Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Truth about Ikea Kitchen Cabinets

It's no surprise that the kitchen is probably the most common home renovation that people choose to do.  It's the place where everyone ends up as well as the part of the house where the food and drinks are.  I have probably designed and built over 20 kitchens in the last 8 years and I have used various cabinet companies ranging from totally custom to off the shelf.  As is the case with many projects, budget is usually a concern and for that reason, we use alot of IKEA cabinets.  If you are considering using them on a project, I suggest you read on.

Every project I have done for Pocono Modern has used IKEA cabinets and I would say that I am fairly proficient in making IKEA products look custom.  However, the question most often asked about IKEA cabinets is about the quality.  I have broken out my analysis into five major categories:

- Construction
- Door / Drawer Styles
- Hardware
- Variety of Components / Accessories
- Appearance

1- Construction

The construction of an IKEA cabinet frame (AKURUM) is particle board with a white or beech colored plastic laminate.  Overall, this is pretty low quality but to be honest, not that far off from a more expensive Kraft Maid cabinet.  Most production line cabinets today have particle board substrates covered by either melamine, laminate, or wood veneer.  Only custom cabinet makers will use solid plywood for the frames and that will cost you big dollars.  I actually prefer the particle board cabinets because they are more stable (plywood can sometimes warp over time)  and they make them from wood chips, which is more eco friendly.  But that being said, you hardly ever see the cabinet frame, especially if you have drawer units, so it's not much of a priority to me personally.  The other variable is that you assemble the frames yourself using locking cams.  For this reason, I can verify the soundness of the connections and even add glue in the joints if I like.  I would say though that the final quality of the unit depends alot on the assembler so if you are careful then you will end up with a good quality cabinet.  If you are the kind of person who doesn't use up all the nails when you install the back then IKEA may not be for you.  

2- Door / Drawer Styles

The door (or drawer) style is the part of the cabinet that you actually see and in that area, I believe IKEA brings the good stuff.  Unlike the frames, many of the doors and drawers are solid with good quality wood veneer.  The painted finishes tend to vary slightly, (particularly in the Ramsjo line) but overall they have a good variety and hit many different price points from dirt cheap laminates to better priced Oak.  They even have glass doors and lacquered style colors.  Overall the variety and quality are impressive at this price point but you need to be very careful about discontinued lines.  If you think you may want to add a cabinet in the future, be prepared for the possibility that they may stop making that line and you won't be able to get it.  This has happened to me twice.  First with the Oak Tidaholm line (below) and then with the medium brown Nexus style.

Tidaholm Line (discontinued)

3- Hardware

IKEA has made great strides with their hardware.  And by hardware, I do not mean the knobs and pulls but the interior drawer glides, hinges, dampers, and legs.  The drawer and door dampers prevent slamming of parts and provide a nice easy glide upon shutting.  The hinges are of the same or better quality than you would find in a comparable special order cabinet.  They are all pretty easy to install, except for the door dampers, which I always have trouble snapping in.  Note to IKEA: work on easier to install door dampers.  They have also added decorative legs so your cabinets can sit off the ground, which I like very much.  They come in three different heights so you can even use shorter cabinets to get different effects.  If you choose to go with the standard black plastic legs, they offer matching toe kicks that snap right on.  Overall, IKEA gets high marks on the internal hardware, especially when you compare it to the junk they were using a few years back.  As for knobs and pulls, I find that their own line is far better priced than anything you can buy at the big box stores, especially the modern bar pulls.  

4- Variety of Components / Accessories

This is probably the single biggest flaw with the IKEA line.  Looking for a flip down sponge drawer?  They don't have it.  Want a narrow spice cabinet?  They don't have it.  Looking for options on a corner unit.  Sorry, they just have  a couple.  Although their line is fairly diverse in terms of door and drawer fronts, they keep the amount of components fairly limited to certain sizes and options.  I suppose this is because they make so many parts and pieces that they have to stick with what sells.  I have often hoped that they would add pull out drawer units for garbage and recycling bins, but alas, none have come along.  If you want unique parts and pieces then I'm afraid you're stuck with what they have.  If you can get over the limits of their running line, then I would say that is the biggest hurdle.


