Saturday, February 28, 2015

US IKEA Kitchen Sale Dates

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The Spring 2015 IKEA kitchen sale has started in the US. Here's the IKEA ad:

Save big on a brand new kitchen!

Friday, February 27 - Sunday, April 26, 2015

Now is the time to get a kitchen that’s brand new and all you!

Save 20% When you spend $4500 or more.*
Save 10% When you spend $3500 or more.*

It's a bit more complex to design an IKEA kitchen than it seems, perhaps more so now with the fabulous new SEKTION line. The Home Planner just isn't the right tool for many projects and for most homeowners. f you would like some help, or even if you just have questions, I offer my readers a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Let's talk!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

IKEA Ktchen Spring Sale 2015

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We're all wondering about the spring sale, designers, clients and me. We've heard from half a dozen clients in various cities around the U.S. that IKEA staff mentioned NEXT WEEK as the sale start date. We wouldn't be surprised.

We know there will be a spring sale, it comes with the tulips here in the Pacific NW.

So, along with rain, the IKEA sale might be a tad early.

Have you had a chance to look at the new line? The new catalog?

It's a bit more complex to design an IKEA kitchen than it seems, perhaps more so now. If you would like some help, or even just have questions, I offer my readers a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Let's talk!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Your Old Kitchen

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The other day my beloved older dog had an accident (several) on the carpet. I used every (natural) cleaner I could think of but the area, although under a large table, was nearly ruined. I decided to hire pro carpet cleaners.

The morning of the scheduled cleaning, I found myself straightening up and then cleaning various other spots on the carpet by hand throughout the house. I told myself this could help but that wasn't the real reason.

Yes, you guessed it. I didn't want the carpet guys to judge me for the spots on my carpet. I knew they would understand the recent dog spots. But the others?

I mention this silly incident because a lot of people send me photos of their current kitchens, so I can understand the project and offer guidance. Photos are also needed from our kitchen design clients. These help us understand and confirm measurements and other details.

Upon sending photos, people often say something like, "my gruesome old kitchen" or otherwise seem to be apologizing for their existing kitchens.

I just want to say, in this public forum, that I judge not. I actually admire anyone who confronts a situation and handles it and that's what these homeowners are doing.

My own kitchen is far from perfect. My cleaning habits tend to be a bit irregular. I am happy to see photos because they quickly help me understand a project and they are an easy way to communicate.

I just wanted to let people know that you can send me any photos of your kitchen and I am happy to have them, don't judge them at all. Finally, if people had perfect kitchens I'd have nothing to write about and no clients for my IKEA kitchen design business.

If you want to schedule a free consultation and send me photos, please do. I would be happy to talk with you.


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

First Thoughts on SEKTION

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After a decade working with the AKURUM system, and a relatively small number of European METOD projects relative to the thousands of AKURUM designs and, earlier, installations, I've worked on, I thought I'd be sour on a new system. It's just me, suspicious of arbitrary changes, of commercial upgrades that are more for profit than for people.

But after a hands-on look at my local IKEA, I have to admit I am impressed. True, I miss some of my favorite Akurum door styles, but there are nice new ones to replace them and custom doors are available from lots of places. 

But this small "con" is made up for 10 times over by the new sizes, new options, drawers-within-drawers, and, oddly, the new kitchen catalog which really shows you what's what, complex though that may be. 

The door style issue is just that I loved a few of the older door styles and the newer, less "wood-y" and more veneer-y look doesn't suit my own sense of style. But that's just me. 

I am flabbergasted by the drawers-within-drawers options, as you can now really make a kitchen perfectly suited to how you use it, how you cook, how you store things. Keep in mind that SEKTION is built on a European model where the cabinets are moved when you move. So beware of creating a finicky storage system that might not suit a future home buyer. 

It remains true that a homeowner needs help to design a good SEKTION layout, more than ever. The new choices mean different issues and I found the staff at my local IKEA still learning the new system themselves and too busy, as they often are, to thoroughly answer my questions. 

Keep in mind that a lot of people waited for the new line so IKEA and IKEA resources are particularly busy right now. 

My company is designing SEKTION kitchens and although we too have to incorporate the many new features, as our clients figure out which they prefer, the results are really wonderful. 


