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  • Class 1: real wood and MDF: At this time, only four lines of IKEA doors contain any amount of real wood, and no doors are made entirely of solid natural wood: the LAXARBY and BJORKET lines (door frames are solid birch; door panels are birch veneer on particleboard), FILIPSTAD line (door frames are solid oak; door panels are oak veneer on particleboard), and EKESTAT line (door edges are solid oak or ash; door panels are oak veneer on particleboard).
  • Class 2: MDF and foil: This class is the main category of IKEA doors, with melamine foil and/or thermofoil applied to a fiberboard base: RINGHULT line (fiberboard and melamine foil); GRIMSLOV and MARSTA lines (fiberboard, foil, and melamine foil); BROKHLT, JARSTA, and EDSERUM lines (particleboard and foil); and TINGSYRD and HAGGEBY lines (particleboard, polypropylene, and melamine).
  • Class 3: MDF and paints: Glossy paint is applied directly to the particleboard for a bright, in-your-face style: VEDDINGE line (particleboard, acrylic paint, and polyurethane), FLADIE line (fiberboard and acrylic paint), and BODBYN and HITTARP lines (fiberboard, acrylic paint, polyester paint)
  • Class 4: glass or metal: These doors may contain some particleboard, but their chief appearance is that of glass or metal: the JUTIS line (glass and aluminum), and GREVSTA line (stainless steel, melamine, and particleboard)

Love the price and functionality of Ikea kitchen components but not the cabinet front choices? An array of new companies is offering custom cabinet fronts to pair with Ikea’s kitchen systems. “Ikea cabinets are like building blocks,” says Finnish company A.S. Helsingö. “The quality is solid,” adds John McDonald, founder of SemiHandmade. “And we especially love their price; even with SemiHandmade doors, you’ll easily save 30 to 40 percent on the cost of a typical custom kitchen.”

With the bones of a kitchen from Ikea (who, by the way, source all hardware, hinges, and drawer slides from reputable company Blum) and customized fronts from one of the below nine companies, the high-low, semi-custom kitchen is more accessible than ever.

1. A.S. Helsingö

Above: Finnish company A.S. Helsingö offers oak cabinet fronts that coordinate with Ikea’s Metod system. Shown is the flush-panel Ingarö door made of oak veneer framed with solid oak rails. Also available: Samsö doors, which have a clean, seamless look, and Ensiö doors, which have a more traditional design. All cabinet fronts are available in smoked or natural oak or in a painted finish.

2. Superfront

Above: Superfront designs and manufactures doors for Ikea’s Metod and Faktum kitchens (shown is a Faktum kitchen with Superfront’s No Pattern Doors). Doors are available with or without pattern and in a range of color options. They’re made in maple or birch and can be customized with different hardware options. For more, see our post Superfront: An Instant Upgrade for Ikea Cabinets.

3. SemiHandmade

Above: LA-based company SemiHandmade designs a range of door fronts (shown here in Sarah Sherman Samuel’s kitchen are the SM Clay Shaker fronts) in natural wood, painted, and printed finishes that coordinate with Ikea’s cabinet boxes. “We offer low-priced doors that match Ikea prices and we have doors that are three times that much, but it’s worth it for people to get exactly what they want,” says founder John McDonald. For more, see Ikea Upgrade: The SemiHandmade Kitchen Remodel.

4. Dunsmuir

Above: Designers Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow did a gut remodel of their Brooklyn kitchen working with Ikea cabinet boxes and Dunsmuir cabinet fronts. Dunsmuir designs custom fronts for Ikea kitchens that include end panels, appliance fronts, kicks, and spacers in everything from MDF to white oak and walnut. See more of the above kitchen in our post House Call: A Brooklyn Brownstone Goes Gothic.

5. Kokeena

Above: Kokeena, a company founded in Portland, Oregon, designs ready-made doors for Ikea’s Sektion, Akurum, and Godmorgon systems. Their offering includes The Minimalist (white painted slab doors), The Woodsman (wood-grain panel doors), and The Slabtown (textured laminate doors, shown).

6. Koak Design

Above: Designers Sandy and Frank Sonnemans of Netherlands-based Koak Design create Ikea kitchen and drawer fronts from European hardwoods. The fronts are available in a range of finishes from painted (shown) to whitewashed and black-stained. While based in the Netherlands, Koak Design does ship their kitchen doors internationally. Contact the company for more information.

