Ikea kitchens are all the hype, there are lovers and there are haters. At the end of the day, buying a kitchen is a very personal choice. If you are all about the solid wood and never want anything else, then an Ikea kitchen is not for you. If you are on the fence, or are curious about why so many people flocked to Ikea during the kitchen sale…
Here are 5 reasons why I highly recommend an Ikea kitchen.
Everybody knows this one, yes, Ikea kitchens can very affordable. How cheap are we talking? There is still a wide range when it comes to price, and it largely depends on the door or drawer front design. The cheapest line of Ikea doors and drawer fronts is something that you probably can’t beat it anywhere else.
While Home Depot and Lowe’s also have affordable options for semi-custom kitchen, their prices are still 30-50% higher than Ikea. Ikea also has doors and drawer fronts that are of better quality, and the price of those can be up to 4 times higher than their cheapest line.
If you like drawers, they can also cost significantly more compared to cabinets with shelves. With all that said, for a kitchen design of similar quality and aesthetics, you can still expect to save at least 30-50% going with Ikea.
One of the major complaints people have about Ikea kitchens is that they are all particle boards, or medium-density fiberboard (MDF).
What exactly is the problem with MDF? To be honest, there really isn’t one, except that it’s not solid wood. I’m a firm believer that just because it’s not solid wood, it doesn’t mean an Ikea kitchen won’t last 20 years.
MDF is not a good choice when it comes to something you would take apart, or move around a lot. The truth is, MDF is used in some of the mid-range furniture and you wouldn’t be able to tell. When MDF is used in a piece that gets moved around a lot, it can start falling apart fairly quickly.
But when it comes to cabinets, they are stationary. I sure hope you aren’t moving your cabinets around! Once you screwed them onto the wall, trust me, they aren’t going anywhere. When it comes to hardware, believe it or not, Ikea actually uses high quality metal in their drawer tracks and hinges. They also test the crap out of their hardware to make sure they are durable. Ikea kitchens are actually designed to take some serious daily abuse.
3. Modern & High-End Look
Everyone knows they are affordable, but that’s not why you should get an Ikea kitchen. The real reason: It looks more expensive than it costs, and nobody can tell that you have an Ikea kitchen. It can be modern and high-end, without costing you a fortune, that’s why.
As I mentioned they have a very wide range of door and drawer front design, some of them can make your kitchen looks like million bucks, without you spending that. When it comes to selling a home, the kitchen is one of the rooms that would make or break the sale. If your kitchen looks like a million bucks, then your home will too. Case in point, below is a house that was listed at $1.125MM with an Ikea kitchen:
4. Highly Customizable
I’m not just talking about kitchens. Yes you can customize the cabinets, drawers, different widths, different depths, etc. But you can also take a hanging cabinet and put it on the floor. A tall kitchen cabinet can be turned into a closet system. They are ideal for creating a custom design look by mixing and matching the doors.
You can pretty much use these kitchen cabinets in any room you want. I have personally designed bedroom closets, window benches, bathroom cabinets, playroom cabinets, and more out of these cabinets that were supposed to go into the kitchen.
The main reasons why my clients opted for kitchen cabinets over other cabinet choices were price plus the wide range of customizable options. We were able to create designs that fit better, use the spaces more efficiently, and also cost less.
5. Details, Details!
The details are my favorite part of Ikea kitchens. I can’t rave enough about their ridiculous attention to details. Along with my obsession with organization, it’s like a match made in heaven.
Let’s talk about the details — the obvious ones are the rubber bumpers to protect the finish from the daily slamming of doors and drawers. When you add an extra inside drawer, the screws that attach the handles to the outside drawer front can actually bump against the inside drawer and damage the finish. Ikea thought of that too, and they give you extra rubber pieces to wrap around the screws so your inside drawer doesn’t get damaged.
And then the organization options — they have inserts, containers, lazy-susans, drawer dividers, all the things you didn’t know you need. Those are the things that can cost a fortune with custom cabinets. Of course, you get them at a fraction of the price at Ikea. The best part is that they are custom designed for Ikea cabinets, so they fit perfectly!
Here’s a bonus benefit of Ikea kitchens – if you changed your mind, or ordered the wrong pieces, or for whatever reason you ended up with extra stuff that you didn’t use, they have a great return policy of 365 days. Even if you already opened the box and put it all together, you can still return it!