Hacking Ikea Rationell Toe Kick Drawers to Fit More




Introduction: Hacking Ikea Rationell Toe Kick Drawers to Fit More

In the standard setup from Ikea the Rationell toe kick drawers the height of the drawer front  is limited to 13.8 cm and the usable height inside the drawer is around 10 cm. Simply just too little to fit your pints of Guinness in an upright position. What to do when your plinth allows more? The aluminium front only allows the before mentioned 13.8 cm

Step 1: Flipping the Aluminium Front

The aluminium front can be flipped, but the holes for mounting it on the drawer is wrongly positioned then. Take another front and flip it 180 degree's. Hold them together and use them as template for drilling the 4 new holes.

Step 2: Mounting the Drawer Front With the Usual Hardware Supplied by Ikea

Step 3: Mounting the Wheel Below the Drawer

I found when having installed the first drawer that the wheel that you should mount on the bottom of the drawer needed a bit more height. I cut a bit of wood from a stick used for stirring paint would fit perfectly. Some other screws would be needed as well. Take care and not choose some that are too long, as they will penetrate the bottom of the drawer. I used 12 mm long screws.

Step 4: Done!

The full height (21 cm) of the plinth can be used as front for the drawer. And it fits a man's need's. Guinness and baked beans ;-) You just have to apply the plastic on the end of the chip board with an iron

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    2 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    few questions.
    1. seems that the drawer is sliding and dragging on floor every time you open it?
    2. added tracks for the drawer box. do they clamp to the legs, since the space below is hollow?
    3. how to u pull the drawers?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction


    1. I adjusted the height of the wheel with a piece of wood, so it juuuust above the floor as shown in step 3.

    2. Yes

    3. There's space between the "proper" cup boards and this lower drawer to get a finger or two in to pull it.

    U'r welcome :)