Ikea Kitchen Cabinets: Buy or Not?

Any thoughts on how much you like or dislike the look, quality, ease of installation, and cost of Ikea Kitchen Cabinetry?

Are there better alternatives in similar price ranges that you've seen?
  • August 16 2010 - US
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Profile picture for Mike Bottaro
The quality is probably better than you would think, however still definitely not top quality cabinets by any means.  Spend the extra money and get them from Lowe's or Home Depot. 

Also if you value your time as much as I do, just hire someone.  If not have fun spending many hours with your allen wrench and 80 page instruction manual filed with confused cartoon Swedes.
  • April 28 2013
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The price may be cheaper but if you prefer quality than cost then don't go for Ikea. For custom cabinets go to Home depot and if you need RTA kitchen cabinets then the RTA store is the Best.
  • April 28 2013
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Ikea cabinets are absolutely junk.
  • April 02 2013
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We have used IKEA cabinets on a project that had a tight budget, and the client is very pleased, and the project looks amazing.

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  • April 02 2013
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Connect with a Kitchen & Bath designer for professional advice. They will often have product lines that are comparable prices and and factory made and ready to install. Always hire a local professional!
  • March 21 2013
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In working with General Contractors, i think that you  can find better quality, modern style cabinets . 
  • March 19 2013
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As a general contractor with lots of experience with companies, customers and subcontractors, I will say Ikea is the worst place to deal with.  Yes, their products are cheap....you do get what you pay for.  Their service is horrible, their store is impossible to deal with and it is nearly impossible to find someone to assemble the unending number of boxes of stuff....When you figure in the cost of time and materials, they are not worth it.  What consumers don't realize, sometimes, is the mere cost of the materials is just part of the cost.  Compare apples to apples......
  • March 19 2013
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Ikea kitchen cabinets come in high quality and in modern styles. One of the most common series is bravad and the products in this series come with very many features. The bravad base cabinet comes in a white color. You do not have to worry about the noise cabinets can make because they come with a damper which ensures that they close slowly and smoothly. The drawers are fully extending and this allows you to have an easy overview. The Ikea kitchen cabinets are made of hard wearing wood and coated with melamine which makes them scratch resistant. They are smooth running with a stop and you will not be disappointed because they are very attractive. The white melamine gives them a smooth and pleasant finish. With adjustable legs, they are able to stand well in any surface and they are also very easy to move.

You however need to use different mounting devices for different floors. It is very easy to clean Ikea kitchen cabinets and all you need is a damp cloth and a mild cleaner. Rub gently until the surfaces are clean. You can read more on the product specification on their site and get to have in depth information on the Ikea bravad cabinet. Another Ikea kitchen cabinet is the bravad glass door wall cabinet which comes in a white color. It comes with an adjustable shelf which has a tempered glass. To clean the glass you need water or a glass cleaner. This is one of the most affordable cabinet and it can serve you in the best way that you desire. Another one that is very affordable is the bravad wall shelf. It is only $49.99 and if you are operating on a tight budget, this is the best option for you. There is no doubt that you are going to find the kitchen cabinet that are suitable for your house.

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  • August 10 2011
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i have them in a few of my investment properties and I think for the price they are a great value. My oldest kitchen install was about 4 years ago and they still look great. The way I look at it, if they fail in 8-10 years I will have saved enough to do the whole kitchen again and update styles. Hope this helps.
  • September 10 2010
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Ikea is great for all different projects. Especially if you are into modern design.  There furniture has clean lines, colors and a light feeling.  The quality borders on poor, due to the all press board construction.  But can easily be replaced as styles and times change.  Good Luck 
  • August 31 2010
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It reallt depends on the style of the place. If it is really contemporary, artsy, or industrial, then I think there is far worse you could put in. Anything particularly traditional it would not be on my list of choices.
  • August 17 2010
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The price is right, but I'm not sure the quality is all there.

I'd personally be more comfortable spending a bit more for higher grade cabinetry.

But if you're looking to fix up a place for sale, you could do worse.
  • August 17 2010
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