Just like Captain Ahab pursued the elusive white whale Moby Dick, IKD Customer Stacey sought a true Shaker style door for her IKEA kitchen.
Unlike Captain Ahab, Stacey’s story has a happy ending. She found the true Shaker style door she was seeking at Scherr’s Cabinet & Doors.
We learned a lot from Stacey about true Shaker style doors, making a better use of the kitchen space you’re given, and whether or not you should use the smaller inner drawers that are a cornerstone of the SEKTION line.
Hold up – there are imposter Shaker doors? A crash course.
Yes and no. Let us explain.
A true Shaker style door has 5 pieces to it. Four of those pieces surround the edges of the door, creating a recessed panel in the middle.
Shaker style door and door fronts are very popular with IKEA kitchen buyers. IKEA itself sells 4 different Shaker style doors: BODBYN in off-white and grey, GRIMSLÖV in off-white and brown wood, LAXARBY in dark brown wood, and TORHAMN in unfinished wood.
But are they truly Shaker style? Some details follow.
- The BODBYN door actually has a raised center panel with beveled edges. It’s considered Shaker style because of the framing effect of the outer edges.
- The LAXARBY door is close to Shaker, but notice the extra groove on the inside of the framing edges. This extra detailing, much like the beveled edges of the BODBYN, is a departure from the simplicity of a Shaker door.
- The designer who created the TORHAMN door describes it as “Shaker inspired.”
- GRIMSLÖV is IKEA’s closest approximation to a Shaker style door. In fact, many a designer would argue that it is in fact a Shaker style door.
What Stacey didn’t like about the GRIMSLÖV door was the visible seams of the four surrounding panel pieces.
Take a closer look at why Scherr’s is the only true Shaker style door
What Stacey was after was a Shaker door with:
- As little ornamentation as possible – no extra beveling or grooves
- No visible seams
- A 90° angle between the recessed panel and the edges of the frames
That last point about the 90° angle is why Stacey chose Scherr’s over Semihandmade Doors, another popular manufacturer of custom doors for IKEA kitchen cabinets.
If you look very very carefully at SHM’s Supermatte Shaker door, you’ll notice what we mean.
Compared to Scherr’s:
For those of you who are also true Shaker door aficionados, we hope we’ve helped you in your pursuit of this great white whale.
Now, on to the rest of the kitchen!
An IKEA Kitchen for a Serious Chef
As one of our serious chefs, Stacey needed better appliances and a better workflow in her kitchen.
You’ll notice some of the doors are missing. That was actually a strategic decision to make it easier to get things during the cooking process.
In the far bottom left corner you see the hint of a structure. What is that appearing on the horizon?
A giant kitchen island that’s nowhere near close enough to create a functional work triangle. (Stacey said they used to call it Oahu.)
Once upon a time Stacey went to culinary school, and her family is in the restaurant business. She mainly cooks country/Southern food, and that means her kitchen gets a really workout (and scrubbing) on the regular.
This is the new kitchen, from the same angle as the first old photo (at a slightly lower elevation).
The open shelving was custom-built by Stacey’s husband to hold maximum weight. Stacey wanted to maintain some of the freedom of the door-free cabinets in the previous kitchen. The corner shelves hold items in frequent rotation so they never have a chance to get dusty.
A darker, but more encompassing photo:
A BlueStar oven and range can handle many pots and pans at once, and the ZLINE range hood is powerful enough to get rid of smokiness or grease. While you can find both of those items online, the Boston Terrier is one-of-a-kind.
This photo really gives you a sense of how the new peninsula brings things into much closer reach for the cook. The sink is Kraus and the countertop is soapstone. If that faucet looks familiar, you’re not having déjà vu. It’s the same one from last week’s kitchen! Just like IKD customer Liz, Stacey raved about the champagne color and loves how much it complements the grey Shaker style doors.
How Stacey put these IKEA cabinets to work
One of Stacey’s favorite features IKD came up with is this cabinet in the peninsula.
You can see the top of this cabinet in the bottom left of the photo. Unlike the other cabinets in the peninsula, this one faces out.
I love this cabinet IKD designed. Instead of leaving it as a dead corner, it’s now home to all of my plastic wrap and containers. This corner is our “leftover station.” While I load up the dishwasher, someone else can pack up the leftovers without everyone bumping into each other! –IKD customer Stacey
Can you also spot the IKEA hack in this kitchen? It’s where Stacey stores her baking trays.
I wasn’t sure if I’d like having to open two drawers to get what I needed, so I didn’t include many in my design. I’m glad I didn’t – I don’t really like them. – IKD Customer Stacey
But you know what Stacey does love about SEKTION? The drawer inserts. They’re fantastic for organizing and their mix-and-match flexibility means she can relocate things as the need arises.
A breakfast nook replaces the giant kitchen island
With the new peninsula, Stacey no longer needed that big awkward kitchen island that the neighbors referred to as “the aircraft carrier.”
Instead IKD designed the bench for this lovely breakfast nook out of IKEA kitchen cabinets.
Here’s a closeup of that bench seating:
The top of the bench is the BARKABODA countertop from IKEA. The BARKABODA is meant to be decorative and it works really well here.
On the other side of the breakfast nook is the pantry. If you love storage, you’re going to love this. Make sure you’re sitting down.
Look at all of those cabinets! Personally, we don’t think there’s anything this pantry section couldn’t hold. The two-tone look is pulled seamlessly into this section of the kitchen as well.
We kinda wish Stacey would invite us over for a country breakfast now, don’t you?
Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us, Stacey! It looks absolutely gorgeous, especially with those Shaker doors and interesting handles from myknobs.com and Anthropologie.
If you’re a serious chef who needs a workhorse kitchen, get started working with one of our IKEA kitchen design experts today.