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Ikea Kitchen Planning and Design Service

IKEA Kitchen Designer Toronto GTA 

  • Designated Planner – Start to Finish
  • Multiple Revisions
  • Plan loaded into the IKEA Planner
  • 3D Rendition of Your Plan
  • Full IKEA Order List and Cost
  • Available Globally (English only)
  • $122 Full design package – you provide the basic measurements (available everywhere)
  • $75 In home measuring (check for service areas)

Our Kitchen Planning and Design Service is available in Toronto and the GTA’s surrounding areas. The service includes a Designated Planner who works on your plan from start to finish, and will go over every aspect of your new kitchen plan with you.  All we need are some basic dimensions, and we do the rest – you can input as much you want, or let us do everything. Contact us HERE.

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Please Note: All pricing is subject to 13% HST.

The representative measuring your kitchen will not bring samples to your appointment – please visit a local store for full samples. You will be receiving a planning service, but we do not pick the style of your kitchen or matching hardware such as handles or lighting – please visit a local store to pick out these items.

Preparing for the planning of your new IKEA kitchen – Kitchen Zones

With the help of a few basic principles, you can design a kitchen that meets your need precisely – saving you time and effort and contributing to a better quality of everyday life.
kitchen zones diagram

Red: Cooking zone, Blue: Washing zone, Green: Storage zone

The work triangle – creating an ideal work flow
The main working functions in a kitchen are carried out between the cooktop, sink, and refrigerator. These three points and the imaginary line between them, make up what kitchen experts call the “work triangle”. The prep area and garbage should also be take into consideration and kept as close as possible.
Ideally, the line between these three points should not exceed 20 feet in total. The ideal distance between the different working points is 36 – 42 inches. If you’re thinking you don’t have room in your home for a triangular kitchen, don’t worry: the working triangle can be effectively achieved in many different layouts, according to preference and the shape of the room.
Work zones help simplify working in the kitchen
When deciding where to put cabinets and appliances in relation to each other, it can be helpful to think in terms of zones or work zones. This approach, focusing on function rather than objects, mean you’ll end up with an everyday-friendly and efficient kitchen.

The three main zones, in relevance to the working triangle, are: storage (fridge, freezer and dry storage), washing (sink and dishwasher) and cooking (cooktop, oven, and microwave). Placing them well is crucial to achieving an ergonomic work triangle, with a natural workflow and everything within reach.

Here are some basic tips to consider when planning your work zones:

Cooking zone
Avoid crossing the kitchen with hot pots and pans. Think about placing your oven and cooktop near the sink and countertop.
Washing zone
Your sink is an important area. Plan to have your fridge close at hand for easy food prep. Close proximity to your cooktop makes it easier to drain your pasta and vegetables.
Storage zone
For storing, make sure you have enough storage for all the food – both for dry goods and in the fridge. A countertop near your high cabinets and fridge makes it easier to unpack shopping bags.

Common kitchen layouts

In most cases, it’s the shape and size of your room that decides what kitchen layout you ultimately will choose. However, some kitchen layouts may suit your needs and living situation better than others. Here are five common kitchen layouts and their main characteristics. They also illustrate how to ideally plan your working zones.

Single-line kitchen
Where space is scarce, a single-line kitchen in which the working triangle is reduced to a straight line, can be the most practical solution. It’s also pleasing to look at.

Single-line with island
This single-line kitchen includes an island. An island provides plenty of storage as well as extra work surfaces, but it requires at least 3′ of free space around to work well.

L-shaped kitchen
The L-shaped kitchen is ideal when you want to add a small dining table or kitchen island. It’s also a good way to make the most out of a corner, as well as integrating the kitchen into a dining area.

U-shaped kitchen
If you have a large room, the U-shaped layout is ideal. It gives you maximum space and plenty of storage options – ensuring that everything is within easy reach. If the room is very large, it’s important to ensure that the points of the working triangle (see explanation above) are not too far from one another.

