How to Fill Gaps Between IKEA Cabinets

IKEA cabinets typically can be customized into kitchen installations by the do-it-yourself homeowner.

Gaps Less Than 1/4 Inch

IKEA cabinets can be easily maintained and adjusted.IKEA cabinets can be easily maintained and adjusted.
The wide range of options and styles have helped these storage systems find their way into many homes. However, sometimes gaps can develop between cabinets as they age and settle, or a new homeowner may find gaps left behind as a result of sloppy installation by the previous owner. Whatever the situation, it is possible to adjust these cabinets to give a clean and attractive overall appearance whether the doors are open or closed.

Step 1

Drill evenly space holes through the interior of the cabinets on either side of the gap, roughly 6 inches apart, 2 inches from the front of the cabinets. Use a drill bit with a smaller diameter than the 3/4-inch wood screws.

Step 2

Slide a washer over each wood screw, and drill wood screws into each of the predrilled holes. Begin at one end of the cabinet and work your way to the other. Tighten the screws completely until the gap decreases and the screw is at surface level inside the cabinet.

Step 3

Re-tighten the previously installed screws once the final screw is in place. Add additional screws if necessary to further decrease the gap between the cabinets.

Gaps Wider Than 1/4 Inch

Step 1

Measure the vertical distance the trim board must cover, and mark that distance on the trim board. Cut the trim board to fit with the saw.

Step 2

Measure the horizontal distance the trim board must cover from the storage side of each cabinet edge. Transfer the distance to the trim board, and cut the trim board with the saw or utility knife so its horizontal size matches the necessary coverage.

Step 3

Position the trim board in its intended location, and fasten it in place by hammering in finishing nails every 6 inches along both cabinet sides.

Step 4

Paint the trim board, paying particular attention to the nail heads, so that it matches the color of the original cabinetry.

Things You Will Need

  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • 3/4-inch wood screws
  • Washers
  • Measuring tape
  • Saw or utility knife
  • 1/8-inch thin wooden trim board, 2 inches wide
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer

Tips

  • Match trim board to natural wood cabinets by selecting trim board that already matches the cabinets. This trim can be purchased from IKEA in many of its cabinet-style wood finishes.
  • If the gap is large, the cabinets can be adjusted in position on their suspension rails by loosening the screws at the back of the cabinet and moving the cabinets toward each other slightly.

Warning

  • Never attempt to screw together cabinets with a gap larger than 1/4 inch, as this may cause undue stress on the adjoining cabinetry and compromise the integrity of the suspension rails.

About the Author

Nat Fondell has been writing professionally since 2006. A former editor of the "North Park University Press," his work has appeared at scientific conferences and online, covering health, business and home repair. Fondell holds dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in journalism and history from North Park University and received pre-medical certification at Dominican University.