Go Back   IKEA FANS > Making it Work > Modifications
Register Blogs Forum/Blog Search Mark Forums Read


Comment
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
No Gallery image is associated with this thread

Old Mar 22nd, 06, 8:39 pm   #1
aristobrat
IKEA FAN
 
Join Date: Mar 22nd, 2006
Posts: 7
iKarma: 845
Gallery: 0
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Post

Long story short, we have a fridge at the end of a run of cabinets. We put in laminate flooring and now the fridge won't fit back under the 15" "over the fridge" cabinet.

Turns out we let the rail dip 1/8" at the end and never noticed. :shock:Apparently neither did the drywall contractor that built an enclosed box that runs across the top of all of the cabinets, .. so there's no way for me to raise the "over the fridge" cabinet to it's proper height.

I've double-checked that the fridge can't be lowered anymore. I guess I could cut out the laminate from under the fridge, but that'd leave the concrete slab, so if a future owner drops in a smaller fridge, that'd be ugly. Ripping down and redoing the enclosed box would require a contractor (and a fair amount of money).

I was wondering what ya'll thought about shaving 1/8" off the bottom of the cabinet and doors. I have no idea if the material could handle that without blowing into a zillion pieces.

Thanks for any advice/comments!

Share |

aristobrat is offline   Reply With Quote

Register to remove these ads today!

Old Mar 22nd, 06, 9:24 pm  
Frankenfingers
 
Tigratrus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 7th, 2005
Posts: 3,647
iKarma: 84,312
Gallery: 2962
Location: , Virginia, USA
My IKEA: USA-Washington DC:Woodbridge
Doorstyle: Tidaholm!
Blog Entries: 19

LBG Adoptions
Appreciation of an IKEAFAN  Appreciation of an IKEAFAN  IKEAFANS Moderator 
Total Awards: 3

Post

Hmmm... Dang, my intial reaction was just to move the cab up higher by loosening the bolts, but obviously that won't work with the box above it. Shaving 1/8" off the bottom would probably be pretty messy, you'd get down to bare particleboard... You might be better off taking the cabinet apart and cutting down the sides and back? Maybe the door could just be adjusted up? I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard that some folks HAVE cut down Cabs before... ::ponder::

How about shaving the TOP of the cab so it doesn't show and adjusting the door up?

James

Share |
__________________
You didn't stop playing games because you got old... You got old because you stopped playing games
Can't find the instructions you need? Post a request in the Wishlist and I'll get it uploaded ASAP! Assuming it's available ;-).

Want to help support IKEAFANS without taking a penny out of your pocket? Check out Amazon's offerings by following the link below (then search from there ) and a percentage of the sale will support this site! Kitchen Planning Resources
Tigratrus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 06, 10:12 pm  
IKEA FAN
 
Join Date: Mar 22nd, 2006
Posts: 7
iKarma: 845
Gallery: 0
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Post

The doors are exactly as "tall" as the cabinet, so if I shorten the cabinet, I'll also have to shorten the doors in order for the fridge to fit.

EXCELLENT idea about shaving off of the top (where it won't be seen) vs. the bottom. I'm always amazed at the obvious things I miss sometimes. :shock:

I wasn't sure how hard it would be to shave the top evenly, so I was also thinking about taking the cabinet apart, shortening the two sides evenly (which would result in a less-tall cabinet), and then putting it back together. I'd still have to trim the doors (and the cardboard backing), but I think that might be less messy than shaving 1/8" off the the entire top.

Share |
aristobrat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 06, 10:22 pm  
IKEA FANS Ambassador
 
torrus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 15th, 2005
Posts: 2,166
iKarma: 6,304
Gallery: 0
Location: Mississauga, Canada
My IKEA: Canada-Toronto:Etobicoke
Blog Entries: 1

LBG Adoptions
IKEAFANS Backer ($50-$99 Donation)  IKEAFANS Benefactor ($100+ Donation)  IKEAFANS Benefactor ($100+ Donation)  IKEAFANS Builder ($5-$49 Donation)  IKEAFANS Benefactor ($100+ Donation)  IKEAFANS Benefactor ($100+ Donation)  Appreciation of an IKEAFAN  Appreciation of an IKEAFAN  Appreciation of an IKEAFAN  Appreciation of an IKEAFAN  Appreciation of an IKEAFAN  Appreciation of an IKEAFAN  Appreciation of an IKEAFAN  IKEAFANS Moderator  IKEAFANS Benefactor ($100+ Donation) 
Total Awards: 15

Post

It would be easier to shorten the sides and back of the cabinet rather than shave the top - particle board is a terrible substrate when it comes to planing. It is actually quite common to shorten a 24" high fridge cabinet to 18" (since the proper doors exist) - this bridges the gap between the 15" and the 24" cabinets.

