We completed our kitchen remodel about 6 months ago, which means our Ikea kitchen cabinets have gotten some good use, and I wanted to update you on how we feel about them thus far.
The two big reasons we went with Ikea is because the aesthetic I was looking for was flat front cabinets. I did not want traditional style shaker cabinets–and for some reason, flat front cabinets cost WAY more than the shaker style. I wanted something that looked like it fit in with the mid century modern style of our home. The second reason is obviously cost, we just could not find anything more affordable than Ikea cabinets.
There are some awesome features about Ikea cabinets that I love. (Please excuse my lack of organization inside the cabinets). We have a corner cabinet that has shelving that actually swings and pulls out.
This allows you to maximize corner cabinet space. I LOVE this. The other corner cabinet has a built a built in lazy Susan on the top and bottom.
The shelves turn all the way around which make grabbing pots and pans a cinch and easy on the back.
Next to the fridge we installed a tall pantry cabinet. We chose to install pull out shelves (instead of standard shelves) which make it super convenient to see everything you have on a shelf.
Another feature we love is the soft shut drawers and cabinets. Everything glides and shuts quietly which is just a nice added bonus in my book. As you can see we didn’t go with upper cabinets; I’ve really liked storing everything in drawers and haven’t missed uppers at all.
One of the things I’m not thrilled about is how easily smudge marks show up on the finish of the cabinets. I can only speak for the dark espresso color we chose, (I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t be an issue on lighter color cabinets). But these finger prints are just from me putting dishes away (you can only imagine the smudges that a sticky fingered one year old causes). I’m constantly wiping down the cabinets which is a pain in the butt.
Ok, look at the little space between the bottom of the drawer and the top of the cabinet. Do you see it? We cannot for the life of us get this particular cabinet to hang straight. I know it’s only slight, but it drives me insane. (And yes, I’m aware of the smudges all over my dishwasher).
The same issue is with the cabinets above the fridge. We cannot get them to hang flush, can you see the left door is hanging slightly lower than the right? Ugh. Also, can you see the birch colored base of the cabinet? You can only choose the base cabinets in white or birch, so it drives me batty that you can see a slight outline around the cabinet door.
The one issue that bothers me the most about Ikea cabinets is the toe kick. You can adjust the height of your cabinets to your liking, which is nice since Andy and I are tall. Unfortunately, when the you adjust the height to the tallest setting, it leaves a very obvious gap between the top of the toe kick and the bottom of your cabinets. You can only see the gap if you are at eye level with it on the floor, its not noticeable when you’re standing, but I absolutely hate that you can see a space between there.
Another thing about the toe kick that drives me nuts is that it is not one solid piece. We had to cut a couple of pieces to fit the length of our cabinets, so when I mop or sweep I often hit the toe kick out of place and have to re-align it.
All that to say, I really like our Ikea cabinets. But if I could do it all again, I would get a professional Ikea cabinet installer. Our contractor did half of it and we did half of it, and people, for the sake of your marriage, I promise it would be worth it to pay someone who knows what their doing to install them.
What do you think? Do you have Ikea cabinets? Are you considering them?