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The Ultimate Guide to Upgrading Your IKEA Kitchen with Custom Doors

CEO Khai Intela
Introduction Have you ever wanted to have a high-end, bespoke kitchen without breaking the bank? Well, we have a clever solution for you. Imagine designing and building your own kitchen layout using affordable IKEA cabinet...


Have you ever wanted to have a high-end, bespoke kitchen without breaking the bank? Well, we have a clever solution for you. Imagine designing and building your own kitchen layout using affordable IKEA cabinet carcasses, and then adding beautiful, custom-made doors and drawer fronts from Naked Kitchens. This simple hack will give your kitchen a luxurious finish at a fraction of the cost. In this guide, we will walk you through the process step by step.

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The IKEA Kitchen Doors Hack - What is it?

The idea behind the IKEA kitchen doors hack is to transform a standard, affordable IKEA kitchen into something that looks custom-made and expensive. Instead of using the standard fronts provided by IKEA, you can choose high-quality, custom-made doors, drawer fronts, and end panels from Naked Kitchens. These bespoke finishes can be fitted onto your IKEA cabinets, resulting in a stunning kitchen that no one will believe is from IKEA.

One of the advantages of using Naked Kitchens' doors is that they can be precision-engineered to fit standard IKEA sizes. This makes the installation process incredibly easy, especially if you have used the IKEA planning service. You can simply send us your IKEA planner link, and we will provide you with a quote tailored to your specific needs. With just a few simple steps, you can have the kitchen of your dreams at a savvy price.

Dark Blue Ladbroke Handleless Kitchen Image: Dark Blue Ladbroke Handleless Kitchen

Caution: What You Need to Know Before You Try It...

While the IKEA doors hack is a proven method for achieving a beautiful kitchen on a budget, there are a few things to consider before diving in. Here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • It's not a truly bespoke kitchen: The cabinets will still be standard IKEA sizes, not custom-made for your specific space.
  • It requires some DIY skills: Unlike a full Naked Kitchens service, where you receive personal design assistance, the IKEA hack requires you to have your own kitchen layout and plan in place.
  • Limited options for door styles: This hack is best suited for frameless doors and may not offer the widest range of door styles.
  • The inside will remain IKEA carcasses: While the exterior will look stunning, the interior will still be standard IKEA quality.

If these points haven't deterred you, let's proceed with the guide.

The IKEA Kitchen Doors Hack - Step by Step

Now that you're ready to embark on your IKEA kitchen doors hack journey, here's how you can do it:

  1. Choose your dream kitchen look: Explore Naked Kitchens' range of styles, from traditional to contemporary, and select the colors, materials, and finishes that best suit your taste.
  2. Design and build your IKEA kitchen: Either use IKEA's planning service, seek assistance from a third party, or take on the challenge yourself. If you already have an IKEA kitchen, remove the existing doors, drawers, end panels, and other visible components.
  3. Order your custom doors and fronts from Naked Kitchens: You can either complete a contact form and share your IKEA planner link with us, or directly order the items through our website. Don't forget to include all necessary items such as plinths, filler pieces, and corner posts.
  4. Expert craftsmanship at work: Once your order is placed, our skilled craftsmen in our Norfolk workshop will create your bespoke doors and fronts according to your unique specifications.
  5. Install your new doors and fronts: With just a screwdriver, you can easily attach the custom-made doors and fronts to your IKEA cabinets, following our straightforward instructions.
  6. Admire your stunning new kitchen: Step back and enjoy your transformed kitchen space, now with a high-end finish that's sure to impress.

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Choosing Bespoke Kitchen Cabinet Doors and Fronts from Naked Kitchens

This is the exciting part of the process - selecting the bespoke doors that will bring your dream kitchen to life. All Naked Kitchens' doors and fronts are meticulously manufactured in our Norfolk workshop, ensuring the highest quality and attention to detail. Here are a few options you can choose from:

  • Door styles: From classic frameless Shaker designs to sleek and modern styles like Slab or Ladbroke.
  • Finishes: Our range includes beautiful Scandi birch ply, brushed limed grain oak, exposed oak, and walnut.
  • Colors: We offer a variety of standard colors inspired by the Norfolk countryside, and we can even provide a bespoke color matching service for a truly unique kitchen.
  • Handles: The finishing touches matter. Choose from our stylish handle options or customize one of our handle-less designs.

Getting the Measurements Right

If you have used the IKEA planner, you don't need to worry about measuring. Simply send us the planner link, and we will create a quote for the correct items. However, if your kitchen is from a different IKEA range, you will need to provide measurements for your doors and other items in millimeters. Visit our website for FAQs and detailed instructions on measuring for non-METOD ranges.

Additional Kitchen Front Accessories - A Checklist

In addition to the cabinet doors, you may have other visible elements in your IKEA kitchen that you want to match with the new style. It's a good idea to make a list of all the items you'll be replacing to ensure a cohesive look. Here are some items to consider:

  • Drawer fronts
  • End panels
  • Plinths (panels that run along the foot of your cabinets)
  • Filler pieces and angled fillers (used between end cabinets and walls)
  • Pelmets (trim for the bottom of wall units)
  • Cornices (trim for the top of wall units)
  • Corner posts (used for seamless joins between cabinets at corners)

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The IKEA Hack - More Tips and Ideas

While replacing the standard IKEA doors and fronts with bespoke ones is the basic kitchen hack, there are additional ways to take it to the next level. Consider these ideas:

  • Premium worktops: Upgrade your work surfaces with natural wood, marble, or quartz for a luxurious touch.
  • Islands: Create a stylish kitchen island by adapting METOD cabinets or other IKEA units like BILLY bookcases.
  • Splashbacks and tiles: Don't overlook the importance of these functional items. Invest in premium splashbacks and tiles to enhance the overall look of your kitchen.
  • Lighting: Explore designer pendants and chandeliers to create different moods and elevate the style of your kitchen.
  • Accessories: With the money saved on cabinetry, you can invest in high-quality taps, sinks, and other accessories to complete your dream kitchen.

Don't limit yourself to the kitchen alone. The IKEA hack works for other rooms as well. You can customize IKEA cabinets in pantries, utility rooms, and even bathrooms by adding matching Naked Kitchens doors.

Ladbroke Bathroom Vanity Unit Image: Bathroom Vanity Unit with Naked Kitchens' Ladbroke Doors

How to Order Naked Kitchens Cabinet Doors and Fronts

Ordering your custom doors, drawer fronts, and other items online is a seamless process. You can simply send us a message with your IKEA planner link and your preferred door style, and we will provide you with a quote tailored to your needs. If you prefer a step-by-step guide, visit our website for detailed instructions on how to place your order.

With the IKEA kitchen doors hack, you can achieve the kitchen of your dreams without breaking your budget. So why wait? Start designing your bespoke kitchen today!