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IKEA may know a thing or two about the black kitchen trend. And, if you are planning to design a kitchen around this trend, you don’t want to miss these key details. Here’s what IKEA knows about black kitchens, that you don’t.

Western Living | Maybe black countertops, one row of black uppers and black paint is enough?

Last week I met with a client who was buying an IKEA kitchen for their new home and we were looking at the whites in their brochure.

I haven’t been into IKEA to look at their kitchens in a while, so on the weekend, when I happened to be nearby, I popped in with my fan deck.

This way, when I’m specifying white for trim for a client (in person or in my eDesign department) installing a white IKEA kitchen, I know which white is right.

Anyway, I was struck by how much black IKEA had everywhere.

Every display throughout the store led with black. Whether it was black vases in the flower department or black lamps in the lamp department.

Why? Because black is the new grey of course.

Black is the new grey

I have mentioned black kitchens in a few posts here and here. But this trend is so big, I don’t think one post will drive this point home.

I snapped some photos as I walked through the showrooms because I want you to notice something here about IKEA’s display kitchens that you might not have seen on your own.

Let’s be clear, this is a company whose revenues are in the billions and they are in the business of selling kitchens (and everything else of course) so the way the kitchens are displayed are not by accident.

I’m trying to remember if there were ANY grey kitchens on display at all. White, but primarily black, was huge.

Let’s walk through the three kitchens that I snapped:

Huge window with no uppers or shelves

Notice, the focal point of this kitchen is the huge window that is almost as low as the countertop.

Also, there are no uppers or even any shelves on either side of this window.

This makes the kitchen feel spacious, light and bright.

The countertops are also white with a white (some would say boring) subway tile backsplash.

Lots of lighting everywhere, which is always critical to achieving a look and a feel.

Light Wood + Black

In this modern kitchen, the light and bright feeling has been achieved by the pale wood floors, pale wood lowers, high ceilings with matching pale wood beams and the display (and of course lit) shelves in the uppers.

There’s ‘space’ between the modern hood fan and the cabinets which also coordinates perfectly with the modern, slab cabinets.

The black uppers have been repeated by the black countertops and the backsplash is white to keep it feeling fresh and above-all-things bright.

All windows above the uppers

This kitchen seemed to be the most busy, I could not get a photo without someone standing in it.


Well my guess is because the entire focal point wall of this kitchen, with black lowers, was ALL WINDOWS.

And that brings me back to my point.

The average consumer does not notice these details.

What your kitchen might look like if you don’t consider the same details

But what they DO NOTICE is how great IKEA’s kitchen feels inside the store.

And they make the decision to go with a black kitchen.

And, my lovelies, that’s how the average house, without windows like these, without all the extra lighting, without the well-planned and executed details, will end up with a black kitchen and it will feel as bleak and dark in most homes, as the average espresso brown kitchen did back in the Tuscan brown trend.

And after all is said and done, they will wonder why it didn’t feel like the kitchen in the showroom.

This (below) is the kitchen I talked about in this post: Ask Maria; What Mood Does Black or White Convey, Warm or Cool?


Notice again, the lack of uppers, the low windows, the butcher block countertops that add warmth and of course the expanse of white subway tile that lightens and brightens.

And this takes me to the reason I wrote this post.

What everyone wants way more than the perfect paint colour, is a look and a feel.

That’s what we spend three days in my Specify Colour with Confidence workshops talking about.

Every image on the screen is an opportunity to learn ‘Why does this room work? What would make it even better?’

Because I’m training your eye, so that you’ll be able to see things that others don’t see, just like the kitchens in this post.

We’ll talk about WHY. Why do the colours in this room work and another room they won’t work at all.

We’ll talk about decorating and styling, because choosing the perfect paint colour, or the perfect countertop colour, or the perfect cabinet colour, all contributes to the final result but does NOT give you the final result.

Decorating does that.

And we’ll compare colour for three days, because THAT is the secret to explaining the WHY.

I spend very little time talking about paint colours with my clients.

That’s definitely all THEY want to talk about because it’s the thing that’s keeping THEM up at night, but that’s the easiest part for me.

What I want to know, is which rug is going into the great room, what colour should your sofa be? How many lamps can you fit in this room?

