For Ikea file cabinets, this internet thread was my starting point.
They fit their files into 15″ deep x 15″ tall Sektion cabinets. What bothered me though was how much space was wasted. 6 and a half extra inches to file a 8 and a half inch (x 11″) piece of paper? (Welcome to the mind of a “small spacer”. Cubic square inches matter!)
Manila file folders are just under 10″ high with the upright tab. You’d think a 10″ drawer would work. Alas, the drawer bottoms are 3/4 inch thick, plus slightly elevated – so unless you cut off the tops off all your manila folders you have to use a 15″ high drawer.
The reality is only 4″ of vertical space goes unused, not 6.5″. Still. A lot of pencils, scissors, tape, or stamps could fit in a 30″ x 4″ space.
Enter the interior Sektion drawer.
An Ikea staff person told me the interior drawers were the same as the exterior drawers despite their different names. Only the front piece was different. Exterior drawer front heights are 5″, 10″, and 15″. The interior drawer fronts are just shy of 4″, 7″, and 9″ high.
4″ you say? Eureka!
There is one more ingredient necessary to make this extra interior drawer possible: [Read more…] about Making File Cabinets from Ikea’s Sektion Kitchen Cabinets