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IKEA kitchens, are they worth it?


IKEA kitchens, are they worth it?

Creating an ideal kitchen is a huge undertaking for any homeowner and it can take a huge hit on your wallet. So what do you do when you need to renovate your kitchen but have a tight budget? One of the best options is to go with a pre-fabricated kitchen like the ones Ikea offers. While many people may scoff at the idea, it is something to consider in the process of renovating your kitchen.

The Stigma and the Value

Ikea is so popular that it’s easy to spot their pieces in almost everyone’s homes. But that sameness can put off many homeowners in their quest to make their home unique. That is just one of the complaints people have about Ikea in general. The other has to do about quality. It’s no secret that Ikea uses particle board for most of their furniture pieces. The use of this material helps in the overall cost of your kitchen. Though where low prices exist, many assume the material is no good. The reality is many other pre-fabricated kitchen cabinets are made out of particle board or MDF (medium density fiberboard) and are still good quality. As for making your kitchen look unique, there are ways to make it look custom without breaking the bank. Another thing to be happy about is the 25-year warranty they offer on their kitchen cabinets. They have similar warranties on their faucets and appliances, too, at 10 and 5-years respectively.

The Products

You can create your entire kitchen with Ikea products, including the kitchen sink, if you want to. Their latest kitchen system, Akurum, can be built to fit any kitchen regardless of size or layout. This provides the base for everything you want to include. If storage has been an issue for you in the past, you can build in storage systems to your cabinets and drawers for easy access. Their doors and drawer fronts come in a wide range of styles to fit anyone’s décor, be it traditional or modern. They actually do have solid wood doors, for those who want the look and quality of wood in their kitchen. Tempered-glass doors will add the height of sophistication to any modern kitchen. Their selection of countertops doesn’t just include laminate and acrylic, but also wood, quartz and granite. The variety of materials and finishes they offer give you a lot of control in how your kitchen turns out in the end. Besides, there are a number of “hacks” online to spice up your Ikea kitchen to your liking.

The Process

Preparation is key for renovating any kitchen, be it an Ikea one or custom. Odds are you have done your research and decided this is the route you want to take. The next step is to take measurements and notes of everything in your kitchen. You will need this information when you talk to one of the kitchen experts at your nearest Ikea. Of course, you can always use their online 3D planner for mapping out your kitchen in advance. Some online reviews have noted that it is quite finicky, however. Besides, going to the store will allow you to touch and see all the elements in person before you choose your finishes. They have a bank of computers in their kitchen department so that one of their associates can help you with the online 3D planner. While you’re in the store, you can also decide whether or not to use their services for installing your new kitchen. This can prove very beneficial for those who aren’t that handy.

Plan accordingly when you decide to install an Ikea kitchen. This can even involve waiting for the next time they have one of their kitchen sales to ensure you stick to your budget. No matter what, there are a lot of options for making an Ikea kitchen your own.


By: Meagan Dieroff

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