You want a colour for your island? Maybe we should choose the blue buffet that you want in your dining room first so we can then coordinate it with the blue island you want in your kitchen, for example.

Because that is how flow is created.

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Interior Design is my second career.

I was a public school teacher for 15 years before returning to school to get my certification and launching my own business in 2015. The spring of my first year, I got a client who wanted a white. Easy enough, i thought! After specifying two different colors and personally paying for the re-do (Yikes!) I realized I needed help. I did some googling and needless to say I found you! I immediately bought White is Complicated. I have gone on to purchase and read all your ebooks (some more than once), I look forward to every new blog post, have gone back to “catch up” on old blog posts, and have gotten all your color board sets and use them faithfully with each and every client.

Last Christmas, my husband gifted me with your live training so I was able to attend your class in Atlanta, GA, this past Spring. I believe we were your first class to receive the new color wheel at the training and have been using it ever since.

I KNOW I am a better, more confident decorator and designer because of what I have learned form you and I am incredibly thankful! Mikki Brizendine, Hydrangea House Design & Decor

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Frameless kitchen cabinets, known as “Euro-style,” are those sleek, ultra-modern styles that have no surface face frames, with doors and drawers that fit snugly against the cabinet carcasses. They offer a very smooth, clean look that are ideal for modern decors. This style is nearly universal in Europe and other parts of the world, but in the U.S., a relatively low demand means that there has been little competition to help drive down prices. Euro-style cabinets tend to be quite expensive in the U.S. market, and often must be purchased from upscale European providers, such as the high-end Italian manufacturer, Snaidero.

In an effort to save money, many homeowners have turned to Euro-style cabinets from IKEA, the Swedish manufacturer that has taken the home furnishings market by storm, especially for young homeowners. In fact, KEA-lovers in touch with kitchen trends will swear that the high-end Italian cabinet manufacturer Snaidero is one of the true makers of IKEA kitchen cabinets.

Many major manufacturers of high-end products are known to offer “off-brand” discount versions for certain markets. Is this perhaps true with IKEA Euro-cabinets? Are they actually made by the high-end manufacturers, such as Snaidero?

To get to the bottom of this, we did side-by-side comparisons of current IKEA cabinets with the closest matches from the Snaiidero product line. We found that although IKEA cabinets are by no means exact duplicates, their cabinets are very much in the spirit of ultra-expensive Snaidero—in every way except the price.

Here are some side-by-side comparisons between Snaidero and IKEA kitchen cabinets

Here’s How to Make IKEA Cabinets Look Seriously High-End

There’s a reason IKEA cabinets are so popular: when it comes to affordability and a clean, minimalist design, they can’t be beat. But what happens when you have basic IKEA kitchen cabinets and want to infuse them with your own personal style? Sure, you can pull out the paint cans and brushes and get to work, but for those who want a high-end look and zero maintenance, there’s Semihandmade for IKEA—a company that sells beautiful cabinet fronts for IKEA kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

The durable fronts are made to fit standard IKEA pieces, and they attach using the hinges and hardware (and following the instruction manual) provided by IKEA. So whether you have a BESTA, SEKTION, or GODMORGON, you can invest in colorful, textured fronts that transform each piece so completely no one will ever guess that your kitchen cabinets came from IKEA. Want the visual proof? Here are several makeovers that show off the power of this IKEA cabinet hack.

RELATED: 7 Kitchen Cabinet Colors We Can’t Stop Swooning Over

Image zoom Semihandmade for IKEA

1 A Blushing BESTA

When Semihandmade for IKEA teamed up with designer Sarah Sherman Samuel (the creative genius behind Mandy Moore’s gorgeous home makeover), we knew it was going to be good. The evidence: new beaded cabinet fronts on this once-boring BESTA attract so much attention, it’s blushing.

For a peek at more IKEA cabinet hacks, follow Sherman Samuel’s instagram, where she unveils pretty kitchen projects.

Image zoom Semihandmade for IKEA

2 IKEA Cabinet Makeover

The husband-and-wife team behind Rug & Weave, a vintage and handmade decor company, take their home styling very seriously because they photograph their rugs and furniture right in their home. While their kitchen started out with outdated wooden cabinet fronts, after an intervention by Semihandmade, the new blue Shaker-style cabinet fronts look seriously stylish.

