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Drawers instead of shelves in the kitchen cupboards

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For a very long time I was irritated by my largest kitchen-cupboard. Why? Because it is a lower cupboard stuck against the wall which made it very difficult to see what was in it and to move things in and out of it. I also needed some kind of pantry as this flat doesn’t have one. I’ve so far used a low Billy shelf with doors as pantry. It’s been Ok, kind of, but it took up valuable floor space and it lately began to fall apart (the backside I nailed to the shelves from the back as it kept falling out).

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The dining-table much needed to be moved closer to the right to get enough space to sit on the other side. Also, the space to open the door to the cupboard was not sufficient at all.

So I checked alternatives and came to the conclusion that drawers instead of shelves in that cupboard would be a good solution. I could then get rid of the Billy cupboard, move the table to the right, and get good overview in the drawers of the content. The drawers would act as pantry.

Unfortunately I could not use Ikea drawers in the cupboard as my cupboards are from Marbodal and the measures are not the same. That made it much more expensive. I ordered them a couple of weeks ago and got them last week.

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Emptied the Billy cupboard, removed the doors, took out the shelves and put the Billy cupboard out into the bicycle shed… waiting for the spring-container for large stuff to throw it away.

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All the pantry-content on the table and the floor…

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Billy now gone from this spot. I then removed the door and the shelves of the cupboard that was to receive the drawers and cleaned the space.

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The drawers came partly assembled so I only had to attach the front and to put up the rails for the drawers.

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After some struggle with the drawers I got them in. The pictured description of how to do that was not all that clear, but after some testing and swearing I learned that the rails were to be inside all the way and not out to be able to attach the drawers. Success!

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To get the drawers in the right way I also had to adjust the next two doors slightly to get it right.

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Mission accomplished, except for the handles.

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No, the broom is not standing there any more. It has moved to the walk in closet to be out of the way…

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Dining-table was moved to the right and the ceiling-lamp too. It is no longer hard to get in behind the table at the left side.

I then put in Ikeas drawer mats in the drawers and filled them with all the pantry stuff (dry goods). I then created the templates for the holes for the handles and taped them to the drawers. It is a question of measuring carefully and finding the middle of the drawer and the distance from the top of the drawer-front and where the holes for the handles should go. It is somewhat scary to drill holes into the all new fronts…

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Had to go out to buy an appropriate drill-head to be able to do the holes for the handles. Below the result after drilling the holes and attaching the handles.

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I am happy with the result. I finally have drawers instead of shelves and useful drawers for all the dry stuff easily seen and reached. And I no longer have to crawl on the floor to be able to see what is in that cupboard… Neither do I have to remove half the content to get at what I need. This is how it ought to have been from the beginning. By the way, the drawers are self-closing and very silent too.

I still have to rearrange the decorations on the wall now that Billy is no longer there. It looks off as it is now.

The whole thing costed SEK 4215 for the parts from Marbodal. Delivery took about two weeks. The drawer mats from Ikea costed SEK 39 and the new drill head for wood with sharp tip SEK 28. The Marbodal fronts are 13 mm thick. Had I chosen the thicker ones – which they at first quoted to me – the whole thing would have costed another SEK 2000… so I chose the simpler ones, which are the same as the doors to all the other cupboards.

The doors to the Billy cupboard are for sale. Contact me if you are interested.

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Upper drawer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Middle drawer. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2015

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Bottom drawer. Photo:©nini.tjader.2015

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Finally got it up

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This is GRUNDTAL from Ikea. I’ve had it for quite some time, laying around, collecting dust in the kitchen. I even bought a special drill to make the holes on the wall in the tiles (as the measures for the rail and the tiles do not add up to be able to make the holes between the tiles).

The other day, I finally made the 4 holes and put it up. Feels good. Yet another JDI (Jus Do It) task now done. This is the shortest model of the rail. Cheap. Useful. You get rid of the brushes and such from behind the tap, which makes it so much easier to keep it clean there. Need to find a new bottle-brush though. I really do not want it to be pink…

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BILLY as pantry

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Part of my kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

In my previous flat I had a pantry. When I moved to my present flat I had no idea where to put all the dry food-stuffs. I might have many cupboards in the kitchen, but none of them suitable to use as a pantry. In the beginning i used the lower cupboard in the corner plus the smaller one to the right of it. But that was no good. Both are too deep and you get no overview of what is in them. You more or less have to empty them and bring all things out to see what you have there… (That is still the case for what I store in there today, a really badly planned cupboard…). Why not the upper cupboards? Because they are too high up and I only reach the lowest shelves on them without using a pallet. I am too short.

