IKEA Kitchen Cabinets: Pros, Cons & Real Life Owner Reviews

A beautiful, functional, new kitchen is a wonderful thing. The act of renovating a kitchen, maybe not so much. It’s a job that causes even the calmest heads to get a little stressed over the decisions that need to be made. To help ease the strain for all the brave planners, I gathered some of our best real-life info on a item that most every renovator considers due to their reputation, availability and price: IKEA kitchen cabinets. Here’s the scoop, straight from our smart and savvy readers…
The Pros & Rave Reviews:

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

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

I have an Ikea kitchen with akurum cabinet frames and adel fronts/doors. I really couldn’t be happier! It looks great and so far has held up well (only had it for 6 months tho). All of their cabinets and drawers feature soft closing hinges, so there is no banging. And the level of customization you can get for the price is unbeatable. I especially love having drawers and pull-outs instead of traditional cabinets. I’m very satisfied. -jelica

Love ’em. Ikea cabinets were by far the least expensive option in our area, and the quality has been at least as good as any “traditional” manufactured cabinets that we saw. They have held up well and are a good value – which is particularly important in a neighborhood like ours where the property values do not support a very expensive kitchen remodel. I do recommend that you look into buying hardware from another source to avoid the “This Came From Ikea!!!” look. – Learned Foot

We had IKEA Nexus units put in 12 years ago and they have held up very well. Only one hinge went – and that was because my children kept swinging on that door! (and we were able to fix it ourselves) and the kickborad has become scruffy. We had very good installers who we hired ourselves. We have had carpenters in to do other work who have said that IKEA do the best flatpack kitchens (in the UK) in their opinion. I would not hesitate to have an IKEa kitchen again – unless I intended to stay in a house forever, then I might consider paying more. – neeny

Ikea cabinets are surprisingly well built. My husband and I remodeled my parents’ kitchen 5 years ago and they are still in great condition. We did the installation ourselves and it went very smoothly. All you have to do it level the long bracket bar and the cabinets just slide right in! We had around 300+ pcs/ boxes delivered, so it was pretty daunting to look at. However once we started assembling the cabinets, it went surprisingly fast. I def. recommend them for the quality and easy assembly/ installation. -megchicago

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

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

The Cons & Warnings:

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

My dad installed IKEA cabinets at one of his remodeling projects, and his review of them was that they look really nice and are good quality, but are an enormous pain to put together. Apparently the cabinet assembly doubled his project time, and considering he bills labor by the hour, they could get pretty expensive if you’re not DIYing it. He also felt like he needed to add additional reinforcement before putting on a stone countertop. Not a dealbreaker, but another extra step. – Jax Sanders

I think with all things Ikea, the quality and durability really depend on the assembler. I’ve definitely seen quite a few kitchens that screamed Ikea because there were gaps and angles that were slightly off, etc, and others that looked beautiful. Just make sure you have someone skilled and with good attention to detail building and installing your cabinets. -ebgb500

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

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

The ordering process at the store took so much longer than we expected. We arrived at the store at 6:30pm and left at 10:30pm. And even with a lot of planning, we had to go back to the store 3 times. I don’t know that I would do an IKEA kitchen if I didn’t have a store near by for quick trips to pick up needed items or return damaged goods. – fabricwench

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

The only caution I have is that if you don’t live near an Ikea store, it can be a slight gamble. The employees who pull together your boxes at the store are great, but they are only human – we have left the store with parts missing and needed to make return trips. If it’s quite a drive to your nearest store, know that you may need to make another run. Otherwise I’d recommend their cabinets for sure – go for it! – BrightWall

original post here http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ikea-kitchen-cabinets-reviews-pros-cons-194362

Decor the Halls with lots of Jolly

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What’s in store for holiday decorating this year? A survey of U.S. Houzzers found that one in six holiday decorators plan to go “over the top” (16%). Another 60% describe their décor style as “festive” and 22% take a “minimalist” approach. Making things merry and bright doesn’t mean breaking the bank, however. The majority of holiday decorators plan to spend less than $50 on new items this year.
 
Holiday décor isn’t just about seasonal sprucing. Sixty percent of survey respondents expect to host overnight guests this holiday season. Of those, one-quarter plan to redecorate a guest bedroom and/or bathroom (25%), and one in ten plan to renovate (10%). Making sure the fridge/pantry is stocked and deep cleaning the house top hosts’ to do lists (87% and 78%, respectively).
 