Image zoom KATE GREWAL/Semihandmade for IKEA

3 Moody Blue Kitchen Cabinets

If you want to switch the color of your cabinets, but also want something a little more luxe-looking than a DIY paint job, opt for pre-fabricated cabinet fronts in trendy colors, like navy blue or blush. The price per front ranges depenidng upon size, but with each front priced around $80, upgrading an entire kitchen is an investment. One way to justify the initial cost: Compared to painted cabinets, these durable fronts won’t nick or chip, so you don’t have to worry about touch-ups.

Image zoom Semihandmade for IKEA/Sugarsuckle

4 Light Blue & Brass Kitchen Cabinets

Looking for chic hardware to go with your brand-new fronts? Don’t worry, Semihandmade has those, too. Brass pulls warm up the icy blue IKEA cabinets, at right.

Want to take your IKEA kitchen makeover the extra mile? You can also order new toe kick covers, panels, and filler strips, but the installation will require trimming the oversized pieces and may require calling a professional.

Semihandmade: Perhaps the best-known option for customizing IKEA cabinet systems (Karlie Kloss used them in her Kode With Klossy office), Semihandmade offers American-crafted cabinet doors in melamine, wood veneer, thermafoil, and the like. Styles are abundant, too: Shaker, slab, beaded, even reclaimed wood grains, and its most recent collaboration with Sarah Sherman Samuel is a modern take on beadboard. No matter what style you choose, a serious perk of this company is that its cabinet doors ship in just one week. Ships to US and lower Canadian provinces. semihandmadedoors.com

Photo: Courtesy of Plykea

Plykea: Are you big on the whole plywood-everything trend? Good—us too. In the world of cabinet fronts, Plykea might be your best option for that look: It makes Formica and birch plywood cabinet doors and worktops to work with IKEA systems. The look is super streamlined and a bit raw, with every piece made to order to suit your specific kitchen system. Ships to Europe and the UK, with hopes to launch in San Francisco and ship to the U.S. “very soon.” plykea.com

Photo: Courtesy of Kokeena

Kokeena: This Portland, Oregon, retailer stands out for its commitment to using low-impact paints and finishes and wood that has been sustainably harvested—so you can feel good about your purchase in addition to being very pleased with how it looks. Choose from premium wood grains like walnut and white oak or various paints and laminates. Ships to U.S. and Canada. kokeena.com

Superfront: With funky, youthful designs for cabinet fronts, pulls, and handles—think raised scalloped patterning and colors like pink and lilac—this Stockholm-based outfit can help you cover a whole IKEA kitchen cabinet system, a few closet doors, or just a simple freestanding sideboard. Fronts ship to Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, U.K., and Germany; handles and legs can be shipped worldwide. superfront.com

Norse Interiors: A newcomer to the Scandinavian-inspired IKEA front game, Norse makes doors, sides, tops, and accessories to trick out freestanding storage cabinets and TV stands in the Besta line. Colors are minimal and subdued while designs get a bit geometric. Ships to U.S. only. norseinteriors.com

Photo: Courtesy of FRONTLY

Frontly by Prettypegs: If you’re reading all this, hoping there’s an option for the not-at-all DIY-inclined, consider Frontly, a line of self-adhesive cabinet fronts that can be applied to pieces from the Besta line. Accordingly, they’re going to be a bit less expensive than other options—think $26 for a single front rather than more like $100. Ships worldwide. prettypegs.com

We’ve pledged our allegiance to Ikea many times over: We love this bathroom bench. These organizing goods. These small-space solutions. These outdoor entertaining supplies. We even turned to Ikea to stage a co-worker’s dining room makeover, with awesome results.

Personally, I find the prospect of three hours, 1,372 small parts, and “some-assembly-required” soothing, as four or five Kallax shelving units scattered throughout our home can attest. I also appreciate that I can furnish a room without dipping into my kids’ college funds. And still, a much as I love clever design and Swedish meatballs, Ikea isn’t necessarily where I was planning on shopping as we consider remodeling our kitchen. I love (LOVE!) Ikea’s drawers-over-doors take on kitchen design, but the cabinets don’t scream “We’ll last forever!” to me. What works for our guest room day bed (we have the Hemnes) just doesn’t feel like it will hold up for decades in the most highly trafficked room in our home.

