IKEA kitchen electric cable behind cupboards


Old 09-22-18, 09:20 AM
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IKEA kitchen electric cable behind cupboards

It seems IKEA don't provide a space behind the kitchen cupboards to run electric cable. What's the best way of installing cable for counter tops in this case?

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Old 09-22-18, 12:04 PM
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Normally the electrical cables are run in the walls. You can run cables anywhere inside a cabinets but if the cable is NM (AKA Romex) it should be protected from damage. Normally I use 1/2" FMC and metal boxes. MC can also be used.
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We've noticed for the most part that IKEA does not conform to the NEC in regards to wiring methods.
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It seems IKEA don't provide a space behind the kitchen cupboards to run electric cable.
I do not know of any manufacturer providing a space to run electric cable behind their cabinets. Some has about 1/4" space, but that is not meant for electric cable. It is just that they have used thinner board (some even use cardboard) and used thick boards for mounting at top and bottom. This creates some space behind.
This also allows easier installation when the wall is not flat, but has nothing to do with electrical wire.

You should be running wires inside of the wall, not behind cabinets or cupboards.
If you have to, you can run it inside as Tolyn suggested. But this is not ideal and should only be used as an after though when everything is installed and hard to remove.

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