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How to plan and buy IKEA kitchen

At IKEA, find all the products you need to complete your dream kitchen! Whether your kitchen is large or small, we offer a wide range of well-designed products and coordinated kitchen designs that’ll support every need, style, and budget. 

Our services

You can do it yourself, but you don't have to.

We offer a range of kitchen design services to make your life easier. For more details, talk to a co-worker at the IKEA stores or visit us at

Kitchen measuring

We can send a professional to get the correct measurements.

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Kitchen installation

All kitchen design installations come with a 1-year workmans

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Kitchen planning tools

Plan your kitchen design with the online IKEA Home planner.

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Step 1 - Measure your kitchen

Kitchen design 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 design correctly fits your space. Here's how you do it.

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

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

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).

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.

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

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 design, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 kitchen cabinet storage

The flexibility of the METOD kitchen system allows you to personalise your kitchen cabinets — think about how to utilise them in the best possible way based on your personal needs when planning your kitchen design! 

  • 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

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 design plan, it's time to order it.

Opt to shop online or in stores, but if you need an extra hand — say, a flexible payment option or straight-to-home delivery, you can talk to a co-worker or visit us at

Step 4 - Install your kitchen

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

KNOXHULT modular kitchen

Complete kitchen cabinets 

Looking for a simple and fuss-free kitchen planning experience? Discover our KNOXHULT modular kitchen series. The wall and base cabinets come complete with doors and worktops, all you need to do is just match and combine! 

Find your dream kitchen

Discover all the styles, functions and ideas for your ideal kitchen. When you’ve decided on a kitchen design, you’ll easily be able to re-create it in your own home.

What does your dream kitchen look like? Perhaps a modern industrial style kitchen design with glossy kitchen fronts that are easy to clean, paired with kitchen furniture designed with clean lines. Feeling nostalgic? Opt for a traditional farmhouse kitchen design infused with modern elements — think flat panel kitchen cabinet fronts with small brass handles, paired with wooden kitchen furniture that has rounded legs and curved edges. Planning to have a little bit of every style in your kitchen to reflect your vibrant personality? It’s all up to you.

No matter what kitchen design you are looking for, IKEA has the tools and services to help you craft your space, from planning to installing. We believe that good kitchen design combines creativity and functionality — IKEA’s customisable kitchen system lets you enjoy the utmost design flexibility to cater to your needs. If you wish to free up some countertop space, deep corner cabinets can store kitchen appliances well, while open cabinets do the same but make them nice display pieces at the same time. Want to keep handy kitchen items like spatula and whisk near you? Base cabinets with dividers are useful in storing and organising them — finding small items won’t be a hassle anymore.

Planning your dream kitchen design won’t be a hassle anymore, IKEA takes you a step closer to your dream house. Head over to IKEA stores or go online to begin your kitchen planning!