Saving Money on Your Ikea Kitchen: The Simplicity of a Semihandmade Bid and the Additional Costs of Others

Question: I’m installing Ikea cabinets in my kitchen, but I want custom doors. I got another bid from another company, and their bid was cheaper. Why is Semihandmade’s bid so much more expensive than theirs?

Answer: Their bid may be cheaper, but that doesn’t mean their final price is too.

We recently heard this question twice in the same week from potential (and eventual) clients in regards to the bids they received from Semihandmade for DIY Shaker doors on their Ikea cabinets. These clients had requested estimates from multiple companies, and, at first glance, they saw clear price differences between the other bids and ours.  We asked to view our competitors’ bids, and we were not surprised to see why their bids were cheaper.

Ikea Cabinets with Semihandmade DIY Shaker Doors

Costs can add up when designing and installing an Ikea cabinet system, so we know that you are looking for both the best service and the best price. When Semihandmade puts together a bid we try to include absolutely everything you need to complete your project. This includes not only the doors and drawer faces but also the panels, filler strips, plinth, and trim. We then itemize every bid by cabinet so it is easy for our potential clients to double check the order. We then list the panels, trim, plinth, and filler strips separately with location descriptions from the get-go so that they too can be easily double checked. In addition to our attention to detail, we do not charge extra for drilling, we include free pieces of trim for unique cabinets (i.e. corner cabinets or those that hold appliances), and we include all of our shipping and handling costs up front.

Some of our competitors make literally hundreds of different styles of doors and sell these doors to various developers, builders, and other commercial interests. They are accustomed to potential clients that already have an understanding of the ordering process as well as an awareness of additional charges that may stem from potential holes or hiccups. The prices quoted by these companies are usually given in a dollar-per-square-foot ratio, with varying prices for doors, shaker-style drawer faces, and solid drawer faces. There are additional charges for drilling, setting up drilling, and packaging, and these initial bids do not include any panels, trim, plinth or filler strips.

When you calculate all of the additional charges for drilling, packaging, and extra panels and trims, their projects can end up costing a lot more than that first bid.

Ikea Cabinets Plus Semihandmade DIY Shaker Doors

Let’s take a look at an example.

When Client A received her bid from Semihandmade, the estimated costs for her entire Ikea kitchen totaled $5317.00. The estimated cost she received from one of our competitors totaled $3339.37. A pretty big difference! On top of that, they offered an additional 20% discount, bringing their initial total down to only $2671.50.  But which order is actually less expensive in the long run?

First, let’s look at the doors and drawer faces and any specialty trim that is necessary to complete this part of the installation. For Semihandmade, that accounts for $3485 of our initial bid. For the other company, that accounts for the entirety of their initial bid.

Next, let’s look at the panels, trim, plinth, and filler strips. Semihandmade takes these pieces into account, which adds up to $1757 of our initial bid. The other guys don’t, so these are all additional costs on top of their bid.

When you combine these totals, you get:

Semihandmade cost: $3560.00 + $1757.00 = $5317.00

Their cost: $3929.25 + $2276.41 = $6205.66

What about the discount? It just so happens that Client A’s project came during a time when Semihandmade was offering 10% off all Shaker jobs (we do this fairly often, actually). Let’s see what happens when we apply 10% and 20% discounts to the respective final bids.

After both discounts, the final total for Semihandmade’s project is still $325.25 less than the other company’s and actually $524.20 less than our initial estimate!

So, when you get a bid on an Ikea kitchen from Semihandmade and a bid from someone else, make sure you take a deeper look at the charges to find out exactly how much you’ll be paying in the long run.

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Another IKD and Semihandmade IKEA Kitchen!

It’s no secret that we LOVE the work done over at Inspired Kitchen Design. Not only does IKD take the hassle out of IKEA’s online design process, but their team of talented designers is great at finding rich details that help realize their clients’ visions.

Case in point, this beautiful new kitchen in upstate New York.

IKD helped the home owners set their kitchen apart from others with two different types of Semihandmade doors. For the cabinets, they used our DIY Slab doors and panels. Our DIY doors unfinished, which gave the home owners complete freedom to find the perfect paint for their design.

IKD got especially creative with the kitchen island. They created a contrasting look using our Reclaimed Barn Lumber doors and paneling that adds an eye-catching, rustic touch to the room. Our real-wood, reclaimed-lumber fronts adds another dynamic texture to an already beautiful design.

We’re so excited with how this project turned out, and we’re happy to add it to the list of beautiful collaborations from IKD and Semihandmade. Check out our Kitchen Design page to find out how you can get a complete online design package from IKD for just $195 and take the next step towards creating your perfect kitchen.

Moving On From Your Ikea Akurum Kitchen System

Real Ikea fans take their love of affordable, modern furniture seriously. From the innovators that conjure pure imagination on IKEAhackers to the sorely missed debates on IKEAFans over that one guy in the Red Hook store, people feel passionately about their Ikea. So, when the yellow-and-blue powers that be decommission your favorite cabinet, it’s OK if you feel a little sad. And when it’s not just any cabinet, but the Akurum—the top-ranked system in JD Power’s Kitchen Cabinet Satisfaction Survey for the last two years—there are going to be a lot of sad homeowners

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The Akurum kitchen cabinet system may be gone for good, but there’s a reason for celebration because Ikea’s Sektion system is here and it’s even better. We here at Semihandmade love Sektion because it’s even more versatile and intuitive than Ikea’s former system. Sektion has more modular cabinet sizes for greater stackability, integrated drawer lighting, better interior storage fittings, and a hanging rail to make base cabinet installation easier.

