Customized IKEA Cupboards in Wooden-Toned Trendy Kitchen Design

A chic kitchen design with mushy whites and wooden, flat-paneled doorways and customized IKEA cupboards.

Should you’re beginning your first IKEA kitchen and really feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. First-time IKEA prospects usually do initially. Between navigating the IKEA Dwelling Planner; researching kitchen design and kitchen cupboard choices that fit your imaginative and prescient (and price range!) and — for those who’re DIYers — understanding tips on how to correctly set up your IKEA cupboards, there’s loads of IKEA idiosyncrasies to study. That is very true in case your kitchen wants plenty of customization. Happily, for those who collaborate with design professionals, likelihood is you’ll really feel like an knowledgeable when your kitchen mission is full.

This was what occurred for IKD buyer Adam from Omaha, NE, who — alongside together with his spouse — renovated their beforehand outdated and inefficient kitchen structure right into a European-style IKEA kitchen with many customized storage choices (together with a number of of IKD’s signature kitchen cupboard “hacks”) and a hanging middle island splendid for household meals.

“I knew from my on-line analysis that I most popular an consuming space on the island and seating on two sides of the island. We additionally fell in love with the minimalist type. That’s how we determined we needed a streamlined, built-in look with the Miele oven and microwave combo and the tall cupboards and the pullout spice cupboards for loads of storage choices,” Adam says.

He provides that he chosen IKEA cupboards as a result of he appreciated the standard of IKEA’s BLUM {hardware} and the flexibility the SEKTION system gives when it comes to customization and group in addition to obtainable third-party customized door entrance choices. After discovering IKD on-line and with a price range of $50,000 (together with $10,000 put aside for brand spanking new home equipment), Adam labored with IKD designer Daniel to renovate the household’s very outdated kitchen (suppose numerous wasted wall area and inefficient storage and workflow). The staff mixed IKEA’s SEKTION kitchen system with customized strong slab Maple door fronts from Plykea for the bottom and tall cupboards and strong slab Plykea Fenix door fronts within the Bianco Kos coloration, seen on the higher cupboards to accommodate and conceal the Kobe Vary Hood above the 36″ stainless-steel IKEA AVBRANNING fuel cooktop ($849).

Wood-toned kitchen with IKEA cabinets

To enhance the design theme, which Adam describes as “a really light-weight Scandinavian look with uncooked wooden and white cupboards,” he chosen IKEA MAXIMERA drawers; a Thor kitchen wine cooler; IKEA STROMINJE LED countertop lights; an IKEA MITTLED LED kitchen drawer lighting with dimmable sensor; a 32″ (w) x 19″ (d) x 10″ (h) undermount sink from Kraus; a 36″ Bosch stainless-steel fridge; a Bosch dishwasher; Silestone Ethereal Nightfall counter tops in a suede end and an IKEA VAXMYRA LED highlight for all cupboards (besides the 20″ (h) higher cupboards), amongst others. The design additionally options a number of customized cupboard choices, together with an IKEA SEKTION base cupboard spice pullout for additional storage, and an IKEA SEKTION base cupboard trash pullout that includes IKEA MAXIMERA low and medium drawers. This unimaginable transformation (together with the IKEA complete cupboard value ($6,329) and all additional objects ($751.49) value) solely costed Adam $7,080.49.

Let’s see how Adam’s kitchen got here collectively!

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Trusting the Course of

Adam and his spouse had been full novices once they started their kitchen.

 “We began with the IKEA planner software program and had a good mockup however there was all the time a nagging feeling that we didn’t actually know what we had been doing or that we had been lacking one thing. We’d by no means accomplished any sort of house renovation mission so the whole course of was a step-by-step studying journey, which was very intimidating,” he explains.

Adam provides that Daniel designing the kitchen meant that the structure was not lacking any crucial parts, so he and his spouse gained confidence that the muse and kitchen design had been strong.

Overcoming Obstacles

The household had very particular wants for his or her kitchen renovation.

“We insisted on a big island with sufficient area for cooking and a seating nook. Daniel maximized the dimensions of the island primarily based on what our area would enable and gave us a base cupboard structure that offered seating for 4 folks. Our household eats breakfast on the island each morning,” he says.

With a lot wasted wall area of their authentic kitchen, the customized IKEA cupboards additionally wanted to supply ample storage. The cupboard wall higher alignment is 84.5″ plus 20″ with stacked cupboards for a complete cupboard peak of 104-1/2″. Between the highest of the cupboard and the ceiling there’s additionally a trim that’s 2-3/4″ to fill out the area. Now it’s successfully a wall of storage for small home equipment and pantry objects — good for making ready household meals collectively! To do that Daniel modified the path of the unique small island and eradicated the present peninsula which opened up extra space for the counter tops and the IKEA SEKTION base cupboards with the Plykea maple door fronts. The totally different IKEA cupboard sizes allowed the design to increase the tall cupboards above the Bosch fridge to the highest of the 107-1/4″ excessive ceilings. [Designer note: Adam opted for the Bosch refrigerator rather than a complete built-in look based on his budget.]