Parallel kitchen
You don’t need to have a huge amount of space for this layout. It’s geared for food preparation and provides two great work and storage areas on opposite sides. In fact, it’s favourite of many professional chefs.

Measuring your kitchen space
Getting the right measurements is a prerequisite when planning a new kitchen. Be meticulous as it will pay off through the whole kitchen design process and your kitchen will fit perfectly within the space you have.

Having all details and measurements is important when you contact us to discuss your plans.

Walls and floors
Measure from the floor to the ceiling. The distance between walls. From the corners to the doors. Also, make a record of anything that projects into the room such as radiators, pipes, ventilation, special angles, and any other major architectural features.

Doors and windows
Measure the size of doors and windows, as well as the height and distance of each from the floor, ceiling, and edges. It is a good idea to mark onto your drawing the space that doors and windows need to swing open. If you are planning to have a cabinet under the window, remember that the minimum distance between the window frame and the floor should be 90 cm, and preferably 105 cm.

Electrical outlets, switches, water connections, etc
So you’ve measured the big stuff. Now it’s time to look at the details. Note the location of existing electrical sockets, switches, water, and gas connections. Remember that these can be moved to suit your new kitchen. Mark down the approximate position of where you would like these new outlets, switches, and connections to be placed.

Cabinets, drawers, and shelves
Kitchen cabinets are the box frames that form the structure of your entire kitchen. With such a critical function, it pays to invest in quality materials that will hold up under years of daily use. AKURUM cabinets are made of sturdy 11/16″ board (substantially thicker than most in the same price range) with white melamine foil for a hard-wearing, moisture-proof and scratch-resistant finish. What’s more, the entire product is recyclable.
Since the IKEA’s Sektion kitchen cabinets are available in a wide range of sizes, you can fit the structure to your kitchens dimensions. The system includes base cabinets in several different widths, two special corner units and wall cabinets in a variety of shapes and heights.
Your sink and built-in appliances fit into kitchen cabinets designed to accommodate them. To the AKURUM framework, you add your choice of cabinet doors and interior fixtures, for a kitchen that suits your tastes and needs perfectly.

Base Cabinets
The base cabinets is the obvious place for everything from pots and pans to flatware and plastic jars. There’s even a special base cabinet it you want a built-in oven underneath your cooktop. Use RATIONELL interior fittings to organize inside your cabinets. Pull-out wire baskets, adjustable shelves, and drawers give you a good overview of all your kitchen things.

Corner cabinets
Find exactly what you’re looking for with a corner cabinet for your pots, pans or dry goods. These can be fitted with swivel shelves or pull-out shelves.
Wall cabinets

There are wall cabinets that fit in corners and behind glass doors. You can even choose a horizontal wall cabinet with a door lift that has a catch for gentle closing. Fully extending drawers help you turn a low-placed wall cabinet into a practical storage solution. Wall cabinets are available in two standard heights and in many widths. All deep enough so you have plenty of room, even for those big serving platters. Complement with adjustable shelves in melamine or tempered glass and combine different wall cabinets as you like.

High cabinets

Choose a high cabinet if you want plenty of storage space in your kitchen. Fully extending drawers with drawer dampers turn a high cabinet into a practical larder with everything within easy reach. Glass doors and adjustable shelves turn it into a place for your fine glasses. If it’s a cleaning cabinet you need, there’s a special pull-out fitting for that too. Another bonus is that our high cabinets are available in two depths and different heights and widths. One of them is sure to fit.

Doors
They are by far the most important element in the overall appearance of your kitchen. Whether you aspire to a timeless sense of warmth and coziness, a minimalist look, or something in between, our range of cabinet doors can help the dream kitchen in your mind become a reality. Before making your choice, find out more about todays wide selection of materials, styles, and finishes.

Solid wood

Solid wood is a natural living material. Extremely durable and pleasing to the eye, it suits various design styles and budgets, as different timbers vary in cost and appearance. Wood can be more susceptible to scratches and dents than some other surfaces, but the effect of aging on this material can have a charm of its own. Wood is a good choice for cabinet doors exposed to rough treatment from younger family members. Fingerprints don´t show so much on a grained wood surface either. In fact, a kitchen with solid wood cabinet doors will still be looking great long after the kids have left home!