Semihandmade Ikea Akurum Kitchen

Here’s the rub: Sektion’s new measurements do not match the old Akurum specifications. The systems do look alike with square boxes, high-quality Blum hinges and drawer slides, and many similar-looking door styles. The key is that the cabinet dimensions are different, which makes everything different. A 30” base cabinet, for example, is now almost a true 30” wide by 30” high (before it 29 15/16” wide by 30 3/8” high), and an 80” pantry is now actually 80” instead of its previous 79 1/2”.

There isn’t an Ikea cabinet that we haven’t fallen in love with here at Semihandmade, which is why we still make custom-fit doors and paneling for both Sektion and Akurum cabinets. So if you’re looking for beautifully crafted real-wood doors for a new Sektion project or a set of new doors and drawers to upgrade an old Akurum system, Semihandmade will always be your top destination for the best-looking doors you can find.

Semihandmade Ikea Sektion Cabinets

If you have Akurum cabinets and want to find out whether your cabinets are compatible with our doors, send an email to info@semihandmadedoors.com with the subject line “Cover My Akurum” to receive instructions on how to measure your cabinets.

So, IKEA Discontinued Your Akurum Kitchen…What Now?

You don’t know how much you’ll miss IKEA replacement doors until they’re gone, and Akurum kitchen cabinet owners know that fact better than most right now. After two decades of reliable service, the Akurum kitchen was discontinued in February to coincide with the launch of Sektion, and as of October 2015, there are no longer any official IKEA Akurum door fronts. At all. In the world.

If you’re feeling down as an Akurum owner, you’re not alone. A typical IKEA store sells 10 kitchens a day. With 51 IKEA locations in the United States and Canada, that adds up to more than 180,000 kitchens a year. Semihandmade estimates that there are more than one million Akurum kitchens in homes all across North America, and all of them are out of luck if they need to replace water damaged doors or if they just want to update their style.

Cue the Superman theme because Semihandmade is here to save the day.

We have been making beautiful, long-lasting doors specifically for the last-generation Akurum system for years, and we still make doors that fit those cabinet frames. While you can’t get the official IKEA styles, you can choose from our selection of more than 50 different materials. Outfit your cabinets with real-wood veneers from our ECO and CLASSIC lines or get creative and explore color with our paintable DIY Slab and Shaker doors.  We’re especially proud of our new IMPRESSION and SUPERMATTE lines (some doors even match IKEA prices).

IKEA may not have the supplies to get your Akurum kitchen in shape any more, but Semihandmade will always be here to make your cabinets look their absolute best.

Semihandmade Godmorgon and Kallax Fronts!

At Semihandmade, we’re always looking for amazing new and exciting material choices for our one-of-a-kind IKEA® doors.  It’s part of what makes coming to work every day so fun and rewarding: trying out new things, experimenting, getting our hands dirty while figuring – and sometimes more than we like to admit – screwing things up.

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Vanc3Collaborations with innovative companies seen above like Stikwood, Plyboo and 33 Stewart Avenue attest to that.

And as we’ve grown, we’ve expanded from offering just kitchen doors to moving into other parts of the house.  That includes bathroom, closets and media cabinets.

Two cabinets we’re particularly excited to be making doors for are IKEA’s Godmorgon and Kallax cabinets.

Godmorgon, made for single- and double-sink configurations, can either float or have decorative legs in front (like our hairpin legs sold here).  We’ve even had a few particularly creative past clients use it as a dresser!

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Kallax has been a staple at IKEA for years, is huge with DJs and record collectors due to its 13″ openings, and was formerly called “Expedit.”

050More photos are forthcoming.  For more information, as always, check out the website!

Our New IMPRESSION Doors Match IKEA Prices!

You read that right – this Spring, we’re thrilled to launch our IMPRESSION line of doors for IKEA cabinets!  Made of high-quality, textured Italian melamine, we are offering the doors for both the Akurum and Sektion kitchen systems, as well as for Pax, Godmorgon, Kallax and Pax.  Choices include Ash, Smoke and Reed (pictured below).

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There’s also Charcoal, Quarry, Truffle, Oyster and Honey.OysterHoneyCharcoalTruffle

Best of all – and probably most exciting – we’re offering 6 IMPRESSION doors to MATCH IKEA Brokhult and Ringhult prices (the other 2 doors are just 10% more than those two).

What that means is now, finally, you’ll be able to get that signature, one-of-a-kind Semihandmade look for your IKEA kitchen, bathroom, closet or media cabinet at IKEA prices!

Lead-time for kitchens is 5-6 weeks (down from our standard 8 weeks for sequenced veneers).  You’ll also find a complete list of IMPRESSION prices here.

This stuff you really do have to see and touch in person; for samples, click here.  And stay tuned for more finished photos as they arrive!