Everyone loves a “Before and After” for an IKEA kitchen makeover. IKD created a functional and contemporary kitchen with beautiful SOFIELUND, ABSTRAKT and AVSIKT doors with a PRAGEL White Stone countertop for $6,942
Forget about those bulky wall units from the past where there were tons of shelves and lots of molding pieces that just didn’t provide the kind of storage you needed for your electronics. Why not building one of your own with inexpensive IKEA kitchen cabinets?
There’s no need to customize cabinets to build this TV wall unit. IKEA wall units are convenient for builders because they can be easily installed. Let’s take a look at more details after the jump:
Whether your recipes are in tidy cookbooks or slapped together haphazardly in a file folder, there is always room for improvement and fresh, new ideas for bookshelves in your IKEA kitchen.
Open shelving is an affordable way to give your IKEA kitchen a personal touch. These cookbook storage ideas are budget-friendly and easy to build:
The ADEL & AKURUM doors from IKEA were discontinued by the manufacturer after the date this article was published.
This modern craft room was completed with a budget of $3459 and beautiful ADEL doors in an off-white finish. The secret to a successful craft room is displaying what you want to see and hiding the bulkier items to reduce the clutter.
Check out how we incorporated AKURUM kitchen cabinets and more organizers from IKEA for a fabulously bright craft room!
Working from home can be great and very comfortable. However, the secret to a successful design for an IKEA home office that will inspire you to get to work is creating a space that will truly work for your own personal needs. IKD designed a home office for two with an independent desk for $5,760 with SOFIELUND doors in a walnut finish and ABSTRAKT doors in a cream color with a high-gloss finish. (Discontinued)
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Many suburban American houses have a mudroom, a casual, generally secondary entryway intended as an area to remove and store footwear, outerwear, and wet clothing before entering the main house. You can create an IKEA mudroom with kitchen cabinets.
A mudroom is a homeowner’s best friend in winter. The perfect place to stash boots, coats, hats and mittens, a mudroom is the hardest working room in the house. But what about the other three-fourths of the year? Mudrooms can act as a family launch pad, a sort of headquarters, if you will. A place where all the necessities for heading out the door can be located in one convenient spot.
Total cost: $2,005.94
- We left open cabinets at the top for smaller items that we usually carry and leave at the entrance: purses, lunchboxes, gym bags, etc.
- Wall cabinets installed on top of the counter simulate a tall cabinet unit and keep bulkier items like winter coats stored out of sight.
- Lower cabinets create a nook for seating and space that can be used to store boots and shoes.
- TJUSIG racks were included for scarves, umbrellas and lighter coats and sweaters. They are easily accessible when you need to leave your home in a hurry.
- High-gloss doors in ABSTRAKT white were matched with FINTORP black handles for a modern, clean look.
- A stainless steel PERFEKFT plinth/toe-kick was used to frame the mudroom unit and make it stand out.
For your convenience, we’re including measurements and an item list with detailed pricing as well:
The number one reason to have a home office is that you need a place to work at home, even if for occasional projects. We all have manuals and contracts we need to file. Receipts we need to save for taxes. Bills we need to pay. To name just a few. So, if IKEA kitchen cabinets are so convenient for a complex project such as your kitchen, why not using them for a convenient home office?
You don’t need to spend much, we created this beautiful, modern home office with AKURUM cabinets with ABSTRAKT doors in high-gloss white. The project includes all fittings, panels, shelves and even the countertop for just $1,508.95
This project includes different types of storage units for the many different tasks you can perform at a home office. Some key features are:
- Open cabinets at the lower part of the desk for filing. (Materials used for items 1, 2 and 3: PERFEKT panels, PERFEKT toe-kick in stainless steel, cabinet frames and hardware)
- Custom open cabinet for mail-sorting sitting on the countertop. (Countertop used: NUMERAR in black with metal edges)
- Custom closed unit, 15″ wide for office supplies. (See third section of item list)
- Full-height door cabinets for wider access and smaller office appliances.
- Floating shelves for books and as display areas. (Shelves used: LACK and LIMHAMN)
We’ve even created an item list so that you can use it as a ‘shopping list’ at your local IKEA store. Take into consideration that we have separated the list in areas to identify which parts are used for custom cabinets. Also, we’re including the full measurements so you can calculate the space and locate the distribution of each part. Happy building!