My biggest qualm—as I’m looking at the cheaply done remodel our home’s previous owners did in the ’80s—is that Ikea’s cabinet doors aren’t solid wood. I want to gut our kitchen once and have the renovation last for the better part of my lifetime, and I just don’t think I’m going to get that with particleboard cabinet doors.

Which brings me to a company called Semihandmade, which makes solid-wood Shaker doors (among other styles) designed to fit Ikea cabinets. So you buy the frames from Ikea, with all the aforementioned clever design—the doors are sold separately, anyways—and then you can build an heirloom quality kitchen that won’t leave you broke.

Here’s a breakdown for a standard kitchen, but it boils down to this: If you spend $1,400 on Ikea cabinets and hardware and $7,200 on Semihandmade doors and drawer fronts, you’ll pay an extra $3,800 (comparable Ikea doors and door fronts would cost you $3,400). But then you have a kitchen with solid-wood doors. It sounds almost too good to be true, but look how fantastic they are in real life. (See more on Remodelista.)

Here are some more examples:

Yes, please.

What makes up an IKEA cabinet?

17 Oct What makes up an IKEA cabinet?

Posted at 16:55h in FAQs, IKEA by admin

IKEA® offers a free 25-year warranty on almost all parts of their kitchens. This incredible warranty covers cabinet frames, door and drawer fronts, UTRUSTA hinges, MAXIMERA fully-extending drawers, shelves of tempered glass and melamine, wire baskets, and more.

IKEA uses top-quality Austrian engineered BLUM hardware for all of their moving parts (drawers and door hinges), which offers excellent stability and weight ratings, has smooth running action, extends drawers fully and has an unmatched “quiet soft close” feature.

IKEA has a great description of their products on their website, on a page called Kitchen Products Overview. Here is some of the most pertinent information—straight from the source:

Cabinets, drawers, and shelves: Kitchen cabinets are the box frames that form the structure of your entire kitchen. With such a critical function, it pays to invest in quality materials that will hold up under years of daily use. IKEA cabinets are made of sturdy 3/4″ medium-density fibreboard (substantially thicker than most) with two melamine foil finishes to choose from for a hard-wearing, moisture-proof, and scratch-resistant finish.

Doors: You add your choice of doors, drawers, and interior fixtures to the cabinet box. Doors and drawers are by far the most important element in the overall appearance of your kitchen. IKEA has an array of door options to suit your style and budget:

• Solid wood: Extremely durable and pleasing to the eye, it suits various design styles and budgets. Wood can be more susceptible to scratches and dents than some other surfaces, but the effect of aging on this material can have a charm of its own. Wood is a good choice for cabinet doors exposed to rough treatment from younger family members. Fingerprints don´t show so much on a grained wood surface either.
• Wood veneer: Often underestimated as merely a more economical solution to solid wood, veneers have come a long way since the 1970s. Simply stated, veneer is a thin layer of wood stuck to a core of medium density fibreboard (MDF), or plywood. Wood veneer cabinets provide the warm, natural look of wood surfaces, often for a less expensive price tag. Don’t let the lower price mislead you; this material is stable and less susceptible to warping than solid wood.
• Lacquer: Lacquered doors have a base of fibreboard and are then coated with a colourfast lacquer and a painted finish. They provide an excellent option economically while offering great flexibility when it comes to colour and style. Lacquer doors are practical and easy to maintain.
• High-gloss foil: Foil allows you to achieve a bold, high gloss finish that transforms your kitchen into a style statement. It’s a beautiful, durable surface which reflects light into the room. However, it may not be ideal for kitchens where small, sticky fingers will be in contact with cabinet doors. On the other hand, foiled doors are easy to clean and maintain and can really brighten up a kitchen.
• Melamine: Melamine is single-colour print or pattern print on paper film that is applied under pressure to a board, normally a particleboard. This treatment makes the melamine surface hardwearing, heat-resistant, water-repellent, and easy to care for.
• Glass: You can use a few glass doors to add variety to a row of solid cabinets, creating a lighter, more open feeling in your kitchen. All IKEA kitchen cabinet styles include a glass-fronted version to combine with solid doors. And since all of our glass doors are tempered, you won’t have to worry about shattering.