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Installing an IKEA METOD system into the laundry

February 22, 2016

When I last posted, our laundry renovation was looking like this:

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I’ve had a few people ask me about the cabinetry, so bear with me while I backtrack a little. During one of our regular strolls through IKEA (What? Your family doesn’t do this?), I fell in lust with this METOD display:

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IKEA’s flat-pack METOD system is intended for creating custom kitchens, but why be conventional and install a kitchen system in the kitchen, right?

Using the IKEA Home Planner Tool, we configured the cabinetry to best utilise every inch of available space in our small laundry.

I wanted a cabinet high up where I could store all the nasty chemicals away from the kids, and a slide-out cabinet underneath the sink where I could hide the dirty laundry hamper. Then I had a vision of using the narrow cabinet to the right of the sink to store toilet paper rolls and things I use on a regular basis, like laundry soap and brush. Here is our cute little diagram:

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When we arrived home with our IKEA loot, we tore into the boxes and dived straight into the DIY project. We got this far before all work came to a halt:

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We could not for the life of us figure out how to attach the doors to the cabinetry. I was convinced there was a page missing from the assembly instructions. James swore he would never buy IKEA again. We resorted to going online in search of answers. The IKEA website says, and I quote, METOD is easy to install. I can see how this would be the case if you have (a) a degree in archeology and can decipher hieroglyphics (b) tiny little fingers to work the Allen key and (c) superhuman strength. But us commoners, well, we still couldn’t work out how to ATTACH THE DOORS!

In the end, James figured it out (round of applause) and our marriage passed the IKEA test.

And we can proudly say that Team Tracy turned this laundry:

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Into this:

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This is how we did it.

Now, excuse me while I hide from the kids in the laundry. Shhh, don’t tell anyone!

Raquel

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