Two toned Ramsjo Kitchen 

5 - Appearance

This last category is entirely up to you.  I have found that when assembled correctly with the right amount of additional details (lighting, hardware, windows, etc..) an IKEA kitchen can look every bit as custom as one 3x the price.  Of course it will never compare to a custom cabinet with inset doors (as opposed to overlay doors which is all IKEA makes) but for the money I don't think you can find a better deal.  Just be sure to get a second opinion on the planning as the standard work triangle is not the only consideration for a functional kitchen.  You need to make sure you have the proper clearances for walking by, the proper support for countertops, and enough room to open doors and drawers.

Below are a few more samples of other IKEA kitchens that we've done.  Please also leave your feedback on anything you feel is good or bad with the systems.  Maybe IKEA will catch on to our suggestions in the next generation.

Nexus Black Brown
Nexus Medium Brown (discontinued)
Liljestad


In summary, IKEA cabinets can really pull off a quality look if you plan it properly and take time with the assembly.  They are limited in cabinet types and accessories, but the money you save will allow you to spend more on countertops and lighting which really add to a kitchen.  However, if you truly desire a custom kitchen with solid wood construction and specific finishes, there is no substitute for a quality cabinet shop.  Just be prepared to spend considerably more.

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114 comments:

  1. Could you expand on your concerns with the paint on the Ramsjo cabinets in Point # 2, Door / Drawer Styles?
    Just curious whether you mean the paint quality, (or colour?), is inconsistent / poor quality within one colour, eg the white, or across all Ramsjo colours?
    Many thanks,
    Catriona

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    1. In the two toned Ramsjo kitchen, we went with the white upper cabinets and I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the opacity of the finish. Instead of being a rich painted white, it was more of a translucent white where you could see the grain through the paint. As the grain was somewhat exposed it reflected the variations in the wood and therefore appeared inconsistent. It had the overall appearance of being primed, but not painted. Fortunately for us, there was really no direct sunlight on the cabinets since we had windows below them but in direct sunlight it did look a little streaky. The finish on the black-brown Ramsjo was much better.

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    2. I just took out some doors to try at home. So glad I did. Ramsjo door finish is terrible!! No way I would use it. Very disappointing as its the only solid wood option in white. I am going for casual, but this was pretty bad.

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  2. We just finished our Ramsjo kitchen. There is a garbage pull out modification. It's a drawer box attached to a cabinet door. There are some pretty innovative modifications on the IKEA Fans site. Thanks for the great article! I find that I am always justifying my choice in using IKEA cabinets, but when people actually see my kitchen, they love it.

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  3. Artemis- agree totally with the justification comment and thanks for the trash bin insight. I will check that out.

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  4. I am getting a two toned Ramsjo and was planning on having the white doors/drawers refinished in a solid white due to the standard finish. They should go with a nice solid white finish on the Ramsjo in the future.

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    1. I agree! Please send pics when complete!

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  5. Hey Kraig,

    Lotta good IKEA info and the pics look great. If you get a chance, give our website a look - might be something you and your clients would be interested in.

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  6. John - Just checked out your site - it's brilliant - I will reach out to you soon!

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  7. Thanks so much for posting this! I know what you mean about quality. Two weeks ago, I designed my own kitchen and then went to a "direct distributor" of RTA kitchens. I am a handy person so putting together the cabinets was not something I was afraid of. My kitchen costs about $2000. Well, my husband and I brought home the cabinets and put together the wall cabinet. I was mortified when I realized that these were cheap 1/2 inch plywood from China. Very low quality for what I paid. Fortunately, they took all the boxes back and refunded my money. I promptly went to Ikea and redesigned my kitchen using the Ramsjo Brown-Black and the Lindingo White. My husband and I picked apart the cabinets there and the quality was outstanding compared to what I had returned. I was told that I couldn't do black base cabinets and white wall cabinets but obviously they were wrong! I'm so glad to see your pictures. I was excited to read all that you have above and thank you for taking the time to do that. I feel confident now that what we chose will look great. I spend around $2500 for my new kitchen but it was well worth the price.
    Sue S.

