We Talked to Six Homeowners Who Got IKEA Cabinets

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: IKEA cabinets are a cheap and stylish route to take during a kitchen renovation. Just how cheap are we talking, though? Whether you’re planning your own overhaul or you’re a renter with zero flexibility, we’ve all wondered this at one point or another. While you can easily go online and price out the cabinets yourself ($173 for a SEKTION corner cabinet!), we figured we can also ask people who know from experience. We talked to six homeowners from around the world, who were willing to share their budgets and talk a little bit about the process.

The big lesson? Unless you’re super handy, you will probably want to add money to the budget for professional assembly and installation, which can cost a few thousand dollars. (Also, IKEA cabinets seem to be cheaper in London and the Netherlands!) You can save money if you’re willing to assemble the cabinets yourself and then just need someone to come and put them into place. Or, yes, you can spend the time and energy assembling and installing them all by yourself (or, ideally, with the help of some generous friends). Just know that these cabinets come in lots of pieces and take a while to put together.

Related: 5 Things Our Editor-in-Chief Learned While Buying an IKEA Kitchen

Here’s how much these renovators spent on their IKEA kitchen cabinets.

Tamela Greene, New York City

Kitchen size: 110 square feet (14 cabinets)

Spent: $11,000, plus $6,500 for installation

“No one would ever know that I have IKEA cabinets [the RINGHULT line] because I paired them with very high-end appliances — but I tell people all the time! I picked IKEA cabinets because they’re highly rated on Consumer Reports and I liked the quality of the white lacquer and wanted something more modern than the other options. I also liked them for durability — the lacquer is very easy to maintain and wipe down. I paid a lot for installation because my apartment building required all this special insurance.”

Barb Westfield, Chicago

Kitchen size: 300 square feet

Spent: $5,600, plus $2,500 for installation

“When I redid my kitchen four years ago, I wanted IKEA cabinets because they’re cost-effective, get great Consumer Reports ratings, and the design/styles are super. Plus, there’s no three- to four-month wait [like with other manufacturers]. The cons are that when it comes to assembling these, they’re not for the faint of heart. Also, the trims for the top of the cabinets are pretty basic and the handles could use more finish options.”

Marlene Fao, London

Kitchen size: Around 18 cabinets

Spent: $2,400 plus $1,500 for installation

“I picked these cabinets because I could design everything myself with the IKEA Online Planner. I also liked that I could see the cabinets with my own eyes at our nearby store. Finally, as first-time homebuyers, it was ideal that the company offers interest-free financing.”

Read more about her experience here: Kitchen Makeover Reveal at My Mindful Home

Amy Arbogast, Fort Mohave, Arizona

Kitchen size: 180 square feet (3 cabinets)

Spent: $760

“A few months ago, we installed KUNGSBACKA cabinets on the base wall of our kitchen and chose them because we were going for an industrial vibe. Between IKEA’s innovative designs and budget-friendly prices, it was a win-win. We saved, too, because my husband and I installed them ourselves.”

Sarah Bond, The Netherlands

Kitchen size: 50 square feet (7 cabinets)

Spent: $1,700 plus $1,000 for installation

“We recently installed Ringhult cabinets in our kitchen because their cabinets fit our budget, while being surprisingly pretty high-quality. Our kitchen is pretty small, but with IKEA we were able to maximize storage space with their clever designs. The downside: putting them together! But after getting the hang of it, we managed to put them together ourselves and then had a third-party company install them properly.”

Learn more about her experience here: Kitchen Remodel at Live Eat Learn

Cathleen Carmichael, Auburn, California

Kitchen size: 144 square feet (15 cabinets)

Spent: $4,000

“I installed my kitchen cabinets in 2013 and picked white RAMSJO cabinets. I chose them because of the price point and felt like they would meet my needs, both esthetically and functionally. And, six years later, my cabinets are all still functioning and are in great shape. I’m happy with the decision I made.”

Do you have IKEA cabinets? How much did you spend?

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