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BILLY as pantry. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

As a temporary solution, when thinking about how to solve it, I bought a low BILLY bookcase with doors to use as a pantry. It works, but the backside of all BILLY bookcases nowadays are not that good as they used to be. They keep falling out at the lightest pressure. That never happened with the older BILLY bookcases… In the end I nailed the backside both to the bookcase frame and the backsides of the shelves in it to make the backside stay where it is supposed to be. And to keep the content on the shelves on the shelves…

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BILLY as pantry. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

You can get a LOT of things into a low Billy bookcase… It is not optimal though as it gets in the way of both the kitchentable and the chair there and the lower cupboard in the corner cannot be opened fully even when the doors are closed. When the doors are open, not all… At least you get a good overview of the stuff stored in there and it is easy to reach and get out when needed.

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BILLY as pantry. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

What I actually want to do, if I ever can afford it, is to exchange the shelves in the lower cupboard in the corner for drawers. Then get rid of the low Billy and instead have drawers for a pantry for the dry stuff. Last time I checked what it would cost it was around SEK 7000… because I cannot use an Ikea solution. The cupboard frames is of a make (Marbodal) that cannot use Ikeas stuff (according to Ikea). I will recheck the measures and see if Ikeas new kitchen solutions could work anyways. I haven’t checked since Ikea changed their kitchen product line. I do not want to tear out the existing cupboard frames if I can avoid it. Too much work. too expensive. To exchange shelves for drawers though, that would be doable and something I could do myself.

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Welcome to my kitchen

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Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014  Table, massive white-oiled oak, Skagen from Bolia. They still sell it. This has one extra prolongation added to it towards the window. Friend of mine has the second of those. We split the package between us. White chairs from IKEA who do no longer sell them. Carpet? Have had it for decades. It is Finish, 100 % cotton. Washable in large washing-machine. Lamp? No, it is not the original designer lamp SEMI by GUBI which recently resurfaced and is sold again. This is the Ikea copy, which I have changed the electricity parts in. Hanging fruit-baskets  from Lagerhaus. I have no curtains in the kitchen, but I’ve kept the curtain-rods to hang other things on.

It is still there. My kitchen. Haven’t changed much since last I wrote about it. At the time I got one comment about it: that it is cramped. Well… it is and at the same time not. I love the window-corner with the table, as above. Because it is light, always light.

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Piedestal in the corner from Ikea. Photo: @nini.tjader.2014

But the rest? It is not all that well organized when it comes to cupboards and such. Still have the same thoughts about it that I had then. If I had the means I would take it all out and rebuild from scratch… But I don’t have the means/money for it. So I have to keep on living with it. Swearing every time I need to take something out from the lower, deep cupboards. Or when I need to add yet something to the tiny fridge or freezer… Only thing I’ve changed since I moved in are the cupboard handles.

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That bottom cupboard to the left … Impossible to reach anything in it without taking out almost everything on the same shelf… Very impractical.

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Yes. That is my “office” out there just outside the kitchen. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2014

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Kitchen-stuff

All those small things one keeps in the kitchen…

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This picture is shot on February 2nd this year but it looks much the same today.

On a smallish light blue shelf from Ikea stands one wireless telephone, one number-presenter connected to the phoneline, that is so old that it has passed all the years it can show. Years were finished in 2011… But the presenter still works so it lives on. Easier to see who called and from which number on that one than on the phone itself.

There is also a date presenter. Manual. From Jacko bananas… It is OLD. My father got it via his job in the 40-ties when banana deliveries were resumed after WWII.

There is a pencil-mug with various pens and pencils, handy to reach. And behind them one green and one red garbage-bin in mini size that I got at some fair. Keep all kinds of small things in them. And under the number presenter, a small pile of discount coupons.