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  8. Susan - So glad you were able to get some use from the post. Would love to see pics of your kitchen when complete! - Kraig

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  9. We had Ikea's contracting group install a fantastic kitchen for us, but two of the dampers have come off my most frequently used cupboard door. It looks like I should just be able to pop it back on, but its pretty tough. Any tips? -Deb

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  10. Those dampers gave me alot of trouble at first too. They key is to angle them in there (so the little hook catches) and then straighten them out while you slide them back. Just imagine that the little hook has to engage or it will just keep popping out. Once you learn to 'click' them in, you will have the touch. Also be careful not to bend the little hooks while you push them in or you may have to pry them apart a bit with a screwdriver. Hope this helps!

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  11. Thank you for your article! It was very informative! My husband I are considering an Ikea kitchen but as you can imagine not too many contractors jump up and down when you mention an Ikea kitchen. I am not sure where you are located or if you hire out your design and installation services but do you have any recommendations on how to find someone as experienced and knowledgeable as you are regarding Ikea cabinets? We have at least 4 other areas in the house that we can utilize Ikea cabinetry if we have the right help. However we are about 3 hours from the closet Ikea, which is in Portland, OR. Thank you for your help!

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  12. Thanks for the feedback. Where exactly do you live? I have some connections in the Bend/Redmond area which is about 3 hours from Portland. Drop me a line and I can see if I have any contacts locally.

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  13. Has anyone had success in finding a paint to match the Ramsjo white? I'm installing those in my kitchen, but some odd dimensions are forcing some modifications. Those mods will require the iron-on "beauty strips" but since ikea only offers those in the toe-kick kit, I'm having to source raw finish strips elsewhere. There'll also be some non-ikea birch veneer plywood features.

    Any help is welcome.

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    1. We purchased extra Ramsjo white cover panels and used those where needed to fill gaps, etc. Fairly inexpensive and much less hassle.

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  14. The Ramsjo white is a fairly transparent finish, often looking watery at times. I have had success taking raw birch or maple and thinning out white latex semi-gloss paint with water. This gives it that milky transparency that allows the grain to show through. Do some test pieces to get the consistency right and then apply one coat. That should be enough.

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  15. I was looking at kitchen cabinets on IKEA's website. It appears as though the doors are available without the entire cabinet. We like our kitchen layout but want to change the color. Do you have any experience/suggestion/opinion about refacing the cabinet and using an IKEA door.

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    1. IKEA uses a European hinge system that relies on previously drilled holes to plug the hinges into. You will need to confirm that the IKEA hinges will work with your existing cabinets in terms of recessed depth, and available area to either drill new holes or install in existing holes. If you can't use the IKEA hinges, you could possibly plug the holes on the back of the doors and use your current hinges in the new doors. Either way, it is definitely possible, but may require some handy work.

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  16. Thank you for writing this article! It has great detail for someone like me who is considering IKEA cabinets. I went to IKEA a few days ago, looked at the cabinets, and spoke to a salesperson. The salesperson claims that the cabinet construction is MDF rather than plywood. Is this true? The bigger question of quality that I have is everyday wear quality. In my experience, IKEA furniture finish wears very quickly. I can replace a coffee table easily, but not cabinets. Even walking around the IKEA store shows the ease of wear. Is it the same with the cabinets?

