Ikea Kitchen Review

Ikea Kitchen - black cabinets, butcher block counters, and a farmhouse sink

The kitchen at the 50’s Fabulous Farmhouse went through a major renovation. Despite its small footprint, the project was no small task. It involved removing everything, down to the bare walls, and opening up the space. Due to the significant costs of the demolition and structural work, we had to be more resourceful with the finishes. After extensive research, we decided to use Ikea Kitchen Cabinets.

Below are some of the Pro’s and Con’s of using Ikea Kitchen Cabinets:


  • Affordable: Ikea cabinets are generally cheaper than custom cabinets, making them a good option for those on a budget.
  • Easy to assemble: Ikea cabinets come with step-by-step instructions and are easy to put together, even for those with little DIY experience.
  • Customizable: Ikea cabinets come in a variety of colors, finishes, and styles, and you can mix and match sizes to create a custom look.
  • Good quality: Ikea cabinets are made from sturdy materials and come with a 25-year warranty.
  • Sustainable: Ikea has a commitment to sustainability and many of their cabinets are made from renewable materials.


  • Limited selection: While Ikea offers a decent selection of cabinets, they may not have as many options as a custom cabinet maker.
  • Self-installation: While some people enjoy the DIY aspect of putting together their Ikea cabinets, others may prefer to have a professional handle installation.
  • Issues with fit: Some people have reported issues with the fit of Ikea cabinets, especially if they are not installed correctly.
  • Lack of customization: While you can mix and match Ikea cabinets to create a custom look, you may not be able to achieve the same level of customization as with custom cabinetry.
  • Assembly time: While Ikea cabinets are easy to assemble, the assembly process can be time-consuming, especially if you have a large kitchen.

Designing and installing new kitchen cabinets can seem intimidating, but our experience with Ikea’s cabinet system proved to be surprisingly simple. We followed Ikea’s five recommended steps for a successful kitchen installation and were thrilled with the outcome.

Step One: Find your style

We visited the local Ikea Store so we could see all the cabinet finishes in person. As luck would have it, we fell in love with the first Kitchen we saw coming right off the escalator. It was also a great time to look at functional options like drawers versus cabinets, appliance panels, pull-out trash, and more.  

Step two: Measure

Once we knew what cabinet finish and functional features we wanted. We measured the kitchen and double-checked the measurements with the help of our contractor. For those who may want extra peace of mind, Ikea also offers a measuring service with a specialist. Taking the time to get accurate measurements ensures that you’re ordering the correct cabinet sizes and avoiding any awkward gaps in your kitchen design. Make sure to prioritize this step as it will impact your overall renovation experience.

Step three: Plan 

After we had the exact measurements of the kitchen area, we headed to the Ikea website to explore their Kitchen Planner – such a cool and user-friendly tool. By inputting our kitchen dimensions and starting to place cabinets and appliances, we were able to envision the perfect kitchen layout. For instance, we wanted the sink to be centered under the window, so we placed a dishwasher alongside one side of the sink and a pull-out trash can on the other. This gave us the remaining size of drawers we needed on each end. This tool really allowed us to visualize the space and optimize its potential before ordering anything.

Step Four: Order

When we were happy with the layout, we made an appointment online for an in-store consultation with an Ikea Kitchen Specialist to review the design. They were able to pull up our kitchen design, review the layout, and double-check everything for sizing and functionality. They also made sure nothing was missing (those sneaky side panels that never crossed my mind). Once everything was double-checked, a “shopping list” was generated and the order was placed. 

Step Five: Install 

Installation began with the delivery of all the cabinet pieces. You will want to make sure you have plenty of space for this delivery. We cross-checked every item against our “shopping list” to ensure we received everything correctly, all 108 pieces!

Although assembling the cabinets was not complicated, it was time-consuming. We opted to build the cabinets ourselves, which saved us money. Once all the cabinets were built, we had our contractor install them. Which requires attaching them to the wall studs and making sure everything was level.

Overall, the installation process required some patience, but the end result was worth it. We were extremely happy with the process, price, and quality of the Ikea Kitchen Cabinets.  So, while the Ikea installation process may not be for everyone, it’s a great option for those who want to save money on their kitchen upgrade. With a little patience, some trips to the store, and a lot of boxes to assemble, you’ll end up with a beautiful and functional kitchen that won’t break the bank.

If you are planning an upcoming Kitchen Renovation, make sure to check out our Kitchen Renovation Bundle to guide you through every phase of your kitchen renovation journey!


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