Friday, April 29, 2016

Do you REALLY want IKEA cabinets?

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It has occurred to me lately that many people just don't have the data needed to make the best coices for kitchen remodeling and cabinets purchases. IKEA is easy. There is a huge store, hard to miss, seemingly low prices WITH style.

But, as in all things, you get what you pay for. My son purchased an IKEA couch a few years ago. A few years earlier I purchased a nice, lightly used couch for an area of my home off of craigslist. It wasn't cheap but it was nice quality.

If you could see the two couches now, you would see the difference. The IKEA couch is in threads. True, there have been young children and heavy use of my son's couch. But the quality of the IKEA fabric is so much lower. The springs are shot, it's ready for replacement. You can't do much to fix up a worn out IKEA couch, it becomes clear.

Now my couch, used less admittedly, is as good as new. My dog sleeps on it every day, he has squashed down the cushions to suit his body shape (which is adorable). But were I do vacuum, dry clean or steam clean the couch, it would really be in the same condition as when I bought it.

That's the difference between couches, but how about cabinets. IKEA cabinets are nice. You can see them in the stores and they seem pretty sturdy. But so did my son's couch when he bought it. IKEA cabinets are medium density fiberboard with either particle board or MDF doors of differing qualities. this isn't bad, but for a huge purchase, $5000 or $10,000 not to mention the labor you pay for to install them, maybe it's not the best choice.

We found a US manufacturer that builds plywood cabinets with beautiful thermofoil doors. We are happy to get these for our clients. They cost about the same as IKEA Ringhult (gloss) and whereas you pay for shipping, there's no sales tax (except in CA) and because they are preassembled, no assembly charge. You can find any skilled installer, not just the IKEA installers who charge a premium.

Why would someone choose IKEA cabinets when they can get something better for about the same cost? Because IKEA is familiar, and one thinks it'll be safe.

But it turns out that a lifetime warranty is easy to come by, and higher quality is available without a lot more cost. It just takes some research and some courage to think outside the IKEA box.

Thanks for listening,

Susan



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