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Kitchen Cabinets Ikea

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Kitchen Cabinets Ikea

My parents redid their kitchen in the last year. They looked at IKEA cabinetry but went custom for several reasons. The first was that the customization is just not there with IKEA cabinets. They were able to have deeper pantries with drawers than they would have with IKEA. They did not want to have to use a lot of filler pieces like they would have with IKEA. Their contractor has installed IKEA kitchens before and said they were a pain to get level and didn’t always fit flush. They got all the features they wanted going custom, like a large lazy susan, a non-standard corner cupboard, drawers that were specific depths to hold spice jars and mixing bowls, an angled lower cabinet to maximize counter and storage space without impeding traffic. Yes they paid more, but they got the kitchen they wanted that would suit their needs. IKEA is good if you’re working within a tight budget or if you don’t use your kitchen. – oliviahoney
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Kitchen Cabinets Ikea

My husband and I did a complete DIY gut rehab of our kitchen about 5 years ago and used Ikea. By far the hardest part of the installation was getting everything level. Our kitchen was completely uneven, and getting each and every cabinet level in all directions was hard for us. Although we carefully measured and purchased our cabinets accordingly, they were not all the advertised sizes upon arrival. Some of them were metric measurements, and some were standard, so they didn’t match up on the wall. I hope Ikea has fixed the measurement issue, but be aware that the horizontal cabinets were metric when we bought. Everything has done very well in our kitchen, except for one cabinet holding heavy dishes which has begun to sag. Additionally, the soft-closing dampers are not so soft any longer, but they’re so cheap and easy to install that we could easily replace all of the dampers in our kitchen. Our only concern is that Ikea would discontinue our version of the hardware and new stuff would be incompatible. We initially bought an Ikea butcher block countertop and tried to install it ourselves, but it was a miserable failure. We ended up having a granite countertop installed. – Nikki P
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Kitchen Cabinets Ikea

When we did our kitchen 5 years ago, I considered IKEA but ultimately decided to go with pricier cabinets, which were available in a style and color not offered at IKEA. To offset the cost, I skimped on appliances (in fact, kept the fridge) and used white Corian instead of my first choice, marble. While I still love my kitchen today, I have regrets and think it might’ve been wiser to save on cabinets and splurge on appliances and counters. My expensive cabinets are showing wear that I doubt would be much worse on IKEA cabinets. – CallDoctorBison
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Kitchen Cabinets Ikea

My partner used to work as a kitchen designer for a super high-end German cabinet company, and we bought Ikea cabinets for our kitchen remodel. The boxes are built exactly the same way as the $100,000 kitchens he used to work with, and they use the same brand hinges and drawer slides! We put them together and installed them ourselves. The Euro cabinet system is SO MUCH EASIER to install than American style cabinets. The wall cabinets all hang on a rail. You install the rail by screwing it into studs and making sure it is level. Then each cabinet that hangs on it is automatically level – genius. The base cabinets come with legs that have twist-to-level feet, so there’s no shimming involved. We have 14 cabinets total – I put them together by myself in 1 day while my partner was demo-ing the old cabinets, then we installed them together the next day. Honestly, a new kitchen in a weekend. They have been in for 3 1/2 years, and we haven’t run into a single issue. The hardware is still soft-close, and the cabinets and doors/drawer fronts are holding up great. We used dark wood veneer slab fronts on the base cabinets, and white lacquered MDF slab fronts on the uppers (I can’t remember the name of either). I honestly can’t recommend them highly enough. – sillyputty
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Kitchen Cabinets Ikea

We put in Ikea cabinets about 6 months ago. We priced other cabinet options, and we couldn’t get comparable quality for anywhere near the price. (Since I had heard internet claims that hiring a custom cabinet maker might be a surprising bargain, we even priced this option. It was about 4 times as much as the Ikea cabinets!) Part of what made Ikea a good option for us is that we could easily modify and hang them ourselves. (We modified several cabinets to optimize space and get a more built-in look.) We were able to choose a style that was almost an exact match to the original 1880 cabinets, and we bought appliances and hardware separately. We love the kitchen, and we managed a complete gut remodel for only $10,000. (And that includes absolutely ALL of our expenses.) – emilie_b
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Kitchen Cabinets Ikea

