Installing an IKEA METOD system into the laundry

February 22, 2016

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


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:


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:


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:


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:


Into this:


This is how we did it.

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


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  • Reply Laura December 30, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Wow! I just found a picture of your laundry on Pinterest and love it sooo much! Then read your post and realised you did it yourself and soooo much more impressed and inspired!!! This style/design is at the top of my list!!!

    • Reply Raquel June 27, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Laura! All from IKEA so very DYI-able.

  • Reply Annie March 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Raquel
    Thanks for sharing, love your blog!! I love the way your laundry is set out would be great to do mine like this!
    I can’t tell from the pic but are the wall tiles all the way to the top and behide the toilet?


    • Reply Raquel June 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Annie, yes, we tiled all the way to the ceiling. The room was small so it made it seem larger.

  • Reply Kristina April 3, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Looks great! What is the width of the space where the toilet is (cabinet to wall)?

    • Reply Raquel June 27, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Kristina, the cabinet to wall measurement was tight! It was 75cm, which is just under the recommended width for toilets, but still comfortable.

  • Reply Krystal April 22, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Hi Raquel,
    First of all I love what you have done and am totally inspired to create this for myself.
    A couple questions would be very helpful.
    What length of space did you fit this into?
    What was the overall cost or round about budget?

    • Reply Raquel June 27, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Krystal, the room was small: 1.8m x 2.8m. The budget was tight, so we bought the toilet from eBay at a discounted price and did most of the work ourselves (apart from the tiling and plumbing). Total cost probably came in around $3500.

  • Reply Joy April 24, 2018 at 12:14 am

    This looks great! Love how the uppers go almost to the ceiling. I always think its a waste of space not having cupboards go all the way up. We’re hoping to fit a second toilet in the laundry also. Currently the toilet is in the laundry and is the only one in the home so I should day we’re hoping to add one in our bathroom!

    • Reply Raquel June 27, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Good luck, Joy! An extra toilet is such a handy addition.

  • Reply Louis F May 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Looks great! Planning on doing exactly the same in our laundry, can you recall which bench top you went for? Cheers!

  • Reply Nicola August 13, 2018 at 5:41 pm


    Your laundry is gorgeous. Just wondering how you managed to run the washing machine outlet through the cabinet? Does the Metod serious have a bybass?
    Thanks x

    • Reply Raquel August 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      Thanks Nicola. Hubby drilled a hole in the Metod cabinetry for the washing machine outlet.

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