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  17. I'm so glad I came across your website. My husband and I are supposed to be closing on a new (to us) house this week and we're needing to replace cabinets throughout the house. I'm glad to hear that the cabinets are easily equivalent to the Kitchen Maid ones sold at the big box stores. Two questions for you:

    (1) Would a person be able to use the cabinets for a bathroom?

    (2) Do you know of anyone reputable in the San Diego area who would assemble them and install?

    Thanks!

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  18. I have used these cabinets in several bathrooms. The key is to modify the height to be slightly lower since bath vanities are typically 32-34" in height versus 36" for a kitchen counter. You have to sit the cabinets on a 2x2 base that is leveled properly and then rip the kick plate to match the reduced height. Overall it's easier than it sounds. As far as San Diego, IKEA has installers that each store uses so just ask for a referral at the store. They also have fixed pricing so you won't be in for any surprises when you get the bill. Good Luck!

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  22. Shirley - Love the post and totally agree! I would much rather build cabinets from scratch however time is always the most precious commodity. Keep up the good work in Louisville!

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  26. Sam - Thanks for the feedback - Glad you enjoyed it!

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  27. Kraig, Great post! You just gained a regular reader.

    I just purchased a home and will be doing a new kitchen and plan to use the IKEA cabinets. I love the look of the Nexus Medium Brown doors you pictured. Unfortunately, At this time IKEA is lacking in medium/dark modern doors. I'll be documenting my journey here: http://davidhross.blogspot.com/

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  28. David - Thanks for the note. I will definitely add your blog to my list of ones to watch! Let me know if you have any questions as you go as I'm always happy to give advice.

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  29. I am looking to replace my IKEA doors from 10 years ago they are the Adel cream which they don't make any more. The laminated covering on these doors is lifting off (not just the edges, but the centers are lifting off as well). In hindsite, I wish we had done the kitchen with one of the "wood" options because at least now I could have them professionally painted instead of replacing them. I too feel the same as David Ross... the door styles at this moment in time leave a lot to be desired, they had a better broader and more modern range of styles 5 years ago than they do now. GRRRR

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    1. I have exactly the same problem with the laminate covering lifting off the doors on my Adel cream kitchen cupboards - which Ikea do not supply any more. It seems I may have to replace all of the doors and end panels, unless I can doors somewhere else which match. At barely ten years, this is poor value for money. Should have gone to a higher end supplier to begin with I think.

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    2. Hi Gen, as an IKEA kitchen owner / designer your lifting/peeling Door fronts are covered under the warranty! Just take a few doors off and into your nearest IKEA (hopefully you still h ave proof of purchase paperwork to make the process easier) and they will replace you're fronts with one of similar cost or give you a credit to buy one that is more expensive. Hope this helps for you. Ps, there is still abd Adel off white site style available that is painted not a melamine or a foil. Cheers.

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  30. GEN - Great feedback - I do agree that the current door styles could use a refresh, but I think that the product they are making today far exceeds the quality of bygone days. Hopefully you can just swap the doors and be done! Stay in touch.

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  31. We are in the middle of planning a complete kitchen remodel. Neither of us are particularly handy & will be using a contractor. However, I keep reading that the actual assembly of the cabinets, while time consuming, is not that hard. How much do you think a contractor is going to be charging us for the assembly? Should we do it ourselves or even find someone other than contractor to do it?

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  32. I love this article. I too am making final design decisions. I know nothing about this company but ran across it and the post from Mrs Laui in August came to mind. Appears they specialize in IKEA installs. http://www.remodeling-center.com/4/Ikea%20Kitchen%20Cabinets/#/ppc/images/1.jpg. Thank you for making me feel more confident in my decision to purchase IKEA cabinets. Only 999,999 more decisions to make! The big box store helped to sway my decision when I saw their price tag. Deb

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  33. JlW- If you are not handy, I think it pays to have someone assemble them for you. IKEA generally has a list of companies who have fixed rates to do this. These companies are experts and charge much less than having your GC do this. I would have them take care of this and just have your GC install. I think you will still come out ahead on the cost.

