Ordering Your IKEA Kitchen

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Once you've decided to use IKEA cabinets for your kitchen remodel (or for another storage area, or even a bathroom remodel), you might hit a wall of sorts. The "how-to" is missing for many people.

I often make the weak joke that whereas you can buy a set of plastic bowls at IKEA without expert help, designing and remodeling a kitchen with thousands of your hard-earned dollars is something entirely different. It's really frustrating to us that people attempt to design their own layouts for an $8,000 purchase, when for a tiny part of that budget, they could have an expert IKEA designer work out the optimal layout, best use of space, beautiful design and functionality, and, just as vital, prepare a correct ordering list.

I'm a do-it-yourself, budget-minded person so I do understand trying to design your own layout. But not only can you end up with a lesser result, but inexperience with ordering the right kitchen component parts can start a chain reaction of "remodel nightmare."

IKEA salespeople are well-trained to help you order your kitchen. Bring them a layout and they'll do their best to translate it into a complete list of components. A week or two later, a truck arrives and drops off a HUGE (even for a small kitchen) pallet of nondescript flat, heavy cardboard boxes. All you can do is hope that what is needed is there, fingers crossed as your contractor arrives to start work.

The story is different if you have an expert help you with the cabinet layout. Our designer has worked with IKEA cabinets for seventeen years. He knows part numbers, all those pseudo-Swedish codes. He knows how to use cabinet components, not just full cabinets, to design a layout that will utilize odd corners, special needs, high and low ceilings and floors, and much more.  When the layout is done, we depend on him to put together a precise order list of each part that is needed. Arriving to IKEA to order with a list like this in hand is THE way to go.

Here is an example. Customer Mrs. Marsh finalizes her layout with us and heads to IKEA with her order list. She's excited, she loves the kitchen she soon will have. She knows it will fit. She has sorted out all her questions, concerns, ideas, and concepts for the new kitchen with an expert. She is moving forward on a remodel of her kitchen she has saved up for over 4 years, with knowledge and confidence.

She arrives to her local IKEA kitchen department, breezes past the folks sweating at the computer terminals trying to design their own kitchens. She finds a bright salesperson, hands them our 3D views of her soon-to-be kitchen, a schematic showing all sizes and placements of cabinets, and a complete list of all the parts she needs. The salesperson can enter the data into IKEA's computer system, verify any final options with Mrs. Marsh. If a question comes up (e.g., corner base cabinet with shelves or with lazy susan?), Mrs. Marsh calls us from the store, asks any question, decides, and moves forward. Ordering takes two hours typically, when you know exactly what you need to buy. If you don't know, you can spend an entire day, and have to return the next. I said people sweat at those computer stations at IKEA, but we've seen people cry. And couples swear at each other.

I know this sounds like a scare tactic, driving you readers to call us for design help. Good. That's exactly my intention. We know the difference between an IKEA kitchen remodel planned correctly, and beautifully, and one done without the knowledge needed to ensure a great result.

If you'd like to discuss your project with me, I can offer you a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Here's my calendar, just pick a time that works for you.

Susan


Our company, Modern Family Kitchens, offers an IKEA kitchen design service. We can provide this service locally, or remotely. We think you'll spend the least and get the best results when you invest in expert design. Call or write us to discuss your project. 877-550-1753. info@modernfamilykitchens.com




IKEA Kitchen Design Service

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Many IKEA stores across the US and Canada have few design and installation resources to offer kitchen cabinet customers. Often, the store personnel will provide some in-store help with layouts done on store computers. Having installed hundreds of owner-planned kitchens, and hundreds of professionally designed kitchens, we know the difference and encourage all homeowners, no matter the budget they have, to invest in expert design with a certified kitchen designer, rather than invest in the bare bones services currently offered by IKEA.

In order to provide design help to anyone, we've worked out a very satisfactory way of doing a remote design service. Our designer has done thousands of IKEA kitchen designs and has seen thousands of kitchens in his 20 years in this field. With measurements, with a few photos perhaps, and with a phone consultation so that he understands what the homeowner really wants, and what the concerns are, he is able to design as well as if the home were in his neighborhood. It takes communication, that's all. Revisions are included so there is need be no concern if adjustments to the design work are needed.

I feel that one of the best features of our design service, including remote design service, is that our designer will liaise with your cabinet installer/contractor, if needed. This need came up for us, as installers and as contractors, many times. For example, measurements can be done carefully but a kitchen, shown in 2 dimensions on paper, can be a bit different in 3 dimensions during installation. An odd angle, a protruding pipe unseen before the old cabinets are removed, can become problems during installation. We would simply call the designers to ask for a solution and we want this type of help to be available to you. It's really priceless when you need it.

If you have a kitchen project anywhere in the world, really, we can help. Kitchen design can be done via email, fax, and phone. We put our expertise to work for you and we truly want you to love your new kitchen (and us).

If you'd like to discuss your project with me, I can offer you a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Here's my calendar, just pick a time that works for you.

Susan

Our company, Modern Family Kitchens, offers an IKEA kitchen design service. We can provide this service locally, or remotely. We think you'll spend the least and get the best results when you invest in expert design. Call or write us to discuss your project. 877-550-1753. info@modernfamilykitchens.com