Wood veneer
Often underestimated as merely a more economical solution to solid wood, veneers have come a long way since the 1970s. What is veneer, anyway? Simply stated, it’s a thin layer of wood stuck to a core of medium density fibreboard (MDF), or plywood. Wood veneer cabinets provide the warm, natural look of wood surfaces, often for a less expensive price tag. Don’t let the lower price mislead you; this material is stable and less susceptible to warping than solid wood and will retain its good looks for years to come.
Lacquer
Lacquered doors have a base of fibreboard and are then coated with a colourfast lacquer and a painted finish. They provide an excellent option economically while offering great flexibility when it comes to colour and style. Lacquer doors are practical and easy to maintain.

High gloss foil
Foil allows you to achieve a bold, high gloss finish that transforms your kitchen into a style statement. It’s a beautiful, durable surface which reflects light into the room. However, it may not be ideal for kitchens where small, sticky fingers will be in contact with cabinet doors. On the other hand, foiled doors are easy to clean and maintain and can really brighten up a dark kitchen, bringing intense colour into the room.

Melamine
Melamine is a paper film that is provided with a single-colour print or pattern print and then impregnated. The finished film is applied under pressure to a board, normally a particleboard. This treatment makes the melamine surface hardwearing, heat-resistant, water-repellent, and easy to care for.
Glass
You can use a few glass doors to add variety to a row of solid cabinets, creating a lighter, more open feeling in your kitchen. Glass also works well with most kitchen styles, from traditional or rustic to modern. And it is less expensive than you might think. All IKEA kitchen cabinet styles include a glass-fronted version to combine with solid doors. And since all of our glass doors are tempered, you won’t have to worry about shattering.

Handles


The material, style and size of the handles and knobs you choose for your cabinet doors and drawers will have a surprisingly big effect on the overall look of your kitchen. At IKEA, you’ll find a wide variety of materials and designs, and many handles have matching knobs if you want variation. Changing handles and knobs allows you to liven up old doors and drawers for little money, giving the room a whole new look. The distance between the holes is the same for most of our handles, so you don’t have to cover old screw holes.

Countertops

Countertops are probably the hardest-working element in your kitchen. They’re subjected to a daily onslaught of knocks, spills, hot pans, and sharp knives. There is no single material that can withstand all these assaults better than any other, but here is what you can expect from each.
At IKEA, you can choose between pre-cut and custom-made countertops. Our pre-cut countertops are either made of laminate or solid wood and come in a choice of two different lengths. If you have specific design details or features you need to work around, you can order our custom-made countertops available in acrylic, laminate, quartz, or granite.

Laminate countertops
If you want a countertops that can take tough daily use – choose a laminated surface. Ours can cope with spilled wine, oil, and hot drinks. They are even resistant to scratches and chemicals. The smooth, hard surface is easy to keep clean. The material is made up of a thin plastic laminate bonded to a particleboard for great stability. Laminates are available in a variety of finishes and detail, so finding one that looks beautiful with your cabinet doors couldn’t be easier.

Solid wood countertops
Solid wood countertops will age gracefully if you treat them regularly with oil. We pre-treat all our wood countertops to give them a good start. Then it’s up to you to maintain the wood by treating it with BEHANDLA wood treatment oil every now and then. The oil protects the wood from marks, stains, cracks, and prevents water from penetrating the surface and destroying the wood. If the surface looks a little tired and worn after some time, you can give it a real facelift by sanding and oiling it. It will be as good as new.

Custom Countertops

Acrylic countertops
Acrylic countertops are non-porous, very hygienic and need minimal care to retain their appearance. You can even choose a sink in the same material for a completely seamless look.

Granite countertops
Natural beauty and extreme durability are the hallmarks of granite countertops. Every countertop is unique in its colour and pattern. The smooth surface is not only beautiful, but also easy to keep clean.

