I have a kitchen finished with IKEA Metod system and a narrow, 45 cm wide non-IKEA dishwasher. Apparently the IKEA dishwasher front does not fit the typical dishwasher - Metod front's dimensions are 45x80 cm, while recommended ones for a typical dishwasher are 45x(71 - 75) cm. If you follow the dishwasher's manual and mount the Metod front on in, you will not be able to open it (see the image).
There are two recommended solutions:
- cut the IKEA front in two pieces and mount them in a way where one is static and the other one is attached to the door. I don't want to do it due to aesthetics.
- replace dishwasher with IKEA one - they have a sophisticated hinge system where front slides up while opening door. I would like to avoid this solution if possible, because IKEA's dishwasher is very expensive and really noisy in compare with competition.
I tried my luck with a DIY solution using drawer slides - I attached them to the dishwasher and front. I had to pull up the door while opening and it was kind of working. The biggest issue was that you had to be aware of it - if you didn't pull up and hit the bottom of dishwasher like in the middle picture, you would destroy the "construction". It happened twice. Recently, after the third assembly since October, one slide bent and it all fell apart. I gave up this solution.
I have a second flat which I want to decorate and rent. I am prepared to do "dishwasher transplantation" and get myself a new one. The question is:
Do you have an experience in non-ikea dishwasher with IKEA Metod system? If so, how should I mount a Metod front on a 45 cm non-IKEA dishwasher?