Made to Measure Access Panel – A Guide on Achieving the Perfect Fit

The first question you should ask yourself before ordering a made to measure access panel is: what are you trying to achieve? Do you require access to hidden pipework such as stopcocks, shower valves or plumbing fixtures? Are you looking for access in order to service electrics such as air conditioning units or junction boxes? Or for a different solution entirely?

After you’ve established the purpose of your access panel requirement, you can begin the measuring process. It’s crucial that you take into consideration how much room you need within the structural opening of the access panel. For some occasions, you may only need to reach in with a hand to turn something off and so a small sized access panel is all you require. In other instances, a larger panel may be necessary in order to appropriately access the services within.

Measuring and Exploring your Options

We recommend drawing on the plasterboard where you intend the access panel to be and using a tape measure or ruler to record the dimensions. We are able to manufacture a made to measure access panel as small as 100 x 100mm and as large as 3000 x 3000mm for use in walls, and up to 2800 x 1800mm for ceilings.

Let’s say you require an access panel that is 250mm wide and 300mm in height. You could submit an enquiry on our panel builder service for a made to measure access panel and completely customise the design, look and security of your panel.

A cheaper alternative would be to ask yourself whether one of our stock sized access panels may be suitable for your project. These stock sizes are available for immediate despatch and next day delivery, as opposed to our industry-leading 4-6 working day lead time for something more bespoke.

If you initially needed a 250 x 300mm panel, it might be worth asking yourself if a stock 300 x 300mm panel may be appropriate? 

A full list of our stock sizes can be found below.

150 x 150 mm200 x 200 mm300 x 300 mm
450 x 450 mm600 x 600 mm900 x 600 mm

Selecting a Door Finish and Frame Type

So now that we have established the access panel size we need we can start to think about the door finish and frame type. The door finish refers to the material it’s made out of, whether it be our standard metal finish in RAL 9010, a 30% gloss off-white powder coat, or whether you would like to plaster or tile over the access panel.

If you don’t have much construction or DIY experience, we would always advise you to use our metal access panels. These require the least amount of time to install and are a cost effective solution of providing access. The result will be a visible metal door and frame being at the site of installation, ideal for locations that don’t have much footfall or where the overall appearance isn’t necessarily important.

With a metal door, you can choose from a Picture or Beaded Frame. A picture frame is like a border around your access panel, this sits flush against the wall and hides any damage to the plasterboard from the cutting-out or installation process.

Whereas a beaded frame allows you to plaster over the frame – hiding it completely and leaving just a visible door. With a made to measure access panel, you can choose to prime the metal door to paint it on site or have it coated in a colour of your choice to further conceal and improve the overall appearance of the installation.

Alternatively, a plasterboard door finish comes with a beaded frame as standard, which will allow you to plaster over the panel door and frame entirely making the installation look really discrete and seamless. The installation process with a plasterboard access panel is a little more difficult due to the extra materials and steps required, so we would advise a professional to fit your panel to ensure a nice, tidy finish.

Finally, our tile door finishes are the only solution for when you need to place tiles on top of the access panel. Our tile doors are a completely bespoke product – built exactly to the specification you request – for a completely seamless and discrete finish in kitchens and bathrooms.

On our panel builder, we ask for the depth of the adhesive, the width of the tile grout and the depth of the tiles you plan to use so we can build a tile door access panel that will fit flush with your existing tile setup. We take all the measurements provided to provide a recess into the panel door itself, allowing the tiles to look and fit flush when installed.

Tile doors can be complicated to install and as such, we strongly recommend professionals are involved in the fitting process to ensure a nice overall finish is achieved.

Whatever your requirement, whether it be for the home or a commercial solution, get in touch and we will provide a quote – usually within the same working day.