Based in Los Angeles, Semihandmade is a sister company to Handmade, which makes fine furniture and cabinetry. Semihandmade offers this craftsmanship at a lower price and makes doors and drawer fronts crafted to fit IKEA cabinets exactly. I worked with the Semihandmade owner John McDonald to plan out and order drawer fronts, doors, side panels, and filler pieces for my IKEA kitchen plan. I sent him the IKEA kitchen plan I made and he gave me a list and a quote of everything the kitchen needed.
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Kitchen Cabinets Ikea

Besides price, this was the single biggest factor for us. IKEA’s system is so flexible and modular, you can buy the cabinets without any doors or drawer fronts. I liked IKEA’s flexibility and price, but I wasn’t crazy about their various finishes. I wanted real wood veneer, and also a custom color for some of the cabinets. (IKEA cabinets are hard to paint well.)
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Kitchen Cabinets Ikea

I have done 2 remodels both with Ikea cabinetry. Both turned out very well, the kitchen in particular was awesome. My partner put together all the units and did the levelling. We had the ikea people put in the bench top. All up the quality was 10/10 and with the money saved we splashed out on modern appliances. I should add, all the cabinetry is pull out so there is no awkward reaching. The cabinets were the best ikea ones available, solid wood fronts.. – Johanna in Perth
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Before I tell you what we learned, I wanted to point out one more thing about our kitchen renovation that gave us confidence using IKEA cabinets. We were basically starting with a blank slate. We were building a kitchen addition onto our house, so we didn’t have to deal with odd corners or preexisting constraints. We had the luxury of a simple layout — basically an open galley with a long island and straight run of cabinets. There were no corner cabinets, and, for that matter, no upper cabinets either.

We bought a house that had a newly installed Ikea kitchen installed. Honestly, at first I didn’t like them since the colour wasn’t our thing but after living with an Ikea kitchen for some time now, I wouldn’t ever recommend it. I find that the cabinets are just too short and shallow. They don’t even hold our plates! Also, they just feel cheap. It’s like I can smell the MDF under the wood veneer. The few things that aren’t bad about them is that the hinges seem so be good and the drawers close quietly. Otherwise, there’s nothing particularly redeeming about them. – iamayardsale
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While I am not lucky enough to own a home, I know 2 families that have purchased IKEA cabinets. Both have commented that the cabinets are fine, but the installation was awful. Since IKEA contracts local companies to do the actual installation, I would first find out if your local company is reputable. If not, hiring someone you trust is also an option. It makes it more expensive, but will be worth it in the end. -Bear in the City
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I read copiously on other homeowners’ experiences with IKEA cabinets and talked to contractor friends. For the most part, they were uniformly enthusiastic. Yes, IKEA cabinets are cheap, but that doesn’t mean they’re shoddy or flimsy.
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We thought we were super prepared and we breezed into the IKEA store, which is about 90 miles away from where we live, hoping to be out in a couple hours. Ha ha. No way. The ordering process for the cabinets is quite involved. You bring in your IKEA kitchen plan, and then log in to their computers and show it to a (probably harried) employee. The employee has to go through and order each piece on your list, bit by bit. This is the downside of such a modular system — you are essentially ordering hundreds of little boxes at once.
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This is pretty simple: We ordered our whole kitchen over the summer, during one of IKEA’s big kitchen sales. Usually the way these work is that if you spend a certain amount you will get 10% off, and if you spend a little more, 20%. We also purchased our bathroom cabinetry during this sale (we used kitchen cabinets in our master bath) and a big pantry unit, as well as a kitchen island as a workbench for my husband in the basement. We loaded up! And it was all 20% off. Obviously this really makes a difference in the budget.

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