I’ve been installing IKEA kitchen cabinets for the past 5 years and I believe that IKEA is the best kitchen cabinet for the price. Custom cabinets made out of 3/4 inch plywood are absolutely better, but you will pay 4-5 times or more than IKEA cabinets. Plus, you will wait almost two months to get those cabinets delivered, where most times you can have IKEA cabinets delivered within a week.
Most homeowners want a quality product that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I can happily say that IKEA is a good product at a good price. For what it costs to buy custom cabinets, a homeowner can remodel their entire kitchen by using IKEA cabinets.
Many of my clients with IKEA kitchen cabinets use a quartz or granite countertop and have had no problem with their countertop. For some reason, countertop installers/kitchen designers are leery of IKEA. Every time I go to a new job, the countertop people are skeptical to put a heavy stone on IKEA kitchen cabinets.
I had a kitchen designer once ask if I thought the IKEA kitchen cabinets would hold a quartz countertop and was genuinely surprised when I said yes, of course.
I get requests to glue the dowels, put extra reinforcement in around the sinks, you name it. I also read online forums where countertop installers absolutely refuse to install granite on IKEA kitchen cabinets.
I hear these comments repeated often in person and online by general tradesman who are not familiar with IKEA kitchen cabinets. They often persuade the homeowner away from using IKEA for another cabinet manufacturer that is more expensive with fewer features.
One of the biggest objections about IKEA kitchen cabinets is their limited sizes and the ability to create a custom kitchen look but the new Sektion line has more options for cabinet sizes and different types of doors and drawer fronts. You can go with a sleek slab modern door or a french country look with raised panel doors.
IKEA is a frame-less cabinet which is the norm in Europe but most American cabinet manufacturers build face frame cabinets.
I like frame-less cabinets because you can have bigger drawers with more storage and have a cleaner look with only the doors and drawer faces showing.
IKEA uses German manufacturer Blum drawer hardware and hinges with soft close as a standard feature on their cabinets. Homeowners will pay 2 or 3 times more for Blum hardware on other cabinets manufacturers.
IKEA sells thousands of kitchens everyday at their 380+ plus stores around the world. Many of these kitchens have granite, quartz, silestone, and other types of countertops without any issues.
IKEA has been ranked first or second in the J.D. Powers Kitchen Cabinet Satisfaction Study for the last 6 years among all cabinet manufacturers.
If that doesn’t show people are happy with IKEA cabinets and they are built to withstand the daily grind of family life, I don’t know what else to say. Obviously, the cabinets must be assembled and installed correctly, which we do. If you’re looking at remodeling your kitchen, give me a call to discuss IKEA as an option.
Below are some examples of IKEA kitchens in Gainesville with solid countertops.