Renew your kitchen

How to:
Renew your kitchen

There are lots of ways to update your kitchen without a making a big investment. With a few simple changes you can have a whole new style, and a more functional, efficient kitchen.

A fresh new look

A new door style here, a slimmer handle there and – voila! – the kitchen you built five years ago is the one you’re dreaming of today.
Replace the cabinet doors
A total transformation without any renovation. All our door styles fit on your existing IKEA cabinet frames. Change all door and drawer fronts or only a few. Go from high-gloss to wood veneer, mix colours or combine solid doors with glass.
Switch the handles
A little thing like a knob can make a big difference in the look of your kitchen. And it’s one of the easiest things to change. The distance between the holes is the same for most IKEA handles, so they can be replaced without having to drill new holes.

Smarter on the inside

A brand new kitchen may look the same as the one you have, but act totally different. Improving the inside functionality is the difference between finding the garlic press while the oil is hot or interrupting your cooking to tear through your drawers.
Change to pull-out larders
You don’t have to empty your cabinet to get the bowl in the back. Replace your old IKEA cabinet shelves with pull-out larders or drawers. They provide a better overview and make reaching way into the back a thing of the past.
Organise the drawers
Always pulling out the corkscrew when you’re reaching for the whisk? Drawer organisers keep everything from plates to chopsticks orderly and easy-to-find.
Use clear containers
Organise your drawers and cabinets with transparent containers. They maximise space and provide a quick overview. Fit containers together sideways or stacked, and watch how unruly packages of rice, flour and beans line up and behave.

A more functional space

Crowded worktops, messy cookbooks and piles of stuff make a dream kitchen a nightmare to work in. Extra workspace and storage solutions put everything in order again and give you more space to cook.
De-clutter the worktop
Get more worktop-space by hanging utensils, herbs, and more on the wall. A wall-hanging system gives you more room to chop, and puts the things you use most in easy reach.
Extend your workspace
Where should you put the mushrooms while you chop the onions? A fitted tray or chopping board over the sink gives you an extra drop-off zone and more workspace.
Add open shelving
It’s easy to get stuck thinking about cabinet space. But adding open shelving is a way to maximises empty walls and corners, while giving the kitchen an airy feeling. Shelves and brackets can be placed almost anywhere, and the length can be varied to accommodate your space and storage needs.

A more sustainable kitchen

40% of most households’ energy consumption takes place in the kitchen. It’s also where we boil water, wash veggies and scrub dishes. Lowering the use of water and energy is a sure way to make your kitchen more sustainable. As is waste sorting, of course. Organising and recycling household waste has an impact on the environment, reducing the use of raw materials, as well as making it easier to recycle glass, paper, cardboard, metal and more.
Save energy
Switching to energy efficient appliances is better for the planet and your pocket. For example, an energy-A rated fridge can use half the energy than one ten years older. All of our ovens, dishwashers and fridges are energy-rated A or better. But if you stick with your existing appliances, it’s still possible to use them more efficiently. Only run your dishwasher when it’s completely full and save the warmer setting for really tough jobs. If you have an electric hob, match your pot with the burner size. Using a small pot on a big burner mean a lot of heat goes straight up into the air.
Save water
Changing your current kitchen tap for a tap with a water-saving function reduces your water consumption in the kitchen by 30% without changing the water pressure.
Reduce waste (and save dinner!)
Throwing everything in the same bin is old news. Recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to power a television set for three hours. Our waste-sorting bins make it easy to sort your trash. They can be placed under the sink, on the wall or on the floor, and they’re easy to keep clean. Just check with your city to see what can be recycled.
Cutting down on waste in the kitchen isn’t just about recycling your pasta box. It’s also about the food you cook. Starting a compost means your food scraps don’t go to waste – they pass on nutrients to your garden. And instead of throwing out the rest of dinner, why not pack it in one of our food savers and enjoy a homemade lunch at work? It’s better for the environment and tastes a lot better too.

Satisfy your kitchen cravings

From smart ways to organise your drawers to beautiful, brand new kitchen solutions

Make room for everything

Organise the space inside drawers and cabinets with smart interior organisers

Design your kitchen today

Design and view your new kitchen in 3D with IKEA Kitchen Planner