Installation of an IKEA Closet Using Sektion

After fabricating retro grasscloth closet doors in other parts of the house, we still needed to tackle the kids hallway closets. This time we sought out additional functionality and turned to the trusty 'ol Swedish retailer, IKEA, for a sleek custom closet. By using the Sektion system of cabinets, typically used for kitchens, we were able to customize cabinet sizes, source modular components and modern finishes to fit our 60" wide closet space.

Steps to Install IKEA Sektion Cabinets

  1. Planned out our closet system using the [frustratingly buggy] IKEA software.
  2. Ordered the cabinets at IKEA.
  3. Assembled and installed the cabinet frames.
  4. Mounted the cabinet ledger and bottom cabinet bases using 2x4s.
  5. Installed the drawers, hinges, doors and faces.
  6. Installed trim piece at the top (repurposed the toe kicks)
Here's where we started. It used to be a closet, then previous owners closed it up, then we opened it back up.

Here's where we started. It used to be a closet, then previous owners closed it up, then we opened it back up.

Installed our twin 2x4 ledger into studs so the cabinet frames could anchor anywhere along the horizontal plane. Placed 2x4s on the floor instead of using the supplied plastic feet that were an inch too high.

Installed our twin 2x4 ledger into studs so the cabinet frames could anchor anywhere along the horizontal plane. Placed 2x4s on the floor instead of using the supplied plastic feet that were an inch too high.

Test fitting a frame with a single drawer to make sure we had clearance and to see how much shimming against the back wall was required. We ended up needing to sister up another 2x4 ledger to make up the extra space in order to have the cabinet faces flush with the wall.

Test fitting a frame with a single drawer to make sure we had clearance and to see how much shimming against the back wall was required. We ended up needing to sister up another 2x4 ledger to make up the extra space in order to have the cabinet faces flush with the wall.

All the IKEA Sektion cabinets were finally installed after having to quickly mud up a new corner bead.

All the IKEA Sektion cabinets were finally installed after having to quickly mud up a new corner bead.

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We ran an outlet for our charging station.

We ran an outlet for our charging station.

What's Next For Our Eichler Custom Closet

  • T-molding for the flooring
  • Finish skimming and painting the walls
  • Find the strength to do the other side ;)