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Monday, January 19, 2015

The New Sektion Line

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The introduction of the new SEKTION line is just around the corner (Feb. 2, 2015). The new SEKTION kitchen cabinet line has all the great features you expect from award-winning IKEA kitchen cabinets. Pricing is even comparable.

But the new line has more modular and glass door options with which we can customize your new kitchen. SEKTION offers more drawer sizes and types, more storage space within cabinets, and integrated handles and lighting options.

The IKEA appliance line is also new and SEKTION offers more ways to integrate a dishwasher into your cabinet design, including hiding it entirely. 

All the details of the new line for North American customers, exact styles, options and pricing, will be available in your local store and online on February 2, but not before. We've been designing kitchens with the new system for our European clients (released last year and called METOD in Europe). It's not VERY different but we'll all have to get used to it. 

To be at the front of the line for a new SEKTION kitchen, you'll want a completed design ASAP. It's going to be BUSY at IKEA!

You are welcome to schedule a FREE consultation, get your questions answered, get ideas, and feel confident. I'm happy to help you.


Data Needed to Design a New Kitchen

Collecting Data for Design

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A kitchen design or a kitchen designer need data about your kitchen to create a truly optimal design. The completeness of the data you collect and provide is a key factor in determining how long your design process will take. It's easy to do however.Or get a pro to measure, that's fine, too. 

1) Measuring the kitchen. All kitchen design is based on measurements. Measure and mark down each wall section, from a corner or edge to the next corner or edge. Note down where the doors and windows are and how wide and tall they are, how far off the floor for windows. If walls are being removed or windows moved, precise design requires the measurements as they WILL be. If some aspects are not certain but you need to start the design work, let the designer know.

2) Take lots of photos. The designer needs to see the details of your kitchen. Don't worry about how the kitchen looks! We're looking at these photos differently. Take photos of each and every aspect, even inside cabinets if there's plumbing hidden within. Do this during daylight hours for best results.

Our design service provides a DESIGN QUESTIONNAIRE. This also helps to clarify your preferences. You can use it even if you aren't going to use our service. I'm happy to share. Look for a REVISED version once the SEKTION line is introduced. Or write me and I'll email it to you.


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Friday, January 09, 2015

Goodbye AKURUM. Helloooo SEKTION!

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Although it hasn't been released in the US or Canada YET, there IS a lot of excitement about the new line. Have you looked at the European websites that show the METOD line (that's what SEKTION is called in Europe, the metric version)?

I don't know EXACTLY which options will be available in North America, it's never EXACTLY the same as European offerings, but you can see the new features and even those of use with nice kitchens wish it were time to remodel! Yes, even me.

I love the drawers in the upper cabinets! I love narrow drawers! I love the new glass doors!

Twenty-one more long days till SEKTION is released.

In regard to design, we have some wonderful ideas for clients. We've been doing METOD kitchens for quite awhile but our US and Canadian friends and clients have bigger spaces to work with, and those with small, urban or condo kitchens are ALSO going to be thrilled.

I'll be updating my blog more often in coming weeks. Can't help it.

As a note. we are accepting clients for SEKTION design starting Monday, January 19th. It's a waiting list, and first come first served for SEKTION design work in February.

Expect your local store to be pretty busy, if not the first week, soon after. We've got many US and Canadian clients just waiting, waiting, waiting, for the release.

Write me if you have anything to say, to add, or any questions. Or schedule a free consultation to sort out other kitchen remodeling issues in the meantime.

We're all waiting together!


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Friday, January 02, 2015

While Waiting for Sektion

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It's not surprising that many people are waiting till February to start their kitchen projects. The new line, SEKTION, will be unveiled in stores across North America in early February. If you've been to an IKEA store recently, you found that the Akurum cabinet displays have been removed and most IKEA kitchen departments are under complete renovation.

Here are some ideas to use your holiday time to forward your project anyway.

Whether or not you plan to use our professional IKEA kitchen design services, you will need complete and correct measurements of the kitchen. Measure any adjoining spaces unless the kitchen is entirely enclosed. For example, if the kitchen will be open to a family room or dining room, or if there is a pass-thru window to those or other areas of the house, include the measurements of the adjacent room. Don't forget ceiling height(s).

You don't have to use IKEA appliances. And you'll surely want to look at other sources of counter tops or flooring or backsplash tile. Paint, too. If you find great appliances on sale, buy them! You can use any appliances with IKEA cabinets (and any counter tops, too).

