Installing Ikea Kitchen In Shipping Container Home

Ikea Kitchen installation

Eventually the kitchen installation is going in and I had heard it was difficult to put these units together but so far so good its been pretty easy. It does take time to make sure things are level and lined up but its getting there. The refrigerator is supposed to be turning up next week and I hope the kitchen is finished in time for its arrival.

When I was researching the construction of shipping container home projects I was disappointed that there was little information on the conclusion of projects and I am beginning to see why. Its the end of the project or second fix as its called in construction that is time consuming. Putting the concrete floor or the framing may seem like major steps in the construction but then seem minor milestones compared to the hassles and effort going in to installing things like flooring, kitchen cabinets or painting trim. The garage apartment is an extension of the container house and I will be getting back to that as soon as I can with some updates more frequently.

Ikea Kitchen Cabinets For Shipping Container Home

Ikea Kitchen Cabinets

The new Ikea kitchen cabinets have really finished off the kitchen, only downside was some of the parts are missing for the horizontal cupboards. This is stopping me from finishing the final installation of the glass doors for them. Ikea though are shipping the parts direct to me from Sweden and they should be here by the end of next week. The refrigerator and microwave though have arrived and I will be installing the microwave tomorrow.

Showers And Electronics For The Shipping Container Home

Not everything runs smoothly and having the microwave mounted on its brackets ready to go, plugged it in and nothing! A quick call to Best Buy and a replacement was ordered for next Wednesday giving me two delays on the project as the kitchen cabinet parts are still due from Ikea.

faulty microwave 
When I thought about tiling myself I wasn’t too keen on doing it even with instruction from a friend who is a tiler. Surprising though once the first one went on everything fell into place and by the following day it was ready to grout. It also depends how fussy you are and how much attention you put into preparation for the grout. I made sure that after tiling the cracks were free of any excess adhesive and that there was none left on the tile faces. Although once done it means you get a really good finish when you grout as there is no residue from the tile fixing to spoil it. Next job shower door and glass.

newly tiled shower
After nearly a month of rain I am hoping we can get the water and sewer trenches finished as it looks like next week is going to be dry. Then its on to the plumber doing final connections and the home is ready to move in.

Shipping Container Home Kitchen Installation

shipping container kitchen

We finally got the 1800ft of  PVC pipe installed after Ikea coming through with the missing parts to the kitchen cabinets. Butchers block oiled, faucet in and the plumber installed the rest.

Shipping Container Home Kitchen Installation

shipping container kitchen

We finally got the 1800ft of  PVC pipe installed after Ikea coming through with the missing parts to the kitchen cabinets. Butchers block oiled, faucet in and the plumber installed the rest.

Folding laptop desk for shipping container home

drop down folding desk

I came across this folding desk which is available in Ikea but also if you look at it you could easily construct this yourself as a minor woodworking project as well as being able to build the unit further into the wall of your shipping container if lining the interior as you could measure out a hole for it to be set in afterwards. I would advise making up a jig for that purpose purely because you can leave it in place while constructing. Great idea though and obviously one that is very cost affective and adding a lock to the door a secure place to keep your laptop when out.