As kitchen remodeling budgets have bloated over the past three years to the point of absurdity, savvy homeowners are realizing they don’t necessarily need to take out a second mortgage on their home or liquidate their life savings to get the kitchen of their dreams.
What these homeowners have realized is Ikea kitchens are every bit as stylish and durable as those high priced custom cabinets from the big box retailers, but come with a price tag that even first time home buyers can easily stomach.
If you’re willing to put in a little “DIY” by rolling up your sleeves and grabbing a few simple tools like a drill, screws and a level, you too can have a high end European style kitchen in your home thanks to Ikea kitchen cabinets.
Follow these 5 tips for a perfect Ikea kitchen remodeling project:
1. Keep A Tight Grip On Your Budget
You’d be surprised how fast your kitchen remodeling budget can spin out of control if you’re not careful. Just because you’ll save thousands by using Ikea cabinets don’t make the mistake of overspending on appliances, counter tops and flooring.
Set a budget when you get your cabinet pricing from Ikea, add in some mid range appliances, flooring and counters and stick to it. Add in at least 10% for extras that you didn’t consider like tools, hardware and supplies and you’re all set.
2. Get Organized Before You Start
Once your kitchen design is done and you’ve set a firm budget, now is the time to get organized. Since you’ll be building the cabinets yourself and storing them in your home, make sure you leave plenty of space to work and carry on with your day to day activities.
Nothing is more stressful than a messy, unorganized home when there’s a construction project underway, so get organized now while you still have time to plan. You can thank me later.
3. Planning Ahead For Potential Problems
The best laid plans often go wrong, that’s just how life works – ever heard of Murphy’s Law? It states, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” By following the tips below before you start demolition or construction for your Ikea kitchen, your project will run much smoother.
Plan ahead for these possible problems now:
- where you’ll be eating during the construction
- where you’ll store your plates, silverware, appliances and pots and pans
- where you’ll store your food so you can access it easily
- where you can stage your cabinets once they’re assembled
- what to do if your run over budget
- what to do if you go over schedule
If you’ve prepared for these possible complications ahead of time, the problems you do face will feel more like a speed bump, instead of a head-on collision your project can’t survive.
4. Phase Your Ikea Kitchen Project and Keep Your Sanity
We just talked about planning and its’ importance to a smooth Ikea kitchen project. One of the best ways to keep your sanity during a kitchen remodeling project is to to phase the construction so that part of the kitchen is always up, running and usable.
Start your remodel by tackling one side of the kitchen and complete the demolition and installation, then move on to the opposite side when you’re done. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are Ikea kitchens.
5. Know When To Get Help From A Professional
There may come a time during your kitchen remodel when it makes sense to bring in a professional to help you out. If you’re even considering making large scale structural changes, rerouting plumbing lines and vents or knocking out load bearing walls a professional’s advice can save you thousands.