Look online and in print magazines for photos of kitchens you like. Often those photos are shot in a studio and the cabinets cost 3-5 times what your IKEA cabinets will cost. However, with good design you can create almost any type of kitchen using IKEA cabinets. So clip those photos, save those favorite images, and once you start the design process, send them to your designer with a note that says, "this is what I like."

This is also a good time to check out 3rd party options, i.e., custom doors or cabinet fittings. For example, you can check out Dunsmuir or Semi-Handmade doors for IKEA cabinets. Or look over Rev-A-Shelf options which can be added to IKEA cabinets.

We offer a free 30-minute consultation, another way to forward your project during January.

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I wish you a great year and a beautiful new kitchen!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Last Chance to Purchase an AKURUM Kitchen

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There's one more week to the final sale on the AKURUM kitchen line.  The sale ends November 30.
Only a few door styles seem to be out of stock at this point, Orsa is one of them.

The AKURUM line is tried and true, loved by many thousands of homeowners all over the world. You can't wrong, as long as your design is correct and complete (get professional drawings) and your installer knows how to install.

The new line, SEKTION, is not THAT different, and it does have a few interesting new features. It seems to me that the best of the AKURUM line will be maintained, but the SEKTION line is somewhat more modular. Which door styles will be available in North America come February 2, is anyone's guess. Mine is that the Adel doors, and Lidingo, among others, will be available for a long time to come.

If you plan on purchasing the new line, you can start your design work with my company's TRANSITION service or you can wait till February to start.

My blog readers are all welcome to schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation with me. I've saved a  lot of homeowners a lot of time, money and trouble because some basic guidance can go a long way on a kitchen remodel. I've worked on hundreds of installations, and thousands of designs with my design team. We are happy to help others.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


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Are you wondering whether to jump at this last sale on Akurum, tried and true awesome IKEA kitchen cabinets, or to wait till February for the new system, SEKTION?
SEKTION will be released February 2, 2015. Only the comparable but not identical METOD cabinets are viewable on European websites. The sizes of the SEKTION components are not published and probably won't be until Feb. 2.

HERE IS ONE SOLUTION: We have a TRANSITION DESIGN SERVICE so a homeowner get a design underway now, and a redesign once the SEKTION line becomes available.

Call or write if I can help you. We offer a FREE 30-minute phone consultation that has saved many from errors and/or confusion. Get some expert guidance, for free!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

IKEA FALL 2014 Kitchen Sales

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The US IKEA kitchen sale Started Friday October 3, 2014 and runs through November 30.  Depending on your total purchase amount, you can save up to 20%.

The IKEA kitchen sale in Canada has started. It runs September 22 through November 3. The cabinets are not discounted BUT you get $200 in IKEA gift cards for every $1000 you spend. That's really a 20% discount on any kitchen purchase–a SWEET deal for Canadians since the minimum purchase is only $1000, unlike most US sales.

If you've read my post from earlier this week, you know that IKEA has announced the dates for the release of the new line, known as METOD in Europe, but called SEKTION in N. America–February 2, 2015.

Some of you will wait for SEKTION and others will grab AKURUM kitchens while you can (IKEA will stop selling full AKURUM kitchens as soon as SEKTION is released, although parts will continue to be available).

I recommend to all our design clients that they do their projects when the time is right for their own lives. Waiting for IKEA isn't really an optimal plan, in my opinion. But if you like the METOD cabinet displays you can see on IKEA European websites, why not?

We all know that AKURUM is proven, and well-loved. So you can't go wrong if you want to do your project this fall or winter and you purchase your materials during the upcoming fall sales.

My company will offer a "transition" service so that if we design your kitchen using AKURUM cabinets so you can plan with a contractor, we will transform it into a SEKTION design for an add-on fee.

If you want to discuss your project, I invite my readers to schedule a complimentary 30-minute phone consultation. I can usually offer tips and guidance to save you time and money, and I am happy to do so. I can tell you about our expert design services, and send you sample files also, if you'd like.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The NEW IKEA Sektion line: New Data Announced

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Finally we have some solid data about the release of the new IKEA kitchen cabinet list. Most questions homeowners have are answered from data posted on the IKEA site.

