How To Design Your Dream IKEA Kitchen

When we started the process of building our home and finalizing our blueprints, all I wanted to do was tinker with my IKEA kitchen design.

My goal was to make it as functional and beautiful as I possibly could while staying within our budget. Our kitchen and family area of our home is where we decided to put the majority of our budget, compared to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Sammi Ricke's complete view of her white IKEA Sektion kitchen cabinets and black Tingsryd wood island.

Some families can’t live without a fancy master suite, while our family values the living room, dining room, and kitchen most! To each their own. That’s what makes home builds so fun. 🙂

The idea of an IKEA kitchen was appealing because I knew their cabinetry was extremely customizable and their products are priced well.

Sammi Ricke in the Denver, CO IKEA kitchen showroom.
IKEA Showroom in Denver, CO. These are the style and color of cabinets we chose.

FYI…We live at least 6 hours from the nearest IKEA and I had never in set foot in one before this dream of building a home became a reality.

After designing our kitchen for months with the online IKEA kitchen planner, Ryan and I took a weekend trip to Denver to finalize our plans with an IKEA kitchen specialist. I set up a time to meet with them which was helpful because the gentleman had a few ideas that I did not think of.

Blueprints of HappiHomemade's IKEA kitchen design.
Ikea kitchen design tool screenshot.

I highly recommend printing out your kitchen mockup and writing down where all of your kitchen essentials will go.

For instance, I do not like much sitting out on my counters. For that reason, I chose to have a deep drawer next to the stove for my spatulas and cooking utensils so I didn’t have a large crock sitting on my counter.

Copy of Ikea kitchen cabinets design with writing of where all appliances will go.

I also knew that my blog props would look pretty displayed behind glass doors so we opted to have glass doors in some of our wall cabinets.

Copy of ikea kitchen designs layout with details on where food will go.

The kitchen island is something I am still swooning over.

We chose to do a black island with butcher block countertop, stainless steel farmhouse sink, and antique bronze faucet.

Under the sink is a garbage/recycling drawer which also holds the dishwasher tabs. It was important to me to have the drawers beside the sink for washcloths and towels.

IKEA kitchen Tingsryd black wood effect cabinet island with white farmhouse sink.

My Kitchen is FINALLY Here!

You have no idea how incredibly excited I was to FINALLY see the STI semi truck coming down our road.

STI semi truck on country road.

After ordering the cabinets with a sales associate over the phone, things quickly went down hill.

My IKEA kitchen design process was a breeze while the shipping was an absolute nightmare. NIGHTMARE.

Our cabinets did not arrive when they were supposed to and the customer service IKEA offered was less than helpful.

STI delivers IKEA kitchen cabinets to South Dakota.

There is an extreme disconnect between the IKEA ordering department and their shipping center.

I eventually lost track of how many phone calls, tears, and hours I spent on hold with IKEA. It was by far the most frustrating situation of the entire build for me.

Despite this, I still recommend IKEA kitchens because I am so happy with the end result. Call me crazy. 😉

IKEA cabinet boxes in garage.
This is our IKEA kitchen off the truck. 177 boxes!

In hindsight, Ryan and I wish we would have picked up our cabinets ourselves when we went to Denver. However, the cabinets along with our flooring from Lumber Liquidators was too heavy to haul back home together so we opted to have the cabinets shipped to us.

Even with shipping costs, the cabinets were very affordable thanks to their semi-annual Kitchen Event sale.

They typically offer this huge sale (20-30%) in the fall and spring.

177 boxes of kitchen cabinets in garage ready to be assembled.

Our family saved 20% on the cabinetry which knocked $1000 off our invoice. The final price we paid for our cabinets was $4200.

Building the Cabinets

Cabinet #1 of ikea kitchen cabinet design built.
Father and daughter assembling kitchen cabinets.

Look at those cuties! We built the cabinets downstairs and brought them up when we were ready to mount them.

Husband using screwdriver to build IKEA kitchen.
Cabinet #1 is finished!

Cabinet base #1 is done!

Unfortunately, I am not able to find the photos of us hanging the cabinets on the walls using the IKEA rail system. It was a very easy process though!

Here is a wonderful article to see exactly how it is done!

Photo taken at night of cabinets hung in new kitchen.

My family spent MANY nights at the end of the house build putting together the kitchen, installing flooring, trimwork, and many other things to make this house our home.

Proud daughter in her family's new IKEA kitchen.

Our kids were so helpful with all the projects we had to do each day and incredibly patient with the 12 hour days we spent together working.

White Sektion IKEA cabinets with glass doors and stainless steel appliances.

Our IKEA kitchen design paid off in the end and I am over the moon to share the “after” photos with you!

View of kitchen pantry and white microwave cabinet.

My Dreamy IKEA Kitchen

Completed IKEA kitchen with SEKTION cabinets, TINGSRYD island with sink, stainless steel hood and appliances.

The base cabinets are white SEKTION frames with GRIMSLÖV drawer fronts and GRIMSLÖV glass doors in off-white. The counter top is Cambria Quartz in Bellingham from Creative Surfaces.

Corner pantry and IKEA cabinets with microwave cabinet and glass GRIMSLOV doors.

The island cabinets are IKEA TINGSRYD wood effect in black. Our butcher block is from Lumber Liquidators.

Tall wall white cabinets with rustic plant shelves and Bellingham Cambria Quartz counter top.
Stainless steel fridge and stove with white IKEA cabinets and Lumber Liquidators Antique Strand bamboo flooring.
IKEA microwave cabinet and two skinny cabinets with GRIMSLOV glass doors.

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