Published on June 16th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


iPad Flush Mounted in Kitchen Cabinet

Materials: IKEA Applad Kitchen

Description: Cut four pieces of aluminum T profile (2x length of iPad, 2x width of iPad) with 45 degree angle.

The area that covers the dock connector needs to be removed to facilitate access.

Glue pieces together by using four corner brackets (screwing not recommended for it may scratch iPad)

Cut out hole in kitchen cabinet door with padsaw.

Carve out area for dock connector.

Glue aluminum frame into hole.

Cut and mount rear cover with hinge.

Provide power connection by using Apple power supply and dock connector cable.

Enjoy weather reports, radio replay, news feeds etc. :)

~ Dirk Noy, Basel, Switzerland

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38 Responses to iPad Flush Mounted in Kitchen Cabinet

  1. Eva says:

    How awesome is this??!! Looks really stylish, hook it up to a bluetooth speaker and you’re good to go! Love the idea! Thanks!!!

  2. Dwight Jones says:

    Your instincts are laudable, now have a look at my Poort design for a “counter computer”, which is a better approach I feel because it’s non-destructive to install, has lots of duct tape ;-) and far better speakers than the iPAD. the complete kit is at http://www.poort.ca

    Re: immobilizing an iPAD, as the generations of them get older and out of fashion they can become useful for many years more as Poorts and will be for sale on Craigslist etc. for a fraction of the new price.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ipad in the cabinet? O.K.
    IKEA cabinets? Not so much. Get a real Cabinet and then consider “moding” it. At least you’ll have a little material to work with.

  4. I feel like this is a stupid question, but I can’t find the aluminum T-profile anywhere on the net or at the Ikea site. Does it have a more specific model name?

  5. This really is a first world problem solution. Ipad in kitchen cabinet… really?

  6. tm says:

    pretty awesome, i save recipes on my ipad all the time this would be great and keep it from getting splashed the whole idea of hacking something is to customise it for yourself, might be dumb to some but great to everyone else. i think its great. wd

  7. Robert says:

    This is a great idea!

  8. A. Kirkley says:

    Just an FYI to anyone that likes this hack but is concerned with the sound…there is an inexpensive gagdet called the Vibroy Portable Vibration Speaker (http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/portable-audio-video/eaf8/) that turns anything into a speaker. This is only one possible solution to the sound issue some have had. If you look around the net or on Thinkgeek you could find a speaker system that you like to mount onto the door that would work for your kitchen.

    As to the issue on why get rid of physical cookbooks, you don’t see people running around the market with a cookbook buying groceries. I can take my tablet with all my recipe books on it to the grocery store and meal plan on the fly, getting what I need. I plan on thinning out my book collection to novels and cookbooks I really want to thumb thru, the rest are on the tablet. Makes for more space for anything I bring back from places I visit or gifts from family that have traveled. A lot of the cookbooks these days are available in digital format with pics for tablets/iPads. I love my tablet so far, I have lightened my load a lot and am no longer collecting books I’ve only read once and will never read again. Plus for those who are truly “green” I’m not killing as many trees.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi all – thank you all for the attention and the mostly constructive comments.

    A quick reply to some of the mentioned issues that might clarify a few things:

    Rear Side – it just didn’t matter so much to me I guess so I chose a simple and working approach. You need some leeway anyway for the dock connector cable to conveniently put in and take out the iPad. No doubt it could’ve been made sleek and shiny on the rear side. The chosen orientation (illogical if you look at rear side) makes more sense in the front – the home button is now at the right side (much more convenient for right handed operation – this is what I wanted).

    Mounting in door (as opposed to mounting on door): I think flush mounted looks sooo much more elegant :) Also much safer than any other solution – no falling out etc. It’s a dedicated iPad that lives there on a permanent base – I don’t have to take this out frequently. Actually I have yet to take it out for the first time since I installed it a month or so ago. Just in case I have bought a spare cabinet door for about 30 Swiss Francs that I put in the basement for when I want an iPad-less cabinet door again. Or for when Apple changes the iPad’s size – please don’t do that for a while :)

    Electrical power – I internally routed a permanent 220V line over from the exhaust fan that is two cabinets over.

    Color – the aluminum matches the kitchen’s stainless steel work surface, the cabinet grips and the appliances just nicely for my taste.

