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.

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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.

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!