Laminate countertops
Laminate countertops are engineered for heavy-duty daily use. They are non-porous and very durable, with good impact resistance. They’re also easy to clean and require no maintenance.

Quartz countertops
Quartz countertops are more than extremely durable, they are naturally beautiful too. Heat, bacteria, and stain resistant, the surface is both non-porous and easy to clean, and does not require sealing.

ikea kitchen sinks example

Sinks
The sink and mixer faucet should do more than complete the look and style of your kitchen; they should also make your work in the kitchen easier. With our range, you never have to choose between form and function – you can have both. Everything is made of high-quality materials that have been tested and approved.

One bowl or two
How will you use your sink? Do you need one or two bowls? If you wash a lot of dishes by hand, a sink with a drainer can be helpful to keep water off the countertop. Choose a sink with the drainer or a large bowl to the left or right to suit the space and the way you work. Then decide on the material – stainless steel or porcelain. Most of our sinks can also be completed with practical accessories like a chopping board and a rinsing basket. A smart way to free up space and get more room to work on.

Faucets
A kitchen faucet should suit your needs and be able to cope with a lot. If you usually rinse off your dishes, a handspray will come in handy. A high spout makes it easier to wash big pots. Consider whether you want a faucet with a single-lever or dual control.

Appliances
IKEA has — together with Whirlpool – developed a broad selection of ovens, microwave ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, hoods and cooktops to suit your needs and lifestyle. To make planning your kitchen even easier, all appliances are designed to perfectly fit and match your IKEA kitchen.


All IKEA appliances are designed to help reduce energy consumption at home and many come with the Energy Star Qualification. All our appliances come with a five year warranty except for the LAGAN series.

Organizers


With the help of kitchen organizers you can make your kitchen easier to work in, more functional, and better looking – even on the inside.

Legs and plinths


Complete your base and high cabinets with plinths, legs, or a combination of both. All IKEA cabinets can be used with a choice of plinths or legs, which can radically affect the look and feel of your kitchen.

Legs


Fitting your cabinets on attractive legs, without covering them with plinth boards, creates a more open, less solid impression that can make your kitchen look a little bigger. Stainless steel legs come in different lengths so your countertops are just the right height for you. For safety reasons, we do not recommend using legs on kitchen islands which will not be attached to the floor.

Plinths


Plinths, on the other hand, add a feeling of stability to the room, for a seamlessly integrated look. Plinths are suitable for kitchen islands and are available in a variety of finishes. With a plastic strip on the underside to prevent moisture from penetrating into the material. For the same reason, the foiled plinths have foil wrapped under the edges.

Wall shelves


Using wall shelves is a great way to maximize space in your kitchen – and to add a personal touch. Use pre-cut shelves to suit the space you have.

Wall panels


Wall panels protects the walls behind countertops and cooktops against soiling. They come in numerous colours and designs and are easily fastened to the wall.

Lighting


Having the right mix of general, functional, and mood light is the key to a well-lit kitchen. At IKEA, you’ll find a wide range of lamps, spotlights, and integrated lighting that enhances your everyday kitchen life.

Free standing kitchen and units


Free-standing units like kitchen islands and carts are a great solution when you need more storage, utility, or workspace. Many kitchen carts are equipped with castors that make them even more easy to move around.

VÄRDE


VÄRDE is, in contrast to AKURUM kitchen system, a series built on free-standing units. Each unit is complete in itself and just like any other piece of furniture, easy to plan for and easy to buy. You can also move them any time you want to change your kitchen to reflect your needs, moods, or taste or take them along if you move house. You also don’t have to buy everything at once – you can start with a few units and add more as you go.

Kitchen islands & carts


When counter space just isn’t enough, a cart can give you an extra work surface. With wheels it’s easy to roll everything straight to the dining area and back.

Together with Whirlpool, we’ve considered the way you cook and go about everyday life in the kitchen. From there, we’ve designed a range of appliances that make life in the kitchen just a little bit easier.

