METOD: More data

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For people planning a kitchen remodel with IKEA cabinets, the subject of METOD is a hot one. This new line of IKEA kitchen cabinets has been introduced in some European countries this past year, and is due to arrive in the UK in spring 2014 and the US, probably, in fall 2014. It is unlikely that we'll see METOD in the US this spring so if you are planning a remodel for the coming months, you can move forward.

Many people with IKEA kitchens will wonder about the 25 year warranty on their cabinets. If the frame system AKURUM, is being replaced with METOD, how will IKEA replace cabinets? The data I have is that AKURUM system components will continue to be available for two years after the METOD system is released. However, METOD and AKURUM parts will not work together: different sizes and structural components. In any case, I have seen 15 year old IKEA kitchens in perfect condition (interiors) so there's not a lot to worry about in any case. It's like a warranty on a new car. It just doesn't break for the first few years.

Having looked over European, and having worked on many hundreds of of IKEA kitchens, I don't think the METOD system is hugely better, aesthetically, than the AKURUM system. I think it's probably a better system for IKEA in some way, although I can see how the smaller cabinets can give us more flexibility, especially in small or angled spaces.

For US customers planning a remodel this spring, it's worth a call or trip to your local IKEA to ask IKEA kitchen personnel directly about the release of the METOD system.

Here are some photos of METOD kitchens, all from IKEA Europe.

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IKEA Kitchen Sale Ends Soon.....Tips to Use

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Chances are good that if you've been considering an IKEA kitchen, and you are in the US (sale dates are different in other countries), you know the current fall sale ends December 1. If you are reading this, you might wonder how to get an order for cabinets placed and save the 15-20% before the sale end. It's entirely doable!

The key, of course, is to design the layout optimally and correctly. Once you have that done, the next step is to create an order list of the components you need to buy. The online IKEA planner seems to do this, but the list it generates is woefully incomplete. The online planner is also not a design tool and should only be used (optionally) to sketch out a general layout to help you communicate with your designer.

The key to a short design/order phase is enlisting the help of professionals. My company provides design and order support. Your contractor, if he's IKEA-cabinet-savvy, might also be able to help. Doing it yourself with the minimal support IKEA sales personnel provide is another option, but not the best. The less time you have, the more important it is to use the experience and skill of professionals.

One great thing about IKEA is that they don't run out of stock. You can place your order on December 1st, and although you might wait a few more days for delivery compared to someone who placed an order at the beginning of the sale in October, you'll still get all your stuff. One exception might be a backordered door or drawer front. This can happen at any point, sale or no sale, and does not hang up installation. You'll get everything you need to install your kitchen (if you ordered correctly) although you might be missing a front piece for a week or two. No biggie.

If you do order as the sale draws to a close, be prepared to spend half a day or more at IKEA. It's busy, the kitchen department staff are often harried. Make sure you go prepared, especially with a complete and correct order list. Note that things like drawer inserts or cabinet lights are not delivered with your kitchen cabinets. You take these smaller items home with you. You can always get them another time, or even order them online. Make the order of your cabinets, and countertop and appliances if you are also buying those, your target for the day.

I often recommend, in my motherly way, that clients eat a good breakfast, take some B vitamins, and bring water, when they go to IKEA to order. Getting a good night's sleep beforehand is also really helpful.

I hope I didn't make it seem like a battle to order an IKEA kitchen towards the end of a sale. It's not that hard.

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Difficult Kitchens

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Some kitchens are easy to design for a remodel. You could love the footprint and layout of your existing kitchen and you simply need a bit of help to create a similar layout with IKEA cabinets.

But let's say your kitchen is woefully inadequate insofar as counter space or storage. Maybe you are removing a wall or changing the space in some other way but maybe you can't do either of these things and you simply need to create a better kitchen with the same kitchen dimensions.

The answer is, you need a kitchen designer. Here's where the skill and experience ad kitchen designer brings to your project can make a huge difference.

In any given kitchen, there are always several, if not many, ways to arrange components. Even if you can't move the appliances, if venting is fixed, if the space involved is so small it seems impossible to do anything creative, leave the problem to a talented kitchen designer and you'll be amazed.

Experienced kitchen designers have seen, and created, hundreds, if not thousands, of kitchens. IKEA kitchen designers (like the ones who work for my clients) also, also, also,  really know IKEA products and how to use their kitchen components to solve any spatial problem, any storage issue, any requirement your kitchen presents.

Kitchen designers are also good when the homeowners themselves have disparate views. Wife wants one thing, husband another. Even different views on the actual budget can come into play. A kitchen designer can sort out the issues, present a stable, expert viewpoint, and can synthesize solutions from disparate viewpoints.

One of the best ways a kitchen designer could help you is to provide you with more than one initial design to consider. This can sometimes break through a stuck point. For example, let's say there is a wall that you are considering removing. But whether or not it's load bearing, or whether the cost of removing it is warranted, hangs up your progress with the project. Having a designer join your remodeling team can be an enormous help because he/she can provide you with design options for both scenarios--if you remove the wall or if you don't. This can sometimes save you thousands of dollars because it could be that you like the design WITH the wall more than the other. That's right, it can happen when you have a good designer who really is on your team.


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