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This is my tiny note-board on the wall between the fridge/freezer and the bookcase with cookbooks and other stuff. On the board are various receipts, some notes about things not to forget. Recipes for tzatziki (various kinds). One dollar. Got that one dollar from TIME magazine long ago. At the time I think it was worth about double as much as it is today… Yes, it is a real dollar. The front of the fridge/freezer is also used as a note-board.

Here is an overview of that corner.

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Bookcase for cookbooks, tea and coffee and pasta. It is a regular Ikea Billy bookcase. Yes, I buy olive oil in 5 liter containers, greek olive oil (which is the one I prefer). From Munirs Livs in Skärholmen (where I also buy other middle eastern food stuffs). 5 liters of olive oil lasts almost a year for me. I am a one person household.

I love my present kitchen. It has got a lot of light (2 windows in the corner) and is fairly spacious. Not all that cleverly planned unfortunately. Some of the cupboards are really hopeless… And I’d really, really need a bigger fridge/freezer. The kitchen has a sloping ceiling on this side which complicates things.

If I had the money though… then I would re-plan and redo the entire kitchen and get full size fridge and freezers. But I do not have the money to do that. It would still have white cupboards.

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On my fridge

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This is the front of my fridge. I use it for a calendar and for the shoppinglist, timer(s)…  All with magnets. It is a good place for that kind of stuff – particularly when you do not have any space on the walls for this kind of stuff.

No, I do not put decorations on the fridge. Just useful stuff. And yes, I did turn the calendar to March this morning…

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Does my dreamkitchen exist?

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Kitchen from HTH-kök.

The kitchen of my dreams, does it exist?

The one that just works and has space for everything you need in a kitchen.

Where the worktops always are just big enough (so you won’t have to use the kitchen table or cover the sink with a chopping-board).

Where there of course is space enough for a big kitchen table (which can be used as a worktable for other things when needing a large, flat area).

Where you can be social and sit for a long time and eat and talk or read the paper when you are alone there.

Where there are enough shelves and cupboards for everything you need in a kitchen both for cooking and eating.

Where there is space for full height freezer and fridge.

Where it is easy to keep it clean.

A larder would be great…. and drawers in the bottom cupboards instead of shelves.

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Kitchen from HTH-kök.

No open shelves that collect fat from the cooking.

No open plan open to the livingroom so that fat and the smell of cooking spread into the livingroom.

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Kitchen without upper cupboards.

If you look in Swedish kitchen catalogues the trend with very few or no upper cupboards is reigning.

If you look in Swedish – or other – decorating magazines, they often don’t have any real cupboards either. I fail to see where they keep all the stuff that is needed in a kitchen.

Presently the trend is that walls do not have any cupboards and eventual shelves are open.

The present trend also is a lot of country-kitchens (which I don’t like), and shabby chic (which I don’t like either).

Or terrible, pleated cloth in front of the bottom cupboards instead of doors. How dirty and not fresh looking will that be after the first time you do the dishes or cook or prepare the food?

And chest panels (or other panels) are also frequent.

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Kitchen

Plane and easy to clean is how I would want it. And white (or light grey). And fresh. And I do not want any fat-collecting shelves on top of the upper kitchen cupboards please (I’ve had that i some of the flats where I’ve lived). The upper cupboards need to go all the way up to the the ceiling.

Good lighting both over the kitchen table and worktops is a must. Space for cookbooks and canned and dry goods is needed. I’d love to have a kitchen island. But not an industrial kitchen with stainless steel. Covering cupboard doors (no glass windows in the doors where you see the content). Built-in oven and microwave in a comfortable height from the floor.

And who is it that has come up with the idea that a smallish household or a one-person household only need a small combi-freezer-fridge? Particularly then you need full-size fridge and freezer (so you can take advantage of the cheaper prices for larger packages of food-stuff etc.).

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Kitchen

And who wants a cut-glass chandelier in the kitchen? How greasy will that become after a while?

Will have to keep on dreaming. And get amazed over the kitchens that today are shown in most decorating magazines. Practical? No, they aren’t. Good-looking on pictures? Well, to a certain extent, yes. But just to look at, not to use.

Top two images are from HTH-kök, the others from Sköna Hem kitchen-galleries).

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