Faktum stringkitchen

Published on February 7th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Faktum/Nexus "String" Kitchen


Materials: Faktum/Nexus Kitchen

Description: I built a nice ‘String’ kitchen using Ikea Faktum kitchen cabinets with Nexus brown doors/fronts/cover panels and “String” side panels.
“String-shelf” is a Swedish popular shelf from the 1950s…

My idea was to create a kitchen that felt more like a piece of furniture since we lived in a really small apartment and the living room was the same room.. So from there I used the Faktum/Nexus kitchen cabinets and complemented with the string side panels.


What I realized in my planning was that it (in Sweden and with my budget) was impossible to find cabinet doors in wood, which was the same as the countertop… It’s strange that cabinet sides and doors in the kitchen always has a contrasting top, while a sideboard often has the same…

Because of that I used cover panels for the countertop, strengthened it underneath with Nexus doors.

The result was very good, also added Perfekt Rounded deco strip/moulding against the wall, inside the countertop to get a small protrusion of the countertop .. I painted the countertop once more to make it more impact resistant.

Then I realized that there is also the same problem to find shelves in the same material as the cabinet doors, so the cover panels came in use again, with reinforcement against the wall in the center rear.

We were very pleased with the result, a vibrant personal kitchen!

~ Elina Shaw, Sweden

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20 Responses to Faktum/Nexus "String" Kitchen

  1. miriam says:

    hola. looooooove the kitchen. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of varnish/paint you used for the countertop. what color/brand was it? thanks so much!

  2. ET says:

    Hi Elina,
    These pictures are verry inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
    Another question about the String panels:
    I went to the String.se website to check out what I could do in my (small) living room, using Ikea kitchen elements and cover panels, and string side panels to make shelves together with the ikea cover panels. Since we don’t have much hight, I would like to use String side panels not to high. On the string.se website, I found only the side (“wall”) panels 75 cm high, not shorter. Can you tell me which are the String side panels you used above your kitchen elements, the ones where you used the white shelves? They look like +/- 50cm high, maybe less? and deeper then the 15cm of the String Pocket collection. So I can’t figure out where to find those?
    Thanks for helping me out! (If still possible, I see you’ve moved out again, this has to be some time ago when you made this kitchen!)

  3. TB says:

    Which particular cover material did you use? It looks great!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The time is called Flip wall clock, Fartech.

    I would definitely make a similar kitchen again!
    If you have a small apartment, you can also do it in white to make it a little neater.

    We have now moved to a townhouse from the 50′s and I almost burst because of all the ideas I have for renovations and furnishings …
    I really like your home “Flutterbymama”!

    / / Elina

  5. This is so brilliant. We had our kitchen and shed converted and updated a couple of years ago. We managed to get a vintage string unit sent from Germany to go in the new garden room and I didn’t want a ‘kitcheny’ look either. We used the same nexus top units from Ikea and made a fridge freezer surround as we din’t want that totally built in new look. As we like MCM we wanted the kitchen diner to reflect this and feel like it had been put in 50 years ago. I love the way it’s turned out but had I seen this first I would have definitely taken some of your ideas. Isn’t it a shame that teak kitchens are hard to come by. All that I find were discontinued or found in Australia! Thank Goodness for Ikea.


    Thank you for sharing this. Do you miss your kitchen now that you’ve moved and would you do it again?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi there! I’m wondering where you bought that calendar/clock combo thingy? I Absolutely love it!
    > Marije

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yes, String sells the fixation appart. I was a bit stingy and bought simple fittings to the shelves at the hardware store and paint them black.
    The cabinets I mounted to the wall, so the ends are just for show there. // Elina

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hello! Thanks for your post, very inspiring. Does string sells the fixations appart? If not, which kind of fixation did you use to fix the cabinets and shelves?


  9. Lykke says:

    Realy love your kitchen!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hello and thanks for all the nice comments!
    I have never posted any of my projects here or in other forums, so this was really fun ..
    To find the “String sides” see http://www.string.se.

    The refrigerator is in base level, “FROSTY 2-drawer fridge”, located to the left of the stove To the right of the sink is the dishwasher and my thought was to have the freezer in between. Chose to have a standard base cabinet there instead and put the freezer in a closet in the hall. We have quite a lot of cookware and needed spaces ..

    We have just moved from the apartment but the countertop did well this past year. One would certainly have been able to paint the countertop several times to protect it more, but it has nevertheless done well!

    / / Elina

  11. Anonymous says:

    Great looking kitchen, esp. considering the small area you had to work with. Just a WOW hack!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great job, love the look of your little kitchen/ livingroom. I have one of those myself that I’m currently rearranging and you really inspired me just now; thanks :o )

  13. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! Wow, I love it!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I just loved, amazing job!

  15. Anonymous says:

    ah… a genuine ‘Douwe Egberts’ coffee machine…. you sure this is Sweden and not Holland ?

    lovely kitchem, feels very homely… but let us know after some time how the coverpanels /worktop work out…. is it strong enough? don’t they wear out easily ?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Love, love, love it!

  17. mitsy says:

    This is fantastic. I always thought that a kitchen should look like furniture instead of, well, just kitchen cabinets. So where’s the refrigerator?

  18. Anonymous says:

    This looks AMAZING! Where did you get the black shelf sides? Also when do I move in?

  19. Anonymous says:

    thats amazing it holds the sink!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Excellent job! So much storage in a small amount of space and it’s beautiful, too. That wallpaper. *swoon*

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