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  34. Deb- Thanks for posting that link - I think you will be pleased with the IKEA cabinets, provided you can find a style you enjoy. Feel free to drop a line if you need any other advice on the other decisions. I can point you in the direction of great hardware, countertops and planning tips if you get stuck. Good Luck!

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  36. What great information!!! I have been looking into custom built in cabinetry in new jersey for my brand new home! These are some great ideas!!! Hopefully I'll be able to have my dream kitchen someday in the future...

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  37. Hilary - Thanks for the feedback - I'm in NJ also if you ever need any help. Keep us posted on your dream kitchen!

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  38. kraig, do you have a website to showcase your work other than your blog?

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  40. Hi,
    Nice post. Thanks a lot. Could you please tell me how did you get the clean "L" corner cabinets on the walls of the second picture (Two toned Ramsjo Kitchen)? I just loved that kitchen in 2 tones) I desperately need a wall corner cabinet in my tiny kitchen but I hate that monster corner (diagonal) that IKEA has. Thank you. Alice

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  41. Hi Alice - I share your dislike of the bulky corner cabinets. In this kitchen, we made the corner decorative by boxing it out with wood studs and then cladding it with 6" tongue and groove pine planking, which we painted. Although the corner space is not usable, we found that the island and the overhead cabinets provided ample storage which was all much easier to reach. Hope this helps!

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  42. Thanks for your answer. That was a good idea and it looks great. I want my kitchen in grey and off-white too. Anyway, I think it is hard to work with IKEA cabinets for an "U" shape small kitchen where just 2 walls can hold wall cabinets. I need to go vertical and use cabinets until the ceiling (89"), if I want to get more storage. That's a good puzzle, for sure. Thanks again. Your projects are awesome.

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  43. No problem Alice- Feel free to e-mail me through my Architecture web site (kalashian.com) if you want me to take a look at your space and advise. I generally can take a quick look and make recommendations for no charge.

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  44. Thanks for these enlightening stuff about their cabinets.
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    1. James - Glad to be of help - make sure you check out our other posts on the topic!

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  45. Would you recommend the Rubrik line? We're considering using those cabinets for our new kitchen.

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  46. I have used the Rubrik line- both the glossy lacquered style and the stainless. They have a very modern look for a great price - I would recommend them however they are not great if you have kids as the finishes tend to scratch fairly easily and are hard to fix once scratched. If you don't have kids and want a strong 'wow' factor, I would recommend them.

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    1. Hi Kraig, We are installing the Akurum horizontal upper cabinet as a stand alone above a mini bar that we've created using the rubrik drawers and a mini fridge. I wanted to use the Rubrik stainless cover panel for the akurum cabinet, but wasn't sure how best to cut it. Any advice or experiences you could share would be very helpful! Thank you!

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  48. Kraig,

    Thanks for the very informative review. We're considering an IKEA kitchen and your post has definitely proved helpful and assuaged some of our concerns. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on IKEA's installation services, specifically in the Boston area, as well as any other installers in this area that you might recommend. Thanks again.

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  49. The IKEA installers all have to go through a training and approval process, so I'm sure they are fine - they just don't have knack for design or making things look custom. You should still consult a local designer if a custom look is what you're after. For example, let's say your backsplash tile is 3.5" tall. If you have five courses of that, it would be 17.5". If you coordinate it advance to mount your upper cabinets 17.5" above your final counter height then you won't have to cut any of the tile and it will fit perfectly. An IKEA installer certainly won't be thinking about details like that.

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  50. Thank you so much for the informative piece. Based in your experience, would you think anyone without carpentry experience is capable of installing an IKEA kitchen? We are thinking of DiY...

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  51. Jess - The hardest part will not be building the cabinets, but installing them to the walls. The key is to make sure you level all the base cabinets properly with the feet, then secure them properly to the wall. This might require finding a stud or getting wall anchors, which can be tricky. Everything else is pretty straight forward. I think you can do it if you take your time and be sure to follow the directions!

