Have a look at how Cabinetry.Online works…
If you’re just getting started using our online cabinetry ordering interface, or are just after a better understanding of some of the features, these easy to follow walk-through videos can guide you from start to finish. Creating a job, adding your products, using the layout tool and more.
How your customer creates a quote
To generate your quote for the first time, click on ‘Create New Job’.
There are a few fields to populate with your job information. The name, a reference number (which could be related to invoices or a specific client), a contact number and if you’d like you can add a description.
You’ll also have options to either pick up your job from the manufacturer’s factory or have it freighted to an address.
Once this is all done, click on ‘Create Job’. You will be given a unique job number (this is the reference for any communications between customer and manufacturer). Alternatively, if you need further assistance with your job, you can click on the chat icon which will connect you with a Cabinetry.Online support team member.
Creating a Room and Setting Defaults
To start setting the parameters for the job, click on the ‘Add Room’ tab.
Set the name and an optional description up at the top.
The ‘Hardware’ selection which is where you are going to select the hinges that you want to use as well as the drawer systems.
The selections that you define here will determine the drilling requirements on your panels.
Further down in the process you will define whether you want the hardware you’ve chosen at this stage to be supplied with the job as well.
To begin with, just set up the options you want your default choice for the cabinets to be.
Selecting Exterior Materials
After making the hardware selections, move onto the colour selection of the exterior panels (doors and other external panels such as applied panels).
Here you can choose from the many options that the manufacturer has set. Alternatively, if you’re just wanting to order carcasses only, and not include the doors, you can choose the non-supply option.
If you’re to select ‘Melamine’, then you will see all of the possible door options available in that category. If you’re to select ‘Veneer’, you will see a bunch of different door and drawer style options available which gives a lot of creative control over the job you’re doing.
In this example, we select ‘Melamine’ and run with a ‘Polytec’ colour to begin with. Here you may notice a horizontal grain check box. This indicates that the material has a grain or directional element about it. This checkbox allows you to change the product from being a vertical grain to a horizontal grain as you wish.
After selecting the exterior colour, you can select the exterior edging colour. Note that, rather than using the drop-down lists, you can select a colour from the colour swatches that gives you a visual representation of what you are looking for.
When choosing the material for cabinet carcasses, you’re probably going to opt for the brand called ‘shop materials’.
Shop materials are used to indicate whatever your local manufacturer keeps in stock or on hand. The 16.50mm white carcase board is your most common that manufacturers will have available.
When choosing your carcase edge colour, again you will probably opt for ‘shop materials’.
In our supply defaults, there are 3 options to choose from – ‘Product Supply Method’, ‘Hardware Inclusions’ and an option to select adjustable legs.
The Product Supply Method dropbox will tell the manufacturer whether the job is to be flat-packed or assembled.
You might note that when you select ‘Assembled’ rather than ‘Flat Packed’, it will auto-select ‘Supply Hardware’ in the hardware inclusions without the ability to change. This is because the manufacturer is putting it together for you and the hardware needs to be included.
If you select ‘Flat Packed’, you will get the option to have the hardware supplied or not. Your panels will be drilled to your specifications but will either come with the required hardware or not based on your selection.
Lastly there is an option for your cabinet to come drilled for adjustable legs, which is another simple check on or check off option.
Product Size Defaults
In the product size defaults, you can predetermine the sizes of your cabinets.
You will notice that ‘Standard 1’ has been applied which is an automatic size default for base, upper, tall carcase heights and depths.
You can change any of these values to fit your job defaults. When you add one of these types of cabinet products into your job at a later stage, they will abide by these default parameters.
Each field is linked to a picture on the right, so when you change a field it will be updated in both sections. You can also change a field from the right side as well which will be reflected across the board.
It is important to note that these numbers can also be changed on a product level. Defaults are initially set, but as you make adjustments to each products.
Gap Size Defaults
In the gap size defaults, you define the gaps and margins for the drawers and doors.
For example, look at the upper bottom margin. It is currently set to ‘0’ and what that means is that the door for the upper cabinets are going to be sitting flush with the bottom of the cabinet carcase. Click on the question mark for more info and you will get a detailed explanation.
To create a finger pull for overhead cabinet doors, simply add a negative margin in this particular area. For example, add a -30 margin in this field, the door will drop 30mm below the carcase.
Like in the product size defaults, there are also visual representations of what you are changing.
Adding a General Product
Now that you created your room defaults, you can start adding the required products.
You will see that the product library is set out in categories. Starting with base cabinets, tall cabinets, upper cabinets or wall cabinets, pantry units and components. Components is where you will find panels, order stand-alone doors, inner draw components and kickboards.
Go back to the product menu and select ‘Bases’. In this instance add a base cabinet with a pair of doors. The exterior material default of ‘Bleached Walnut’ has been brought across and is visible on the cabinet image. Maintain the defaults or adjust as required.
The top selection field enables you to pick what kind of top will be on the cabinet. It could be a solid top, rail on edge, rail on flat or a timber rail on edge.
Change any of the defaults within the tabs up at the top, and you can also modify or add shelves. The visual display adjusts as you make changes to the shelving.
On the ‘Sizes’ tab at the bottom, there is a section for ‘Notes & Variations’. Notes are for your own reference, whereas variation requests will notify the manufacturer of any unique changes required for this specific product.
