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IKEA Kitchen Cabinets


last updated: March 12, 2019

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Written by: Alex


There’s no doubt that designing a kitchen, either from scratch or by renovating your old, tired-looking kitchen, is going to be a fun and exciting project. 

Not only do you get to liven up your cooking space. But at the same time, you get to let your creativity out, and plan your design the way you want it to be. 

Think about it! 

You’ll get to choose your new cabinets, countertops, sinks, accessories, hardware, paint colors, and so much more. And on top of refreshing the look and feel of your kitchen, installing a new kitchen is also an excellent way to help increase the overall resale value of your home. 


With that said, below, we’ll be taking a look at planning your new kitchen design using IKEA kitchen cabinets and cupboards. 

We’ll review practically everything you’ll need to know about planning your new kitchen, ranging from learning about IKEA’s patented SEKTION cabinet system, through to the most important information about all of the other materials, shapes and sizes available, a few frequently asked questions, as well as a quick overview of your pricing and installation options.

So with that said, let’s jump into everything there is to know about designing your kitchen with innovative, modern-looking IKEA products.

IKEA SEKTION Kitchen Cabinets System

IKEA SEKTION Kitchen Cabinets System

Aside from producing some of the most modern, innovative interior design products in the world, IKEA is also very well-known for producing stunning kitchen designs, that are not only stylish, but will also look amazing in virtually any home.

What Is An IKEA SEKTION System?

For roughly two whole decades, IKEA’s modular kitchen products were sold under the AKURUM lineup of products. However, this product line was phased out in 2015 and replaced by the brand’s newer SEKTION system. 

The company still does support and warranty some of the outdated AKURUM products. But today, SEKTION systems are the only base cabinet system offered by IKEA.

What Is An IKEA SEKTION System?

According to IKEA, a SEKTION kitchen system is described as a fully built-in, frameless kitchen cabinet system. In other words, a SEKTION system is a frameless, all-in-one base cabinet, which can be fitted with a single, unbroken piece of countertop, and mixed or matched with a variety of different cabinet styles, sizes and shapes.

The Difference Between Framed and Frameless Kitchen Cabinets

Traditionally, in North America, kitchen cabinets have been built using a “framed” system. What this means is that there’s usually a 1” to 2” face frame in between door openings. The cabinet doors and fronts are attached to the face surface using hinges.


So essentially, once your cabinet doors are and drawer fronts are installed, you’ll still be able to see the hinges, as well as a bit of the cabinet frame in between the openings. 

Although some homeowners don’t like the fact that you can still see the hardware, this gives a framed cabinet system more of a vintage look. Furthermore, a framed system is sometimes also more versatile, simply because you can use a wider variety of drawers and doors frames in your kitchen, easily swapping them out as desired. 

On the other hand, a frameless cabinet system does not have any exposed face surfaces. 

The only parts of the frame you’ll be able to see is if you have exposed end pieces at either end of your cabinet. All doors and drawers are mounted with “hidden hinges” or hardware to the sidewalls inside the cabinet frame.. 

This type of frameless cabinet system is sometimes also referred to as European or contemporary style.

As mentioned above, previously, framed cabinets were the most popular option in North America. But in 2012, when IKEA expanded in the U.S. and Canada, they brought with them and popularized this European-style of kitchen cabinets. 

Which, today are loved by homeowners everywhere because they offer a cleaner, more modern look and feel for your kitchen.

IKEA Cabinets Materials

IKEA cabinets are made primarily with a 3/4″ particleboard core, covered by a melamine foil with plastic edging. This gives them a finish that can be as durable as real wood, although at a significantly reduced price. 

However, many people worry that buying cabinets made from particleboard isn’t a good idea because they believe it to be an inferior building material. 

But the fact is that particle board ikea cabinets are just as solid as real wood and are used by furniture high-quality manufacturers around the world.


Even in today’s high-end homes, you’ll still likely find particle board furniture or cabinets, simply because, in terms of affordability, particleboard products are considerably more affordable to produce. 

But of course, many people want nothing less than an expensive pre-finished plywood cabinets in their kitchen. 

So, if that’s what you’re hoping for in your new kitchen, chances are you’re not going to like the look and feel of an IKEA cabinet system. 

But make sure to keep in mind that pre-finished plywood cabinets are going to be significantly more expensive than particleboard or MDF cabinets. 

On another note, many people turn to custom cabinet manufacturers for their cupboard components. And while there’s nothing wrong with doing this, just remember that many of these manufacturers are also going to be using MDF or particleboard for their cabinet boxes. 

So if you do decide to order custom cabinets from a private manufacturer, ensure that you ask about the materials they use before making your final decision to buy from them. 

Finally, our IKEA cabinet systems are available in two stunning colors: pure white, and wood-effect brown. Both of which are sure to match perfectly with pretty much any other styles and designs in your home.

IKEA Kitchen Cabinets Sizes

Of course, not every kitchen is going to be the same shape or size. Fortunately, IKEA produces a wide range of cabinets and cupboards in all sorts of styles, shapes and sizes to accommodate virtually any kitchen design project in any home.