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    1. Thanks, Kraig. Will certainly read up more on installation. Looking at it now, we can probably assemble the pieces and either hire help for installation or brave it!

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  52. Do you have any suggestions on an easy way to install the handles on the cabinets? It's important to me that they're all straight and even with each other. We are installing an Adele white kitchen ourselves. On the base cabinets we have some drawers and some cabinets with drawers. We are using Tyda handles--long ones on the big drawers and shorter ones on the smaller drawers and on the cabinets (including the uppers). Do you suggest that we make our own template? I assume we'd have to make several for the different sized handles and drawers? Thanks.

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  53. Jami - This is a great question and I could write a whole post on how to install cabinet hardware! The short answer is to use blue painters tape (at least 1.5" wide) and put it wherever you plan on putting the hardware. Use a pencil to draw a horizontal line across multiple aligned drawers using a level. Then do the same thing vertically. A template can often be misaligned from drawer to drawer. The important things is to make sure all the hardware is aligned after all the faces are installed and adjusted. Hope this helps!

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    1. I followed your advice and it worked great. Put blue tape along all drawers then ran a line with the long level. Then measured from sides to mark the spots for the holes. They all aligned beautifully. It took hours to measure and mark (including all of the cabinets) but it was worth it. Thanks for your informative website. It helped encourage me to go with Ikea and do it ourselves (which is the only way we could re-do our kitchen!)

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    2. Jami - so glad to hear it worked out and thank you for the kind words. Would love to see pics if you want to share them! You can e-mail me at kalashian@gmail.com . Best regards, Kraig

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  55. I have some questions about Ikea cabinets: Can we customize cabinet sizes for built-in appliances? how about custom finishes? Do the cabinets come from Europe? Is the lead time long?
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  56. IKEA cannot do custom sizes. You can get a company like Semi Handmade to do custom doors if you like. They do come from Europe and are generally in stock at any IKEA so lead time is not an issue.

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  57. I am wanting to do a basement kitchen/bar against a wall--not a stand behind bar, just a wet bar against a wall. Approximately 72"-75" wide, possibly 3 base cabinets or two base and room for a bar fridge. Also, ideally, we would like a small bar sink--maybe 15" . On the top I would like the shorter cabinets that have the doors that flip up. The upper cabinets could have the glass insets. We would like this in black with chrome legs.
    I see pictures of similar Ikea items that I like, but when I go to the choices I can not find them. I called and they were not much help. Any thoughts? Also, can the Ikea cabinets support granite counter tops?

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    1. The IKEA system can definitely support granite, so don't worry about that. Regarding the cabinet styles, they have all the types you need, they are just hard to find on the web since the flip up cabinets are not called AKURUM, which is what all the base cabinets are called. Your best bet is to do a simple sketch of what you want and then take it down to an IKEA. Just as a note, I have found that many basement walls are cement, so if you haven't got a furred out wall where studs have been installed in front of the foundation) you will need to consider this since it will be difficult to mount the cabinets to concrete. Overall, the IKEA cabinets will work well, just make sure to consult an in-store planner.

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    2. I'm in the countertop bracket business and I can assure you that Ikea cabinets can support large granite overhangs. EVERY DAY we have clients ask us if Ikea cabinets can support granite overhangs and I assure you that the cabinets are well engineered. The problem with supporting granite is not with the cabinets. Supporting your overhang simply requires a product that is developed for the cabinet.

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  64. Is there any way to hide the base cabinets from the fronts so you can't see the different color of the base cabinets in between the fronts?

