DIY Secrets to Build an IKEA Appliance Garage in Your Kitchen


How to make this IKEA hack for an appliance garage

Our IKEA hack uses a tall pantry cabinet to make the appliance garage. It’s more cost efficient than stacking a lot of smaller cabinets.

You’ll take a pantry cabinet that’s 80″ high and cut it down to 58.5” high. Why that particular height? Because that’s exactly the space we have from the countertop to the top of the wall cabinets, assuming your kitchen ceiling is the standard 96” height.

Of course, this could change if your particular kitchen countertop is thicker than most, or if your ceiling is lower.

We always recommend measuring the cabinet surface from the top of the wall cabinet to make sure you cut the cabinet down to the right height.

Then you’ll want to think about how to divide up the remaining space for storage. Our hack assumes that you will use standard IKEA doors and parts. That’s why we divided the appliance garage into two shelving areas with a drawer in the middle.

The second-from-the-right image shows the three door sizes you’ll need. The 30” and 20” doors are actual doors, but the 8.5” “door” is cut from a panel. Each of these doors is 24” wide because base cabinets are 24” deep.

Where two base cabinets meet at a corner is also a 24” by 24” space, and that’s why this IKEA kitchen hack is 24” by 24” too.

(Note: Of course, if you decide to use your own custom doors from Semihandmade or another provider, you wouldn’t have this problem. The door could be as high the space available from the counter to the top of the wall cabinets!)

We recommend using shelving for the 30” and 20” areas, and a drawer for the middle section. You’ll need to use a 5” high low MAXIMERA drawer. It will be small, but you could put spices, aluminum foil, plastic wraps, or small plastic food bags here.

To make your appliance garage really functional, we recommend using lift-up hinges for the bottom door of your IKEA appliance garage.

This means the door won’t swing out, but will instead go straight up. You can see what this would look like in the custom microwave cabinet we designed for our client.

Please note: IKEA does not sell hinges like these, and you’ll have to purchase them separately.

List of what you’ll need:

  • RINGHULT high-gloss gray SEKTION cabinet door, 24″ x 30″ (of course, you can do this with a different door style, too)
  • RINGHULT high-gloss gray SEKTION cabinet door, 24″ x 20″
  • UTRUSTA hinges 125° for the upper, 30″ door
  • UTRUSTA door dampers for the upper, 30″ door
  • Lift-up hinges for the bottom, 20″ door

Simple IKEA Appliance Garage Instructions

  1. Cut your pantry cabinet down to a 58.5” height.
  2. Take a piece of panel that matches your doors and cut the piece for the middle section. It will be 8.5” by 24.”
  3. Mount the cabinet frame on top of the counter and assemble the shelves and drawers however you want them.
  4. Cover any exposed cabinet sides from the bottom of the adjacent wall cabinets to the top, so your appliance garage hack looks finished.

Total Cost of this IKEA Appliance Garage

Remember, we used the more expensive RINGHULT doors in our example. If you choose different doors, this hack could actually be much less expensive!

  • Take a piece of panel that matches your doors and cut the piece for the middle section. It will be 8.5” by 24.”
  • Mount the cabinet frame on top of the counter and assemble the shelves and drawers however you want them.
  • Cover any exposed cabinet sides from the bottom of the adjacent wall cabinets to the top, so your appliance garage hack looks finished.

Total cost of this IKEA kitchen hack

Remember, we used the more expensive RINGHULT doors in our example. If you choose different doors, this hack could actually be much less expensive!

Note: Product availability, variations, and pricing may have changed from initial publication, and the above list does not include the cost of non-IKEA parts. Speak with our designers if you’d like a customized, ready-to-purchase product list for your IKEA kitchen.”


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