IKEA IVAR Cabinet Hack: A DIY Guide

Here’s a creative IKEA IVAR hack by @momina.zee that transforms the cabinet into a flush-against-the-wall furniture piece. Let’s dive into the step-by-step process.

Materials Needed

  • IKEA IVAR Cabinet
  • 2×4 framing lumber
  • Putty knife
  • Hammer
  • Painters tape
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Paint

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prepare Your Space

To start with, remove the baseboards on your wall to allow the cabinets to sit flush against it. Use a putty knife and hammer to pry off the shoe moulding and the baseboard itself gently.

Step 2: Assemble and Measure

Assemble one IKEA IVAR cabinet and measure its width. This will help you to determine how wide your 2×4 framing lumber base needs to be. Remember, it should be as wide as the cabinet box, not the doors.

Step 3: Cut Out for Outlets

Next, use painter’s tape to measure the outlet placements on your wall and stick those on the back of the cabinet. Using these measurements, cut out the appropriate openings using a jigsaw.

Step 4: Prepare for Electrical Installations

If you have electrical wiring to run between the cabinets, drill holes in the appropriate spots. This will allow for smooth installation and keep your wiring hidden.

Step 5: Paint

Lastly, paint your cabinets. Unless you’re using chalk paint, you’ll want to do this after assembly to ensure a smooth, even finish.


This IKEA IVAR hack by @momina.zee shows how, with a little creativity and elbow grease, you can transform a simple cabinet into a customized furniture piece that fits your space perfectly. Give this DIY project a try and elevate your IKEA IVAR cabinet to the next level!

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