While the jury’s still out on whether or not Santa is real, the survey revealed that the majority of Christmas trees are not. In fact, artificial trees are twice as popular as real ones (72% vs. 35%, respectively). Candles top the list of must have holiday decor and will make appearances in four in five homes (83%).
Nearly half of respondents reported that pulling their decor out of storage is the most stressful part of the holiday decorating process (44%). Perhaps in an attempt to curb this stress the following year, nearly one in five report that donating/throwing away decor they no longer want is their favorite part of the holiday decorating process (18%).


 
Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season!
 

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Home Remodeling Ideas

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Finding the best ways to nurture and beautify a home can be a hard balance to strike, with so many options for floors, cabinets, lighting and outdoor seating.  With all of the possibilities it can be hard to make a plan that you will surely stick with and not change again and again.  Trust a Columbus, Ohio design and remodeling expert who has years of experience helping homeowners in the Columbus area make the plans for their home improvement and then carry them out to perfection.  With home remodeling interior designers on your side to help make everything run smoothly from start to finish, you can relax when you prepare for the Columbus home of your dreams.

 

Planning a home remodel must take into consideration many aspects of your home’s structure.  Not only purely aesthetic features are involved; as the wiring, support points and insulation also play a major role in the overall quality and safety of your home.  With a professional Columbus design and remodeling leader, all of these points are included in the planning of your home makeover, so that when the finished product is revealed you will not be worrying about unseen issues.  Get your home a thorough inspection to check for insulation improvement needs, and to ensure there are no water damage or pest concerns as well.   When your home is both healthy and beautiful, you will know the home improvement is a long-lasting success.

 

When the area of the home being remodeled is the kitchen, it can be a daunting thing to plan the materials used for the counters, floors and backdrops.  However, one thing that won’t be difficult with a Columbus design and remodeling specialist on your side is the planning of re-structure that goes into making the kitchen more open, have better entertaining capacity, adding better storage or more natural light.  The professional Columbus home remodeling designer you work with has the skill, practice and tools necessary to show you your projected changes before the work even gets started, so that you can be sure it will be the right fit for your family before committing.  And the remaining work of settling on the right stone, wood, cabinets and lighting is the part where your creativity and life’s passions come into the equation.  Model your kitchen or bath after your favorite vacation destination or with inspiration from other homes you love to visit.

Whatever changes come to your Columbus home, kitchen or bath this summer season, make sure they leave happy memories and a healthy home, with the right Columbus Ohio Design and Remodeling company.


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making kitchen cabinets to look like furniture

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Customize your kitchen cabinets with furniture-style details.
The right type of cabinet component can help refresh and add character to your kitchen’s style — whether you want brand-new cabinets or just need to revamp your old ones. But some design elements with the most impact may be small ones you haven’t even considered. Here are some details to integrate into your cabinets for a truly stylish design.

Take a basic kitchen up a notch with decorative add-ons that give cabinets a high-end look

Armoire-Style Cupboard

Armoire-Style Cupboard
There’s no end to the usefulness of this stand-alone armoire-style cupboard. The multiple drawers could contain table linens, silver, and serving pieces. And the upper level of the cabinet could easily house a large flat-screen TV. Cabinet-style cupboards feel like fine furniture, but offer all the amazing perks of modern cabinetry such as pullout storage and drawer dividers.
 

Surprising Turned-Leg Sink

Surprising Turned-Leg Sink

Here’s a surprising look for a kitchen sink — intricately turned legs. The ornate legs and white-painted finish create a custom look. The chinoiserie-style fabric creates a skirt to hide undersink storage and tie the room’s color palette together.
 

Cabinetry-Clad Refrigerator

Cabinetry-Clad Refrigerator

These large doors appear to be cabinetry, but instead hide a pro-style refrigerator and freezer. Built-in overhead cabinets make this refrigerator and side storage ensemble feel like a large piece of fine furniture.
 

Bookshelf + Open Storage

Bookshelf and Open Storage

Oh, what to do with all those cookbooks? This bright bookshelf/storage wall solves that problem with style. Simple cubbies above the books store single bottles of wine, and colorful baking and serving dishes are displayed on the shelves above.
 

