An organized pantry is the secret to an efficient kitchen. The best solution for frequently-used items is to keep them close in an open cabinet. If your pantry is just that deep abyss in the kitchen where everything piles up — It’s time for a custom IKEA pantry!
The AKURUM doors from IKEA were discontinued by the manufacturer after the date this article was published.
If you are lucky enough to have laundry in your home, and even luckier enough to have a generous laundry room space, there are many ways you can utilize it to its fullest potential with AKURUM cabinets and other IKEA components.
Whether it’s room for ironing, storage space for detergents and supplies, or the ability to separate your whites from your colors all in one place, figuring out what you need from your laundry room is a great idea before designing it.
A well-stocked IKEA pantry needs to be accessible. You can improve your IKEA pantry with pull out door accessories and make all items accessible to the whole family. When you combine IKEA accessories, appliances and storage space, the final result is a stunning, yet very functional pantry area:
The ADEL medium brown doors from IKEA were discontinued by the manufacturer after the date this article was published.
Probably you don’t need a home office but you’d love to have a craft room. Or maybe your spouse needs a home office and couldn’t care less about having a craft room. Why not do both? An organized craft room and home office (all in one!) provides enough space for two people working at the same time and keeps items tidy while avoiding clutter.
This ultra-modern craft room design was made with ADEL medium brown doors and a budget of $2,352, including countertop and accessories from IKEA.
IKEA sinks come in different sizes and can be accessorized with affordable units that provide additional counter space. This is especially useful in smaller kitchens where more working surfaces are needed. Even when this specific sink model requires a larger cabinet, the sink bowl can be re-purposed with accessories.
The BOHOLMEN inset sink ($148.92) has a full-sized bowl and a smaller bowl that can be used in more than one way in preparation areas. We suggest using this sink for a versatile layout:
IKEA transitional doors can give a classic, timeless look to your kitchen. A transitional IKEA kitchen blends the old with the new and adds a touch of creativity to create a flexible gathering place. Door styles can be more traditional but modernized with accessories such as IKEA handles, for example.
We’ve discussed how handles can change the look of a kitchen in previous blog entries.
This time, we are presenting the most popular options among IKEA customers and added our suggestions:
These work well with shaker-styled doors or beaded-panel doors. Preferred colors are: light wood tones and white. Tip: You can also add a few accent doors in a dark wood tone such as in an island, corners or appliance cabinets for added visual interest. Suggested door styles: LIDINGO, STAT, APLAD, RAMSJO.
These are bolder, noticeable IKEA handles. They work well with modern, sleek doors for a transitional style that will give your kitchen an updated, yet classic look. Suggested door styles: GNOSJO, RAMSJO, ADEL.
Modern handles can update the look of a kitchen instantly. Stainless steel finishes are usually combined with white doors or with subtle wood tones. Tip: These will look especially stunning if you have stainless steel appliances for your IKEA kitchen. Suggested door styles: ADEL, RAMSJO, NEXUS, LIDINGO.
You already have an idea of how your IKEA kitchen will look. However, you haven’t planned where you’re going to place all the contents. It pays off to plan ahead… After all, your IKEA kitchen should adapt to what you use and not the other way around. AKURUM Base cabinets will hold many things: pots, pans, cooking utensils, canned goods, baking trays, etc. It’s always useful to compare between the choices you’ll have. This time, we compare pull-outs and shelves for base cabinets.
Shelves in base cabinets:
- Cost: $107 for a 15″ unit
- Easy to install
- Trimmable, adjustable
- Sturdy and durable
- Harder to reach
- May promote clutter
Their biggest advantage: They are a cost-effective solution: you can still have storage room and save lots of money while remodeling your kitchen. They can also be moved within the cabinet, giving you a bit more of flexibility.
Their main issue: The use of shelves in base cabinets is poor in ergonomic terms. Quite often you’ll find that you have to bend or stretch to locate the items you’re looking for. They can be troublesome if you have elderly family members with physical limitations in your household.
Pull outs in base cabinets:
- $198 for a 15″ unit
- Needs a careful installation
- Available in a limited range of sizes
- Durable with proper care
- Easy access to all contents
- Keeps items organized
Their main advantage: Pull-out accessories are great to stay organized and to review the contents of a cabinet quickly without a significant physical effort, keeping your kitchen comfortable.
Their main issue: These accessories can quickly blow up a budget. Think carefully if you want to spend more for the sake of comfort or if you’re willing to sacrifice convenience and stay within your budget so you can use your money for other items in your kitchen.
A tall cabinets’ contents mustn’t be static, they must be easily accessible and turned “inside out” to be used properly.
Tall cabinets don’t need to be just plain shelves. Ikea has additional options available that are very convenient depending on their use.
Shelves: They’re good for storing heavier, bulkier items – such as pots and pans, large serving dishes and such. The biggest advantage is the maximization of the space available, as well as the wide variety of sizes: 15×80, 24×80, 30×80, 15×88, 24×88, 30×88 and styles (one door, two doors and with two bottom drawers, glass doors).
5 Drawers: Available in 15×88 and 24×88, these tall cabinets are great for storing smaller items as well as non-refrigerated groceries. The drawers are sturdy enough to hold cans and bottles; also there’s sufficient space between the cabinets to store taller items such as cereal boxes. The only disadvantage is that when closing the door be sure that all drawers are closed to avoid banging the door; also you need to open each drawer to see its contents.
Pull Out Cabinet: This type of accessory allows you to pull out the entire contents of the cabinet with one move for easier visibility of all the items stored. These work better for non heavy items such as spices and treats. The biggest drawback for this type of cabinet though is that all items need to be placed in the drawers at an angle to avoid hitting the drawer directly above it.
Cleaning Storage: The name says it all. If what is needed is a place to store cleaning supplies, this is accessory to choose. It has built in space for a small vacuum cleaner as well as wire cabinets on the door to further take advantage of the space. It is available in two sizes: 24×88 and 24×80. The disadvantage of this cabinet is that it can serve only limited purposes due to the lack of shelves or drawers.
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?
Contact us to get started with your own IKEA kitchen design! Or you can check out our blog if you need more ideas to get ready for your project: