Monday, February 4, 2013

IKEA Kitchen Cabinets - the 2013 Door lineup

It's no secret that I specify and install alot of IKEA kitchen cabinets.  In a recent blog post, I  outlined the pros and cons of IKEA kitchens for those who are considering them for their own projects.  If you haven't read that post, you can find it here: http://poconomodern.blogspot.com/2012/03/truth-about-ikea-kitchen-cabinets.html

This past weekend I had a chance to see the latest door styles up close as many of my favorite lines have been discontinued.  If you are looking for Nexus Black Brown or Liljestad, you will not find them.  Below are some shots of the current IKEA lineup:




Here are the most noticeable differences with the latest options:

1- Less Wood - The only true wood doors are the paneled options like Adel and Ramsjo which are made from smaller pieces cobbled together with a thin panel insert.   Any door with continuous wood veneers seem to have gone away.  In their place are doors that LOOK like wood but feel like plastic.  These would include the new GNOSJO (black-brown) and SOFIELUND (warm gray).  These two new doors look great but feel very inexpensive.  If you want to go with wood, stick with the simple shaker style panels.
2- Glossy is IN - Ikea has expanded their RUBRIK line which features laminates with glossy finishes as if to simulate a lacquered look.  They have new colors in blue and gray along with the existing green, black, and white lines.  Ikea is definitely using color which seems a bit too trendy to last.  If you plan on going with one of these doors, buy extras since they won't likely be here in a couple of years (or months).
3- Anyone for neutrals? - The overall feel of the line seems to be decidedly BLAH.  Details have been stripped to a minimum and colorways seem bland (even in the colors).  Gone are the bright red doors and the walnut brown tones.  All of the wood stains seem watered down and the addition of the new laminates seem to take a step back from the improvements from past years.  

In summary, I think the current line is a bit of a disappointment.  I think the AKURUM frames are still a solid value but I might consider buying the doors from a company like Semi Handmade (http://www.semihandmadedoors.com/collections/doors) for a more custom look.  One can only hope that the 2014 line features a return to craft and not the apparent cost cutting methodology that inspired this year's look.

As always, drop a line with any questions or comments.  I would love to hear from you!

40 comments:

  1. I am very close to ordering my cabinets from IKEA. I have the measurements and have designed my kitchen with their software. If I sent the login information to you - would you look to see if I am missing anything? Let me know your fee for that type of consulting. jennifer@pumpkinpiedesign.com

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  2. I too would be interested in a consult from you in regards to how we have set up our IKEA kitchen on their on-line program!

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

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  4. Hello,

    Useful information like this one must be kept and maintained. So I will put this one on my twitter list! Thanks for this wonderful post and hoping to see your post soon!

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  5. Thanks Kevin - Appreciate the kind words and the retweet!

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  6. Thanks, I was wondering about where everything they had that was so nice went. I'm doing a mid-century style kitchen in my 50s home and was hoping for the Yellow-Brown or Brown Nexus, but I'm looking at Semi-Hand Made as you pointed out. It's sad actually, not sure who they are marketing to, in wandering around the kitchen area in Ikea, the general consensus seems close to yours, cheap and badly colored...

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  7. I am working on details of my Ikea kitchen, and your posts are very useful - thanks!
    I am going to use semi handmade doors, and mostly drawers, with limited upper cabinets.

    I've heard that one should reinforce drawers if they are to hold heavy things such as pots and pans or dishes (posts on Apartment therapy and other places), but I do not know how they are reinforced. What is your opinion on reinforcement, and if you think its important, is there a link that illustrates the process?

    Many thanks.

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  8. Leslie - Thanks for your question - I have installed dozens of IKEA kitchens and do not believe that drawer reinforcement is an issue. The drawers all have metal frames with a solid laminate drawer bottom that is 1/2" thick. It is much thicker than conventional wood bottoms and the metal frames keep it secure. In my house we have a drawer full of cast iron Le Creuset pots and have had no issues! Best of luck and good choice on the Semi Handmade doors. They are gorgeous.

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  10. I agree with your assessment--blah! I have appreciated Ikea for their contemporary looks, but "contemporary" to me means, in part, "timeless". I just re-did a bedroom and wanted cabinets for one wall. I was so disappointed with my choices at Ikea. I picked something anyway, but am going to paint them. I was able to get a discontinued style in wood veneer for the same price as the cheaper doors. Still--natural wood would have been my preference. I would like to re-do my kitchen, too, but existing cabinets are in fine condition, so I'm going to try waiting for a cabinet line I like.

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  11. Alan and Leslie - Great post - you may find for your kitchen it might be more economical just to have a cabinet shop make new doors in a style you like. The only thing they need to know is the hinge positions and can usually work from there. Best of luck, Kraig

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  12. Ikea replaced Akurum with Metod this year. Rumor on Ikeafans has Metod coming to No Amer in early 2015. I suspect the range of Akurum will dwindle annually until then.

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  13. MJS - Thanks for the update - can't wait to see the new line!