Furniture-Style Island

Furniture-Style Island

A decorative painted exterior, ornate inlays, and tapered, carved feet make this stone-topped island look like an antique — but it’s not! This kitchen gets all the style of an antique piece of furniture with the hard-working practicality of an island.
 

Inspired Details

Inspired Details

Glass-front cabinets on the island add a custom look and mimic the look of a curio cabinet.
 

Beverage Center

Beverage Center

A series of small apothecary-style drawers and curved detail inset transforms standard cabinetry. Here, the beverage station feels like a stand-alone piece of furniture because of its staggered depths and sweet arched inset. Different heights (or finishes) make permanently installed furniture feel more freestanding — and more furniturelike.
 

Mantel-Top Range

Mantel-Top Range

A ceiling-hugging range hood (with spectacular crown molding) surrounded by inset cabinets takes center stage. Architectural add-ons, such as the corbel-supported mantel over the range, use furniture elements to make standard cabinetry look like they were custom-made.
 

Dresser-Style Cabinets

Dresser-Style Cabinets

You really can’t have enough drawers in a kitchen — especially in the cooking area. Here, a dresser-style cabinet contains stacks of drawers and serves as a room divider. The arched, floor-level cutout makes the kitchen cabinet feel like it has feet.



 

Furniture Details on Kitchen Cabinets

Furniture Details on Kitchen Cabinets

Architectural details on standard cabinetry give it a custom look. Here, crown molding and turned feet transform standard cupboards into a decorative asset in the kitchen. Search online for tons of stylish options.
 

Island with Table Legs

Island with Table Legs

The tapered legs of this island add-on make it appear to be a piece of furniture. The marble top continues from the rest of the work space to create an unbroken look.
 

Built-In Bookcase

Built-In Bookcase

Added to the end of this island is a built-in bookcase. Beautiful trimwork showcases this as a deliberate addition to the kitchen — for beautiful and smart storage.
 

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Outdoor Living Spaces

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What is a get together without a hot juicy Bar-B-Q involved. That’s where outdoor living spaces come into play, the better your outdoor space, the better the outdoor party and your awesome barbque.

 

Paradise Living, At Home!
Enrich your home and life with the stunning accents and designs that a Columbus, Ohio professional design and remodeler can offer.  With glamorously upgraded counters, cabinets, floors and lighting, any home that lacks something special will become rejuvenated.  With Columbus also being a prime location for outdoor living and seating areas, the possibilities to glamorize and re-energize your Columbus surrounding home have never been as numerous as they are now.  So get ready for the summer breaks with your own resort-style leisure right at home. We are all inspired by and like different types of rock, wood and fabrics, and each of our choices tells others a little more about us.  While some materials such as marble and granite are much more popular than others in the home, you can have a chance to stand out as a style maverick with more unusual or versatile options such as quartz, stainless steel or glazed lava stone.  If there are places you have visited where the surrounding natural beauty appealed to you more than anywhere else, you can mimic the colors and textures of that destination in the materials and fabrics in your home design.  Not only will you trick yourself into believing you are on vacation all of the time, your unique design will certainly be a conversation starter at parties! The lighting options employed in your home really have the power to produce the kind of mood you desire, or may be inadvertently causing unwanted feelings as well.  If it often feels like your lighting doesn’t tailor well-enough to the layout of your home, with too many dark spots or excessively bright ones, mention it to your local Columbus, Ohio design and remodeling experts, who know of many options that have worked wonders for other Columbus and neighboring homeowners.  Nothing says cozy like a well-lit home and there are also energy savings that could be achieved with a more environmentally-conscious lighting approach. In San Diego, possibly home of the most envied weather in America, you can’t let the outdoor seating and living enthusiasm pass you by.  What could be more relaxing and fulfilling than spending an evening with good friends out of doors in cozy chairs and a fire? An outdoor sleeping area with a cozy bed and mosquito nets would be absolutely heavenly and a wonderful way to reconnect with nature.  Throw in an outdoor private shower and you are now officially in paradise.  Enjoy your home like you never imagined you could, with a marvelous home, kitchen and bath remodel from your Columbus, Ohio design and remodeling experts.


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