I've summarized it for you, below:

First, the SEKTION line (called METOD in Europe and Asia, where metric sizes are used) will become available (which means IKEA will start selling it in the US on February 2, 2015. 

Because the existing AKURUM line is so well-loved, one would wonder why there will be a new, replacement system now. 

"IKEA AKURUM kitchen cabinets “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” in the J.D. Power 2012 and 2014 U.S. Kitchen Cabinet Satisfaction Study."

The new SEKTION system will have many of the features of the AKURUM system including soft closers for drawers and doors and a wall mounted rail system for easy installation. They'll also have the same 25-year warranty.

The biggest difference is that the SEKTION line is more modular, so that the interior cabinet spaces can be used in more ways. There is also a new system for integrated lighting.

The SEKTION cabinets will cost about the same as AKURUM cabinets, says IKEA, but there is no published price data and it's unlikely that any will be available until the SEKTION line goes on sale in US IKEA stores on February 2, 2015.

The two systems are not compatible insofar as design. You would not be able to mix and match, or design a kitchen using AKURUM and purchase SEKTION. They are two separate systems. However, some of the most popular door styles within the AKURUM system will be available as SEKTION door style options. This data from the IKEA US site:

"The AKURUM and SEKTION systems are NOT compatible systems. This means that you cannot use SEKTION components with an AKURUM kitchen system. If you want to add to your AKURUM kitchen or purchase replacement parts (that wouldn’t be covered by the warranty), you should do that by February 1, 2015. IKEA will continue to honor the 25 year limited warranty on AKURUM kitchens. We will replace product under warranty with a similar product of equal value at the expense of IKEA."

Many people can't or don't want to wait until February for their kitchen purchase, or they simply prefer the tried and true AKURUM line. Here's what IKEA says about availability until February:

"You will be able to purchase your AKURUM kitchen until February 1, 2015. However, it would be in your best interest to purchase your AKURUM kitchen as soon as possible as we will have a fixed amount of AKURUM stock available and will only be able to fulfill orders while supplies last.

We will offer service for AKURUM cabinets (from February 2, 2015 until October 1, 2015; while supplies last) to handle replacement pieces or damages for AKURUM kitchens that are in the process of being delivered or installed. And, the AKURUM 25 year limited warranty will be honored. We will replace product under warranty with a similar product of equal value at the expense of IKEA."

Finally, in regard to appliances:

"The majority of the IKEA appliance range will also change as of February 2, 2015. The 5 year limited warranty will also be standard on the new range of appliances. And the 5 year warranty on our previous appliance range will remain valid."

So, there you have it. I recommend doing your kitchen project when the time is best for you and your family. Don't wait for IKEA, unless something in the new system seems a must-have for you. Sign up for sale promotion emails from IKEA and get the best prices, and sale prices, on the Akurum line, while it's available. This is a tip for a great kitchen at a fabulous price, with no waiting or wondering needed.


PS. If you need some help planning or designing your new kitchen, I am happy to talk with you. We offer a free, no-obligation IKEA kitchen consultation. Here's a link to my appointment calendar:

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Monday, September 01, 2014


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The new IKEA kitchen cabinet line, METOD, available since early 2014 in some European and Asian countries is likely to be announced in early 2015 in the US and Canada as SEKTION. There are two names because there are two size systems, metric sizes and Standard (inches).

The quality seems similar to the current Akurum frame system. There are more options, such as drawer components in different sizes. The new system is likely to be more useful for smaller kitchens.

Akururm is tried and true and will be gradually phased out as SEKTION is introduced. Since IKEA cabinets promote a 25 year warranty, keep in mind that there are likely to be Akurum components available for a few years to come and that it is VERY rare for a homeowner to keep a home, or a kitchen, for more than 10 years, by research.

Should you wait until the new system is released?

The best time to do a kitchen remodel is when the time is right for your own family and life. Products come and go.


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Saturday, August 16, 2014

How IKEA Kitchen Projects are Different

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I've been wanting to write about the difference between an IKEA kitchen project, aka a kitchen remodel in which the homeowner is using IKEA kitchen cabinets, and other types of remodels.

First, and most obvious, there's the cost. A typical remodel you can see in a magazine is $50,000-$80,000. A typical IKEA kitchen project is $8,000-$25,000.

Why the wider range? Some condo kitchens, rentals, and other small city apartment kitchens, require very few cabinets and thus less labor. The variables are appliance choices and countertop type.

