If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen or you’re building your own home, you have a few options when it comes to the kitchen cabinets. In fact, someone has likely already mentioned going with an IKEA kitchen for your project. And if you’re like a lot of people out there, you probably thought…”Hmm, kitchen cabinets from the same place that sells cheap dorm room furniture? No way.”
Low prices are the cornerstone of the IKEA vision, business idea and concept. The basic thinking behind all IKEA products is that low prices make well-designed, functional home furnishings available to everyone. Their vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people.
They are constantly trying to do everything a little better, a little simpler, more efficiently and always cost-effectively. All IKEA units play an important part in creating the low prices which we are then able to see in-store.
Here are the pros and cons of going this route for your next kitchen!
IKEA kitchens aren’t poor quality. An IKEA kitchen can be exactly what you’re looking for. More and more homeowners are choosing IKEA cabinets for their kitchen and our team at FineLine Developments can manage the entire project.
In this post, we will share 8 reasons why homeowners in Saskatoon and area are choosing IKEA in their homes, condos and multi-million dollar mansions.
Let’s start by saying that if you’re already sold on an IKEA kitchen and just need a professional to take care of the installation, our team at FineLine Developments can help you out. With a custom kitchen from IKEA, it couldn’t be easier to turn your dream kitchen into a delicious reality. Our team will work directly with you to design, organize, order, customize and install it. We provide custom installation services and we’re there with you through the entire journey from picking the sink and faucets to the countertops and lighting. There is an IKEA kitchen with your name on it. Check it out!
Okay let’s take a look at why an IKEA kitchen may be best for you.
Quality of Material
One of the questions we get asked all the time is “are IKEA kitchen cabinets good quality?”
With years of experience in the home improvement industry and having completed a number of IKEA kitchen projects, we can confidently say that yes, IKEA cabinets are good quality! What are they made of? Check this out.
The majority of IKEA’s cabinets are made out of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) wrapped in a very durable melamine finish. We know you’re probably wondering it but no, MDF is not the same as particle board. It’s much more stronger and can be used for the same building applications as plywood. It should be noted that there are a few lines that incorporate real, natural wood.
In a nut shell, MDF is an affordable material without sacrificing on durability and strength. But what if it gets wet? Water has the power to destroy anything after long exposure. But the big difference between water damage with real wood versus MDF is that real wood will mold and MDF won’t.
IKEA is popularly known for being able to furnish a home for like $50. We’re kidding of course but we’re not too far off. Their kitchen cabinets are affordable for most homeowners, making it a viable option regardless of your budget.
The cost of an IKEA kitchen remodel (cabinets, appliances, countertops, labour, etc) run on average from $15k-$40k in Saskatoon and area. We have seen custom cabinets from manufacturers come out at the same price. That’s just for the cabinets. Nuts!
A basic 10×10 kitchen cabinet order from IKEA starts at about $1000 and can be as high as $3000. Keep in mind that this is for a small kitchen with basic cabinet layouts and includes nothing but cabinets.
We’ve worked with a few clients that had a little sticker shock when their cabinets came out to $6k for the mid-range finish that IKEA offers.
It all adds up. Drawers, pullouts, special features…they all get tacked on to your grand total. But if you stick with the $15k-$40k price point for your entire kitchen, you’ll be in good shape for an IKEA kitchen.
The Bells & Whistles
With an IKEA kitchen, you get more bells and whistles than you get with any other manufacturer.
If you go with a custom cabinet manufacturer in Saskatoon, they can provide the same accessories that IKEA offers, but you’re going to pay an arm, leg, and your first born to have them. The fact is that you can get more bang for your buck when it comes to accessories, magic pullouts and drawer organizers when you decide to go with IKEA’s cabinets.
Most of our clients initially think that their kitchen will be limited in functionality when deciding to go with IKEA, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our team ensures you have full control of your custom kitchen.
If you don’t have any design experience (and you have a TON of patience for IKEA’s design software) you could design your own kitchen with their software. But for most, it’s just too much of a daunting task.
IKEA uses a “light” version of 2020 design software that is web based and allows you to design your own kitchen in their stores or at home.
The only downside to their software is that it’s web based and that there are thousands of people at any given time trying to design their kitchens with 3D rendering. If you know anything about rendering, it can be painfully slow.
If you don’t feel comfortable designing your own kitchen, but still have your own ideas to contribute, no problem. Our professional team of designers and contractors will help make your dream kitchen a reality.
One of the more attractive features of having an IKEA kitchen is that your cabinets are covered by a 25 year warranty. On top of that, we’re certified, licensed, insured and we warranty our work for 5 years post completion on IKEA supplied kitchen products.
This warranty that IKEA offers covers wear and tare on the doors, drawer fronts, finish panels, molding, toe kicks, and all of the moving hardware.
The most common issue with IKEA cabinets is the damage that can occur during delivery. If we’re taking care of this for you, we will make sure you have no issues. As a homeowner all you have to do is take your damaged piece to IKEA, and they’ll replace it, no questions asked.
We’ve done a lot of IKEA kitchens along with our contractors and we’ve never had an issue where a real warranty issue came up. And I highly doubt you will either… But just in case, you at least know you’re covered.
The Turnaround Time
This is a bit of a tricky question but the average time it takes to remodel an IKEA kitchen is about 7-14 days. That price includes demolition, cabinet installation, countertops, the whole nine yards.
This really depends on the size of your project and how much construction your kitchen remodel will require.
If you’re staying within the footprint (not changing the layout and just replacing your kitchen cabinet for cabinet) then you can expect to be done in as little as a week or two.
Now if you’re working with a contractor like us that understands the IKEA process, this is definitely possible. That being said, if you’re working with a contractor that has little or even zero experience with IKEA, you can add a week.
We’ve worked hard with all of our contractors to create a system that completes kitchens as quick as possible, all with maintaining the highest quality of workmanship & quality.
Low Installation Cost
Here’s the going rates for contractors that install IKEA kitchens:
$95-$125 per cabinet (depending upon how far you are from the store)
$25-$35/cabinet for installation of all of the crown, light rail & toe kick
Scribing $375-$600 depending on the size of your project
$35/panel or filler piece
$150-$250 for removal of the IKEA packaging (it’s A LOT of cardboard, plastic & foam…)
$199-$499 depending on your location (our guys normally charge $499 because the cabinets are assembled offsite and then delivered to your home… It allows for more control of your schedule in minimizing the amount of time you’re under construction.)
$250 to secure your island/peninsula to the foundation
Now keep in mind that these prices can vary from contractor to contractor, and from job to job. It’s a pretty accurate ball park for you to gauge the budget of your project.
Take a look at these inspiring kitchens you won’t believe are IKEA and when it’s time to make your dream kitchen a reality, get in touch with Kijenga – your Kijenga Certified home professional in Saskatoon.