Published on February 9th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Dead fridge goes Rationell (retrofitting old cabinet)

Materials: Rationell drawers, old cabinet, various tools

Description: After my built in fridge died we (me and my wife) bought a new one with no built in.
The cabinet of the fridge was a very interesting place for an Ikea hack.
I was inspired by this but mine was a little bigger.
We bought 5 rationell drawers.
The cabinet is 4 mm wider than drawers so we had to use a 4 mm plywood as a widener on the door side of the cabinet.

If you plan to do a same hacking and you want keep your existing door be VERY careful of the offset of the door when you open it.

That’s all, now we are planning to do the same in the pottery cabinet.
Not so difficult but a quite longer (an entire sunday has gone).

~ Giacomo, Milan, Italy

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6 Responses to Dead fridge goes Rationell (retrofitting old cabinet)

  1. GiGiEsse says:

    no problem at all, rationell drawer take 25 Kg. I plat to test them with my 8 years old son but my wife :-)
    @annymous & Skooks
    no more lost things in cabinets now :-)
    @ chris
    I plan to replace hinges (thanks, I didn’t know how translate the italian word “cerniere”) But I have the wall on that side.
    At least no problem, drawers open perfectly :-)
    Last sunday we change the shelves in the pot cabinet, photos & report soon.
    Giacomo, Milan, Italy

  2. Chris says:

    If you consider retrofitting Rationnel drawers in a standard cabinet, you should also replace the hinges of the cabinet door. With the standard hinges, the door doesn’t open wide enough for your drawers to slide in and out.
    These hinges are also easy to get by in your Ikea.

  3. Skooks says:

    THIS I must do. I have a way too deep cabinet for a pantry and I can’t see all the way to the back. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to make it more functional and THIS IS IT.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What an awesome idea! I have the same dead space in my kitchen. I made shelves with some old wood, but it doesn’t look nice and this looks much more functional. Thanks!

  5. jo says:

    ps soprattutto se hai quelle della serie della piccolina sotto il bollitore a sx, secondo ripiano, e dei coperchi nel ripiano in basso…. quelle sono pesantucce, lo so per esperienza di decenni

  6. jo says:

    attenzione, le pentole possono essere molto pesanti, quindi i cassetti devono essere “testati” ;-)

    take care, ’cause pots can be real heavy, so drawers need to be tested before ;-)

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