the Truth About IKEA Sektion Kitchens | Dendra Doors

When you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, IKEA is probably one of the first places you’ll look. After all, their Sektion kitchens are affordable and stylish. In this blog post we’ll tell you the truth about IKEA Sektion kitchens and help you make the most informed decision possible.

the Pros

  • Easy to DIY
  • IKEA Sektion Cabinets are Sturdy
  • IKEA Hardware is Amazing
  • Rarely Do Product Lines Get Discontinued

the Cons

  • Not a Great Selection of IKEA Sektion Fronts
  • Limited to White Back Finish
  • Customer Service is Minimal

the Verdict

the Pros

Easy to DIY

IKEA kitchen cabinets were designed with DIY people in mind. We’ve gone over why IKEA has always preferred to deliver flat-packed furniture products, but to summarize: this is one reason IKEA kitchens remain affordable.

The early design stages of a project produce a very detailed IKEA Planner, which helps the DIYer visualize how to piece everything together. Along with that you’re provided with IKEA cabinet assembly instructions. Finally, the installation of IKEA cabinet fronts has a degree of universality, and anyone with hands-on experience can figure out most assembly needs just by looking at the components. It’s clear that we can’t stop the IKEA Hackers. In fact, we’ve provided a lot of advice on IKEA hacks over the years.

IKEA Sektion Cabinets are Sturdy

This is undeniably one of the biggest benefits of buying an IKEA Sektion Kitchen: they are sturdy enough to be warrantied for decades. IKEA clearly isn’t in the business of giving away product, so a warranty like this means they will rarely need you cash in on it.

How do you confirm the IKEA Sektion cabinets are sturdy enough? The IKEA Sektion base cabinets are often installed with marble or even concrete countertops. There’s not much more you can do to test how they hold up.

IKEA Hardware is Amazing

Quality hardware that lasts, that holds up to whatever you can throw at it is yet another way IKEA cabinets are very sturdy.

Soft-Closes Come Standard

You Read that right: soft-closes come standard for IKEA Sektion cabinets. Not only does that elevate the feel of the IKEA kitchen systems, these actually extended the life of your cabinets by reducing the impact of each use. To buy cabinets elsewhere and/or upgrade your hardware and add soft-closes would cost many hundreds of dollars.

Rarely Do Product Lines Get Discontinued

IKEA Akurum cabinets launched in 1995 and weren’t replaced with the Sektion cabinet line until 2015. This means that these IKEA cabinets have replacement parts available fro decades. Though, usually if you have to replace something in your IKEA kitchen it will happen sooner than later. Usually when something needs replacing in an IKEA it is the result of poor installation.

the Cons

Not a Great Selection of IKEA Sektion Fronts

IKEA doesn’t offer a lot of variety when it comes to door profiles and finishes. This lack of variety leads a lot of folks to feel like their IKEA kitchen would look like everybody else’s. The reality is that it is not likely to happen.

Not only would the combinations and placement of cabinets create a unique form for your new design or remodel project, but companies like our eliminate the idea that you can’t completely customize the look of your IKEA kitchen.

When you order IKEA boxes and hardware as the foundation and order complete custom fronts for IKEA cabinets, you have a sturdy and reliable, well warrantied, almost entirely custom IKEA kitchen.

Limited to White Back Finish

A big complaint about the limitations in IKEA cabinet variety is that the back finish is always white. You might have a dark finish, but the insides of your cabinets are white. This can be rather inelegant depending on the overall design of your kitchen.

When you choose custom fronts for IKEA cabinets you have options for the back finish of your drawers, drawer fronts, and panels based on your design. We specialize in kitchen cabinet replacement doors. We were founded by Designers and Contractors committed to curating the perfect, expansive selection of custom IKEA doors. We know that options that IKEA may not provide still need available.

Customer Service is Minimal

At times it can feel like IKEA is in the business of building and filling warehouses. When it’s time find someone to help you figure out exactly what you need, they can be really difficult to track down. Usually, we have DIY folks that have done their own IKEA Kitchen Planner or work with an Interior Designer to iron out their design and calculate exactly what they’re going to order.

There are quite a few reputable companies that specialize in helping folks customize the design of their new or remodel kitchen design. While Dendra Doors offers design services, we also highly recommend Inspired Kitchen Design who are reliable and immensely talented at designing custom IKEA Kitchens.

The Verdict

You might have noticed a trend here, but a lot of what are considered IKEA’s perceived shortcomings are not actually issues. When you realize an entire industry exists to help folks get the most out of your IKEA Sektion Kitchens, you see that they can be throughly customized.

IKEA Sektion cabinets themselves are great. 20 years of Akurum cabinet feedback allowed IKEA to meticulously engineer their IKEA kitchen upgrade. Sektion cabinets are the result of hundreds of thousands of well thought out slight adjustments to their original design. Of course, if you still have an Akurum kitchen and it is still going strong and you are simply tired of the rather outdated finish, you can always retrofit Akurum with new custom fronts.

Written by Todd Zimmerman

Producer of the John Webbccast

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