Hallway Storage Transformation feat: Ikea SEKTION Cabinets

I will show you pictures of the hallway featuring Ikea SEKTION Cabinets if you promise not to judge the carpet.

It’s terrible, only made worse by a situation (about a year ago) with the master bathroom tub faucet POURING water through the light fixture in the hallway. 

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As I shared in an earlier post (Small Bathroom Remodel), we are doing a metered roll into a long, long list of home improvement projects on our house. So far we have:

  • Transformed the front yard
  • Demolished the main bath (we are so close to done!)
  • Transformed a basement hallway (which is what I’m sharing about in this post!)

Ikea SEKTION Cabinets in the hallway | www.jennyonthespot.com

As old and worn as the carpet is (in the entire basement)… we cannot replace it right away. We need a *few* things to happen first: 

  • The deck needs to be replaced. Safety is on the line.
  • Before we remove the carpet down there we need to decide on what to do with the built-in cabinets in the basement living area (we know we want to demo, but not sure what to do once removed). 
  • DOLLARZ (see above and add a million other projects on our wish-list)

BUT… Without further adieu… the OLD cabinets. Please note: I totally forgot to take a picture of the original cabinets without the clutter. So just TRY to imagine past the clutter. The desk. The open shelves. The shallow, arrow upper cabinets… But because the old cabinets were never an efficient use of space, and built more as a desk space than storage area – that spot was almost always cluttered. Plus who wants to work at a desk in a hallway that leads to the laundry room?

Our old basement cabinet situation | www.jennyonthespot.com Our old basement cabinet situation | www.jennyonthespot.com

On the opposite wall there are shallow open shelves that we are keeping for now. They are handy. But shallow. And uneven. And just not super well-built. Stay tuned. I am trying to convince Paul that we should rip them out and create something else there…in addition to the nothing else we need to do 😉

But about the Ikea cabinets, we really lucked out when it comes to finding the perfect cabinets for the space. Our space measured 92″ and the three Ikea SEKTION cabinets we ordered measured 30″ each. Math being what it is… three Ikea SEKTION cabinets x 30″ = 90″… fits like a glove in a 92″ space – woohoo!

Paul ripped out the old cabinets and I got to paining. I went a little crazy with the white walls (with a hint of beige-gray) and a whiter ceiling.

Party party.

Building new Ikea SEKTION cabinets | www.jennyonthespot.com

Though the new cabinets fit absolutely perfectly, the hallways space was narrow and my husband may or may not have had to do some cabinet-building gymnastics to make them work. BUT IT WORKED.There was crawling inside of the built cabinets to get to the other side, and inching, and maze-like situations…and maybe some select verb-ing as well, but then…. there was VICTORY. AMAZING BEAUTIFUL CABINET VICTORY:

Ikea SEKTION cabinets installed | www.jennyonthespot.com

Ikea SEKTION Cabinets in the hallway | www.jennyonthespot.com

The outer two cabinets are the same – with drawers at the bottom. Behind the upper cabinet doors there are also two lower drawers and the rest of the upper section is basic shelving (see picture below). The middle cabinet also has two big bottom drawers, but their doors suggest shelving. I LOVE the large drawers. They are so accessible. And I love that I don’t have the look of 6 big drawers along the bottom. It’s cool to have the option to change up the look.

(outer cabinet drawers & shelves above // center cabinet drawers and shelving design below)

It was a bit more expensive to choose so many drawers, but in my life as a homemaker/fierce lover of all things organized… I have learned that drawers give easy access to things that would otherwise stay hidden and therefore… become nearly unusable.

Oh. Aaaaaaand I dropped a few bucks on a label maker (*like this one):

And that, my friends… is it! Wasn’t that easy? (Don’t tell Paul I said that, bless his hard-working heart). We are considering doing something similar with the laundry room as well. WELL, I am. One week after we signed the docs and officially became the owners of this place, I opened one of overhead cabinet doors, it fell off and nearly took out my face.

But baby steps.

