Swift Oak Spice Rack

After the success of our Classic Swift dovetail drawer solutions (solid oak drawers in a wide range of sizes that are ordered from stock and delivered within 1-2 days), Probox now also offers a Classic Swift Oak Spices Rack that’s available to order from stock.

Classic Swift Oak Spice Rack Online

The Classic Swift Oak Spice Rack is made from quality solid oak timber rack and available in size 900(h)  x 400(w) x 100(d).

The new spice rack is made offering the same quality as our bespoke spice racks, but this stock item is only available in solid oak and in one size. 

Spice racks offer a useful storage option, allowing for items such as bottles of spices and other items to be stacked in a neat, easily accessible way. 

Daniel Wells, Sales Director at Probox, commented “Some of our customers require a bespoke made spice rack, but we have also had requests for a fast turnaround option that we supply from stock, so now we offer spice racks from stock that are made to the same quality as bespoke”. 

The Classic Swift Oak Spices Rack is available to order online, with a delivery date of 1-2 days 

Order online or call  01280 825776 to talk to our sales team. 

Bespoke spice racks are also available in a range of solid timbers, for more information click here FacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblr

Probox glossary of terms

Pan drawer

A pan drawer is a high kitchen drawer that’s designed to carry cooking pans.

Flush top

When the sides, front and back of the drawer are all the same height.

Stepped top

The sides are 2mm smaller than the front and the back of the drawer.


A drawer that’s designed for a unit that has a frame (Our standard classic swift will suit a 36mm frame) Packers/spacers required

Inframe Drawers Design

Lay on

Drawer to suit a standard carcase shape. (Our standard classic swift will suit a standard 18mm unit)

Drawer standard carcase shape

Internal drawers

Drawers with no additional drawer front being applied, internal drawers often have a curved handle.

Standard Dovetail

The pins and tails in the dovetail are the same size.

Traditional Dovetail

Dovetails with large pins and small tails.

Dovetails with large pins and small tails

Drawer runners

Metal undermount runners attach to the carcass and the drawer and allow the drawer to open and close. Many brands are available, with functions such as soft close or push to open.

Opening size

The carcass opening width/height


How many pieces of timber that make up the height of the drawer.

Full Stave

The sides of the drawer are made from a single piece of solid timber.

Notching and drilling

The preparation needed on the drawer to fit undermount runners. Probox can offer drawers with notching and drilling included, please ask for this when you place your order. Probox notches and drill to suit each type of runner, so be sure to choose your runner before the notching and drilling so the notches and drill holes are in the right places for your drawer runners.

Handle cut out

Handle cut out, also known as a bow cut out, this is a half moon shaped cut out in the centre of the front of the box.

15mm drop front

15mm is added to the bottom of the front of the drawer, this conceals the undermount runners from view.

Shaped Sides

When the front of the drawer is half the height of the back, with a gradual slope on each side.

Sink drawer or U shaped drawer

A drawer made in the shape of a U to allow for sinks and pipes. The size of this drawer is bespoke to the sink size scenario.

Cutlery tray

The cutlery tray has a base, dividers and all 4 sides. Bespoke made to fit your drawer, each corner is made with a dovetail joint.

Cutlery insert

The cutlery insert has a base, dividers and no sides, bespoke made to fit inside the drawer.

Serving tray

The serving tray or butler tray is a bespoke tray with 2 or 4 handles.

Spice rack

The spice rack, also known as a larder door rack with 3, 4 or 5 shelves or to drawing . Each rack comes with rear metal keyhole mounting plate fixings to attach it to the door.


Drawers are all lacquered with a 10% sheen protective coating, increasing durability and product protection.


Dovetail drawer unfinished without any coating. Customers ask for unfinished if they want to paint the boxes or use their own finish.FacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblr

Probox kitchen design trends 2019

Dark coloured units

Searches for black and navy kitchens have been up 93% in the past 6 months according to Living Etc magazine. Blue, particularly navy has replaced grey as the go to on trend colour.

kitchens Trending Color Grey Online Uk


Concrete surfaces, industrial exposed lighting and warehouse style designs. Customers often pair Probox Birch Ply Dovetail Drawers for this style of kitchen. The birch ply drawers offer fantastic build quality and work well with minimal or industrial designs.

Modern Kitchen in Loft nterior (3d illustration)

Bright colours

Shaker style doors, cabinets and splashbacks are continuing to be produced in bright colours, making kitchen designs that suit each client’s colour preference. Bright pink, yellow, red, green and turquoise are popular options.

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Combining wood, metal and stone for a contemporary Kitchen design, with traditional aspects. Brushed brass handles and brass taps add warmth to kitchen designs or just going back to basics with exposed raw materials such as wood and stone, with neutral colours.

classic kitchen with wooden and turquoise drawers

The farmhouse kitchen

The farmhouse kitchen continues to be very popular especially in cottages and heritage homes. This classic design style can also appear with non-traditional coloured units, mixing classic design with on trend colours and appliances.

Every farmhouse kitchen design should have solid timber dovetail drawers with soft close runners, these hand crafted kitchens are about build quality and this extends to every aspect, including the cabinets, doors and drawers. Probox solid oak dovetail drawers are the most popular.

solid timber dovetail drawers with soft close runners

Digital technology

Smart appliances such as fridges, washing machines and espresso makers that are controlled through apps.FacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwitterpinterestlinkedintumblr

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