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How to plan and buy an IKEA kitchen yourself

IKEA Kitchens are designed to be installed by you.

At IKEA, we've designed our kitchens to be simple enough for you to put together yourself. Whether your kitchen is large or small, we offer well-coordinated kitchen products that'll support your every need, so let's get started!

IKEA METOD kitchen with HITTARP doors and MAXIMERA drawers.

Step 1 - Measure your kitchen

Measurements are important as they are the base for your kitchen.

Give yourself plenty of time to measure precisely. Make sure to make your measurements in millimetres so that your new kitchen correctly fits your space. Here's how you do it.

Measuring your room

01 Start by measuring the floor to the ceiling. Then the distance between walls and from the corner to the doors.

Measuring your room

02 Measure each window and their distances from the floor, the ceiling and the corners of your room. Do the same for the doors.

Measuring your room

03 Mark down anything that sticks out into the room i.e. pipes, and also the position of power outlets, light switches, drains and water supplies (both existing and new ones).

Measuring your worktops

04 Start by measuring your worktop from the corner where it will attach to the wall. Make sure to make your measurements alongside the wall and always start from the same point.

Measuring your worktops

05 When measuring the depth, start from the wall and measure out. Don't forget to add 15mm for an overhang, too.

Measuring your worktops

06 If you need to measure for a freestanding worktop (a kitchen island, for example), simply start from one end and add 30mm extra for an overhang.

Step 2 - Plan your kitchen

Outline your kitchen and see what it will look like.

When planning your kitchen, keep the three work zones in mind: preparing and cooking (red), washing up (blue), and food storage (green). How you position your work zones and the distance between them is called a working triangle.

Planning your kitchen

01 A good working triangle helps you to move quickly and easily from task to task - and it simplifies if you're more than one person in the kitchen doing different tasks at the same time.

Planning your kitchen

02 Single-line kitchens are perfect when space is limited. It's not strictly speaking a triangle, but the three points are still connected.

Planning your kitchen

03 Parallel kitchens are great if you have many people cooking at the same time. There's lots of room for food preparations and storage, too.

Planning your kitchen

04 L-shaped kitchens make the most of a corner. They're ideal if you want to add a small dining table or kitchen island as well.

Planning your kitchen

05 If you have space, adding an island to your kitchen gives you extra storage, lots of workspace - plus, it's a great social hub. Give yourself 1200mm between the island and other cabinets to move around freely.

Planning your kitchen

06 If you have a large room, the U-shaped layout is great. It gives you maximum space and plenty of storage options.

Planning your METOD kitchen

A well-organised kitchen is a kitchen you'll love spending time in.

When planning what your kitchen cabinets should include, think about how you want to utilise them in the best possible way based on your personal needs.

1. The kitchen is a place where you normally do a lot of activities, and it can easily become a bit messy. By having your cleaning equipment close by in a high cabinet, it'll be easier to keep your kitchen spick and span.

2. A deep high cabinet is ideal for storing everything from dry food, oil and vinegar to bulky kitchen machines.

3. Gather all the items you use for setting the table in one spot to make it smooth and easy. Spacious, fully extendable drawers in the base cabinets are great for cutlery, serving bowls and plates. Use the wall cabinets for lighter things like glasses, mugs and jars. If possible, keep this area close to the dishwasher to simplify putting the clean dishes back in place.

4. Deep corner cabinets are perfect for storing bulky pots and other large cooking utensils.

5. Add a VADHOLMA open cabinet to personalise your kitchen and create a nice break in a row of cabinets with doors. Fill it with cookbooks and other often-used items in the kitchen.

6. The sink cabinet is a good place for recycling bins as you do a lot of food preparations in and around it. If you can, place the sink next to the dishwasher as we have done here (if you can’t see the dishwasher, it’s because it’s built-in with the same front as the rest of the kitchen). That way you can rinse off dirty tableware before putting it in the dishwasher, as well as vegetables and other food that you’re about to cook. 

7. Use the top drawer underneath the hob for storing knives, whisks and other cooking utensils to have them within easy reach. High drawers underneath are ideal for other gadgets you normally use when cooking, for example frying pans, pots and strainers.

8. A base cabinet between the hob and the built-in oven adds storage for all the extra things that might come handy when cooking: spices, wraps, tinfoil, oven gloves, pot stands and other things you need when using these appliances.

9. By placing the oven in a high cabinet you get it at a perfect working height. And you get storage space for baking sheets, ovenware, serving bowls and whatever else you might use in the oven.

Assembling your METOD kitchen cabinets

The flexibility of the METOD kitchen system allows you to build your very own personalised kitchen cabinets.

To assemble your kitchen cabinet, you just need to choose:

1. A cabinet frame in your desired width and depth.
2. The interior fitting or drawer that holds your items.
3. A drawer front that determines the style and colour of your kitchen.
4. There you go - a complete kitchen cabinet solution.

Step 3 - Order and get it home

When you're satisfied with your kitchen plan, it's time to order it.

But first, we recommend that you drop by your local IKEA store and visit our kitchen experts. They'll help you with anything you feel uncertain about, and they'll go through your plan to make sure everything fits.

Step 4 - Install your kitchen

Start by picking up the IKEA kitchen installation guide at your local IKEA store or download the digital version on our website. This guide shows you how to install your kitchen yourself, step by step. In addition, it's important that you follow the assembly instructions that are included in the product packaging.

IKEA Kitchen Installation Guide

KNOXHULT modular kitchen

Complete kitchen cabinets with 2 years guarantee

If you are looking for a simple and fuss-free kitchen planning experience, you can also consider our KNOXHULT modular kitchen series. The wall and base cabinets come complete with doors and worktops, so all you need to do is combine what you want.

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