Spacer Panels should be installed as you are assembling your carcasses. We recommend attaching them by clamping and then screwing from the inside of the carcass, utilising the pre drilled holes so that the screw head is hidden. We supply them in pairs, 1 sits at the front of the carcass, 1 near the back to ensure even spacing and prevent the carcass twisting.
IKEA hinges and drawer runners are 'soft-close', they also come with small stick on bumpons. Spacer panels should sit proud of the carcass at the following intervals to ensure they're flush with a closed door/ drawer.
Birch fronts - 20mm (18mm front + 2mm bumpon)
Oak / Walnut fronts - 21mm (19mm front + 2mm bumpon)
Formica / Fenix - 22mm (20mm front + 2mm bumpon)
Spacer Panels for Wall Cabinets
If you decide not to have Cover Panels running under your wall cabinets there will be a visible gap on the underside between the cabinets. Your installer will need to mitre (cut them at a 45 deg angle) the Spacer Panels and join the lengths to create an 'L' shape so that the gap will be filled. The 'L' should be sufficient to prevent any twisting in the carcass, however, for a rock solid fixing, the excess offcut can always be attached near the back.
Spacer Panels for 'Framing' the carcass
Some customers like the total plywood finish so we supply Spacer Panels to run along the top front of their carcasses as well as in-between to give a 'Framed' aesthetic. We supply these Spacer Panels slightly over length so that your installer can cut them to length on site for an exact finish.
If you have a top piece, cover panels* are supplied 20mm higher to extend 20mm higher than the unit, to cover the sides, with the top piece sitting only at the front.
*please also see Cover Panels
Cover Panels & Worktops
We supply Cover Panels at 67 cm deep as opposed to IKEA's standard of 62 cm and Worktops at 70 cm deep to give you and your installer flexibility with your installation. IKEA have designed METOD so that plumbing and other services run underneath the carcass, however, in our experience some kitchen fitters prefer to screw a wooden stud (batten) to the wall which steps the kitchen out and creates a service void behind the carcass. Therefore, our Cover Panels allow enough material for a standard piece of wooden stud + the carcass + the door + approx 1cm of play. Worktops have an additional 3cm of play for you to tailor your overhang. The excess material can be easily cut off with a circular saw or jigsaw, allowing your installer to 'scribe' the panel and get a really snug fit against your wall.
*When specifying Cover Panels to run under a row of wall cabinets or on the back of an island we recommend making them slightly longer than required so that your installer can cut them to length on site for an exact finish.