IKD designed a small kitchen with added storage plus a cozy eating area for $3,814
Many of us experience that sense of dread when our mother-in-law announces a sudden visit. Special dishes and silverware that distinguish the occasion must be looked for and sorted out. Storing them separately adds to the anticipation (or trepidation) as you look and decide just which pieces that you’ll set out for her dinner. A china cabinet made from Ikea’s kitchen cabinets separates those special pieces and just may diminish the overall tension.
All-in-all a china cabinet is a great addition to any area. In the kitchen, it singles out the space and gives a distinctive look to other rooms. Display your favorite antique china pieces, trophies, momentos or formal dinnerware – or simple colorful pieces that’ll liven up the area.
The overall cabinet size depends on the dimensions of the area available. The minimum width is 30″: use a 30″ base cabinet with two 30″ glass door wall cabinets one atop the other. Or go as wide as 96″ using four 24″ base cabinets and six 30″ glass door stacked wall cabinets. For a much better look, include halogen lights along the top of each wall cabinet and use glass shelves instead of solid ones.
But don’t forget the finishing touches:
It’s senseless to be “backed into a corner”, or suffer a poor design, for corner base cabinets. The average kitchen has only one and there’s at least six feet of available storage space available. Designed well, the corner base cabinet is an ideal place to store large, clunky and not often used wares.
When it comes to deciding what type of base corner cabinet works best, IKEA has two types: a ‘blind‘ corner or a ‘pie cut corner’.
The pie-cut corner cabinets are 37” wide along the back of each of the two sides. They have two doors joined by hinges that form a sort of accordian effect; because the door(s) can be opened completely there’s great access to reach inside. They also come with a carousel (or lazy susan) already installed for even better access.
Blind corner cabinets are 49″ wide. The drawer and door are 21″ wide and, once opened, the entire inside 49” is accessible. This cabinet is available in two styles: one with just a shelf inside and the other with a swivel shelf that swings out of the cabinet. Shown below is the hidden space available for storage.
The blind’s advantages are its large size as well as the fact that it comes with a drawer. Though, in order to see what’s inside a miner’s helmet may be useful to crouch, peer and search. The swivel shelf is more a comfortable accessory though storage space is sacrificed. A classic battle of space versus comfort.
But if the space is too small for a 49″ blind corner cabinet and too big for a 37”x37″ pie cut corner cabinet, there’s a little modification that’ll solve this problem. A 49″ cabinet (without the accessory) is modified by removing the drawer and trimming 4″ inches – leaving a 45″ cabinet; trim 7” for a 42″ cabinet. Use an 18″ or 15″ full height door instead of the 21” door/drawer combo. IKEA sells doors separately, so there is no need to buy an additional cabinet.
Please refer to the guides attached for detailed measurements for these mods:
Leaving your fridge next to the wall (as shown above) is always the wrong way to go. Not only does this make the entire design look poorly planned, but it’s also very impractical – and here’s why:
The door must open up more than 90 degrees in order to remove the drawers and to clean your fridge properly. The more the door is opened, the easier it is to put in and take out food. Just think about how difficult it’ll be to store a leftover cake or a Thanksgiving turkey if the door doesn’t open wide enough. Holding the door with one hand, so it doesn’t close, while trying to get a few items out, is a big nuisance. . . . Also, opening and banging the door may damage both your refrigerator and your wall.
While some designers will suggest adding a filler of at least 3″ to provide additional space (think about the thickness, weight and even the handle of the door, not to mention the wasted space), the best design is to re-position your fridge. Design a standard wall and base IKEA cabinet of at least 12” to the side for additional counter space or add a tall cabinet – that also helps to gives a built in look for the fridge, like below:
Today we are moving on from TV Chefs into TV Homes for this week’s Famous Kitchen. We’ve chosen Will Truman’s kitchen from NBC’s hit series Will and Grace. Here’s our version:
IKEA Door Style: Adel Beech
Main Features: Galley kitchen built in to a platform, oven built in on a base cabinet, raised room divider, open shelves.
Faucet: Tarnan, Single Lever
Sink:Boholmen, Single Bowl
Estimated Price: $3,273.90
Red Brown Perfekt Panels can be used to build the room divider
Complete the Look:
|1. Numerar Double Sided Countertop||2. Snudda Lazy Susan||3. Framtid CG7 Stainless Steel Wall Panel|
|4. Grundtal Papertowel Holder||5. Grundtal Rail||6. Datid Gas Cooktop|
|7. Datid Oven||8. Anrik Coffee Maker||9. Rajtan Spice Jars|
The ABSTRAKT doors from IKEA were discontinued by the manufacturer after the date this article was published.
Typical kitchen designs have a full range or a cooktop in one cabinet and wall oven in a tall cabinet. If there’s space for an island, then a lot of space is saved by including them here.
The island shown includes a 30″ wide base oven cabinet (or a 24″ for smaller ovens and even microwaves, that have a smaller drawer on the bottom), one 15″ drawer base cabinet, a 24″ w x 30″ h x 12″ wall cabinet used as a base and a 12″ open shelf base cabinet create a useful cooking and baking area of 69″ x 24″
An island with built-in appliances is a great way to create an efficient work triangle, serving as a mid- point between the fridge and sink in this case, while also providing additional counter space to shorten the distances and avoid spills between one area and the other. A great IKEA kitchen cooking and baking center.
