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IKEA Style Kitchen Guide

Kitchen system matching. Practically design, re-build and make it for you in New Zealand. NZ custom-made individuality. 

image: IKEA

IKEA is a very big player in the furniture business.
Surely, they have a very large scale for furniture products on the market. The mass-production line enables them to make thousands of identical flat-pack products at one time.
In this way, they have a strong negotiation power on material and hardware when they source from suppliers. Also, the kitchen design is nice, modern and attractive.
However, IKEA kitchens are not created to be extreme, or super cheap with low quality, nor they are top-level with a high price tag. This doesn’t mean they’re shoddy or flimsy.

image: ikea

Their product stays in the middle, but depending on the products, they can be medium-low to medium-high.
They will last a while if being looked after properly. The downside is the lack of flexibility to customize the size to fit individual requirement like ergonomics etc.
The quality of the IKEA kitchen is dependent on assembly. Assembling and installing a kitchen is not the same as compared to assembling a bookcase.
So, are they good quality?
Yes, if you compare to quality for the price. They are medium quality with an acceptable price and huge support behind them (but not yet in New Zealand).

IKEA Kitchen Systems

If you want to design a true IKEA style kitchen, you need to understand their two kitchen systems: Metod and Sektion.

The biggest difference between them is the cabinet sizes. 

I am going to explain here. 

IKEA Metod System

IKEA Metod system launched in 2013, it is the replacement of their old Faktum range. 

This system has an 800 mm base cabinet body, plus a 100 mm toe kick. 

With a 30 mm thick benchtop, the total benchtop level is 930 mm. 

This size of cabinet offers 20% more storage compared to “standard” 720 mm base cabinet size. 

image: ikea metod

IKEA Metod system is using 100 mm as a raster multiplier. 

That said, all their cabinet heights can be divided with 100 mm. 

Also, the smallest drawer height is 100 mm. 

 

image: ikea metod

If you need to get the right IKEA Metod cabinet, you need to understand their kitchen raster system. 

This is how the Metod kitchen raster system looks like. 

ikea metod

What does this system tell you? 

It’s a lot!

I am going to explain briefly here. 

In short, this kitchen raster system tells you: 

First, the base unit can be designed as 8 equal drawers. With a different combination on drawers, you will get two or four equal drawer units, as well as a three drawer unit with 1-1-2 ratio. 

Second, the wall cabinet heights: 400 mm, 500 mm, 600 mm, 700 mm, 800 mm. 

Third, the height of on-benchtop units. 

Last, the tall cabinet heights. 

Another great advantage of using kitchen raster to plan kitchen is, you will make the kitchen design sleek and streamlined. 

For example, when you place an oven tower next to a drawer unit, you will always get the flush drawer line. 

This is very important to modern kitchen design. 

IKEA Sektion System

IKEA Sektion system is very different from Metod.

It uses 127 mm as raster multiplier, that means each smallest drawer is 127 mm height. 

Instead of having an 800 mm base cabinet, Sektion has a smaller 762 mm base cabinet with 114 mm toe-kick. 

That said, the total cabinet height without benchtop is 34.5 inches (876.3 mm). 

image: ikea sektion
ikea Sektion System

Similar to Metod system, if you want to design and make a true IKEA Sektion style kitchen, you need to understand the raster system as well. 

Here is how it looks like.

In this 6 raster system we can learn: 

First, the base cabinet height is 762 mm, you can choose different drawer styles like six-drawer, four-drawer, three-equal drawers or two big drawers. 

Second, there are five different heights of wall units.

Third, there are lots of options for pantry units. 

Last, the on-bench pantry heights. 

Import IKEA Kitchens?

Purchase IKEA and import them to New Zealand is the quickest way to get genuine IKEA kitchens. 

But you need to consider these before importing them: 

  1. 15% GST on importing,
  2. Potential tariff. 
  3. Handling cost, FOB / CIF and freight charges. 
  4. Waiting time on customs clearance and delivery.
  5. Possible damage and after-sale service. 
  6. Assembling time, as most IKEA kitchens are flat-pack. 
  7. Wrong measurements and how to fix it. 
  8. Installation difficulties.
 
Considering the above information, we could quickly get an estimate for the cost of IKEA kitchen when importing to New Zealand. 
 
For example, the online sale price of a completed IKEA kitchen is NZD $6,000: 
  GST Charge: $900
  FOB: $1000/full container
  Custom Brokerage: $800
  Freight in destination:$400 
  Other potential costs: labour required for unloading container, assembling, transporting and installation: $1500.

So, based on this estimate, you need to pay extra, roughly, $3,100 on top of the sale price. 

Conservatively, you need to pay $9100 GST incl. on this kitchen. 

Is it worth to import it then? 

The answer is: it depends. 

I would like to say, if the design is very unique, and only available to IKEA, then it might be worth to import them. 

But if you understand the raster systems, and have some basic knowledge on kitchen material and hardware; then you can hack the IKEA design and make it works in New Zealand. 

Things To Consider

IKEA Kitchens are great.
But, they are not fitting for everyone.
There are a few more things need to be considered:
1. IKEA kitchens are using particle board for their carcasses, and 3mm thin cabinet backs. This construction method is not making the cabinet rigid. Therefore, it is recommended to use Formica benchtops instead of solid stones. If you prefer a 30mm solid stone top, I would suggest avoiding IKEA cabinets. 

Picture: Archer Care

2. There are lots of unnecessary 5 mm holes in the cabinet body.
The reason for this is, IKEA using universal drilling method for all their kitchen products.
This way significantly reduces the size of the database when programming and make warehousing more efficient. If you don’t like to see lots of unnecessary drilling, shop for alternative kitchen cabinets in local shops. 

3. The flexibility on cabinet dimension is very limited. 

The width of cabinet is increased on 50 mm. 

That said, you can get 600 mm or 650 mm wide cabinet, but you can’t get any size like 632 mm. If you would like to use every millimetre of kitchen space, IKEA cabinets sometimes will give you headache to get the unique size. 

If you want to design and manufacture an IKEA style kitchen in New Zealand, or you want to know more about IKEA kitchen system, please feel free to contact us to get a FREE QUOTE. 

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