How To Design Your Own IKEA Kitchen

** Updated June 14th, 2022. Originally posted March 6th, 2019.

Designing your own IKEA kitchen is a common project for plenty of homeowners. It can save you money, and allow you to customize your kitchen to fit your specific needs. There are a few different ways to go about designing your own IKEA kitchen- you can do it yourself using the resources available on the IKEA website, or you can hire a professional designer. Here are our top recommendations:

Gather Your Tools - IKEA Planning Tools

To design your IKEA kitchen yourself, a great place to start is with the IKEA Planning Tools. These tools will help you plan your dream kitchen, and figure out what colors, styles, and sizes will work best for you. Play with colors, styles, sizes and configurations to plan your way to perfection with these free, easy-to-use tools.

- IKEA Home Planner

Take your kitchen, bathroom or office from idea to reality with the IKEA Home Planner Tools tool.
Choose your cabinets and furnishings, fit them to the exact measurements of your home, explore various style options, and visualize your design with 3D architectural renderings. When you’re ready, you can create a detailed product list with pricing and then
send us your plans for a free estimate.

- PAX Planner

Plan a flexible and customizable wardrobe storage system that works around you with IKEA’s PAX Planner.

- BESTÅ Planner

Create the perfect living room TV and media storage solution with IKEA’s BESTÅ Planner.

Mobile Apps for Kitchen Design

Mobile kitchen planner apps like Kitchen Design PRO or My Kitchen: 3D Planner, can help you save time and money by allowing you to plan your dream kitchen from the comfort of your own home, on your lunch break, or while relaxing on the beach. With so many different apps available, it’s easy to find one that fits your specific needs. And best of all, using a mobile app is usually much less expensive than hiring a professional designer.

Houzz Interior Design Ideas

The Houzz award-winning design apps enable you to superimpose product images over a picture of your kitchen. Though the resulting image isn’t perfect, it does allow you to quickly visualize where elements can go and gives you a general idea of how your ideas visually translate into your space. Available for free on both Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Planner 5D

The Planner 5D app is an excellent tool for creating working floor plans. Working from a catalog of over 3,000 design elements, you can use 2D mode to create your kitchen floor plan and then create photo-realistic 3D renderings of your design space. The is a freemium app — it’s free to download and use with premium features available for an extra charge. Available for both iPhones and Android phones.

Kitchen Design Software

Whether you’re interested in a simple room makeover or designing your entire dream home from scratch, Virtual Architect Ultimate Home Design by Nova Development has all of the tools you need put together in an easy-to-use package that enables you to quickly and easily bring your ideas to life. Use the Kitchen Design Wizard to create your layout, add appliances and cabinets from the included object library, then change colors, fabrics and textures until your design is perfect. Visualize your work at any time with photo-realistic 3D renderings or a virtual walkthrough. When you’re ready to start building, you can create professional floor plans from your design that communicate your vision and help keep your project on track.

Kitchen Design Services

While we ourselves provide IKEA Project Design for plenty our clients, Inspired Kitchen Design is a full-service custom design firm that will turn you project, room by room, into precisely what you want & provide you with 3D renderings. If you don’t have the time to customize your IKEA Kitchen and need a reliable, professional team to put it together for you, IKD are will get it done. They understand the limitations of doing the planning yourself & know many ways to fill in all of those gaps to get the most out of your IKEA Kitchen.

Contractors & Designers

If you want to get a little more professional help with your IKEA kitchen design, there are a few different ways to go about it. You can hire an independent contractor who specializes in IKEA kitchen design, or you can find an IKEA-certified designer. Independent contractors may be less expensive, but they may not have the same level of experience or expertise as an IKEA-certified designer. There are pros and cons to both options- ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what’s best for your needs and budget.

When it comes to designing your dream kitchen, there’s no wrong way to do it. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a professional, the most important thing is to have fun with it and make sure your kitchen reflects your unique style. Happy planning!

Customize Your IKEA Kitchen With The Right Team

Still not sure? Let us know what you need to start or finalize your IKEA Kitchen Design. Not only do we make quality, designer-curated doors, drawer fronts & panels, we know how to connect you to the right people to plan your project.

Whether you’re a DIY person who likes to plan their projects using the IKEA planner programs, or you need help from interior designers to bring your vision to life, we can connect you with the right people and resources. Not sure where to start? Let us know what you need and we will get started on designing your perfect kitchen.

3D Kitchen and Bathroom renderings for custom IKEA cabinet planning. We regularly encourage homeowners to make sure to plan ahead for their Remodel/Renovation project. Whether it’s a new IKEA Kitchen or a Full Home Remodel project, planning is where they can cut down on surprises, delays, and added costs.