Should You Get Ikea Cabinets? See Why These Renovators Did

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See what they look like in a real kitchen instead of a showroom

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again. Cabinets will have a great impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen—and are typically one of the most expensive elements. Ultimately, it’s up to renovators and their contractors to pick the cabinets that work best for their space and lifestyle: some go fully custom, some opt for stock, and sometimes it’s a mix between the two. To assist in your research, we rounded up a few of our renovators’ Ikea kitchens and their thinking behind the decisions.

P.S. Do you have an Ikea kitchen? We’d love to get your thoughts for an upcoming article. Leave a comment below addressing the following questions, and you could be featured! 1. How long have you had the cabinets? How have they held up? 2. Why did you choose Ikea? 3. Share any other comments/feedback you have.

To incorporate Scandinavian, simple style

Ikea kitchenJen loves the Scandi-look, so when it came to renovating her kitchen, Ikea cabinets were a must. She chose the Veddinge cabinet front doors and minimalistic tab pulls to create an unfussy and practical cook space with major hygge vibes. 

Ikea kitchenModern and easy to clean–that was the directive for Racquel’s kitchen renovation. Her goal was to keep the foundation classic and let her personality come through with paint and accessories. That made Ikea’s glossy Ringhult cabinets the perfection solution.

Ikea kitchenRoxana and Gabriel wanted their kitchen to align with the minimalist appeal of the rest of their home and integrate all the appliances. With their Sweeten general contractor and the Ikea kitchen planner tool, they created a custom-feel kitchen.

To save the earth (and money)

Ikea kitchenSandra and Michael chose their Bodbyn Ikea cabinets for a few reasons. They had originally planned to use reclaimed cabinetry, but given the kitchen’s tight layout, needed a narrower option. “We decided to go with Ikea because we felt they offered the best sustainable options and price,” Sandra shared. 

To let other elements shine

Ikea kitchenIn a Manhattan loft this awe-inspiring with high ceilings and windows, it’s best to pick one or two show-stopping features. For this renovator, that meant the home’s original bones and a standout Carrara marble countertop and backsplash. So for cabinetry, he chose gray-blue Ikea to complement the rest of the apartment.

To save money

Ikea kitchenFull disclosure: Sally’s kitchen is a mix of Ikea Sektion bases and custom door fronts from Scherr’s. It’s a great example of how to get a bespoke look for less—and saved the renovator (she has four under her belt!) $25,000.

To get the most value

Ikea kitchenCody, a renovator and architect described why he chose an Ikea kitchen system best, “The Ikea kitchen cabinet system is amazing for the price point. There are an infinite number of modular configurations and we achieved a result that is nearly indistinguishable from a custom kitchen. The upper cabinets are 40 inches tall and extend to the ceiling, allowing for tons of storage,” he shared.

Ikea kitchenCabinets typically have a long lead time, especially for custom, so Marc and Steve took a different approach: Ikea base cabinets with doors from Semihandmade that would arrive sooner than a fully custom set.

Want more inspiration? Check out these kitchen before and afters.

Sweeten handpicks the best general contractors to match each project’s location, budget, scope, and style. Follow the blog, Sweeten Stories, for renovation ideas and inspiration and when you’re ready to renovate, start your renovation on Sweeten.



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