Some average-sized (for the US) kitchen projects have to start with rewiring and new plumbing, or could include laundry areas, or more expensive appliances or countertops than average.

But cost is obvious. IKEA cabinets cost less than many other brands, and are almost always better quality, too.

The difference I mean to bring up is this: with IKEA kitchen projects, the homeowner wants to great result at an affordable price. The way this is achieved is by running the show yourself. As compared to turning over the project to a contractor, or to Home Depot or a cabinet company, the homeowner has to learn about, choose, manage and control all aspects of the project.

It's dream only to hire someone, give them a key to your house and a big, big, check, and go to Hawaii for three months and return to a beautiful new kitchen. Would you even want to do this if you could?

Most homeowners, in my experience, want to choose products, want to work on the design, want to meet, agree to and oversee the contractor, in person. It's a hassle, it's time consuming, and if you haven't done it before, it's a bit nerve-wracking. But it's the way to get a great result for the least cost. It's much easier the second time, your next kitchen in your next home!

This said. there can be this odd middle ground, where someone, often a single person or someone who is unfamiliar with remodeling or who doesn't speak English comfortably, turns over a lot of the project to a contractor, often a guy with a small company, some laborers he pays. This can be risky and we have seen some clients get bad advice from these guys, in regard to IKEA cabinets, in regard to the design and installation process, in regard to real costs.

The basic idea is that you are only buying some materials from IKEA. Cabinets, maybe appliances or countertop. It's a source, a store. It can't remodel your kitchen for you. IKEA measuring, design and installation services are available, they are not the best way, nor the least costly.

The best way to do an IKEA kitchen project is to research, learn all you can, appoint yourself the In-Charge of the project, choose your own materials, manage your contractor, or at least keep in mind that you hired him, create your own timeframe, and troubleshoot any problems. Be the boss, get the elegant result you envision, at the lowest cost and with the least stress.


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IKEA Kitchen FALL Sale 2014

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The summer 2014 IKEA kitchen sale is drawing to an end. But that's ok, a fall sale is on its way.

It's never a good idea to rush a kitchen remodel. We've had clients call a week before a sale end wanting help with design. We used to try to help but we've gotten smarter. It's a kind of disservice to assume a homeowner can make all the choices and do a good job planning and designing a new kitchen in just a few days.

That's not to say some can. Some know exactly what they want, some feel the sale discount and timing is more important than the details. And that's ok. But the professional designers on my team don't do as well under pressure. Kitchen remodeling is not an emergency subject, even if it has to be done quickly in some circumstances.

Anyway, if you feel bad that you missed the sale, there's another one every year starting in early October. This is actually a great time to start planning for a fall remodel. If we can help, write or call. You can use the link below to access my online calendar and schedule a time to talk.


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Saturday, June 28, 2014


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Friday, June 27 – Sunday, August 24, 2014.

 ● Spend $3500 or more on your new kitchen and save 10% on your entire kitchen purchase
● Spend $4500 or more on your new kitchen and save 20% on your entire kitchen purchase

This includes cabinets, appliances, and counter tops!

Most homeowners starting an IKEA kitchen project have many questions. It's not easy to get them answered at IKEA! I can tell you that now is the time to start the design work and, during that process, to make calls to contractors and installers, to shop for appliances and other materials (if you are not buying everything at IKEA) and, most of all, to sort out what you really need and want. 

Finding a contractor?
Real costs? Custom doors?
Cabinet lighting?
Crown molding?
Pull out cabinets for trash and recycling bins?
Glass door cabinets?
Custom cabinets?
Island or peninsula? 

There are many options, even for small kitchens (which can be harder than large kitchens to design!). 

My blog readers are welcome to schedule a free, no-obligation 30-minute phone consultation with me. I am happy to offer you tips and guidance specific to your project and, if you are interested, I can tell you about our expert IKEA kitchen design services.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

IKEA SUMMER 2014 SALE! (corrected)

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For those of you who have been waiting to hear about a summer sale, the announcement is coming! Look for a summer IKEA kitchen sale in US stores starting the first week in July!

If you have not yet planned the layout (kitchen design) or if you have not made at least a few calls to line up a contractor/installer, find some time this week to get these things underway.