Ovens and ranges


Every cook is different so we have a selection of ovens and ranges with different functions, sizes, and styles to fit your kitchen and needs. They’re built-in for ergonomic comfort and will match perfectly with the IKEA kitchen of your choice. Just like all IKEA kitchen appliances – they are designed to be energy efficient.

Double ovens


Big families means big meal times. Larger households have different and more challenging requirements in kitchen appliances. A double oven – with both convection and self-cleaning functions – gives you plenty of oven space to cook meals for your family evenly, quickly, and with less cleanup afterwards.

Self-cleaning function


The special self-cleaning function in these ovens turns the heat up to over 400°C, causing grease and dirt/food remnants to turn into ashes. When the cycle is complete, all you need to do to clean the oven is to wipe it down with a wet cloth.

Microwave ovens


A microwave oven saves you time and facilitates your everyday cooking in a flexible way. Better still: they’re all built-in and coordinate perfectly with all our other appliances, creating a great, integrated look. Being built-in and mounted in a high cabinet means you have it at a comfortable working height and free up extra space on your worktop. Along with defrosting and heating up food, we have models with an extractor fan, so you get two functions in one, all the while it coordinates with the kitchen and the rest of your appliances.

Cooktops


From quick-heating glass ceramic cooktops, to energy efficient and precise induction cooktops, or easy-to-control gas ones, we’ve got a wide range of options.

Induction cooktops


Induction cooktops get the job done faster than any other cooktop. Not to mention they are also easier on both your energy bill and the environment. Induction cooktops operate at a much higher level of efficiency compared to other cooktops because they transfer their energy directly to your pots and pans so very little heat is lost to the surface or the surrounding atmosphere. Usually found at a price only affordable to the few, our induction cooktops are available at a price that makes them accessible to more people than ever before.

Ceramic cooktops


These cooktops give an even heat and have a smooth, easy-to clean surface of tempered glass. Some have variable cooking zones that provide effective heat and that can be adapted to the size of the cookware.

Gas cooktops


Many avid cooks swear by gas cooktops. They respond almost immediately when you increase or lower the heat, giving you lots of control and accuracy. Since the flame responds so quickly, the burner doesn’t need extra time to heat up or cool down.

Energy-saving tip!


You’re using the cooktop a lot. By choosing an induction cooktop that heats up quickly, you’re saving a lot of time and energy. The induction cooktop is also more efficient in transferring heat to the pot compared to other types of cooktops. Use the right sized burner for the size of pot or pan you are using. If the burner is bigger than the pot, it wastes energy. Also, always use a lid when boiling water.

Extractor hoods


Hoods are the multitaskers of the kitchen. They quietly remove grease, smoke, and steam, all while making a design impact. We offer a wider range of hoods – from design features to more discreet built-in extractor fans with different features and functions. You can choose a wall-mounted model, an integrated model, or one mounted over your kitchen island. Most can be installed to either be ducted to the outside or to re-circulate the air via a charcoal filter. When choosing an extractor hood, make sure you choose one with an extraction rate that corresponds with the size of your kitchen. Choosing one with an extraction rate higher than you need can result in unnecessary noise levels and lead to higher energy costs.

Energy-saving tip!


Clean the grease filter often. This way you’re keeping the function of the hood and saving energy since the hood doesn’t need to use as much energy with a clean filter compared to a greasy one. It’s easy to keep the grease filters clean since they are dishwasher-safe.

Fridges & freezers


We offer a wide selection of refrigerators in different sizes and with different features to match all kinds of family needs. We also offer counter-depth models that fit between IKEA cabinets for an integrated look, as well as models with ice machines. All our models have been designed with energy efficiency as a priority.

ENERGY STAR® certified


All our models are ENERGY STAR® certified, saving energy and reducing your energy bills. As a result, all of our refrigerators are 20% more efficient than Government Guidelines.

Dishwashers


A dishwasher doesn’t just save you time; it also saves you more water than washing by hand. The more dishes you can take care of at once, the better. To create even more space, consider a tall tub model.

