By Frank,

March 1, 2022

By Frank |

March 1, 2022

Recently we received this question through our contact form,

We’re expanding our kitchen and need a good flow, but I’m no expert. I need a better visual than the one the IKEA Home Planner can give me. If I use your service, will your design show me only the kitchen cabinets? Or can you include a dining room table (not to buy) so I can see how it would look? Can you provide other items such as lighting, under-cabinet lighting, or crown molding?

We’re so glad you asked. First let’s look at the visual IKEA’s Home Planner can give you.

Now, here’s what IKD’s full-color, 3D image of what your IKEA kitchen design will look like in your home.

A picture really is worth a thousand words, isn’t it? Here are other views of this kitchen.

And finally, a birds-eye view:

We think our design image is prettier than IKEA’s, but that doesn’t answer the questions about what’s inside.

First thing’s first: learn the lingo (it will take 1 minute, tops)

The IKD design package has several components, but the ones that concern us here are:

  • Kitchen design image: a 3D, full-color rendering (fancy word for image) of your kitchen design
  • Kitchen design file: your kitchen design, uploaded to your IKEA Home Planner account

Our full-color, 3D images of your IKEA kitchen design bring our technical design files to life. You’ll be able to see in detail – from multiple angles – how your new IKEA kitchen will look in your home.
Your kitchen design file includes the floor plan, elevation drawings, and overall schematic of your kitchen for the IKEA Home Planner.
We’re not usually so exacting in how we use these terms, but in this post we’ll be really specific so you know what goes where.

We can include IKEA cabinets, appliances, countertops and more in your kitchen design image

We can include just about anything in your kitchen design image, for visual purposes only. Yes, we can include your dining room table so you can get an idea of how it would look (and how it would affect your available space!).
Here’s what else we can include in the image:

  • All of your IKEA kitchen cabinets
  • All of the custom cabinets we design for you, including a kitchen island or peninsula
  • IKEA appliances and countertops (upon request)
  • Visual approximations of non-IKEA appliances and countertops (upon request)
  • Flat colors for the walls, floor, and backsplash (upon request, if samples provided)
  • Visual approximations of IKEA chairs and stools (upon request)
  • Basic doors, windows, openings, or pass-throughs (but no arched doorways, detailed columns, vaulted and other intricate ceilings)

Sometimes we’re asked if we can make recommendations for countertops, paint, flooring, or tile. The short answer is no, we don’t. We’re kitchen designers, not decorators, and that’s what we do best. So we stick to the design and let the experts figure out the more cosmetic details.

Why Design
with IKD?

Why Design with IKD?

Now, here’s what we can include in your IKEA kitchen design file

If we can include it in your design file, it will either show up in your IKEA shopping list, or in our special “Extra Items” list.

  • All of your IKEA kitchen cabinets
  • IKEA appliances
  • IKEA’s melamine or wood countertops*

Important note: The custom cabinets we design for you will not appear in your Home Planner file or IKEA shopping list. If you see a gap in your Home Planner file, don’t panic. All of the items you need to purchase for custom cabinets will appear in your Extra Items Shopping List.
*Unfortunately, we can’t include IKEA’s quartz or granite countertops in your design because IKEA’s selection varies from store to store. But, we can include them in the 3D color image as we had mentioned previously.

And finally, here’s what we cannot include in your IKEA kitchen image or file

While we give all of our clients our complete design package for a custom IKEA kitchen that fits their unique space, there are a few things that we can’t do.

  • Our designs don’t include specific handle styles or drawer inserts such as knife racks, cutlery trays, drawer dividers, pot lid organizers or trash cans.
  • Our designs also don’t include wall organizers (magnetic knife racks, rails and hooks, etc) or floating shelves.
  • We do not include light fixtures in design files or in the 3D rendering, even if the fixtures are from IKEA. Due to vast variations in electric codes and standards across cities, states, and countries, we recommend you plan this separately with your electrician, contractor, or IKEA sales representative.

Get a Professional IKEA Kitchen Design – All Online

Work with our certified kitchen designers to get a personalized kitchen designed around your needs and vision. If you’re interested in learning more about our service, make sure to check out our IKEA Kitchen Design Services.

Learn more about how we can design your IKEA kitchen, bath, laundry room and closet at


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