So with that said, let’s take a quick look at some of the shapes and sizes that are available from IKEA. 

Base Cabinets

IKEA base cabinets are made from a single, unbroken cabinet and can be fitted with optional toe-kicks plate or exposed metal legs. 

You’ll be able to run a solid piece of the countertop of your choice along the full length of your cabinets.


Base cabinets are available from IKEA in the following common sizes. See IKEA SEKTION system buying guide for additional sizes.  


All IKEA base cabinets are 30” Hight


  • 24″ Deep Base Cabinets*
  • 15″ Shallow Base Cabinets*


  • 12″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 15″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 18″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 21″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 24″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 30″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 36″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 38″ Wide Base Corner Cabinet*
  • 47″ Wide Base Corner Cabinet*

*may be customized, if smaller sizes are required.  

Upper Wall Cabinets

Obviously, to complete your kitchen design, you’ll need more than just a row or base cabinets.


Fortunately, IKEA offers a range of upper wall cabinets to help you finish your kitchen using matching cabinets, available in the following sizes:


  • 15″ Upper Cabinet
  • 20″ Upper Cabinets
  • 30″ Upper Cabinets*
  • 40″ Upper Cabinets*


All upper wall cabinets except fridge cabinet, are 15″ depth*


  • 12″ Wide Upper Cabinet*
  • 15″ Wide Upper Cabinet*
  • 18″ Wide Upper Cabinet*
  • 21″ Wide Upper Cabinet*
  • 24″ Wide Upper Cabinet*
  • 30″ Wide Upper Cabinet*
  • 36″ Wide Upper Cabinet*

*may be customized, if smaller sizes are required.  

In order to add a bit of variety to your cabinets, you might also want to consider adding a few open cabinets, also available from IKEA. Having a few cabinets without doors makes your kitchen more personal, and let’s you keep frequently used items easily within reach. As well as that you can add deco-mouldings and light valiances to get even more complete look 

*may be customized, if smaller sizes are required.

Top Cabinets

When fitting your new cabinets, there will likely be some areas when a full piece of cabinet will not fit. In most cases, this is likely going to be above your refrigerator, range hood or in the area where you plan on installing your microwave.


Fortunately, IKEA offers a range of top cabinets, all of which are capable of fitting perfectly in locations like this. Top cabinets are available in standard sizes. But on top of this, we can professionally modify and customize any IKEA top cabinets in order to ensure a perfect fit in your kitchen. 


  • 10″ Top Cabinet
  • 15″ Top Cabinet
  • 20″ Top Cabinet


  • 15″ Top Cabinet
  • 24” Fridge Cabinet


  • 15″ Top Cabinet
  • 20″ Top Cabinet
  • 24″ Top Cabinet
  • 30″ Fridge Cabinet
  • 36″ Fridge Cabinet

For complete list of Top cabinets refer to IKEA’s kitchen catalogue

High Cabinets For A Beautiful Kitchen Pantry

For a bit more versatility in your kitchen design, you might want to consider adding a high cabinet to function as a pantry or additional storage. 


These come in two different variations of either 15” or 24’ in depth, which can also be modified to fit perfectly into your kitchen if needed. View IKEA’s buyer’s guide for additional information and product availability.


  • 80″ High Cabinets*
  • 90″ High Cabinets*


  • 24″ Deep High Cabinets*
  • 15″ Shallow High Cabinets*


  • 15″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 18″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 24″ Wide Base Cabinet*
  • 30″ Wide Base Cabinet*

*may be customized, if smaller sizes are required.  

Corner Cabinets

In some kitchens, it might be impossible to fit all your cabinets or cupboards along a single face of wall. Or maybe, you’d simply prefer to design your kitchen in the corner of the room to give it an added touch of style. 

Upper Corner 

  • W26×D26×H20″ Cabinet
  • W26×D26×H30″ Cabinet
  • W26×D26×H40″ Cabinet
  • Blind corner option

Base Corner 

  • W38×D38×H30” Cabinet
  • W47×D26×H30″ Cabinet

IKEA corner base cabinet with Hardware from Enhanced Canada

Regardless of the reason, IKEA offers a range of cabinets that are designed specifically to fit into corners, which will help you make the most of your kitchen’s available design space.

IKEA Cover Panels

Whether you’re looking for a more traditional design, filled with plenty of cupboards and drawers, or you’re going for a sleeker, more minimalistic look and feel, you’ll have plenty of options in terms of adding cover panels, decorative mouldings, as well as other finishing touches to help you complete your fabulous new kitchen. 

And the best part is that you’ll have full control over how you want to finish your design. 

Choose matching cover panels or toe-kicks for a more vintage look, or go with a different color or style for a bolder, more unique contrast. FORTBATTRA cover panels are designed to fit perfectly with most common doors and drawer fronts from IKEA. 

Customizing Your IKEA Kitchen Components.

Finally, one of the biggest issues homeowners have when installing their kitchen cabinets is that there’s often a bit of extra space leftover. Or, they’ll run into a space where they have a cabinet that is too big to fit.


