In 2009, Dwell reported on the Ikea kitchen cabinet phenomenon, and five years later it is still going strong. From off-the-rack to custom, these kitchens use them best.
This tiny Stockholm kitchen is outfitted with cabinets from Ikea, painted a serene powder blue— a custom shade matched to one of resident Saša Antić’s favorite cashmere scarves. Photo by: Jonas Ingerstedt
In a Lakewood, Washington, renovation, Ikea cabinets were combined with durable work surfaces and personal touches like a chalkboard wall. Decopour flooring, a cement topping similar to terrazzo, is a very durable, family friendly surface. Kitchen, dining and outdoor space flow around a 12-foot long island—nicknamed "the mother of all islands" by the residents.
"The house is where we experiment," architect and resident Andrew Dunbar says. He and his wife, landscape architect Zoee Astrakhan, made the most of what they could afford in their San Francisco home, providing elegant finished solutions that belie humble origins. In the kitchen, beechwood countertops were supplied free with six kitchens worth of Ikea cabinets. Photo by Justin Fantl.
Photo by Justin Fantl. Courtesy of justin fantl photography.
An Ikea Pax and Komplement closet system with custom doors hide clutter and insulate the kitchen thanks to automotive felt that was placed over them to dampen sound from a nearby track of the Long Island Rail Road in this Brooklyn renovation. Photo by Gile Ashford
Writer Dan Maginn’s Ode to the Ikea Cabinet says it best: “O CABINETS, thou art affordable and shall fit like Careless laughter on our walls! Yet ye remain incomplete. ’Tis time to cloak you properly. What color are thy doors And drawers? Be ye wood’n made, or be ye glossed in shiny Resin? Do steely knobs populate thine countenance? Companion! Like siblings at play with Mr. Potato Head, let Us now select a proper face for our Kitchen-Tuber. Duvbo? We smileth not at thee. Ärlig? No—thou art too white. Lo! Who’s this? Companion! What think thee of Linjär? Aye! Blue of face, sleek of handle, (shines she not brighter ’Pon our approach?) LINJÄR! Thou art ours!”