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danielandrew
Base Cabinets: Distance from wall?
danielandrew

I am planning to renovate my kitchen in my condo. One wall will have a 15-ft. stretch of base cabinets. The challenge is that 6-ft. of the wall closest to the entrance to the kitchen comes forward 12 inches, which means that 6-ft. of the base cabinets must have less depth. The remaining 9-ft. of wall is where the sink and dishwasher will be and these cabinets can be the standard 24" depth. I would like to install IKEA cabinetry. When I originally designed the kitchen late last year they offered base cabinets with a 12-7/8". Starting in 2015, they discontinued the 12-7/8" depth base cabinets, replacing with 15" depth bases. The shallower 12-7/8" cabinets would have been ideal as they were the perfect depth for the stretch of wall that stuck out 12". The 15" depth base cabinets stick out approximately 2 more inches, which means that I will need to bring the 24" base cabinets away from the wall 2 more inches in order to have the faces of all the cabinets to follow along a straight line.

First of all, is this possible, to have base cabinets that are 2-3 inches away from the wall? Secondly, if I do this it means the countertop will be about a 27-28" depth (from door fronts to backsplash). Is it recommended to have such a deep countertop?

Lynne
Re: Base Cabinets: Distance from wall?
Lynne

I would have someone trim the 15" cabinets to the depth you want. They come unassembled, right?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

There are no set rules as to counter depths or cabinet lines, which means you can do whatever you want.

I would fur out the wall so that your 15" and 24" cabinet faces plane evenly, the countertop will then be made to fit the irregular shape and dimensions needed for the space. To be clear, you won't be able to buy off the shelf counter and install it, you will have to have a shop fabricate one for you.

dj1
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dj1

IKEA's stuff comes disassembled, at least the things I've bought there did. It's easy to trim the sides, all you have to worry about is the drawers (which are usually around 18" deep).

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
dj1 wrote:

IKEA's stuff comes disassembled, at least the things I've bought there did. It's easy to trim the sides, all you have to worry about is the drawers (which are usually around 18" deep).

On a 15" cabinet?!? :confused::p

True, drawers are usually significantly shorter than the space they occupy, however, this should be checked BEFORE cabinet modifications, because modifying a drawer can be quite a big deal, given the nature of knock-down type cabinetry.

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

We've modified IKEA cabinets with great success.

But Spruce is correct, there is LOTS of planning and measuring before the first cut is made.

Buy plenty of extra, take the rest back

Lynne
Re: Base Cabinets: Distance from wall?
Lynne

A drawer in a 12" deep unit doesn't seem very useful to me. Can you buy base cabinets without drawers? Or maybe use open shelving instead?

Or consider installing wall units as lowers. May need some modications (like toe space).

dj1
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dj1

quote: "On a 15" cabinet?!? " - By now I forgot which side is too long...or too wide...or too short.

Another option, though a little pricier: custom cabinets.

Some on line shops will build you cabinets in any size.

The thing here is that base cabinets should be secured to the wall, not free standing.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

You can permanently attach the drawer front (sans drawer) to the face frame with screws from behind. Sometimes these are already drilled for pulls, sometimes you have to buy un-drilled replacements if they are available. My site-built 18" cabinets here have 12" drawers and a 14" width, and with my kitchen layout they're very much needed and used- I have no others or a place for any (I didn't build this or I would have made the drawers longer but they will hold the usual long knives and spatulas laid in diagonally) Were this not a rental I'd do something about it but since they ain't broke, I ain't fixing them :rolleyes: Based on their construction, it might not be too tough to cut the drawers down; the drawer guides may be problematic. You might also use these as "tilt-out's" like you sometimes find in front of a sink. Study what is available in the style you want, measure display specimens carefully, plan in detail, and the best solution should become apparent.

Phil

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