Build a Glam Wall Unit from IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

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How to build a Glam wall unit from IKEA kitchen cabinets
How to build a Glam wall unit from IKEA kitchen cabinets

The second “bedroom” in my house is small (9 ½’ x 8 ½’) and needs to be a multi-functional room — guest bedroom, home office, party room, and storage area rolled into one. I already had a Murphy bed built into the wall (for the guest bedroom) and a desk (for the home office), but I was stuck trying to figure out how to fit in all of the storage that I needed as well as a serving area for my annual Christmas tea party.

I had a long list of things that I wanted to be able to keep in this room:

  • Storage for binders
  • Storage for office supplies
  • Storage for sewing notions
  • Storage for the guest bed linens when it is not in use
  • Shelves for magazines and books
  • A place to put my printer
  • Camouflage for phone and power cords
  • Buffet serving area
  • Narrow enough to let the Murphy bed open
  • A sleek contemporary feel
  • A bit of reflecting bling

Then one day I had an “ah ha” moment when I was browsing in the IKEA “as is” section. I spied some Jutis frosted glass cupboard doors with aluminum trim and a steel shelf. I suddenly knew how I wanted to configure the den so that it would look great and accommodate all of the storage I needed. There is no wasted real estate in this room!

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  1. I have a space about 19 and a half inch wide in my kitchen… can’t find the right fit of anything for there help !!

    • Hi Lauri…that is a hard size to work with :) The traditional approach would be to buy an 18″ cabinet and then just cover the extra space with a filler board that matches your cabinets (most kitchen cabinet makers sell these to match their cabinets…if you’re using IKEA, they have cover panels and “deco strips”). But if you would rather not waste that extra space, you could build a cabinet box to fit the space (or have someone make it for you). Then attach the space filler board to the front of the cabinet (to make the opening the right size for the door) and install an 18″ cabinet door. Or if the space has cabinets or a wall on both sides, you could just install shelves (without needing to build the cabinet). If you put the top and bottom shelves at the same height as the top and bottom of the other cabinets, they will look like they fit in. You could either leave them open or use the same filler board approach to add a door. Another option might be to go with a smaller standard-size cabinet (eg. 12″ or 15″) and use the extra space for pull out storage like a towel rack or paper towel holder. Hopefully this helps :)

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