Elevated dishwasher (2/7)

How to include an elevated dishwasher into an Ikea kitchen.

  1. Introduction
  2. Design and constraints
  3. Heights and support beams
  4. Materials
  5. Construction
  6. Installation on-site
  7. Downloads and photos

This is part 2.


For reasons of taste, we wanted to have all ‘front-facing appliances’ in one tall cabinet, so that the rest of the kitchen would only have clean fronts. From bottom to top, this ‘Tower of Power’ consist of a drawer, dishwasher (Välgjord), steam oven (Kulinarisk), microwave (Framtid), and a storage cabinet.


The Tower is be used instead of the tall cabinet in the image below.

The design has the following constraints:

  • The single most influential constraint is this. Unlike the steam oven and microwave, which are several cm narrower, the dishwasher has the same outer width as Ikea’s cabinets (60 cm). This means that it’s not possible to simply use a standard tall cabinet and put the dishwasher onto a shelf. Rather, there must be a vertical empty space, beneath and above which there is a 60 cm wide cabinet. The tower therefore consists of 3 parts:
    1. a bottom cabinet consisting of a drawer;
    2. the dishwasher;
    3. a top cabinet consisting of the steam over, microwave, and storage space.
  • The drawer in the bottom cabinet must have a front panel of 40 cm, just like the drawer next to it. As this is too high as a base for the dishwasher, the cabinet containing that drawer will not be 40 cm tall, but considerably less. See the next section “Heights” for clarification.

  • The entire tower must be 260 cm tall (excluding the legs), so as to keep in line with the rest of the kitchen.

  • We are tall people and chose to use 15 cm legs for all kitchen cabinets, instead of using Ikea’s 8 cm legs. This means the tower is 275 cm tall including the legs.

  • The side of the dishwasher should not be visible. In order to achieve that, cover panels on both sides of the tower were added.

  • The dishwasher should not bear load from the appliances/cabinet located above it. As the cover panels can’t/shouldn’t bear much load either, and as the tower isn’t neighboring other tall cabinets, this means that reinforcements are necessary to carry the weight of the top cabinet. For this, wooden support beams are used near 3 of the 4 vertical edges of the cabinet; 2 on the wall to the tower’s right, and 1 on the wall behind it.

This resulted in a preliminary sketch, which was later digitised in the image below.

Tower of Power. Front and side cover panels are not shown.

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