When you’re remodelling a kitchen and want that sleek Scandinavian look, Ikea is likely to be your first port of call. However, with all the strange-sounding names and numerous part numbers, it can be a little daunting to tackle the Ikea kitchen cabinet doors system. So, here we’ll explore some of these terminologies to help you plan your new kitchen.
Sektion is the name for the base cabinet system offered at Ikea. In the past, Ikea did offer other modular kitchen systems, but these have been superseded by Sektion. Although Ikea continues to support previous cabinet lines, they are largely discontinued. Sektion is a “built-in” frameless kitchen cabinet system. As the name suggests, the built-in virtue means that there are unbroken, clean lines covered by plinths or toe kicks. The countertops run unbroken across the base cabinets apart from intentional breaks such as sinks. The system also has a frameless style, which means that the doors are covering the whole front cabinet.
The Cabinet Names
Ikea has implemented a relatively logical system to name its base cabinets. All of the cabinet names start with “SE,” which denotes the Sektion product line. The next letters denote the type of cabinet. For example, a sink base cabinet with two doors will be labelled as SE SBJ2D.
The Cabinet Sizing
Base cabinets sit on the floor and act as a base for your countertops. Since your base cabinets require floor space, they will be used to define the footprint of your kitchen layout. Ikea cabinets are available in a variety of widths. These include: 300mm, 400mm, 450mm, 600mm, 750mm, 900mm, and 1200mm. Most kitchens use the standard 750mm and 900mm widths that are considered to be the basic foundation of any cabinetry. Both these sizes can accommodate a sink, but it is still possible to fit a small sink in some smaller units. The 300mm to 450mm units tend to be filler cabinets to allow you to make the best use of your space, while the larger units can also be used as corner cabinets.
Ikea base units are also available in a standard depth of 600mm. This is the distance measured between the leading edge of the cabinet to the backsplash or back wall. However, it is possible to purchase smaller depth cabinets to accommodate the space around architectural obstructions.
All Ikea base units are a standard height of 750mm, but when you add the legs and plinth, it will increase the total height. This height is standard architectural practice and is considered to be the most practical height in a busy family kitchen.
Any kitchen has at least one sink, and you will need to order a special base cabinet to accommodate it. Sink base cabinets don’t feature any drawers or other obstructions to provide space to accommodate a drop in sink. Most sink units feature two lower doors, but Ikea also offers sink base cabinets with a large drawer to accommodate recycling or rubbish, or one door.
If you want a seamless layout and make the best use of your space, it is likely that you will have at least one corner where you need cabinetry. Corner base units are L shaped to fit into a corner neatly. You will need to order your corner base cabinets with either a left opening or right opening door, as the other side will be butted up against another cabinet, so it cannot accommodate a door.
However, corner cabinets can also provide ample space for storage. Although it can be a little trickier to reach the back, it is possible to have a corner cabinet with shelving or a pull out carousel to be able to use all the space. It may even be possible to have a sink placed in a corner cabinet to maximise countertop space.
Consider Frame Colours
The Frame label used by Ikea refers to the cabinet box colour. Typically, you can choose brown or white, but this colour choice is not crucial in most kitchens. Most of your cabinets will butt up against appliances or other cabinets, so they will not be seen. You’re likely to only have two exposed ends of your cabinetry, so the colour is not crucial. You will just need to think about whether you want to have a clean white look or prefer a more natural wood aesthetic.
Ikea Doors and Drawer Fronts
Ikea has its own language for door and drawer front styles. Most Ikea designs fall into one of two categories—slab or shaker style. This is a matter of personal preference, but you can choose a door you like and then plinths that will complement the colour and style. Most Ikea showrooms offer dozens of door and drawer front styles, but you are not restricted to this selection. There are third party companies who offer Ikea kitchen cabinet door options.
At the Kitchen Door Company, we offer a vast choice of door options that are compatible with Ikea kitchens. So, whether you’re installing a brand new Ikea kitchen or want to update your existing Ikea kitchen, you can choose fantastic doors to improve the aesthetics of your space. This means that you’re not tied into choosing Ikea kitchen cabinet doors alone, so you can explore different materials and finishes that will be better suited to your personal preferences and taste. This allows you to enjoy the budget-friendly cabinetry of Ikea, but elevate the finished look with some fantastic high-quality doors and drawers.
If you’re considering a new Ikea kitchen or want to update your existing Ikea kitchen, and would like to know more about Ikea kitchen cabinet doors, be sure to speak to us. At the Kitchen Door Company, we offer a vast choice of doors, drawers, and hardware to suit your preferences and personal taste. You’ll also find our sales team ready to answer any queries to help you bring your dream kitchen into reality.