The slab maple door fronts do create a minimalist impact that enhances the strong slab Plykea Fenix door fronts in Bianco Kos seen above the cooktop and well conceal the Kobe hood with false fronts. Plykea was additionally ready to make use of a CNC router to supply hidden channels for the lights on the underside of the higher cupboards. The identical was accomplished with the strong maple open shelving.

“The wall with our fridge/oven is mainly a strong wall of cupboards apart from the home equipment. It’s one in all my favourite issues and it performs properly off of the in any other case easy island and cooktop wall within the design. Plus now we have tons of storage!” he says.

Different merchandise featured embody: White IKEA FORBATTRA toe kicks; an IKEA UTRUSTA hinge with built-in damper for kitchen; IKEA countertop assist fixtures, galvanized; and (18) additional IKEA SEKTION legs.

Modern wood-toned kitchen with IKEA cabinets

Island Type

Upgrading the middle island was key to this structure. The unique island featured two 18” (w) cupboards and a 12” (w) cupboard — not almost sufficient area for correct storage or household meals.

So as to add additional storage and the seating appropriate for household meals within the new island, totally different base cupboard sizes had been used. To the left of the sink, there’s the 12″ (w) x 24” (d) spice rack and an 18″ (w) x 24” (w) trash can. In the meantime the sink base cupboard is 36″ (w). On the precise aspect of the sink, there’s the Bosch dishwasher and a 30″ (w) x 15″ (d) base cupboard. On the quick L-shaped aspect of the island is one other seat, and to the left aspect of the opposite seats (on the lengthy L-side) is a 36″(w) x 15″ (d) x 30″ (h) base cupboard that faces the bar space.

A Dry, Dwelling Bar (no sink)

One other request was a separate dry bar with a beverage fridge and open cabinets, tiles and artwork on the highest.

Espresso machine on dark countertop and white cabinets

Espresso machine on dark countertop and white cabinets

Daniel designed a dry bar that complemented the remainder of the kitchen together with an espresso machine and the 24″ Thor wine cooler. True to Adam’s wishlist, the bar space has photographs and art work displayed on open wooden shelving and extra storage choices from the strong slab Plykea Fenix door fronts in Bianco Kos featured on the bottom and tall cupboards. This space options one of many kitchen cupboard modifications, or “hacks,” devised by Daniel to create customization choices. Particularly, the 18” (w) x 24” (d) x 30” (d) SEKTION wall cupboard frames had been customized reduce to 18” (w) x 20” (h) x 24” (d) with a view to create a streamlined look. [Pro tip: Adam was able to splurge on the wine cooler because the couple sold their old cabinets and countertops for $3,000!]

Customized IKEA Cupboards

Customization was a giant a part of this minimalist kitchen.

Cupboard modifications are featured on the wall of storage, because the customized IKEA cupboard body reduce to 18″ (w) x 24″ (d) x 20″ (h) was used to realize cupboards that prolonged to the ceiling peak, similar to on the prime of the bar space in addition to to the left above the fridge. In the meantime the cupboard body used as pantry storage was customized reduce from 36″ (w) x 15″ (d) x 20″ (h) to 36” (w) x 15” (d) x 18.5 (h). The final “hack” is featured on the middle island. Right here, the staff took the unique dimension of the IKEA SEKTION base cupboard body ($46) on the island and modified the depth from 15″ (w) x 15″ (d) x 30″ (h) to fifteen″ (w) x 9″ (d) x 30″ (h). This creates an environment friendly workflow and additional storage choices after meals so cleanup will probably be simple and stress free!

DIY Recommendation

Adam has some expert-level recommendation for different new IKEA remodelers.

“Don’t skimp on the design course of. In my view, $500 is greater than definitely worth the value of admission to make sure that you aren’t making any devastating errors. There are such a lot of potential pitfalls you’ll be able to’t probably pay attention to till you’ve constructed one (or 100) of those kitchens,” Adam says.

Different ideas he shared embody:

  1. He drilled his personal holes within the rail when crucial if the pre-installed holes didn’t line up properly with the studs in a given space.
  2. Double test to guarantee that each IKEA cupboard is sq. after you construct it and earlier than you nail within the backing.
  3. To be sure to don’t hit electrical or plumbing within the wall, you’ll be able to drill out take a look at holes in every stud cavity and use a USB endoscope hooked as much as a cellphone (obtainable at Amazon) to look inside to seek out out the place any pipes or electrical wires is perhaps.
  4. Use masking tape when reducing cowl panels on the desk/miter noticed to forestall tear out.
  5. A software he used for putting in cowl panels was a precut piece of wooden that was precisely the thickness of the cupboard door materials. This ensured that the quilt panels lined up flush with the cupboard doorways after they’re put in and gave him a constant measurement for realizing how far the quilt panels ought to stick out earlier than clamping them in and screwing them down.

“It feels so good to have made this mission occur from begin to end — with slightly assist from our pals at IKD — and now now we have this completed product that also takes my breath away to have a look at and use. It really modified how our household makes use of the home in so many constructive methods. And with all the information and abilities we’ve gained within the course of of creating this mission occur we really feel like we will flip any given room on this home into something we will dream up,” he says.

As you’ll be able to inform, Adam actually realized so much throughout his IKEA kitchen transform. Should you’re prepared to begin renovating your IKEA kitchen, our staff is right here that can assist you get began — and get comparable outcomes

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