    Sound – I don’t use the iPad for direct sound reproduction – we have an iTunes server / AirTunes setup in the house with about three playout points. But – the mounted iPad does in fact sound pretty good. I left a finger wide space between aluminum and iPad at the dock connector / home button / loudspeaker side (meaning it is in fact not completely centered inside the frame, but this is unnoticeable from the front) so I could keep the aluminum at the front side straight (so the aluminum frame would not (partially) cover the home button and I would have been required to file away a piece of the frame on the outside).

    Last but not least – the dinosaur mugs we got at a local restaurant – they were originally filled with icecream and are specifically packed for children (for one-time use) – after having talked to the restaurant we were allowed to take them home with us, we washed them, and now they are amongst our kids favorite dishes… :)

    All the best to all, take care, thanks again for the attention and the many kind remarks. The other folks I take it are secretly just a tiny bit envious… :)


    • Ge says:

      Happy to see your enthusiasm remains intact after such a flurry of comments from sad people :-)

      I feel now inspired to cut through all my cabinets’ doors but unfortunately I am renting and they are not standard Ikea’s cabinets :-)

  10. Declan1123 says:

    I think this is a cool idea. The speaker issue could be resolved with some flush mounted speakers and a 3.5mm jack if you need sound. Although it does not look great I was impressed by the back cover solution. Who spends a lot of time looking at the back of cupboard doors? I also liked the suggestion of the L shaped aluminium at the bottom as another option but I’d fear for the safety of the iPad – Maybe a 3-sided front mounted bracket could deal with that. I am surprised Apple or its providers haven’t designed a solution for this desire to use the iPad in the kitchen. I am going to look at options for integrating my iPad into my new kitchen – may buy a couple of extra doors in case Apple change the shape of the iPad when they bring out future models….or if I switch to Microsoft Surface. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant. I’d do the same, and having cut the dock connector gap in one side, it’s surely easier to route the cable, which clearly long enough, as the OP has…

    I love this idea, and I’m gonna try it – with a spare door I have (not an Ikea kitchen admittedly but it’s just a door).

    My ipad is in constant danger in the kitchen wherever i put it (in my case use it for recipes (because the ‘net is full of inspiration and the recipe books can get old at times) and for streaming the BBC iplayer radio stations (so much nicer to have my stuff on a lower volume near the worktop, rather than blast the stereo across the open plan room where my family may well be doing other things)

    I await the grammar police descending on the nested brackets, capitalisation and so on….

  12. Anonymous says:

    Really great idea!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I love this – a great idea for recipes but also viewing shared digital calendars, lists etc.

    thanks for sharing this — I’ve been fantasizing about how to get some ‘monitor’ space in our tiny kitchen and this would work!

  14. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of negative comments! There are plenty of reasons to have an iPad in the kitchen other than recipes. This looks sleek and professional and is really nicely done. You get all of the benefits of a TV and computer in the kitchen without any crowding, clutter or extra cables.

    Plus, the iPad is well out of harm’s way and nicely integrated into the existing cabinetry and overall kitchen design. The back is well-protected from things falling in the cupboard, and the hinge lets you insert and remove it without scratches from sliding.

    Nice job. Thanks for posting it. (P.S. I like the dinosaur mugs!)

  15. BC says:

    Nice idea, but not many people have power inside their cabinets, I would have to run a long extension cord and drill a hole in the bottom of my cabinet to get power to the iPad somehow. I think some kind of under cabinet mount that swings down would work better in this case.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Agree with the above (10:09AM comment). Critiquing is fine, but some of you border on griping, with little to offer in the way of actually helping to upgrade the concept. FWIW, I think it’s a great idea, offering practicality (love to check weather, news, etc. while making breakfast in the morning in my ‘television-less’ kitchen. LOL), and a great design aesthetic. Now that it’s posted, I’m sure it will serve as inspiration to others who want to achieve the same ‘clean, non-cluttered’ approach, and perhaps tackle the perceived issues with the back.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Never thought that I’d see such a lack of constructive criticism on this site. From the front it looks great and who cares about what it looks like from the back? Like somebody’s going to visit this house and say “cool, but let’s see what it looks like from the back!”. Nobody has an iPad and stares at the back of it more than the front! While I agree that recipe books are wonderful things, this idea removes clutter from the worktop and secures the iPad more than putting it on some ultra slim shelf. I might do things differently, but until I do and take photos and post my own hack, this is good inspiration for what to do with these devices. I’m not in the business of putting other people down when they’ve done a sweet job.

