How to Build a Base for your Ikea Cabinets
There’s a few really good reasons as to why you might want to build a base for your ikea cabinet. The first, and in my opinion, the most important reason is because of much you can elevate the look of your ikea cabinets with a custom base. Suddenly your cheap-o cabinets go from looking like a 6/10 to a 8/10. Slap a coat of paint on that and you have an 11/10. But this post isn’t about paint, it’s about building a base for your ikea cabinet.
The next reason why I would suggest that building a base for your cabinet would be crucial is if you have a carpeted space like me, a base makes it’s a lot easier to open and close those doors.
Recap – you should build a base for your ikea cabinet to elevate the look and make it look custom and if you have carpet. Plus, it’s SO easy to build these bases, let me show you.
Build A Base For Your Ikea Cabinets
Looks really good, doesn’t it?!
Here’s what you need to build a base for your Ikea Cabinets:
Before you pick out your materials, you need to know what dimensions you’re building a base to – do you want it inset, how high do you want it, are you going to put a face frame on it? The following is based on measurements for my Ikea Ivar Cabinet where my base is inset by 1/2 an inch. My base is 30 inches x 19 1/4 inches and 1.5 inches high.
Material Needed to Build A Base for your Ikea Cabinets
- 20 feet of 2’x2′ SPF (this gives you a buffer)
- cut into four 30 inch pieces
- cut into four 19 1/4 inch pieces
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (I was gifted the 720 pro and HOLY MOLY I am in love)
- 16 x 2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
- Drill + bits for the kreg jig
Instructions to Build A Base for your Ikea Cabinets
- If you already have your piece cut to size, use your pocket hole jig to make two pocket holes on either side of your short pieces (short pieces pictured below). You will have four holes per short piece.
- Using a clamp, clamp together your short and long pieces. Make sure that the corners line up and that you have a 90-degree angle between (you can use a speed square if you need it). Using the kreg drill bit, screw in your screws.
- Repeat this process for all of the sides until you’ve made your box.
- That’s it. This may be the easiest thing I’ve shared so there really isn’t any excuse not to build a perfect box for your Ikea cabinets!
PS – you can do this without the pocket hole jig, just make your cuts mitred and secure the boards screwing in at an angle. The pocket hole jig does make your life mighty good.