Typical IKEA summer sales last six weeks, so don't panic. But do get your design work underway. We don't think that a design done in one day with the free IKEA planning tool is optimal. Homeowners need time to consider draft versions and options and to sort out finish details and much better renderings on which to base a major home remodeling project.

My company's IKEA kitchen design process typically takes three weeks. We take care with small issues. we cover every inch of the kitchen space, and we provide sophisticated drawings from high end software, as well as complete order lists. It's an entirely different experience compared to struggling with the IKEA home planner.

If you'd like help with your design work, write or call. I am happy to offer a free, no-obligation 30-minute phone consultation to all my readers. I can almost always offer some tips or guidance and if you want to know about our design services, we can discuss those, too.

 Here's a link to my appointment calendar:

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

When is the Next IKEA Kitchen Sale?

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This is the big question right now. I get asked a few times each day by people who call for design services. Most realize it's a good idea to get their planning and design done ahead of time, but knowing when the sale prices will next be available is important to many.

IKEA doesn't announce sales until it announces sales. In some stores, staff will tell you what they know, but it's often kept hushed up.

Historically, in the US, there's a fall sale in October/November and a Spring sale in March/April. Usually there is a summer sale, too. It's often shorter. Sometimes the discount structure is different than it was in the Spring sale (10% for purchases (cabinets, countertops, appliances are included) of $3500, 20% if you spend $4500.

Is there going to be a sale in July? Probably. Should you get your planning started so that you are ready? Definitely. It's better to place your order at the beginning of a sale, than at the end. It's really stressful to be planning and designing 5 days before a sale is over!

A good design process can't be done in one day. Even if IKEA will send someone to your house to do it all in a few hours, that's not a professional service. It takes a few weeks to draft, review, revise and polish a kitchen design. If you want an elegant, optimal layout, creatively designed and a joy to use when finished, spend some time sorting out all the details, confirming the sizes and styles and options you really want.


PS. If you need some help planning or designing your new kitchen, I am happy to talk with you. We offer a free, no-obligation IKEA kitchen consultation. Here's a link to my appointment calendar:

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


Dear Readers,

I order to understand how to provide the best and most useful information, as well as the premier professional IKEA kitchen design services, I'd like to know what you need and want.

Please take a few moments to fill out my IKEA KITCHEN SURVEY.

You can choose a thank you gift at the end of the survey, including my new eBook, BEST TIPS for IKEA KITCHENS.

 Thank you!


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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

IKEA Kitchen Projects: Do Your Homework

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The most common error I see homeowners make with IKEA kitchen projects is failing to do their homework, or research. It is very rare to find a turnkey solution for IKEA kitchens where you can sit back and let someone else figure things out for you. Only in the rarest circumstances does someone hire a company to do the entire project, from planning and design through kitchen preparation and then installation. Most homeowners choosing IKEA cabinets have modest budgets, $10-$20,000 or even less, and the type of design-build firm that can remodel your kitchen while you vacation is Hawaii typically does $50,000-$150,000 kitchens. I've seen IKEA stores offer a "project management" service for a thousand bucks or more, and I cannot understand why anyone would pay another to make decisions (because that's what it comes down to) for them. 

For the vast majority of IKEA kitchen projects, homeowners will plan and budget, work with a designer to create an optimal configuration of cabinets and appliances, order their cabinets, interview and choose contractors, and oversee all the work, day to day, start the finish.

To get a beautiful result at the lowest cost, you have to take the time to learn about kitchen remodeling, about IKEA components, about permits, about contractors suitable for your project, and about the real costs and process. 

Unless you have done a lot of remodeling before, you’ll want to spend some time reading up on these various aspects. IKEA cabinets are different than some brands that come pre-assembled, but other than that, the factors are the same. There’s design, demo, repair of walls or plumbing, electrical prep, cabinet and appliance installation, flooring, lighting, countertop choice and installation, sinks and faucets, back splashes, and other subjects which a smart homeowner who wants the best kitchen for the lowest price will take the time to research

If you have a busy life, and feel you need help to get your project done, that's fine. But to remodel a kitchen well, it really takes a commitment of money and time. You can do it hurriedly, with minimal attention to detail and with a "fingers crossed" approach, but for most, taking the time to learn about how the process will work, the choices you have, the product options available within your budget, the layout possibilities you may not have considered, will result on "the best bang for the buck" every time.