Share |
__________________
Have tools - will travel.
torrus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 22nd, 06, 10:23 pm  
IKEA addict
 
Join Date: Sep 4th, 2005
Posts: 416
iKarma: 50
Gallery: 0
Location: , ,
My IKEA: USA-Washington DC:Woodbridge
Doorstyle: Stat
Post

Have you double-checked your fridge manual to see if your fridge needs space around it for air circulation? It may not be the greatest idea to have it wedged tightly under the cabinet (I'm assuming since 1/8" makes the difference between it fitting or not, that it'll be a very tight fit).



Share |
jen_va is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 4th, 06, 6:53 pm  
IKEA FAN
 
Join Date: Mar 5th, 2006
Posts: 31
iKarma: 70
Gallery: 4
Location: Seattle, ,
Post

Here's what I would do...

1. Take the over the fridge cabinet down.

2. Measure exactly where the little wheels, legs orwhatever the four points of contact are for the bottom of your fridge.

3. Cut out ONLY a square inch or so of the floor where those points will be when the fridge is pushed in.

3. Push the fridge in until it "drops" into those holes.

4. Reattach the cabinet.

Might not be the easiest or best idea, but it's what I would do. You can save some extra flooring incase the next owner puts in a different fridge.



Share |
hendoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 4th, 06, 7:59 pm  
IKEA holic
 
Join Date: Jun 18th, 2005
Posts: 773
iKarma: 615
Gallery: 9
Location: , ,
My IKEA: USA-Washington DC:Woodbridge
I've been blogged!
Post

Part of the joy of remodeling is discovering what crazy stuff the PO did, then drinking a beer, and mocking them.

Not that I did that when I discovered that the PO painted the exposed brick wall in my (old and now demolished) pantry closet.

Cut a gap in the floor and buy the next owners a 6 pack and smile as you sign the documents at closing.



Share |
Lisa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 5th, 06, 12:12 am  
IKEA FANatic
 
Join Date: Jan 15th, 2006
Posts: 156
iKarma: 1,213
Gallery: 2
Location: Washington, USA
My IKEA: USA-Seattle:Renton
Doorstyle: Arlig Beech
Post

Do you have "feet" on your fridge? Could they be replaced with shorter feet?

Share |
Apri is offline   Reply With Quote


Comment
Top

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Category Comments Last Post
49 inch bottom corner cabinet cover panel?? djrobsd Assembly and Installation 5 Feb 9th, 08 8:58 pm
NIAN Shelf or AKURUM cabinet bottom lighting GardenOfDarwin General Remodeling 20 Jun 22nd, 07 9:50 am
Snip electric cable or cut through bottom of cabinet? nicollet General Remodeling 7 Nov 9th, 06 9:25 am
Size of under cabinet trim? emilyplays Assembly and Installation 6 Jun 11th, 06 3:48 pm
24" wire baskets-- did you put anything solid on the bottom? lisa02 Decoration 4 Jun 2nd, 06 10:34 am



Subscribe to IKEA News in Your Inbox:

Email:

Featured Kitchen Contractors

Recent Directory Listings

  • iKitchens, Etc.
    We are the premier IKEA Kitchen Installer in Massachusetts. Our company offers complete in-house design service followed by an impeccable installation.
  • Semihandmade
    Custom. IKEA. Doors. The idea for Semihandmade came from a desire to offer the same craftsmanship we produce in our Los Angeles-based Handmade studio to a wider audience, at a lower price.
  • Our House, LLC
    Our House ‘takes the pain’ out of the design and installation process by providing hassle-free service every step of the way. Serving CT and the greater NYC area.
Help an IKEAFAN - Find Threads with Zero Replies