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    1. Christian - I often get electrical tape in a color that matches the doors and put it over the face of the frame beyond. Since I use alot of dark doors, black electrical tape works well. I agree that when you see the white or maple laminate beyond, it can often negate the effects of the drawer or door face. Hope this helps! - Kraig

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  69. Thank you for posting this. We are installing an IKEA kitchen where we will combine the LIXTORP brown doors for the base cabinetry with the RAMSJO white for the upper cabinets. I appreciate your comments on the variation with the RAMSJO in the white. I am not sure what other wood stained base/white upper cabinet doors are good combinations in the 2013 line, unless you know better (you seem to be the professional here!) I will take any advice wholeheartedly. We have amazing natural light in our kitchen including three walls of windows and a skylight. Do you know of any paint match for the white Ramsjo door?
    Furthermore, in the two-toned, grey and white kitchen of yours (RAMSJO DOORS); have you heard of any issues with the window being placed directly behind the range/oven? We also have this configuration in our home.

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  73. Great article! We had a great experience installing a black-brown and white Ramsjo kitchen last year. We actually bought the identical cabinets in all white and put them in our other house over the weekend. I actually think the options for customization inside the drawers and doors is awesome and I've never been so organized. Highly recommend the Ramsjo solid wood front styles!

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  79. Thanks for the informative article. You briefly touched on the taller legs available for the base cabinets, mentioning that having the cabinets raised off the ground looks good. We are contemplating doing that as my husband is 6'5" tall and finds standard counter height hard on his back (I might need a stepstool though as I'm only 5'3"...) I'm not sure I'm keen on having to get under them with the vacuum so I'm wondering if you have any suggestions for toe kicks as Ikea doesn't have matching 8" toe kicks. We are planning to install new flooring first so we need to decide if we are going to run the flooring all the way under the cabinets or not (and I'm wondering if we could use extra flooring as toe kicks). We also toyed with the idea of having some sort of pull-out function from underneath as our kitchen is fairly small and we do a lot of canning and we're thinking it might be the perfect amount of space to put our larger canning jars for storage! Wish we could go to Ikea to see things in person but we are about a 7 hour drive to the nearest one... have to order it all and hope for the best. Thanks again for your great post. I'm going to go read the other one now too!

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  80. Any suggestions for paint color or "veneer" strips for the Ramsjo Black/Brown. We do not like that you can see the birch on the edges behind the doors.
    Those strips would be the perfect fit, however you can not buy them.

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  81. Swells - I actually cover the frames with black electrical tape. If you trim it nicely no one gives it a second look! Best of luck.

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  82. Dear Kraig, I am a sort of IKEA groupie and have many many pieces of their furniture at home. I am in the process of designing my new kitchen and it is as exciting, nerve-wracking and expensive as planning a wedding! Your post is really informative. Do you have any thoughts about the new Sofielund style? I love the brown-gray tone and I feel the color is becoming popular, for example, IKEA has that tone of gray in HEMNES and other lines and I also saw the same color at the home depot in cabinets by Martha Steward (Weston, Persian Gray but this one has no texture). I question the durability of the foil finish of the IKEA product and wonder if the texture will make cleaning too hard. The Sofielund kitchens look lovely matched with plain-color countertops but my granite (which I am reusing) is crema perla and I am afraid it might look too busy with the wood grain and the multicolored granite. Thanks for any advice you can give me. I have an IKEA in-home measuring and consultation in a few hours, hence the blog-reading at 4 am.

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    1. Hi Fabland - I am not a huge fan of the foil finish as it looks too much like laminate and not at all like wood. I love the brown-grey tones, but would definitely opt for a solid wood door that gets painted over those. We have actually been buying the solid wood doors and spraying them in colors to achieve a custom finish. Definitely worth a look!

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    2. I was told at Ikea that if I painted the cabinets or modified them in any way, it would void the warranty. True?? Also, are only the WOOD ones paintable?

