This guide on the different variations of Access Panels, will help you decide which one is best for you.

Picture Frame

The most popular access panel is referred to as a picture frame. These panels can be fitted into an existing wall or ceiling, the 'Picture Frame' reference comes from the 25mm frame surrounding the door which sits against the finished wall or ceiling. These panels are the easiest to install and provide an easy access solution. These are available in metal and plastic.

Metal access panel

Metal Door Beaded Frame

The beaded frame panels have a 'beaded' edge to provide an area where a plasterer can adhere plaster up to the edge of the door resulting in an access panel with a concealed frame and a metal door, you will not see any frame.

Metal access panel

Plasterboard Door & Beaded Frame

The plasterboard door beaded frame panel makes the panel as invisible as possible, the plasterboard door (as opposed to a metal door) allows plastering over the door and the frame so you can paint over the door and will see no frame.

Metal access panel

Plastic Access

Plastic access panels provide a cheap and simple means of accessing wall voids. The flush plastic door has a 25mm picture frame surround and is designed to be sealed directly into a clear structural opening (Which is 5mm larger than the listed panel size). A simple pin hinge allows the door to be removed easily while the panel can be opened with a flat head screwdriver.

Metal access panel


Our panels sizes are measured from the back of the frame; we recommend you add 5mm to the hole sizes (structural opening) so a 600x600mm panel would need to be 605x605mm hole size. For more information, please contact us on [email protected] or 01922 500 145.