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  14. Looks like IKEA just added a few doors to their site, have yet to see them in person. ORSA - Shaker style birch color. ROCKHAMMAR - Same profile as ORSA, but in a dark "wood effect brown" which looks like a walnut. I think the ROCKHAMMER instantly becomes the best looking door in their lineup.

    Also, new handle ORNAS is a clean, bar-style made of brushed stainless steel. I picked these up in person before they hit the site and I think they're more comfortable than the METRIK and won't catch on your clothing like the LANSA.

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    1. Thanks David - I will check that out - how's the reno coming?

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    2. Hey Kraig - My project is starting to come together after many unforeseen hurdles. Working on my kitchen now: Adel white doors with the new Ornas handles. I will soon publish before/after and process posts on my site.

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  17. Nice post. Your information is really good. Thank you for sharing.........................


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  18. Thanks Harrison - I will update this post when the new changes are finalized. They just released 4 new door styles and possibly a new cabinet frame system. Stay tuned.

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  19. Hi, we are considering redo our kitchen with IKEA cabinets as well and your information helps a lot! As for the cabinet door, have you heard of dcabinets.com? I want to know if you have any experience with them and know of their quality.

    Thanks so much!!

    Vanessa

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    1. Hi Vanessa - I have not heard of dcabinets but they look very simple as I didn't see various door styles just different colors. If you use them, let me know how it goes as I would be interested to see the quality. We have used semi-handmade doors with great success. Good Luck!

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  20. I'm glad I found your site. A lot of people on Houzz have been knocking Ikea cabinets and that led me here.
    We did our entire kitchen (DIY) with Ikea Adel birch in 2010. We used 24 cabinets (with 27 drawers). We also used their birch butcher block on a double width island. The kitchen still looks brand new. Nothing has malfunctioned. We load the drawers and cabinets down pretty good. I am less happy with the counter depth fridge from them (Whirlpool) but mostly because the stainless always looks stained to me and it doesn't hold enough food. We really like the wall oven though. Now we are finishing up another Ikea kitchen in a home up north that we will retire to in a couple of years. We used Ramsjo black/brown cabinets with a single island. All of the countertops are solid butcherbloock - beech this time. As I understand it Ikea is dropping the solid butcherblock from their line and going with a fake butcher-block looking laminate. That is unfortunate because they had the best price around. In the new kitchen we have installed 19 cabinets - again, most with drawers. The only Ikea appliances we bought was another convection wall oven, a gas cooktop and a microwave. We went with a Bosch dishwasher and a Maytag fridge with the pull out drawer. We have also used their Domsjo single bowl ceramic apron sinks in both kitchens. We love that sink! We have been very happy with the quality of Ikea. Yes, Metod is coming to the US and Akurum will be discontinued. The new Metod system will have many more options in sizes. There is some information on Ikeafans.com

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    1. Thanks Marilyn - Great information. I only wished their US lineup was as cool as some of the European models I've seen. Maybe in the future - Best, Kraig

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    2. This is very useful. Thanks so much. I'd love a little more info about the Ikea appliances after you've had them a while. What sort of customer service, if any, did you need and how was it? Joie
      andersonjoie@gmail.com
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  21. Kraig,
    I am currently designing our IKEA kitchen for our home. Would you review it and give me your thoughts? If yes, what is your fee? I found your articles very helpful and would love your input. Please let me know. Thanks! KCarter

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  22. That dark-stained wooden door (dark mahogany look?) in the first picture looks nice, though I have to agree with you on the others. Hopefully their next line isn’t as minimalist as this one and have more shades available.

    Willene

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  23. Thanks so much for these articles. You are a good writer.
    I am an interior designer in New York city and have been asked by a few clients to use Ikea kitchens. I am now in the process of designing my own kitchen ~ better to experiment on oneself than a client ~ fewer lawyers!
    Anyway, my concerns are the durability of the cabinets, the quality of their appliances and the timeliness of their work. Once they start, do they stick to it until the job is done? Or do they do a little one day and come back a week later and do a little more? What is your experience with Ikea appliances? Lastly, have you written anything lately?
    Joie Anderson
    andersonjoie@gmail.com
    www.joieanderson.wordpress.com

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  24. Hi! Do you have any update as to what's going on with Ikea kitchens in late 2014 - early 2015? I see that they are planning on bringing in Metod, the cabinets will no longer be available in birch, and the new styles look a bit ... boring (to my taste). I see pretty much no birch selection, and I also see no birch in Pax - is Ikea getting rid of their birch merchandise? How do you compare Metod to Akurum? Thanks!

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  26. The line this year is REALLY disappointing. The great thing about IKEA is that their kitchens cost HALF the price of other ones, but not only that, they used to have expensive HALF PRICED kitchens which cost THREE QUARTERS the price of others, and were fantastic looking wood-framed and textured (e.g. Ulriksdal, etc.) cabinets. For less than $10k you could have a kitchen that looks like $25k. Now you cannot spend more than $5k, and you get something that looks like $6k, maybe $7k going downhill with the wind at your back. MEH!

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  27. Hi, Kraig. Have you reviewed the 2014 line yet? What do you think?

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