It’s nicer to search through cookbooks while sitting comfortably in the kitchen near them. Two 15″ high wall cabinets were designed and set on IKEA’s Capita legs. An open base cabinet was designed to easily get at the cookbooks.
Or turn the bench into a seating for a dining with a table and a few chairs nearby. Each cabinet supports 250 pounds, so 2 to 3 people can be seated. Are you a fan of board games? Why not store them under the bench?
The island’s about 39″ x 72″ . . . . a good size for most kitchens.
The ADEL cabinets from IKEA were discontinued by the manufacturer after the date this article was published.
IKDO designed an open space in Adel White. We have the before and after shots to show you the complete process! Cabinet Cost: $3399
Cookbooks, current magazines, pamphlets ought to be close-at-hand. Better that they be placed below the island – where food prep and eating takes place – than put away in a high cabinet. Also, they look unique and add some fun to the kitchen.
Build them by using Lack wall shelves that come in a variety of colors – for you to unleash your creative side. They measure 43 ¼” long and 2″ thick; five are enough to build a three level bookcase. Continue the same countertop on to the shelves or leave the top the same color as the shelves.
The total dimensions of the island shown above are 60″ wide x 70″ deep. Trim the shelves down to an adequate size if your kitchen space is smaller . . . . also, consider attaching the shelves to the back, paneled side of a normal island.
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:
- Have baking utensils stored in the drawers for easy retrieval while decorating a cake.
- Answering emails while waiting for dinner to be ready
- Help your child with her algebra while cooking sauce.
- Create a very practical and working hobby area.
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?
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:
So, after trying lots of different cabinet sizes in your design, there’s still 6”, 7” or 9” of empty space left over. This could happen with either base or wall cabinets, since a 12” width is IKEA’s smallest. Why lose all that storage space?
Most folks cover this perfectly usable space with fillers or panels.
The only restriction is that only 6” can be used since besides a 12” standard door the only remaining size available is 6”. The 6” door that we’re referring to isn’t standard, but is found by purchasing the door pack for a 30” cooktop cabinet. This pack includes one 6×30 drawer front and two 24”x 12” doors. 6×30 drawer front is your new door.
Part two is to purchase a standard 12” wide base or wall cabinet and cut the horizontal pieces to 6”. Or, that the outside measurements of the cabinet are 6”.
The completed 6” cabinet is ideal for trays, cooking sheets and cutting boards.
There are lots more opportunities to create a better kitchen design with wall cabinets than with base cabinets. The wall cabinet’s height and depth, along with the installation height, gives more to work with.
Ordinary kitchens use a row of same-height 30” high wall cabinets, leaving about 13” of free space for an average 96” high ceiling. We’d like to see you break that up some by stacking two – 15” high units on top of one another.
Placing a few 39” high cabinets between 30” high ones end that “same-height” look in its tracks! You’ll gain some more storage space and, by installing horizontal panels between the tops of the high cabinets, an attractive niche is created.
An open space between the top of the wall cabinets implies lost storage and generally gets dirty. IKEA has 15”, 18”, 24”, 30” 36 and 39” high wall cabinets – though the same widths aren’t available in all the heights. So, you can get up to the ceiling – but it’ll take some creativity to match up the available cabinet widths. Don’t worry if there’s a 3” to 6” gap still; just cut a toe-kick, cover panel or deco strip to fill the space.
For as much as we’d like to play with wall cabinet heights we’re restricted because the wall cabinets should align with the tall towers. The tallest tower is 88”, so a 36” high wall cab would be the tallest that’d work. Though, space permitting, if an open space of about 12” is available between the adjoining tall tower and the wall cabinet, then the alignment isn’t necessary. Here a row of higher wall cabinets placed well above the tall tower creates an interestingly separate area.
Very modern kitchen design trends emphasize minimizing wall cabinets by either not placing them or designing a strip of low-height (usually 15”) wall cabinets. May look great but it’s quite impractical.
We also design IKEA kitchens for people all over the world – including you! Get in touch if you have any questions about the process of getting an IKEA kitchen design for your home.