ENERGY STAR® certified


All our models are ENERGY STAR® certified, saving energy and reducing your energy bills. As a result, all of our dishwashers are 15% more efficient than Government Guidelines. They use only 860 gallons of water annually compared to 5805 gallons from hand washing your dishes.

Style


All our dishwashers are designed to be integrated with a door that matches the kitchen, or choose one in white or stainless steel. Decide if you want a door that conceals or displays the control panel. Do you perhaps want a dishwasher that matches with all other NUTID appliances? Then choose the NUTID dishwasher with stainless steel front and VINNA handles.

It does not take much effort to arrange your kitchen so that there is enough space for everything and so that everything is easy to find. Interior fittings can help you maximize the capacity in your cabinets and drawers and keep things organized. By combining different fittings, you can create a personal storage system that perfectly suits your needs.

Interior organizers


If you have to reach too high or bend down too often to get to essential items, there’s a good chance they’re not in their ideal position. Storage solutions like smooth-running, fully-extending drawers with adjustable drawer dividers provide a complete overview of contents; giving you access to the things you need quickly and easily, even if they’re placed in the back.

With inside drawers and cabinets, you can further enhance the functionality of your kitchen work zones with smart VARIERA interior fittings like cutlery trays, waste bins, plate holders, plus all sorts of boxes and racks.

Here are some handy tips for you when planning how to organize the inside of your kitchen:

Storing

Pull-out pantry

A pull-out pantry makes it easy to find and reach everything in deep cabinets. Make sure there is enough space around the ladder so you can reach in from both sides.

Store heavy pots and pans near the cooking unit

Use drawers or pull-out wire baskets to put them within easy reach.

Utilize space in corner cabinets

Corner lazy Susans fittings make the most of available space.

Use the space under your oven

Under-oven drawers are convenient for storing trays and pans.

Use the space between shelves

Shelf inserts in different depths make smart use of space.

Maximize your storage space in cabinets

A combination of door-mounted baskets and shallow shelves make efficient use of space and create a good overview of stored items.

Keep plastic bags in place

Handy storage for plastic bags or other items can be mounted inside a cabinet door or wherever needed.

Cooking

Keep spices, flatware and utensils organized

Use spice racks, flatware trays or drawer dividers.

Keep plates in place when drawers are opened and closed

Stack them in drawers with plate holders.

Flatware trays

Create your own customized solution using flatware trays which fit perfectly inside your drawer.

Waste sorting

Place waste bins under your sink

These make effective use of the space, are easy to reach, and help to avoid spills on the floor. Adapt the size and number of waste containers to the size of the household and to local regulations for sorting and recycling.

Cleaning

Organize large cleaning equipment

Use interior fittings to organize your mop and vacuum cleaner. It will be easier to take them out and put them back in.

Wall organizers


Do you get tired of searching through cabinets and drawers for those everyday kitchen items? Are your worktops often cluttered? Then look no further than your walls. IKEA offers a wide selection of styles and functions in wall storage accessories. The ideas are simple, unobtrusive, and yet wonderfully efficient. Hanging rails and accessories give you lots of additional storage, without adding extra volume. You’ll be amazed at how much can hang from one rail. From knives, cooking utensils, pots and pans to spice racks, plate racks, and even a tiny herb garden. Everything is within easy reach and can be found instantly when you need it.

Sink organizers


Sink organizers maximize the use of the sink area when washing up, cutting or draining. They make the areas multifunctional and can serve as prolongation of work space, as an extra bowl, etc.

40% of most households’ energy consumption takes place in the kitchen. It’s also where we boil water, wash veggies, and scrub dishes. Lowering the use of water and energy is a sure way to update your kitchen. Cutting down on waste is good for the planet, your wallet, and – if you compost – your garden!

How to lower your energy consumption


Switching to energy efficient appliances is better for the planet and your pocket. All of our refrigerators and dishwashers are ENERGY STAR® certified. If you
stick with your existing appliances, it’s still possible to use them more efficiently. For example, only run your dishwasher when it’s completely full and save the warmer setting for really tough jobs. With your cooktop, match your pot with the burner size. Using a small pot on a big burner means lots of heat goes straight up into the air.

