Friday, September 16, 2011
Raising the Ikea Pantry Cabinet (High Cabinet)
The pantry cabinet needed to be raised by about 3/4 of an inch beyond what my 6 inch capita legs would allow. A 3/4 inch block of plywood was put above each leg. A deco strip was put beneath the cabinet to hide the plywood. Because this cabinet is not right next to any other cabinet, you don't notice the difference. I could have also gotten the 8 inch capita legs and cut them, but the closest Ikea is about 2 hours from my house, and it wasn't worth going back to get different legs. I would have wanted to have the deco strip anyway, because the legs would have looked so much longer than the other legs in the kitchen.
I see on the IKEA FANS forum that others also need to raise the pantry cabinet.
One of the reasons the cabinet needed to be raised was because when the cabinet above the refrigerator was lined with the top of the pantry, the space for the refrigerator was too short. Ikea only makes a 15 inch tall wall cabinet for over the refrigerator. Many other cabinet manufacturers make a 12", which would have allowed for the refrigerator to fit.
Increasing the height of the upper cabinets also allowed for more space between the counter top and the bottom of the upper cabinets. I have 18 1/2" space, which works well. I think the standard is 18". Without the extra 3/4" it would have been less than 18", and I may have had an issue fitting my blender on the countertop underneath the upper cabinets.