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iKea Style Kitchens 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, as it sells a very large scale for furniture products. It is also a mass-produced business that make thousands identical flat pack products at one time.

Their productions method has advantages and disadvantages.

The good thing is they have strong negotiation power to drop cost down when sourcing particle board material and hardware, and the kitchen design is nice and beautiful.

Ikea’s 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 looking after properly. The down side is the lack of flexibility to customize the size to fit individual requirement like ergonomics etc.

The quality of 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 a huge support behind them (not yet in New Zealand).

If you love Ikea kitchens, and want to use their 3D planner to design your own kitchens, you need to understand that Ikea has two different kitchen systems: Metod and Sektion.

image: ikea metod


image: ikea sektion

Ikea’s new Sektion kitchen is designed for U.S market, and it’s equivalent to European system Metod. They are very similar in height, Sektion is 798 mm height where Metod is 800 mm tall (both exclude toe kick).

It might be a bit hard for you to spot the difference between these two systems, except from the quantity of drawers. 

What you can see is that the Metod has eight drawer-ratio, where Sektion has six drawer-ratio. 

The drawer-ratio allow you to combine them to create different style, for example Metod allow you to have four equal drawers, where Sektion allow you to have three equal drawers. 

Nevertheless, both systems can be customized to two equal big drawers.

From our CNC programmer’s point of view, it’s a big difference between these two systems.


Ultimately, the difference in systems affect a kitchen design (the look) and ergonomics. It doesn’t matter what kitchen hardware and finishes you chose. 

The different combination of drawer-ratio will change the height of the bottom drawer, which will determine the back-bending effort. If a higher drawer height selected, it helps you bend less to grab the handle to open the drawer.  

Please notice that, if you buy or import them from overseas, you need to think about these factors: shipping time, importing tax, dealer’s commission, GST, installation, modification of wrong size of cabinets and other post sale issues.

CNC cut ikea kitchen
ikea method 8 drawers in CAD CAM
CNC cabinet
ikea sektion 6 drawer in CAD CAM

Why 2 mm difference in cabinet height is a big difference?

Surely, if you understand these two systems, it’s not hard to design and make one in New Zealand practically. Also save some money and time, with New Zealand made materials.


First, Ikea has their own global material and hardware suppliers for kitchen doors and drawer fronts, it’s their business confidential information. So we are not able to spot who are their suppliers and what’s the actual color name or texture of materials.

But their system is open to all of us which similar to German, Italian or Scandinavian kitchens.

However, with careful study and a sophisticated CAD/CAM (computer 3D modelling program)your preferred Ikea style kitchen can be achieved practically in New Zealand.

Please leave me a message and let me know what you are interested. 


Talk soon, 


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Free Download: Ikea Metod & Sektion Catalogues 2019. 

Use these catalogs to customize your individual Ikea style kitchen in New Zealand.