To add drawers, navigate to ‘add Product’. Go to ‘Base’, the ‘Base Drawer’ cabinets then select ‘Base Drawer 3’ which is a three drawer base unit. Add the dimensions and specifications you need.
The drawers have all of the default margins. The three drawers have been spaced evenly. However, you have the ability to adjust these by changing the style from ‘Auto Height’ to ‘Fixed Height’ and inserting your desired size.
For example, simply changing the top drawer height to 150 will turn this drawer into a cutlery drawer. It will now also change the other drawers height to be spaced out automatically, whilst also changing the drawer runner for the top drawer to be a more appropriate fit.
You can save the product and you’ll see that it has been factored into the current products in the cart and has updated the total cost of the job.
If needed, you can make a duplicate of this product by clicking the ‘Copy’ icon. You can rename the cabinet and click on ‘Save Product’.
Now you will see that the product has been added, with its changed name, and also the price has been updated (if for instance, drawer hardware has been included).
Door & Panel Ordering
Another way you can order products on the Cabinetry.Online platform is to use the Quick Flat Product function.
This function is similar to a cutting list style of ordering. It will give you the ability to order a panel in any width and length that you require, dependant on the material you’re using. It will default to the colour exterior that you made at the start.
You have the option to select a ‘Door’, ‘Drawer’ or ‘Panel Product’ from the top menu. You can also adjust the height and width and change the exterior material.
There are numerous customizable options for you to choose from, with the ability to set which sides of the panel are edged, the style of door, whether it is a single, pair, L shape or straight bifold, which way the door will hang, and also the hinge style.
It is sometimes easier to add more items by using the ‘Copy’ function. You can copy the last product then change the dimensions and the quantity of the order.
After all of these changes have been made, press ‘Save’ and be taken back to the order dashboard where you will see that the doors have been added and the cart price has been updated.
Additional Tools & Features
The favourites tool has streamlined navigation of the product library.
There will be preferred items and cabinets that you use frequently across projects. To save time of navigating the full library of categories for each item, you can simply flag any commonly used item as a favourite. All of these favourited items can then be easily found directly from the favourites category.
This is a quick rundown of the layout designer.
Click on the ‘Start Layout’ button to set up a room shape and define the parameters of your walls. Select from a rectangle room, an L- shaped room or you can set the dimensions yourself within the custom room layout.
Set the dimensions from this section on the top right or alternatively you can click and resize the room on the canvas itself.
Click on ‘Confirm Shape’, and any cabinet product that has been added in your order will then be generated into the room. You can then place them where you want.
If you haven’t got any products in your room at this stage you can start by using the ‘Product Search’. Find the product you need by using categories or by typing in it’s name. Simply click on the product you want to add, and it will be dropped into the canvas.
You have the option to change the dimensions of the product by clicking on it and editing the fields you desire, or you can click and drag.
Now once your product is in your room you can click and move it around.
Here are some helpful keyboard shortcuts…
• The spacebar will rotate a selected item.
• Ctrl C followed by Ctrl V will create a duplicate copy of the product you have selected in the room. This shortcut can be used repeatedly to paste a duplicate of the same item for as many copies that are required.
• Use arrow keys to move any item around in the room.
In the product breakdown, as you click on items, they will highlight yellow in the room. Other features of this system are that you can go into a full-screen mode, with the option to zoom in by scrolling or simply moving what you are looking at. Clicking on the crosshair will take you back to a central overview of your room. You can rotate your room by clicking on the rotate room icon.
Cabinets, panels, and doors often aren’t the only items required for projects. As such, the online library has expanded to include a variety of unique and individual items. For example, you may require additional hardware for your next project, or simply to have on-hand in the factory. It’s simple to add these items to your order.
For example, if you would like to order some more Blum Inserta soft close hinges, you would simply navigate to the ‘Additional Hardware’ tab, select ‘Cabinet Hardware’, then ‘Hinge Systems’, then ‘Inserta’, and you have the option to choose from the two styles.
At the job dashboard and the additional hardware items have been factored into the total job cost.
Understanding the Platform and Your Order
Tools & Settings
For all your core settings (which define how you order products on the Cabinetry.Online portal), click on your profile drop down to open up the ‘Account Settings‘ option. From here, you can update your name, email address, phone number, address and other profile settings, as well as a section where you can give permission to your manufacturer to log directly into your account if you require them to give you some assistance on a job.
You have the ability to change your password if needed, and you can also set up or change your default delivery address. This will pre-fill into a new job if you’ve opted to have that job delivered.
Product and Room Icons
In the cart view there are a row of icons on the right side, whether it be a product or room, they allow you to perform a range of operations.
There is an edit button which is the little pencil. This will allow you to jump into your product and edit any details that have been set and saved.
There is a copy button that will make an exact duplicate of what you’ve been working on and paste it into the job.
There is also a little dark bin icon that will delete your product or room from the job.
Creating a PDF
After selecting the products for your job, navigate to the important documents that come with your job, the Job PDF’s.
There are four different job PDF’s. The ‘Job Properties’ PDF (which we consider the bible of your job) contains everything in relation to your order, including the defaults that have been set and the composition of your final products. The first section gives an overview of the defaults that have been set and then will give an overview of the products and their properties.
The job ‘Topdown Layout’ is an overview and a printable version of the design that you’ve created. It gives you a breakdown in a table format of the design elements, also accompanied by an image of what the plans will look like. The numbering on this image corresponds with the table which also corresponds with the number in the job summary.