The AKURUM doors from IKEA were discontinued by the manufacturer after the date this article was published.
We’ve all experienced that morning stupor during which just a simple breakfast of a bagel, or cereal and coffee is all that’s necessary to carry on. Or, a warm Pop Tart and a glass of orange juice could be tasty. But where is everything!? It’d be quite handy if just one cabinet held all your non-refrigerated breakfast requirements in order to avoid that last minute searching and grabbing.
By designing a tall cabinet into your kitchen, or placing it separately near your breakfast table, the morning chaos is eliminated.
Aside from bowls, juice glasses, cereal, tea and coffee mugs – an electric water kettle and toaster makes the breakfast center complete. When installing the cabinet, add a double duplex outlet for your small appliances.
Design the breakfast center by modifying a 24”wide by 88” tall, 3-drawer Akurum Oven cabinet. Buy two additional 12″ wide doors, additional shelves and hinges separately to cover the oven space. If a wider cabinet is needed, then use a 30” wide by 88” tall cabinet with two drawers. Either reduce standard door height or place a horizontal filler to use standard doors.
An organized breakfast center is the first step towards morning serenity and kitchen efficiency . . .
The ABSTRAKT High Gloss doors from IKEA were discontinued by the manufacturer after the date this article was published.
IKEA’s five types of accent doors are sure to brighten up modern kitchen designs with their Rubrik Akurum line. These doors average about $35-40 more than the main door styles. Take a look at our 5 ways to add color to your kitchen:
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So, what makes this kitchen so unique?
IKD used Ramsjo Red-Brown for a modern kitchen and wet bar design. Cabinet Cost: $7,049 (countertop included), we´re really into optimizing kitchen space using IKEA cabinets. See how we did it!
Everyone gets excited when planning home renovations and it’s relatively easy to get carried away with so many nifty appliances in the market. That’s how some end up with a design such as this one:
This reduces not only your storage space, having less available for cabinets. It also decreases walk through space. Sounds bad enough? Just imagine having to use more than one of these appliances simultaneously, opening the doors is an unnecessary hassle.
Here are some tips you can use to avoid this issue:
Using two 36″ base cabinets along the back (or any other combination that adds up to 72” wide) and two 15″ four drawer base cabinets on each end at the front – creates a practical desk area that’s 42″ wide x 24″ deep. Check the total space first, because the island won’t fit in small kitchens since the total dimension of the cabinets is 72” x 49”.
Think about these uses for this particular island:
Don’t forget to install an electrical receptacle on the side of the cabinet for the laptop. Drill a hole in the countertop and install a grommet for the cord to pass through.
What would you do while sitting there?
Please take a closer look at this kitchen. The workable space above the countertop and below the wall cabinets have been so reduced that anyone working there would feel crowded and cramped. It’s poorly designed and it will be very uncomfortable to work there.
Pictured above is a common design mistake obviously not done by an expert – the wall cabinets have been designed too low. When choosing wall cabinet heights, it’s tempting to lower them for ease of accessibility or for more space for more cabinets above – doing so will cause your household tasks to be very uncomfortable.
Deep pots will be difficult to move around if there’s not enough space. Additionally, small appliances are generally between 8″ and 15″ high. Considering this, the minimum space between the counter and the wall cabinets should be of at least 16″ (18″ is recommended though). Just removing the lid from a blender, food processor or coffee pot becomes unnecessarily difficult.
Shown above is a kitchen with 4” more space above the countertop . . . this may not seem like much, but when you’re slicing and dicing you’ll appreciate the extra space. Also, under-cabinet lighting will illuminate much better with the extra space.
You can check out our blog if you need more ideas to get ready for your project:
Do you often wonder what lurks at the back of the bottom of a base cabinet? It’s often a handy gadget that you forgot that you owned – or that elusive sack of sushi rice from a last years’ Japanese-themed dinner party.
Placing your kitchen goods on movable wire baskets eliminates these problems.
The two baskets available offer 15″, 18″, 21″ and 24″ widths. They’re installed in either full height doors base cabinets or below the drawer in door and drawer combinations base cabinets.
What’s appealing for the baskets in the all-door cabinets is the option to design an all-door look that looks clean and simple. But there’s still the ability to have “drawers” or “pull-outs”.
All-in-all wire baskets are ideal to store larger frequent use items such as pots, pans and serving dishes. Bulky groceries that don’t require refrigeration work nicely also. This blogger suggests a “lunch box station” to store kids fruit, cookies and bread. What do you think?
IKDO brought this kitchen out of the 70’s into the 21st century while keeping a traditional look. Door Style: Liljestad Medium Brown. Cabinet Cost: $4620.48
The ABSTRAKT doors from IKEA were discontinued by the manufacturer after the date this article was published.
Stacked cabinets are a great way to take advantage of storage space in homes with high ceilings.
First check to see the available height. For ceiling heights of at least 97″, use 30″ and 15″ Akurum wall cabinets. If there’s at least 106″ available, then 39″ and 15″ will do nicely. Lots more cabinet space, not much more money.
Here’s a few stacked cabinet design options:
Not enough ceiling height? Why not stack wall cabinets on top of the counter for increased storage space and a “built-in look”?. We don’t suggest doing this for the entire kitchen because valuable counter space will be lost, but design them in areas with a minimum width of 48″ Try these combinations:
We could help you get an IKEA kitchen you love.