Q: Can MAXIMERA Drawers fit PLATSA Frames?

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I have questions about PLATSA frames and MAXIMERA drawers (for METOD kitchen range). It’ll be very kind of you if you let me get some useful tips related to my question.

IKEA items used: 
  • PLATSA: 80 x 60 x 180 and 40 x 60 x 180 frames
  • MAXIMERA 80cm width drawers
Other materials and tools: 
  • VEDDINGE doors

The width of the wall in my room is 321 cm and its height is 231 cm. I want to have an almost-built-in drawers in my room for a simple and modern look.

I’m considering the PLATSA range but the FONNES doors look rather cheap, in my opinion.

Recently, I learnt that the doors for the IKEA METOD kitchen range, e.g. VEDDINGE, actually fit the PLATSA frames.

Now, I’d like to know if I can use MAXIMERA drawers for PLATSA frames.

~ by Min (from Seoul)

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Hi Min

The PLATSA is a fantastic range. Though I agree, rather limited on door options. (More doors please, IKEA!)

The size of the MAXIMERA drawer seem to fit, at least, according to the IKEA website. But to be sure, you’ll need to measure them in real life, as the size of the internal frame (with allowance for the drawer runners) is not listed.

It won’t be a straightforward swap, if that’s what you’re hoping for. From what I can see, you’ll run into some issues installing it. Let’s compare the two drawers for the two systems.

PLATSA drawers vs MAXIMERA drawers

The PLATSA drawers use the HJÄLPA (pictured above) as its drawer frame. As you can see, the drawer runners are on the top lip of the drawer sides.

And this is the MAXIMERA with runners at the bottom.

So, you’ll need to make all-new holes for the MAXIMERA drawer runners on the PLATSA frame if you wish to proceed with the MAXIMERA.

Platsa drawers vs Maximera drawers

A possibly easier way to skin this would be to go with the HJÄLPA drawer without front and install the VEDDINGE drawer front onto it. I believe modifying the drawer front attachment may be easier.

platsa drawers

Step 7 on the HJÄLPA assembly instruction shows the FONNES (or any other PLATSA drawer front) attached to the drawer frame via a press and click system. This won’t work with the MAXIMERA.

However, we are in luck. The HJÄLPA appears to have a bracket of sorts (which is supposed to be pressed into place on the FONNES drawer front). You may be able to add screws through this bracket into the VEDDINGE drawer front. Fingers crossed.

Like so:

HJALPA Plasta drawers with METOD VEDDINGE front

Use short screws that won’t pierce through to the front of the drawer. And do make sure all your drawer fronts are level and line up nicely.

And that’s my suggestion for you, Min.

Hope it works out. Let us know how it goes and we’ll love to see what you do end up with.

Happy hacking,

Jules


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