How Much Does an IKEA Kitchen Remodel Cost?

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Are you dreaming of a kitchen makeover but worried about the price tag? You’re not alone. Kitchen renovations can seem like a daunting and expensive task. However, with careful planning and budgeting, it can be more affordable than you think. In this post, I’ll break down the costs of remodeling a standard 10×10 foot kitchen with IKEA products. I’ll explore ways to save money, and share real-life examples to inspire your own renovation journey.

Budget Friendly White and Mint Lake House Kitchen Design
My Mom’s IKEA kitchen includes custom touches to make it look high-end

Over the last decade, my husband Sean and I have renovated several kitchens using IKEA kitchen cabinetry. From our own kitchen in 2013 to Sean’s general contracting clients recently, we have a lot of experience with IKEA kitchens. While their cost has changed a lot over the years, I still think IKEA SEKTION cabinets are a great choice if you want a budget-friendly and organized kitchen update with tons of storage!

One of my favourite kitchens in the IKEA Edmonton showroom

Understanding the Basics

Let’s start with the basics. The cost of remodeling a kitchen involves more than just buying cabinets. For a standard 10×10 foot kitchen, you can expect to spend around $7,000 on IKEA kitchen cabinets. This figure will depend on the number and style of cabinets you choose. However, that’s just the beginning. Here’s a breakdown of additional expenses to consider:

  1. Installation: Unless you’re a DIY expert, you’ll likely need professional help to install your cabinets properly. Installation costs can vary depending on your location and the complexity of the project. The rule of thumb is that contractors will charge about the same price for their labour as you paid for the supplies. So, take the cost of supplies and double it.
  2. Countertops: The cost of countertops can vary greatly depending on the material you choose, such as quartz, granite, or laminate. Be sure to factor this into your budget.
  3. Plumbing and Electrical: If your remodel involves moving or adding plumbing or electrical fixtures, you’ll need to budget for the necessary labor and materials. And don’t forget that kitchen sink and faucet!
  4. Appliances: Appliances can be a significant investment in any kitchen remodel. Depending on your preferences and needs, you may spend around $10,000 or more on appliances alone. A good refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher are essential to any kitchen.
  5. Finishing Touches: Don’t forget the little details that can make a big difference. Budget for new light fixtures, handles and other hardware, trim, cover panels, paint touch-ups, and backsplash tiles.

With these additional expenses, don’t be surprised if your IKEA kitchen remodel costs you around $20,000 to $25,000 (not including labour).

Real-Life Examples

To give you a better idea of what to expect, let’s look at two real-life examples of IKEA kitchen remodels:

Our 10×10 Foot IKEA Kitchen

Eleven years ago, we embarked on a journey to design our 10×10 foot kitchen using IKEA products. With careful planning and budgeting, we were able to create a beautiful and functional space that has stood the test of time. While the initial investment was around $15,000 (11 years ago), including cabinets, installation, countertops, appliances, and finishing details, the value and enjoyment we’ve received from our kitchen have been priceless. Over the last year I’ve made some upgrades to our kitchen including building this custom range hood cover, but we’ve loved the durability of the cabinets up to this point.

Tiny Lake House

IKEA Kitchen in Our Tiny Lake House

For our Tiny Lake House, we wanted to create a cozy and efficient kitchen without breaking the bank. By opting for a minimalist design with fewer cabinets and leveraging sponsorships for appliances, we were able to complete the IKEA kitchen renovation for just a few thousand dollars. This goes to show that with creativity and resourcefulness, you can achieve a stunning kitchen on a budget.

An IKEA kitchen I recently helped design for Sean’s client

Tips to Save Money

Now that you know what to expect, here are some tips to help you save money on your IKEA kitchen remodel:

Design It Yourself

Use the IKEA Kitchen Planner to design your kitchen and visualize different layouts and configurations. This can help you avoid costly mistakes and streamline the installation process. After using the Planner, you can go to IKEA and chat with their experts in the kitchen design services area to see if you’ve missed anything.

Shop Smart

Check out the IKEA As-Is section for discounted door and drawer fronts or pre-assembled cabinets. You can often find great deals on quality products that may have minor imperfections or be discontinued.

Open Shelves

Consider swapping out some of the upper cabinets for open shelving. This can be a great choice if you’re more of a visual organizer and like to see what you have at a glance.

Consider Used Appliances

Don’t overlook the potential savings of buying used appliances. With a little research and patience, you can find gently used appliances at a fraction of the cost of new ones. Facebook Marketplace can be a great place to find good used high-end appliances.

Take Advantage of Sales and Events

Keep an eye out for the IKEA Kitchen Event, which typically runs twice a year. IKEA usually offers gift cards back after purchasing cabinetry, which you can use towards other essentials like countertops, backsplash, or appliances.

Remodeling your kitchen with IKEA products can be a cost-effective and rewarding experience. By carefully planning your budget, exploring ways to save money, and drawing inspiration from real-life examples, you can create the kitchen of your dreams without breaking the bank. So roll up your sleeves, use your creativity, and get ready to transform your space into a culinary oasis that you’ll love for years to come. Happy renovating!


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