Upgrade your appliances


All IKEA refrigerators and dishwashers bear the ENERGY STAR® certification, giving you an energy efficient and money saving alternative.

Use induction cooktops


Induction cooktops are much faster and more energy-efficient than traditional coil element, gas, and glass ceramic cooktops. Only the pots and pans are heated and not the cooktop itself, so very little heat goes to waste. Especially if you keep the lid on and use the right size pot.

Keep the lid on


Cooking in pots with lids on saves around 30 percent energy compared to not using a lid. An even better, more energy-saving way of bringing water to boil is to use an electric kettle – even if its intended for the potatoes on the stove.

Use right size pots and pans


Make sure to use pots and pans that fit the zones of your cooktop. Pots that are too small lead to heat leaks that easily increases energy consumption by as much as 20%.

Use energy-efficient kitchen lighting


Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are really energy efficient. LED bulbs use up to 85% less power and shine up to 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

How to reduce your water consumption


Changing your current kitchen faucet for a faucet with an aerator reduces your water consumption in the kitchen by 30% without changing the water pressure. Even small steps like turning off the faucet while you soap your hands and scraping dishes before you load the dishwasher instead of rinsing save lots of precious water in the long term.

Using water-saving faucets


Exchange your existing faucet with an IKEA faucet and you’ll get a built-in water-saving function that reduces water consumption by 30%.

Don’t do your dishes by hand


Doing dishes by hand and rinsing them under running water requires seven times as much water as if you had them scraped off and ran through the dishwasher once it’s full.

How to organize and reduce your household waste


Throwing everything in the same bin is old news. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television set for three hours. Our waste-sorting systems make it easy to sort your trash. They can be placed under the sink, on the wall, or on the floor, and they’re easy to keep clean. Just check with your city to see what they recycle.

Cut down on food waste


Cutting down on waste in the kitchen isn’t just about recycling your pasta box. It’s also about the food you cook. Starting a compost means your food scraps don’t go to waste – they pass on nutrients to your garden. Instead of throwing out the rest of dinner, why not pack it in one of our food savers and enjoy a homemade lunch at work? It’s better for the environment and tastes a lot better too!

Make recycling easier


RATIONELL is a simple waste system that helps organize and recycle household waste, more effectively. Easy-to-clean bins are available in a variety of sizes and are designed for different types of household waste – from glass bottles and newspapers to food scraps and batteries.

Don’t throw away food


Did you know that up to a quarter of all food is thrown away every day in many households? That’s not only a waste of money. Food production generates lots of CO2, so cutting waste helps reduce our carbon footprint. IKEA food savers help take better care of fresh food and leftovers. Some products have benefits making them especially good for saving your food and using just the right amount of food to prevent waste when cooking. For example, some sizes in the IKEA 365+ food storage series come with a removable plastic bottom grid to allow excess moisture to drain off and help food last longer.

Create a child-friendly kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home where everyone gathers and spends most of their time – but it is also a place with several potential dangers. Hot pots and pans are moved about, sharp knives are used, and curious children explore and are eager to help.

Many accidents can be prevented through careful planning or by taking simple measures. Here you can learn about kitchen safety and how you can create a safe and functional kitchen – for all members of the household.

Place your oven at a safe and convenient height


Place the oven and microwave at a height that makes it easy to see the interior and convenient to take hot dishes out. Place the microwave above the oven to keep it out of reach for small children.

Corner bumpers


Reduces the risk of your child getting hurt by sharp edges.

Mount cabinet/drawer catches or locks


Keep dangerous liquids, knives, or detergents out of children’s reach.

Anti-slip underlay


Keeps the rug in place and reduces the risk of slipping.

Door stop


Children getting their fingers caught in doors is something you definitely want to avoid. A door stop keeps the door open and your worries at a safe distance.

Have a step stool nearby


They are handy for reaching high shelves or for letting children be part of the action. Use anti-slip strips to prevent slipping.

