I consider countertops to be the cherry on top of your kitchen renovation.
Your countertop selection can elevate your kitchen and complete that industrial, farmhouse, modern, traditional, you-name-it look you wanted for your kitchen.
It is my humble opinion that IKEA’s countertop materials are generally underrated; and today, I’d like to share what I know so when the time comes you can make a well-informed decision.
So let’s start with the basics and get to know what IKEA has to offer.
Pre-cut vs. Custom
Pre-cut countertops come in standard dimensions and are ready available for purchase.
Either laminate or wood, IKEA offers a wide variety of styles, texture effects, etc.
HAMMARP oak is the only solid wood countertop IKEA offers; the rest are made out of a particle board with a top layer of wood, such as KARLBY birch, PINNARP ash, SKOSGÅ oak, BARKABODA walnut, etc.
The difference? Other than the obvious: material and everything related to care, durability, etc., is the thickness of the board: solid wood HAMMARP oak is 1 1/8”; while the wood finished ones are 1 ½” thick.
Also pre-cut, laminate countertops are a great choice and I believe the perfect solution for limited budgets. They are easy to clean and maintain, and you can choose between a broad range of options to complement the look of your kitchen, like EKBACKEN white marble effect, SÄLJAN black mineral effect, EKBACKEN concrete effect, HÄLLESTAD double sided, etc. As with wood countertops, the thickness varies depending on the style.
For larger budgets IKEA also offers custom countertops made out of Quartz. They have many beautiful colors and you can also select the edge style! Their KASKER Quartz is extremely durable, resistant and non-porous, which is why it’s become such a popular material. Possibilities are endless with custom countertops.
Additional Considerations of Pre-Cut Countertops
The first thing you need to know about IKEA pre-cut countertops is that they have very limited usage.
They come in standard lengths of 74” or 98”; and what’s most important, standard depth of 25-5/8” which leaves them essentially only to be used against a wall. This depth limitation and the fact that they are not finished on the back makes them a no-go for kitchen islands or peninsulas.
You also need to take into consideration that all wood countertops have a beveled edge so this will create a gap when two slabs are joined together; and while you can cut the slabs to the desired length, you need to be super careful of not having a seam under the sink, over the dishwasher or cooktop.
And last but not least (and the biggest bummer in my opinion): you cannot use under-mount sinks with any of IKEA’s pre-cut countertops.
Now I know what you’re thinking: IKEA’s DIY (Do It Yourself) spirit should be more of an FIY (Figure It Yourself) one!
The Bright Side
The great benefit of countertops with a top layer of natural material is that they can be sanded and treated when required; so don’t be thrown back with the cons, there are also some benefits to them:
- Better stability regarding humidity as opposed to solid wood
- Can be cut to the desired length (they all come with two edging strips that you can use to finish the cut edge)
IKEA also has the KARLBY countertop for kitchen islands. This is the only pre-cut material they offer for islands as it comes in 42” of depth. But it doesn’t come with edge banding, so you must use the full-length of the slab.
As with wood, laminate countertops CAN be cut in length. So having a modest budget doesn’t necessarily mean you must compromise your kitchen’s look and style. IKEA’s wide variety of laminate countertops can help you achieve a great look for your kitchen at a reasonable cost. Of course, it’s not polished concrete or Carrara marble but you get the point.
So think twice when planning your kitchen, you might want to browse around and consider IKEA countertops.
We Can Help You!
Let IKD do the work! We will not only design your kitchen, but we will include your IKEA pre-cut countertop material on your purchase list. We also include a floor plan with detailed countertop dimensions for installation and also to help you quote your custom material (whether IKEA or non-IKEA).
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