Fortunately, our team of skilled carpenters are able to modify any IKEA cabinets, which will ensure a flawless, perfect fit and that there will be absolutely no wasted space in your new kitchen. Furthermore, if there are any smaller gaps leftover that are too small for a modified cabinet, we can use cuts from IKEA cover panels to fill these spaces. 

In the end, our job is to make the most out of every last inch of available space in your kitchen, leaving none of it unused or wasted.

IKEA Kitchen Cabinets FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Although IKEA is a world-famous brand name, many people are hesitant to buy from them simply because of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding IKEA products. 

Below, we’ll go over a few of the most frequently asked questions, which should help clear the air of any misconceptions you might have, and provide you with the truth about purchasing your next kitchen from IKEA.

Does IKEA have real wood kitchen cabinets?

Although IKEA cabinets are made from particleboard, IKEA does offer a few lineups of cabinet doors that consist of components made from real wood and wood veneer. This includes LERHYTTAN TORHAMN. 

These cabinet doors have particle board panels, but are made with a solid wood frame laminated by a real wood veneer.

Materials Ikea Kithcen Made Of:
– Wooden frame with wood veneer: LERHYTTAN, TORHAMN.

What are IKEA cabinets made of?

IKEA cabinets are typically made using a Laminated particleboard core. Although most IKEA cabinets and kitchen components are not made with real wood, this can still give a similar durability and strengt.

Other IKEA  particleboard or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) components are completed with a foil or paint finish. Certain cabinets may also have components made from metal or glass as well.

Are IKEA cabinets cheaper than Home Depot?

In some cases, IKEA may be more affordable than North American brands like Home Depot and Lowes. 

However, each one of these brands is going to offer different lineups and products, ranging in price from affordable to expensive, depending entirely on what you’re looking for. 

So with that being said, the cost of your IKEA cabinets, ultimately, will depend on the size of your kitchen design project, as well as the cabinets, doors, drawers, and accessories that you choose to install.

For more information on pricing, contact us today for a free quote.

Are IKEA cabinets of good quality?

Yes! Many homeowners worry that IKEA cabinets are made using poor-quality materials. But the fact is that IKEA only makes high-quality products, using some of the best, most modern materials that are available today. 

However, no matter what material your cabinets are made of, they’re going to be prone to damages. 

And although particle board cabinets or furniture is known for crumbling and falling apart when it gets wet, solid wood cabinets are also prone to similar damages. Solid wood might not crumble, but it will swell, stain, and mold, which isn’t any better. 

Therefore, the key is to avoid water damage in the first, no matter what material your cabinets are made of.

Are IKEA cabinets made in China?

Contrary to popular belief, all IKEA kitchen cabinets currently available in Canada are manufactured in the United States, and not overseas. 

This means that all IKEA products are subject to North American standards, which are often much higher than Chinese manufacturing standards.

What is the standard size of IKEA cabinets?

IKEA manufactures cabinets in a wide range of sizes in order to accommodate virtually any kitchen. Standard sizes for IKEA kitchen cabinets are 12”, 15”, 18”, 21”, 24”, 30”, 36”, 38” and 47”.

The best thing about having so many sizes available to choose from is that you can mix and match these cabinets however you desire.  

Plus, we’re able to easily modify any of these cabinets to as small as 5” or 10”, and fix them with cuts from other IKEA covers, panels, and drawer fronts.  

Learn more about cabinet shapes and sizes available from IKEA here.

How long does it take to get cabinets from IKEA?

As long as everything is in stock, buying your kitchen cabinets from IKEA can be a fairly, short and timely process. However, depending on how much you have planned out for your design project, the process can be a bit longer. 

IKEA offers a helpful website to help you plan and design your new kitchen, as well as having dedicated design professionals available at its stores to help you out. 

So if you’ve fully planned out your kitchen and simply need to pick up your cabinets, it shouldn’t take any longer than a couple of hours of visiting the stores. On the other hand, if any of your components aren’t in stock, you might have to wait anywhere between 7 and 14 days for your cabinets to arrive.

Does IKEA provide a warranty?

One of the best reasons for buying cabinets and other kitchen design materials from IKEA is that most of them are backed by the company’s 25-year limited warranty. 

IKEA warranty only cover domestic kitchen use, and covers the following components of their SEKTION system:

  • Frames
  • Drawer fronts and doors
  • Hinges
  • Melamine or glass shelves
  • Cover panels
  • Strips and mouldings

On the contrary, IKEA’s warranty does not cover door/drawer handles or knobs, custom-made KASKER/PERSONLIG countertop, and a range of other select kitchen components.

Learn more about IKEA warranties, and what is (and isn’t) covered.

IKEA Kitchen Cabinets Pricing and Installation Options


If you’re thinking about building or renovating your kitchen with IKEA products, you’re only a few steps away from the kitchen of your dreams. 

IKEA kitchens provide homeowners with an affordable, high-quality option for installing new kitchen cabinets, accessories, and appliances. 

To learn more about pricing and your installation options, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a quote.

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