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  84. Love IKEA, so even though we live in MT, our builder let us design & purchase IKEA cabinets. We chose all of the box frames in the "birch effect" color & chose Lixtorp Brown for drawer fronts, doors, side panels & toe kicks (plinths). We also purchased the same size cabinets for our bathroom base cabinets. Out of our 3 bathrooms, we had to cut about 3" off the backs of two cabinets so that they would not interfere with door trim or door opening. It was not a big deal, as we just drilled new holes for the wall mounts & back cross brace piece. We were able to reuse the back piece & re-attach with the nails. While building each base & wall cabinet, I did use wood glue while building. Yes, it was time consuming, but well worth it! For locations to drill the holes for knobs or handles, purchase the FIXA drill template for $1.99. Be careful as it breaks easily, but so worth it for getting every drawer or door knob in the exact same location. Buying, building & installing IKEA cabinets is actually very easy (although time consuming) and you don't need to hire someone to do it for you. Just make sure there are two people working together. We purchased EZ toggles from a big home supply store for mounting the base cabinets to drywall when we couldn't find a wood stud. When we did hit a stud, we used cabinet screws from the same store. We chose the plastic black legs for the base cabinets. They make it so easy to level your cabinets & for taller family members, we can make the base cabinets taller. I purchased 5/8" screws to hold the leg base to the cabinet for added security. For the wall cabinets, I highly suggest the AKURUM suspension rail. That just gets screwed to studs, then slide in the squares & bolts (2 for each cabinet) and hanging wall cabinets is a snap! My only complaint is seeing the "birch effect" faces along the sides of my Lixtorp doors. I wish IKEA had a sticky thin (like 1/16") veneer that could be placed over the faces to match the doors & drawers. I have searched online for 1/16 and 1/32" veneers & there are many websites - such as http://wood-veneer.com/ . Here is a link to our home build & photos of our kitchen - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10200642167639645.1073741831.1323883190&type=1&l=22a3202626

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  87. OK. It's 2014 now and maybe things have changed. I don't know what a 'narrow' spice drawer is but I saw a couple things that would work. The sponge drawer I have tosses the sponges into the cabinet behind. Often things go missing from this drawer. Mostly because they are tossed into the garbage bin residing there. If only I had the special garbage can/ recycling bin drawer like they had at the IKEA ;) One of the things my wife and I both liked.

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  88. Just finished my cabinet install. I did it in Ramsjo Red-Brown. I turned out better that I had hoped. I waited until Mar-Apr, when Ikea has their yearly sale. I had about $4,000 worth of cabinets to order. I did the kitchen designer online. Checked and re-checked my measurement until it was exactly what we wanted. Then I called them up and began my order. The representative on the phone went through and made sure that I had all of the available parts, legs, pulls etc. She was very meticulous. With 10% off it was roughly $3600. Then she mentioned that if you go over $4500, the order would be 20% off. SO I added in lighting and other accoutrements. and brought the price up to just over $4500. 20% of that is $900 which brought me back down to $3600. So I got $500 of free stuff with my order. Plus I paid just over $100 for delivery. Since the store is 200 miles away. Delivery at only $100 is a no-brainer.

    Everything came and it seemed like a lot and though we may have gotten in over our heads. But we just opened one box at a time, followed the directions, and after one or two, started to knock it all out. 18 upper and lower cabinets in total. I made sure to glue and screw every joint and used up every nail. I used a laser level to mark where to hang the rail that holds the upper cabinets and even remembered to leave room for the trim at the top of the cabinets.

    Although I had no issues installing,there are a few things I would recommend to a first time installer:

    : Pay extra attention and take your time in lining up cabinets that get screwed together before drilling.
    : Be careful cutting trim, especially on corner cabinets. (Set your miter saw to 22.5 degs) and do not use the seam between it and the next cabinet as your miter point. Use the first turn on the corner cabinet itself. If you are unsure what that means Please ask a carpenter before you mess it up and waste materials.
    : If you are gutting you kitchen down to the studs, like I did, make sure to screw in horizontal 2x4s between the studs where the base cabinets will be secured to the wall so you are sure to screw into wood, every time, on every cabinet.

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