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How to install an IKEA cover panel

Updated July 20, 2017

IKEA kitchens are a frameless construction. When you look at them from the front, you can see only the doors and drawer fronts. On the inside, the frame is either birch or white. Since IKEA offers a variety of different colours for door styles, ranging from white to dark brown and even red, cover panels are necessary to cover any exposed sides. A cover panel of the same finish conceals the birch or white frame and makes the kitchen colour uniform.

Align the cover panel along the correct side of the cabinet frame.

Clamp the cover panel in place using a quick clamp. If you don't have quick clamps, which are soft, use a piece of foam or something soft between the clamp and the cover panel's finished side. A metal clamp could damage the finish if it is over-tightened.

In the front row of predrilled holes, use the Phillips screwdriver to put a screw, provided with the cover panel, into the fourth hole from the top of the frame. Do the same in the rear row of predrilled holes.

In the front row of predrilled holes, use the Phillips screwdriver to put a supplied screw into the fourth hole from the bottom of the frame. Do the same in the rear row of predrilled holes.

If the cover panel is attaching to an 200 or 220 cm (80 inch or 88 inch) pantry cabinet, use the Phillips screwdriver to put one of the remaining screws in the middle of front row of holes. Use the final screw to do the same on the rear row of holes. If the cover panel is attaching to a base cabinet or wall cabinet, you will not use the remaining two screws.

Warning

Don't allow the screws to recess too far into the predrilled holes. If a screw goes in too far, it could puncture the finished side.

Things You'll Need

  • IKEA kitchen cabinet frame
  • IKEA cover panel in correct finish
  • Quick clamps
  • 6 screws (provided with cover panel)
  • Phillips screwdriver
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Heather Reeher began writing professionally in 2009. Reeher covers a variety of how to articles and tips, and has been published on eHow and Answerbag. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a Music History minor from West Chester University.