What you want to know

We know what information homeowners are looking for when they’re researching how to update their kitchen so we thought we’d save you some time and put a lot of that information in one place, and here it is for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I budget for an IKAN kitchen? On average, IKAN kitchens cost between $10,000 and $15,000—this includes your IKEA cabinets and IKAN’s labour to design, order, pick up, ship and install your kitchen. Of course, each kitchen varies in price depending on your door style, design aspects, layout and desired customizations. You should also budget for countertops and tiling, and possibly demolition, flooring, lighting and plumbing—depending on the scope of your project. We work with several reputable contractors who we are happy to recommend to you.

What is the installation time frame? From the time you book your installation, it will take us about three to four weeks to order, pick up, do an inventory of parts and preassemble your kitchen at our site. On average, we then need about two to four days to install the kitchen in your home, with some projects being quicker and some being longer (usually due to custom carpentry work).

What is the quality of IKEA kitchens?  We started IKAN because we believe in the quality of IKEA’s kitchens. Our honest experience with installing more than 300 IKEA kitchens is that only twice clients have called us to repair a product. IKEA uses top-quality BLUM hardware for all of their moving parts (drawers and door hinges), which offers excellent stability and weight ratings, has smooth running action and an unmatched “soft close”.

IKEA offers free warranties on most of their kitchen pieces. For example, their 25 Year Warranty covers most parts of the AKURUM kitchen system. This warranty also covers cabinet frames, door and drawer fronts, INTEGRAL hinges, RATIONELL fully-extending drawers, shelves of tempered glass and melamine, wire baskets, and more.

IKEA has a great description of their products on their website, on a page called Kitchen Products Overview. Here is some of the most pertinent information—straight from the source:

Cabinets, drawers, and shelves: Kitchen cabinets are the box frames that form the structure of your entire kitchen. With such a critical function, it pays to invest in quality materials that will hold up under years of daily use. AKURUM cabinets are made of sturdy 11/16″ board (substantially thicker than most) with three melamine foil finishes to choose from for a hard-wearing, moisture-proof and scratch-resistant finish.

Doors: To the AKURUM framework, you add your choice of cabinet doors and interior fixtures. Doors are by far the most important element in the overall appearance of your kitchen. IKEA has an array of door options to suit your style and budget:

  •  Solid wood: Extremely durable and pleasing to the eye, it suits various design styles and budgets. Wood can be more susceptible to scratches and dents than some other surfaces, but the effect of aging on this material can have a charm of its own. Wood is a good choice for cabinet doors exposed to rough treatment from younger family members. Fingerprints don´t show so much on a grained wood surface either.
  •  Wood veneer: Often underestimated as merely a more economical solution to solid wood, veneers have come a long way since the 1970s. Simply stated, veneer is a thin layer of wood stuck to a core of medium density fibreboard (MDF), or plywood. Wood veneer cabinets provide the warm, natural look of wood surfaces, often for a less expensive price tag. Don’t let the lower price mislead you; this material is stable and less susceptible to warping than solid wood.
  •  Lacquer: Lacquered doors have a base of fibreboard and are then coated with a colourfast lacquer and a painted finish. They provide an excellent option economically while offering great flexibility when it comes to colour and style. Lacquer doors are practical and easy to maintain.
  •  High-gloss foil: Foil allows you to achieve a bold, high gloss finish that transforms your kitchen into a style statement. It’s a beautiful, durable surface which reflects light into the room. However, it may not be ideal for kitchens where small, sticky fingers will be in contact with cabinet doors. On the other hand, foiled doors are easy to clean and maintain and can really brighten up a kitchen.
  •  Melamine: Melamine is single-colour print or pattern print on paper film that is applied under pressure to a board, normally a particleboard. This treatment makes the melamine surface hardwearing, heat-resistant, water-repellent, and easy to care for.
  •  Glass: You can use a few glass doors to add variety to a row of solid cabinets, creating a lighter, more open feeling in your kitchen. All IKEA kitchen cabinet styles include a glass-fronted version to combine with solid doors. And since all of our glass doors are tempered, you won’t have to worry about shattering.

Can I see an IKEA cabinet door before making my decision? Absolutely. IKAN designers are equipped with IKEA’s complete selection of door styles so you can see the product in your home.

What is the impact of IKEA kitchens on the environment? IKEA entire product is recyclable, and their website states a whopping 40% of most homes’ energy consumption takes place in the kitchen, so by installing efficient faucets and appliances and effective organization for composting, recycling and waste, you could improve your daily footprint.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.