Akurum

Published on August 6th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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UDDEN remix





Materials: UDDEN, AKURUM, STOLMEN, VARDE, VIKA

Description: This is my UDDEN kitchen, take 2. IKEAHackers published the original version in 2008 under the title “Fitted dishwasher for the UDDEN“. We moved to a new apartment in 2011 and took our kitchen and 24″ appliances with us.

The most evident configuration changes are the island and the integration of the Miele cooktop and oven into the same console. The frame of the half-width console I was using for the cooktop got hacked again to give the AKURUM 15″-wide high-cabinet the same off-the-floor/on legs look.

One of my wall cabinets now hosts a 24″ Ventahood. For the island I had to find a way to dress the side and backside of the dishwasher and sink console. For the back I ended up using the same paneling system I created for the STOLMEN posts (another hack I long meant to let you know about). The orange counter for our Summit refrigerator/freezer pair I made with VIKA FURUSKOG table tops I could no longer fit into the new apartment.

~ Jerome Do, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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20 Responses to UDDEN remix

  1. Anonymous says:

    What I see in the second and third pictures, under the orange table, are dishwashers or refrigeretors?

    • Anonymous says:

      Jerome Do says: Under the orange counter are the refrigerator (left) and the freezer (right) by Summit. The stainless steel faced, single Dishdrawer dishwasher by Fisher&Paykel is in the same UDDEN console as the sink. I haven’t yet found and needed a refrigerator/freezer drawer that could easily be fitted into an UDDEN console AND kept off the floor, but I’m keeping the idea on the back burner. :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    WOW!!!! This is AMAZING!! It looks like a show home! I love love LOVE this- the whole thing fights together beautifully and looks so expensive!! Please can you just confirm the tall cabinet on the end is from ideas fitted kitchen range and not udden

    • Anonymous says:

      Ikea* (iPad auto text)

    • Anonymous says:

      Jerome Do says: Yes, the tall/high cabinet (to the right of the left-hand side wall) is from IKEA’s AKURUM line (15″ W x 80″ H x 24″ D). It stands on what remains of the steel frame of an UDDEN console (the lower 10″ portion of the sides of the frame, which means that there is still a way to connect them together with screws with the original but shortened, lower transverse steel bar. To the left of the left-hand side wall, the cabinets with the glossy-grey doors are a combination of AKURUM wall cabinets (two 24″x24″, and one 30″x24″).

  3. Ikeagurl says:

    This is an amazing inspirational kitchen, I love that you took something that’s not too expensive yet made it look rich and modern. Great job!

    • Anonymous says:

      I so agree.

    • Anonymous says:

      Jerome Do says: Thank you! It’s exactly what I thought was so great about the UDDEN line: inexpensive, but mostly made with noble materials (steel, stainless steel). And I still think that if I ever get tired of the particle board components, they could be reproduced in a nice plywood, and hardware could be reused or updated. I’ll be OK as long as compatible appliances can be found when the time comes to replace them.

  4. Jose says:

    I wish ikea still sold the Uden in the USA. One of my all time favorite lines.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why did you fit the two refrigerators in front of the window/dinning table? Would have been hidden on the opposite side?
    Really nice work btw :D

    • Anonymous says:

      I’d guess they want quick access to the fridge from the living area.

    • Anonymous says:

      Jerome Do says: As you guessed, I found more functional to have the refrigerator (to the left) and the freezer (to the right) on this side of the island, and I was working with several constraints, such as (1) the placement of the drain pipe/water valves/electrical connections in the hardwood floor and (2) no room elsewhere if I wanted to fit two consoles end to end against the wall. We were moving into a new condo, but I wanted to avoid added costs, so we had very few changes made to the original space intended for the kitchen. I never got around to dressing the refrigerator and freezer with a nice sticker pattern, but that was one idea for addressing the potential unsightliness of the appliances. In the end I don’t think they look too bad unmodified. On the other side of the island normally stands our simplehuman trashcan anyway, and it’s better to have room to get through there.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love the kitchen, love the large color accents and love the uncluttered look of this place. How do you manage to live with so few possessions?

    • Anonymous says:

      Jerome Do says: Thanks! To answer your question, let’s just say that we’ve long been “sold” on voluntary simplicity. Some of what you see is our experimentation with having only what we need, with as little redundancy as possible. For example, we do have two ARVIKA swivels chairs from IKEA in a fabric matching the couch, but we use them mostly in our office. When having company requires them upstairs, I know I can just move them and we have room for them. Likewise, we also have two more REIDAR chairs from IKEA, but we use them as nightstands in our bedroom and they can also be moved when needed. For additional seating, our URBAN bar stools can be lowered to be functional at the table. Another example is, you won’t find a TV in our home. We gave it up long ago for our kids’ sake, and we still get to watch movies and internet content with a computer. Compared to the masses on the planet, I can’t claim to be treading lightly, but trying to live with as few possessions as possible is the beginning, and it’s obviously also economical.

  7. riz-o-riz says:

    who this is soo great can I ask you how big is your kitchen/dining room?

    • Anonymous says:

      Jerome Do says: We moved out one month ago (taking the kitchen with us), so I have to try to remember this… The window wall of our open-concept room was just about 19′ long and the other way we must have had 25′ feet or so if you include the width of the stairwell (the kitchen wall accounts for almost 10′ if you include the thickness of the side walls). The photos were obviously not taken with a conventional lens.

  8. Is that green thing a dish drainer? I’m in love… where’d you get it?!

    • Anonymous says:

      Jerome Do says: 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.

  9. Alice Price says:

    Nice kitchen finish. I just hope it wasn’t a bit of trouble for the plumbers to redo all the pipes for the kitchen; either way, the sink setup looks good to me.

  10. emma nunn says:

    Love your kitchen. I have recently bought some Udden pieces. Could you give me some advice re the kitchen sink. I have a small console next to it and the water from the sink runs down the side in-between the two. How have you managed to over come this problem? Have you used a seal to prevent water dripping?
    Thank you!

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