  18. Anonymous says:

    A nice long aluminium L profile fixed on to the bottom side of the cabinet door would have given a cleaner, apple-stylish look, serving as a holding device for both the ipad and dock connector cable, as well as (additional) door handle, for less cost and hassle.

  19. With the issue of distorted sound there is a very easy solution. Why not just buy an Apple TV and send that sound to your home theatre kit,or buy an Airplay or Sonos equipped a speaker dock and stream to it.

  20. Nick says:

    If you get that aluminum a nice sanding (not much just a tad) on the front of the cabinet, then give it a good coat of primer, you can have a really nice cool trim. If you have kids it can be one of those wacky Nickelodeon colors or just something that matches your kitchen. From the looks of it you do not have an industrial kitchen so the metal is a bit off. But sanding/priming will actually make aesthetics look great from the outside. The inside really doesn’t matter as much at anyone else says. Maybe use some white duct-tape along the cord. If you want to listen to some shows, just got a couple 1-2″ holes on each side and use some metal filter as a speaker grill painted to match the color. just push it through the hole from the back then it will be flush on the front and it will hold itself in place. That way you get the reverberation from the inside of the cabinet to push out sound through the holes!

    • Anonymous says:

      I beleive he was matching the aluminum trim with the cabinet hardware and brushed metal trim he already has on the two appliances to the left of the ipad.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t it be just a lot easier to make some kind of mount for the Ipad on the front side of the cabinet, instead of trying to fit it on the inside? Sound would be better, and you would be able to take the Ipad with you. It would also be a lot easier to charge the thing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Now… Here is a good idea among everyones bickering! This I would look into. Not a big fan of actually cutting away at my cabinets. Sound would be better and the ipad would be more accessible.
      Thank you.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s a very nice idea. Get rid of all those recipe books and prevent your ipad from food stains while cooking. Watch TV while waiting ’till your food is ready. It looks very designy from the front, but could indeed be improved on the inside.
    You can never tell what’s important to another person, so please keep your comments constructive.
    One could consider using some grid material on the back to prevent the ipad from heating. Maybe it will also improve sound quality (if needed ;-) .

  23. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous: Have you ever used a recipe book in the kitchen? I have a ton of recipes on my ipad. Have you ever watched the news? I do it all the time in my kitchen on my ipad. It isn’t a dumb idea. You might check out the English grammar app for the ipad!

    • Anonymous says:

      You shouldn’t be so quick to criticize someone’s grammar when you’re misusing a colon.

      I agree with that poster and one below. Why would you want to get rid of recipe books? Many of them are filled with charm, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita is a good example.

    • Anonymous says:

      Misusing a colon? You really do need a primer on the English language…

      Both a colon and a comma are acceptable when addressing someone at the beginning of a note depending on context amongst other things.

  24. Anonymous says:

    dumb idea; nobody should be that addicted to their computer that they have to cut a friggen hole in their cabinet. Don’t go on the the Sharks on TV to try and get money for this idea :-/

    • lawahine says:

      Rude. I use my iPad in the kitchen for recipes, music, entertainment while I’m cooking or cleaning. Lots of people keep radios, small TVs and book stands for cookbooks in their counter.

      Just because you’re a Luddite doesn’t make someone else dumb.

  25. Anonymous says:

    There are a few problems here. 1) you have to cut a big hole in the face of your kitchen cabinet. 2) the speakers on the iPad will now be facing into your cabinet so all sound will be muffled.

  26. Try flipping the iPad 180 degrees as well. That will allow you to run the cord on the cabinet hinge side.

    You rout a small channel and put a simple concave corner on the hinge edge for the wire to run along.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, if you could borrow a router from somebody, you could cut out a shallow channel for the cord and then maybe cover it with some sort of white finish tape.

  28. Looks fantastic from the front (and that’s where it matters). I agree the rear could be improved, but I don’t think it would be a big deal to sort that out. Just showed it to my gf (as a suggestion for what to do with the iPad 1 when I upgrade), but she’s not keen unfortunately…..

  29. Anonymous says:

    Good idea but the finish on the back side could be greatly improved to get a cleaner look. You could start by spray painting the rear cover and hinge white. And maybe cover the carved area and power cord with white duck tape instead of those cable holders. It would make it more discreet.

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