Published on September 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Sink base with functional drawers

Materials: ARURUM Base cabinet w/ 2+2 drawers, jigsaw, drill and screwdriver.

Description: When we moved from our house to a smaller space, we needed to maximize every bit of room. Here is a kitchen hack that allows for no wasted space under the kitchen sink.

To accomplish this hack, it was necessary to replace a few parts of the standard Ikea drawer assembly. Ikea uses metal sides and backs for their drawers with a melamine bottom. To make this modification I would have had to cut the metal drawer back. I didn’€™t care for this idea as there would have been sharp metal edges.

Having worked in the cabinetry industry for a number of years, I recognized the hardware as Blum Tandembox components. This is a neat system where the drawer sides are stainless steel and the bottom and back are melamine or wood.

In the usual system, there are additional rear fixing brackets that allow for the back to be attached to the drawer sides.

The Ikea version doesn’€™t use these brackets, the metal back acts as the rear fixing brackets. I had a few extra brackets around so I tried them and they fit!.

The Blum part number is Z30M000S.04. This part as well as information about how to calculate the width and depth of the drawer can be found on the Blum website (link no longer available).

~ Dan Gray

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Jules Yap

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