Monday, January 12, 2015

Basement Floating Credenza

Or shall I call it "fauxdenza"? Run a Google keyword search, you would be amazed by the number of matches it returns. Fauxdenza is very real! It turns out that floating cabinets, in a hallway or not, are very popular in the Blogosphere. It's always reassuring to learn that an Ikea hack like this has been attempted so many times that it should be foolproof. Before I give you a laundry list of items required to pull off this hack, I want to share with you a couple of inspirations. All of these used Ikea Akurum cabinets with white Applad doors. 

I've pretty much decided to go for a two-tone fauxdenza: white cabinets with a wood top, like this one. 

Mr. is not a big fan of the exposed frames on each side. He felt we should use a cover panel to give the unit a more polished look. I, on the contrary, don't mind it at all. 

So another two-tone option is to create a wrap-around using the same wood as the top, like this one at Brick House. 

I am leaning towards option one sans the wrap-around. This is for a basement hallway where there is no natural sunlight so I want to keep it light and bright. What do you think?

As for a list of materials, I think we need:
  • Cabinets: 3 x Akurum cabinet with Applad doors, 36" (L) x 24" (H). This makes the total length of my fauxdenza 108". 
  • Top: a continuous piece of lumber that's at least 109" in length and less than 1" in thickness. I am a bit concerned I may not be able to find such a long piece of lumber that also has the wood grains I like. Do you have any suggestions?
  • Suspension rails: need them to hang Ikea wall cabinets. 
  • Pulls or knobs. 

I am going to need to hit up a few lumber yards and see what my options are. Wish me luck! 

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