Published on August 14th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Fitted dishwasher for the Udden

Fitting a dishwasher drawer into the Udden system is quite a feat. Jerome does it with aplomb, even maintaining the brush steel look of the Udden.

“When we upgraded to a new, larger apartment two years ago for our family of now four, we turned down the poor-excuse-for-a kitchen it was going to be fitted with, took the builder’s credit and went with our own selection of Udden free-standing components.

The upside of this relatively inexpensive product line by Ikea designer Ehlén Johansson is the use of honest materials (all durable and recyclable, except for particle board) to achieve a modern, industrial look. Its European space-conscious features are also great, but the downside was the higher cost of outfitting it with matching 24-inch kitchen appliances where we live, in North America.

My Udden hack was to recycle my custom 3-drawer cabinet to fit a Fisher & Paykel single Dishdrawer, keeping only the top Varde drawer for cutlery. The cabinet was too narrow to accommodate the dishwasher. Space was created to specifications by reducing the cabinet to its top third and by designing a platform that is both supported and suspended. I went so far as to use sheets of stainless steel to case in the Dishdrawer on one side.

I wanted to share this hack to suggest an alternative dishwasher setup solution for Udden kitchen owners. The smaller dishwasher works for us and it’s a great, if not the only way to keep the clean, off-the-floor look of Udden.

Here’s a close-up of my Varde drawer/Udden (cube) cabinet hack to fit a Fisher & Paykel single Dishdrawer.

Here’s an overall view of the kitchen and all the Udden components it incorporates.

Here’s a close-up of the space I created under the corner counter with an Udden wire shelf to fit our recycling bin (another hack, I suppose).

And you finally get to see my half-width Udden console hack to fit a Miele 24-inch cooktop. Sinking the Numerar countertop (38 mm / 1 1/2″ thickness) into that console to leave only the top 12 mm (1/2″) of it showing (and match the Udden lines) was anything but trivial!

Modeling my entire kitchen on my computer in 3D gave me the confidence that everything would probably fit as planned.

I built custom cabinets to fill the spaces between the consoles. Just what we need to store oven trays, cutting boards and regular trays.

I still have to finalize some finishing touches to apply here and there.

It’s probably hard to tell from the pictures, but I still have not applied the grout to the tiles I set last month.

I want to create a bookshelf in the left corner for our cooking books.

One day, we plan on installing under-counter 24-inch refrigerator and freezer units, under the long counter on the left. The space is there, waiting, and meanwhile we ‘make do’ with a full-size Fisher & Paykel refrigerator, which sits just outside the kitchen space. It was just too obtrusive when it was located in the kitchen. The counter space we gained in the trade-off was well worth it.

This is not a kitchen for everyone. I wanted it to be functional and not just for show. There probably isn’t as much storage as many people would like. (We keep a pantry in the basement.) The intent to downsize and simplify was deliberate. I don’t think it’s OK to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a kitchen.

I now have two modified Varde drawers for sale to anyone interested in doing the same thing.”

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Jules Yap

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22 Responses to Fitted dishwasher for the Udden

  1. Anonymous says:

    This now my dream kitchen!

  2. Alekzz says:

    hey – what did U use to put it dish washer ?? cabinet or ??

  3. Jerome Do says:

    To Anonymous (December 13, 2010 posting): By design (Ehlén Johansson’s), there’s a 3/4-in (2 cm) void between each counter pair of cubes. Also by design, a 24-in oven is installed simply by sliding it into an empty cube. Perfect fit. Thus, the self-ventilated oven is encased, and the drawer module and the oven are not in contact. When the oven is in use, heat is not even felt on the counter surface.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great job!
    Is the Oven heat something to worry about?
    Can’t it damage the Udden Drawers Unit (or its content)to its left?

  5. Jerome Do says:

    Paola, this is one year overdue (and perhaps no longer of interest to you…), but in case anyone wants to have a look at JPEG renderings of the UDDEN half-bench hack, I have just posted it IKEAFANS:

  6. Jerome Do says:

    The all-steel wall shelving unit over the dishwasher was part of the UDDEN product line, all of which (much to my regret) is no longer being sold by IKEA (at least, not here in Montreal). Carried over to a home office/library setting It would have made for very effective shelving.

  7. Jerome Do says:

    To Paola: I have the JPEG rendering you’d like to see, but I don’t know how to post it as a blog reader. I can only think of posting on IKEAFANS. Still interested?

    To lhuber21: The all-steel shelving unit above the dishwasher was part of the UDDEN product line, which (much to my regret) is no longer being sold by IKEA. In fact, it was one of the first items to disappear from the line during its lifetime. If I could buy more, I would use an array of them for a wall of shelves in my office.