There are lots of ways to update your kitchen without making a big investment. With a few simple changes you can have a whole new style, and a more functional, efficient kitchen.

A fresh new look


A new door style here, a slimmer handle there, and – voila! – the kitchen you built five years ago is the one you’re dreaming of today.

Replace the cabinet doors


A total transformation without any renovation. All our door styles fit on your existing AKURUM cabinet frames. Change all door and drawer fronts or only a few. Go from high-gloss to wood veneer, mix colours or combine solid doors with glass.

Switch the handles


A little thing like a knob can make a big difference in the look of your kitchen. It’s one of the easiest things to change. The distance between the holes is the same for most IKEA handles, so they can be replaced without having to drill new holes.

Add wall panels


Replace old ceramic tiles with a new wall finish. Our wall panels are easy to wipe clean and stand up to water, heat, and steam. They’re perfect for around the sink and cooktop, but they can also be used to add personality to other areas of your kitchen.

Smarter on the inside


A brand new kitchen may look the same as the one you have, but act totally different. Improving the inside functionality is the difference between finding the garlic press while the oil is hot or interrupting your cooking to tear through your drawers.

Change to pull-out pantries


You don’t have to empty your cabinet to get the bowl in the back. Replace your old AKURUM cabinet shelves with pull-out pantries or drawers. They provide a better overview and make reaching way into the back a thing of the past.

Organize the drawers


Always pulling out the corkscrew when you’re reaching for the whisk? Drawer organizers keep everything from plates to chopsticks orderly and easy-to-find.

Use clear containers


Organize your drawers and cabinets with transparent containers. They maximize space and provide a quick overview. Fit containers together, sideways, or stacked. Watch how unruly packages of rice, flour, and beans line up and behave.

A more functional space


Crowded countertops, messy cookbooks, and piles of stuff make a dream kitchen a nightmare to work in. Extra workspace and storage solutions put everything in order again and give you more space to cook.

De-clutter the worktop


Get more countertop-space by hanging utensils, herbs, and more on the wall. A wall-hanging system gives you more room to chop and puts the things you use most in easy reach.

Extend your workspace


Where should you put the mushrooms while you chop the onions? A fitted tray or chopping board over the sink gives you an extra drop-off zone and more workspace.

Add open shelving


It’s easy to get stuck thinking about cabinet space. Adding open shelving is a way to maximize empty walls and corners, while giving the kitchen an airy feeling. Shelves and brackets can be placed almost anywhere, and the length can be varied to accommodate your space and storage needs.

A more sustainable kitchen


40% of most households’ energy consumption takes place in the kitchen. It’s also where we boil water, wash veggies, and scrub dishes. Lowering the use of water and energy is a sure way to make your kitchen more sustainable. As is waste sorting, of course. Organizing and recycling household waste has an impact on the environment, reducing the use of raw materials, as well as making it easier to recycle glass, paper, cardboard, metal, and more.

Save energy


Switching to energy efficient appliances is better for the planet and your pocket. Look for our fridges and dishwashers, which are ENERGY STAR® certified. But if you stick with your existing appliances, it’s still possible to use them more efficiently. Only run your dishwasher when it’s completely full and save the heavy duty setting for really tough jobs. If you have an electric cooktop, match your pot with the burner size. Using a small pot on a big burner mean a lot of heat goes straight up into the air.

Save water


Changing your current kitchen faucet for a faucet with a water-saving function reduces your water consumption in the kitchen without changing the water pressure.

Reduce waste (and save dinner!)


Throwing everything in the same bin is old news. Recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to power a television set for three hours. Our waste-sorting bins make it easy to sort your trash. They can be placed under the sink, on the wall or on the floor, and they’re easy to keep clean. Just check with your city to see what can be recycled.

Cutting down on waste in the kitchen isn’t just about recycling your pasta box. It’s also about the food you cook. Starting a compost means your food scraps don’t go to waste – they pass on nutrients to your garden. And instead of throwing out the rest of dinner, why not pack it in one of our food savers and enjoy a homemade lunch at work? It’s better for the environment and tastes a lot better too.