When we looked at this house for the first time, I imagined a slender sideboard on the huge dining room wall. A floating credenza with clean lines and lots of storage space.
The other day we decided to go ahead with the project and I came up with this super easy DIY sideboard idea that would utilize IKEA’s upper wall cabinets! But wait, doesn’t IKEA have a sideboard system in place already? Yes, they do. It’s called BESTA and it’s really quite awesome with plenty of options. They also just released some new doors, which were super tempting, to be honest!
But since we had already worked with the kitchen cabinets – and knew how easy they are to assemble – we decided to go with their 20 inch upper wall cabinets, 30 inch wide with two doors each. We went with the cheap HAGGEBY fronts, which is a matte white finish. The four cabinets plus two sets of shelves plus the metal hanging system cost us 286 bucks! That’s not much considering we’re getting 120 inch of storage!
I put together the four cabinets in less than two hours. All you need is a screwdriver/drill and a hammer! Super simple!
Then Adrian found the studs in the wall and attached the metal hanging system. Since we have chair rail, we decided to hang the cabinets just below, so that the wood top would fit snugly with the lower part of the moulding.
Onto the railing the cabinets went and Adrian put some screws into the sides to keep them close together. He also carved out some holes to get easy access to the electrical outlets.
Lastly I attached the doors, again, super simple. The cabinets come with the easy to install hinges and less than an hour later the credenza was ready to go!
We’re going to add some wood boards to finish up the tops, with little felt spacers I cut out from leftover drawer liners, to create the illusion of a floating top. The two sides will be finished up with some white painted plywood, just like we did in the kitchen.
We’re both so happy with how this easy DIY sideboard turned out so far! The 20 inch cabinets definitely are the perfect height and the ‘float’ really looks, well, ‘floaty’ and super customized!
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