IKEA Kitchen Cabinets: Everything Renovators Need to Know

by Lee Wallender

See why IKEA, a beloved Swedish home goods retailer, is a go-to resource for kitchen cabinets

galley ikea kitchen(Above) Lavanya and Regis’ Sweeten renovation

Kitchen cabinets make up a large portion of a kitchen remodel budget. However, one way homeowners can control this cost is to buy IKEA cabinets. 

IKEA offers low prices on its cabinets. IKEA’s cabinets are based on a flexible system that allows you to add components as needed. Below, Sweeten outlines basic information about this product line to help you decide if IKEA is right for your kitchen renovation.

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How IKEA’s SEKTION cabinet system works

SEKTION is IKEA’s kitchen cabinet system. Base cabinets, wall cabinets, and high cabinets are the core parts of the SEKTION system. Cabinets and drawer fronts fit with the SEKTION system but go by different names. 

Base cabinets

Base cabinets are lower cabinets that are mounted on the floor. They hold the countertop and the sink. IKEA base cabinets are 30 inches high and 24.75 inches deep. In addition, adding legs and a countertop brings the height up to 36 inches, which is the standard height for most kitchen base cabinets.

A complete IKEA base cabinet consists of the cabinet box, drawers and drawer fronts, and inner drawers and fronts. Drawer organizers are optional.

Wall cabinets

Wall cabinets are mounted on the wall and are attached to the studs. They hold plates and food items. Wall cabinets are usually mounted 20 inches above the base cabinets. Most of IKEA’s wall cabinets are 15 inches deep. A few of IKEA’s wall cabinets are 24 inches deep. These wall cabinets are typically mounted over refrigerators.

A complete IKEA wall cabinet consists of the cabinet box, doors, hinges, and shelves. Shelf inserts are optional.

High cabinets

High cabinets are mounted on the floor. They are intended for pantry items or small appliancesIKEA’s high cabinets are narrow—15 to 30 inches wide. Twenty-four inches is the most common width for IKEA’s high cabinets. High cabinets are either 80 inches or 90 inches high. 

A complete IKEA high cabinet consists of the cabinet, fronts, and shelves. Doors and drawers are often included.

Drawers, shelves, and dividers

MAXIMERA and FORVARA soft-closing drawers and dividers come with the cabinets.

UTRUSTA shelves made either of MDF or of glass. Shelves are included. The UTRUSTA line comes with pegs that fit into the sides of SEKTION cabinets to hold up the shelves.

ikea drawers(Above) Roxana and Gabriel’s Sweeten renovation

What are IKEA cabinets made of?

IKEA cabinet boxes are made of fiberboard and melamine foil. Cabinet doors and drawer fronts are made of fiberboard. They are covered in melamine foil, paint, wood, or glass.

IKEA cabinet boxes

Fiberboard is made from a mixture of wood chips and resins. Wood chips are pressed together with heat and high pressure to form boards. Fiberboard must always be coated for durability.

IKEA cabinet and drawer fronts

Currently, IKEA offers 18 cabinet and drawer front styles. All of the fronts have a contemporary style. The cabinet front profile options include slab, beveled, beadboard, and Shaker. 

IKEA has one natural wood veneer cabinet front. The TORHAMN cabinet fronts are covered in real ash wood veneer.

IKEA fronts are either a solid color, wood effect, or real wood grain. Except for white, the solid colors veer toward darker or earthen tones: gray, brown, black, or green. The style and texture of the fronts affect the price. 

  • IKEA’s lowest-priced and most basic cabinet front is HÄGGEBY. It is a white slab-style cabinet.
  • IKEA’s highest cost cabinets have high-gloss and wood effect cabinet fronts. RINGHULT is a high-gloss white. VOXTORP is the highest price cabinet front. VOXTORP has a walnut effect and a high-gloss light beige.
  • IKEA does have one low-priced wood effect cabinet front: ASKERSUND. This cabinet has a light ash wood effect with horizontal wood grain.

Quality: Are IKEA cabinets good?

IKEA cabinets are well-designed to be structurally sound. All fasteners that hold the cabinets together are internal and invisible. Euro-style hinges on the doors are soft-closing and hidden. The drawers are also silently self-closing.

SEKTION kitchen cabinets have a 25-year limited warranty. This warranty covers all components of a SEKTION cabinet system. The policy warrants against defects in materials and work. IKEA will either repair or replace any defective part of the SEKTION system.

Take note: IKEA states that its natural wood and light lacquered (painted) surfaces may yellow with age. As a result, exposure to light will contribute to this aging.

One key to maintaining the IKEA SEKTION system is regular maintenance. Specifically, you’ll need to protect your SEKTION cabinets from heat and humidity. Fiberboard can swell when it absorbs moisture. Therefore, avoid letting coffee makers or dishwashers steam under or against SEKTION cabinets. Also, make sure to wipe up any spills in your cabinets.

ikea cabinets(Above) Sally and Ross’ Sweeten renovation

IKEA kitchen cabinets installation

Self-installation

Fortunately, IKEA creates kitchen cabinets that are easy to install. The cabinets come flat-packed in cardboard boxes. Then, homeowners can either pick up the boxes at the store or arrange for at-home delivery. 

Additionally, IKEA aims to make the installation process as easy as possible. Clear picture-oriented instructions guide the installation. To complete installation, you’ll need simple tools, like a hammer and power drill/driver. Although the process is streamlined, it is still a large-scale project. You’ll also need to set time aside—often, many hours—for assembly. For example, even just unboxing the cabinets and disposing of the cardboard will add to your time commitment.

Professional installation

Some IKEA stores offer professional installation services. IKEA installers will deliver the cabinets. The installers will then assemble and install the cabinets, doors, drawers, fittings, and handles.

How much do IKEA kitchen cabinets cost?

Individual cabinet costs

IKEA base cabinets generally cost between $200 and $500. Wall cabinets cost between $200 and $400. By contrast, high cabinets are larger, and cost between $200 and $600.

Full kitchen cabinet costs

The 10’ x 10’ kitchen is the kitchen design industry’s standard unit for measuring costs. This kitchen includes cabinets, door and drawer fronts, drawers, shelves, hinges, cover panels, toe-kicks, and legs. The cost does not include countertops, handles, sinks, lighting, or appliances.

IKEA kitchen cabinets for a full 10’ x 10’ kitchen range from about $1,100 to about $3,500. The average cost is about $2,350. This cost does not include taxes, delivery, or installation. 

Whether a kitchen needs updating or the style just isn’t your taste, the price point of stock cabinetry, like IKEA cabinets, helps stretch a budget. Feeling inspired to use IKEA cabinets in your own kitchen renovation project? Share your project with Sweeten and we’ll match you with expert contractors who specialize in IKEA cabinetry!

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