I am SO pleased with how these turned out. This was a 100% online purchase. We even had them delivered. We haven’t been to IKEA (physically) in at least a year, but I’d seen these cabinets online (thanks, Pinterest) and hoped they were as beautiful as the photos I’d seen suggested.

They are.

Sometimes I just go down there and stare at them. Smell them. Put my arms and face on them and give them hugs. The only negative is…  IKEA sent a handful of the wrong hardware so our self-closing doors need a little help until we can make the trip to get replacement hinges. Other than that… as they say…. we are pleased as PUNCH! 

*Affiliate link (label maker). Not a sponsored post. Not all Ikea SEKTION cabinets measure 30″ in width. Select cabinet options offer: 15″ 24″, 30″, and 36″ widths.



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19 Responses to “Hallway Storage Transformation feat: Ikea SEKTION Cabinets”

  1. Ashley Z says:

    Omg thanks so much for postin this. I have a (linen) closet at the end of my hall that has nasty, painted particle board as shelves. It make my linens smell horrible. I spray everything with lavender but it doesn’t work. Embarrassing when guests come. Anyway, I’m totally going to look into this as a replacement. Super excited! ?

  2. trish says:

    do you do home tours? I sure would like one. oh, and I cup of coffee- I would like that too.

    • Jenny says:

      I am happy to! The only thing I will need is for you to complete a background check before I can reveal my location. You can never be too careful these days and whathaveyou.

  3. Milani says:

    How much were the cabinets? I need something like these cabinets for my laundry room.

    • Jenny says:

      I can’t remember exactly, and the price depends on the arrangements (I got a lot of drawers)… it was around $2000. Definitely and investment, but absolutely worth every penny.

  4. […] That’s it for now. I’ll keep you posted.Wanna see the basement closets from Ikea we installed just before we started on the bathroom? Check those out here!  […]

  5. Sarah says:

    Curious what combo of sektion you used?
    We have a main hall closet formerly the main floor laundry that I need to repurpose for storage and this looks perfect

  6. Christie Barnes says:

    Hi Jenny and thank you so much for posting this. I never knew IKEA had such nice products, I found out by doing a search online of linen closet options. I’m not sure I would have trusted it had I not seen your beautiful result! In fact we showed the IKEA employee your photo! What an incredible transformation. Anyway, I was hoping to get your advice as I keep flip flopping between the Bodbyn gray and the Axstad matt white. I prefer the Bodbyn style but they only come in off white and all of my trim is a true white. My floors are a gray vinyl plank and walls are painted a light gray with a touch of light blue. Crown molding and baseboards all white. I love the look of the gray, just not sure if it would be too dark for a somewhat dark hallway. Should I be safe and go w/ the Axstad white?? Thank you in advance and I love your site! Christie

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Christie 🙂 It’s hard to say without seeing the space, but I will say they gray isn’t a dark gray. My hallway doesn’t get much natural light and the lighting isn’t fantastic. But… even with the gray cabinets it feels light and bright. I guess my hesitation would be how the different grays in your space would work together. Hmmmm…

  7. John says:

    Can you tell me what color and what door style these are.


  8. Edie says:

    I love your project. Where did you get the hook rack/weekly schedule chalk board? I have been looking for something exactly like that. thank you.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you so much! I got the schedule chalk board at a shop in Portland. I am so sorry I cannot recall the name of the shop – they sold vintage and new items and it has been a few years since I was there!

  9. Melody says:

    Your closets look amazing! Great planning and organizing! Does the Sektion doors and drawers need extra space on either side (between the Sektion cabinet and your original wall) in order to open? You mentioned that the space was 92” wide and the cabinets totaled 90”, so it sounds like you have 1” of extra space on either side in order for the doors to open? Or is that 1” not even necessary and the closets would have fit into a 90” nook?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Melody, Thank you! You are correct – there is a little room on the very ends, but the cabinet in the middle is tucked right in between the two. The doors will open beyond the width of the cabinets if given room, but they do not neeeed the extra space. The outer doors of the outer cabinets are limited to the wall on either side which does not create an issue. They open the full width of the cabinet. I think they would fit into a 90″ nook, I just know I am thankful for the wiggle room – in case the walls are not perfectly straight.

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