  8. lhuber21 says:

    i’d really lovvvee to know what that wall shelving over the dishwasher is.. pleaseeee :)

  9. Paola says:

    Hi. I know this is over a year old but I’m trying to do something similar to what you did with the wooden worktop and the sunken cooker.
    You mention you have a jpeg rendering, would you mind sharing it?

  10. Anonymous says:


  11. Jerome Do says:

    In the end, the 1/2 UDDEN console was probably done in the simplest, most accessible way possible for the do-it-yourselfer/ layperson (vs. via welding, which was my first thought), and the console can still be taken apart and packed: The steel crossbars were neatly cut in their middle section (2 cuts), so as to keep the way they connect (with the IKEA-provided hardware) to the steel side frames. (When you’re all done, you do end up with a visible cut in the middle of the front crossbar, but even the perfectionist I am got used to it.) To again make one crossbar out of each resulting pair of steel beams, a dimensionally suitable piece of scrap metal was inserted into each open end to join them. (Think of this procedure as the way tent pole sections fit together!) This joiner piece needs to be long enough to restore the structural resistance of the crossbars. Holes were drilled into the invisible sides of the crossbars, through the joiner piece, to drive short metal screws in. My final crossbars ended up being slightly off the mark by 1/6″. To ensure you can fit a standard UDDEN “cube” cabinet (door or drawers), you should aim for 23-11/16″. There are 3 crossbars, so you need to do this 3 times. The middle transverse crossbar of the fullsize console ends up not being used. The original stainless-steel countertop obviously cannot be used either, so I did all this knowing I would have to cut a piece of NUMERAR countertop to fit over the new 1/2 frame. If people really want to know how I did this, I have a JPEG rendering of the underside of the countertop. I also had the additional worry of making sure my 24-in Miele cooktop was going to fit over and into the cabinet cavity. I ended up NOT using the IKEA-provided mounting brackets (used to secure the cabinet to the steel frame) to get the clearance I needed. My cabinet is entirely supported via the side, custom-made “space-filling” cabinets. But that’s another story. Thanks for your comment.

  12. Anonymous says:

    How did you do the 1/2 Udden console? Great work hacking the benchtop too. I can see it wasn’t a trivial task to get that looking right. The use of the little spaces between the cabinets is excellent.

  13. Jerome Do says:

    Where is the refrigerator? I’m guessing you actually would like to see the refrigerator in the finished kitchen, but as I mentioned in the description of my UDDEN hacks, the refrigerator we are currently using (a full-size Fisher&Paykel) no longer figures in our final kitchen plans. I can’t take a picture of it right now because I loaned my camera, but it stands (out of frame) just to the right in the picture where there are two chairs at the dining table in foreground, with the full view of the kitchen in the background. In the same picture, under the counter where you see the orange espresso machine on the left is the planned location of the undercounter, 24-inch pair of refrigerator and freezer (probably Summit brand,

    Our oven is a 24-in Miele. It may have been the ONLY 24-in oven that we could find back in 2006 in Quebec, but (of course!) IKEA has since come out with at least two models of 24-in ovens, at a much lower cost, which can be bought at IKEA Montreal and Boucherville. The UDDEN modules make the installation of the 24-in oven a breeze: you just slide it in and then take care of the electrical connection. We really wanted to take advantage of this feature, instead of buying a standalone cooktop and oven set. Thanks for your comment.

  14. Dondero_LawnFete says:

    may i ask where you put your refrigerator? i would love to see a pic if you don’t mind sharing! lastly, was it hard to find an oven that fit? job well done!

  15. Jerome Do says:

    Thank you all for your feedback, all positive, too! How many work hours? I can’t say exactly, I wasn’t counting. What else was there to do in Montreal last winter?! We live in this now 2-year old apartment I’m just trying to finish and the task has turned into my job. I’m also very involved in taking care of our two young boys, so I work on my IKEA hacks when I can, in phases and spurts. The colourful dish rack is a design by Marc Newson and is called the Dish Doctor. It’s made by Magis. It’s expensive for a dish rack, but it’s beautiful and works very well. I was the dishwasher before we got one and it was a gift to myself.

  16. Cara says:

    Where did you get that drying rack?!

  17. Rob says:

    wow. Very nice.

  18. Mackie says:

    wow, that is a great kitchen, congratulations!

  19. fonzie says:

    very nice… i couldn’t help but notice the extremely colourful dish rack on the counter! I love it! Where is it from?

  20. Jeremy Burlingame says:

    That is awesome!!!

  21. troy. says:

    Excellent workmanship.

  22. Anonymous says:

    This is gorgeous. How many work hours?


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