Fitting an Ikea Kitchen

20 Jan 2007
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I bought a kitchen from Ikea and intend to fit it myself. However, unlike most cabinets, ikea cabinets do not have a service area at the back for water and gas plumbing. Any suggestions how I can fit my kitchen. One idea that I have is to put batons on the walls and fit the cabinets to them so that I leave a space behind.
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That is ok as long as the worktop is wide enough.
The pipework could also be altered to run at a low level, behind the kickspace area, depending on the extent of the existing pipework.
Unfortunately the work tops are notwide enough, so I was thinking about tiling the gap or put some-other kind of material in the gap, i.e. a splash-back. Any other suggestions of what i can possibley use?
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why not place battens inside the cupboards and fix the (trimmed) back plattes to these instead of the gooves provided, this will then give you a bit of space to hide the pipework
Have just finished fitting my Ikea kitchen.

Best place for pipes is at floor level as there is plenty of room between the back legs and the wall. Then the bring the pipes up through the base of cabinet where needed.

Tip: On the unit (probably below the sink) where most pipes are present just bin the back boad and paint the visible wall white.

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