Alot of peaple think Ikea cabinets are cheap garbage. Truth is they are pretty good. The hardware they use is very good, the drawer slides and hinges. There boxes are average quality, good for the price. I am a contractor and have installed many kitchens and find them easy to work with. If it is your first time expect there to be some frustration with all the instructions. The biggest problem comes in the design phase. Dealing with the peaple at Ikea can be frustrating. They usually miss a few parts or pieces and expect to make a number of trips back to pick up this and that. My first Ikea kitchen took about 8 to 10 trips to the store. You will need to find all the short cuts in the store so you don`t get lost in there maze every time.
I had the same question a few months back. Everybody I talked to said the same-thing, they great. I am putting them in my PR this coming week. Right now they have "The Kitchen Event" on. You get 15% back in Ikea gift cards when you buy kitchen stuff! Ends on the 28th of March.
I`ve done 2 kitchens now with Ikea cabinets. They`re great. If you`re looking for an installer in the Hamilton/Burlington area, try Paul Lipton (905-730-2959). He`s one of the Ikea Burlington recommended installers and he`s amazing. He does custom jobs as well if anyone is interested.
They look good and work well in a rental. But keep in mind that if you are paying a contractor to assemble and install them, it may actually be cheaper to buy pre-assembled cabinets.
We reno`d one suite where we got higher quality, pre-assembled cabinets installed by a contractor for about the same money as it would have cost to buy the cheapest Ikea cabinets and pay the contractor to assemble and install.
The bottom line is to pick a system that works for you and then stick to it. (Yet always be open to potential improvements in the system!)
I just couldn`t use the stock peices as they were 3" too short for my cabinets. You could order the custom cut counters for a good price (and they only charge about $100 for deliv and install) but for me it was just easier to go elsewhere. Ikea does have some nice solid surface counters for a good price though, just not in my budget.
QUOTE (brocole @ Mar 19 2010, 07:59 PM) I am planning to buy my kitchen counter from IKEA and would really appreciate any feed back on why the counter top is not very good in your opinion.
We recently purchased a home and added a basement suite, we first looked at Ikea to get an idea of cost, then decided to try and see if we could find anything else of similar quality and look for cheaper... two full weeks of shopping, phone calls and driving all over hells half acre, we only found a couple "back door" shops who could come close, but still had to increase the price for things like the kickplates and little add ons you need to finish it off. Plus the availability of looks/styles and a 25 year warranty really sold us on it.
They even come with the quite closing drawers and you can add the quite closing doors for cheap as well.
We assembled the cabinets ourselves and had a friend in the building industry hang them, though now that I`ve helped, I wouldn`t hestitate doing it myself (with another set of hands), because Ikea provides a long metal "hanger" bar that you attach to the wall first, then hang all the cabinets off of that - super easy.
A friend of mine recently spend twice as much as I did on "custom" cabinets (custom meant custom sizing), the cabinets these days are all made of the same material and Ikea is just as strong if not better than Home Depot, Rona, Lowes, etc. In fact when we were shopping around, we showed our Ikea design specs and pricing to the guy at Home Depot and he flat out told us to just go with Ikea - "cheaper, same stuff and looks better" he told us.
It looks great and I think helped us get a "quality" tenant. Anyway, when we replace the kitchen upstairs it will also be Ikea.
One quick side note - expect to spend a bit of time assembling the cabinets - like anything else Ikea, it`s all flat pack and needs to be assembled. It wasn`t hard, it just took time. But we saw it as an opportunity... by assembling ourselves we took the opportunity to use wood glue where-ever bare wood touched bare wood and whenever there were dowels using in part of the assembly. In this way we were able to "beef-up" our kitchen a bit.
QUOTE (Wish @ Mar 26 2010, 12:36 PM) We recently purchased a home and added a basement suite, we first looked at Ikea to get an idea of cost, then decided to try and see if we could find anything else of similar quality and look for cheaper...
Just an excellent post. Wow so much info. Thanks a lot.
My advice is stay away from Rona and Home Depot for cabinets. I am building a house for a customer this summer and sent them to a few cabinet shops for quotes. I told them not bother with HD. They went anyway and met with their "cabinet specialist" who basically told them she didn`t want to give them a quote unless they were sure they would buy their cabinets there. basically she didn`t want to do any extra work. And when I ordered cabinets from Rona for another house they forgot to order three boxes and doors and were 5 weeks behind schedule. My earlier post explains why I like Ikea, another good option is KitchenCraft cabinets.