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Old 04-23-2016, 08:05 AM   #1
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I want to install IKEA base cabinets against a wall. Length of cabinets will be 96" (15"+24"+18"+24"+18")
But the wall is not flat.....it's OK on the right side on 55", but then the wall goes off, and I will have a 3/4" gap at the other end !!!
Is there a solution other than redoing the wall???
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Old 04-23-2016, 01:54 PM   #2
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This is just going to be a lot harder and not look right unless you take the time to redo that wall.
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Old 04-23-2016, 06:34 PM   #3
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You need to split the difference and go 3/8" of the wall on either side or find the deviation and fix it.

It could be the entire wall takes the angle or just a stud that was not crowned the right way.
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I'm pretty sure it's because of 1 stud
Wall is flat on the right side of this stud, then goes with an angle on the other side
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If 1 stud is bowed, what is the best way: open both cavities (left and right) and plan it?
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If the IKEA cabinets use the hanging rail, I would just shim it out flat.
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If the IKEA cabinets use the hanging rail, I would just shim it out flat.
Then his cabinets will stick out either 3/4" in one side or 3/8" on both. If it's one stud, cut the drywall put one bay over on each side, plane the stud reattach the drywall and bang away.
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Have you ever seen pro cabinet installers open a wall? Nope.
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OK, if my straight edge is straight (and I think it is....), the gap on the left is 1/2" actually (the length of the straight edge is 8', which is the length of the cabinet row)
So with a 1/2" gap, I could shim to split that gap and have 1/4" on each end. Then a backsplash should hide the gap....Is this something acceptable?
What do you think?
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You can put a custom-cut end panel on the end of the cabinet to hide the gap.
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Rule #1 of homes. No wall is perfectly straight.

But that one is pretty bad.

And I think your latest plan is your only real option without surgery on that wall.
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Have you ever seen pro cabinet installers open a wall? Nope.
No, but we are not talking about a finished carpenter either.

But since you want to opened the door, as a GC who specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels that's exactly what we would do.

We would open the wall and fix the stud. It's the cheapest easiest fix. The only finished repair needed would be between the upper and lower cabinets of you weren't tiling.

The HO is playing all of the parts in this remodel he would put his rough carpenter hat on and demo the DW, fix the stud. Then he would put his DW hat on and install the piece, tape and mud. Then put his finish carpenter hat on and hang the cabinets.
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You can put a custom-cut end panel on the end of the cabinet to hide the gap.
Its Ikea cabinets there is nothing custom about them.
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@OP - sounds like you have seen may cabinets installed without the counter top on. You would be amazed at what some installers do to get the cabinets mounted. Our 1983 kitchen had all sorts of shims so the cabinets would fit, and who would know until I demoed the kitchen year before last.

I wound up doing almost the same thing. Then the counter top guy came along and made his template for the Silstone top and wall was good with the world! :-)

So, add shims where needed so the wall appears straight for the base cabinets to sit against. Run in a few screws , and move on.

Good luck.
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@OP - sounds like you have seen may cabinets installed without the counter top on. You would be amazed at what some installers do to get the cabinets mounted. Our 1983 kitchen had all sorts of shims so the cabinets would fit, and who would know until I demoed the kitchen year before last.

I wound up doing almost the same thing. Then the counter top guy came along and made his template for the Silstone top and wall was good with the world! :-)

So, add shims where needed so the wall appears straight for the base cabinets to sit against. Run in a few screws , and move on.

Good luck.
What about the backsplash? If it's a 4" granite or top material splash would you also recommend that he just caulk it? If the uses tile he'll have even more troubles.

The best course is to fix the problem. No shimming and no worries on the backsplash.

Just because it was done before, doesn't mean that it was the right way or the best way to do it. Most builders are lazy and don't care about details like this. They would rather shim and put ugly trim on the wall transitions.
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