Ikea International: Faktum versus Akurum. What’s in a name?

If you’ve ever had a chance to flip through a European Ikea Kitchen catalog, you might have noticed at least one difference: the name.  The Akurum cabinets are the standard for the US, Canada and Dominican Republic; Faktum is used for the rest of the world.

The difference in name implies significant differences.

  1. Unit of Measurement: Akurum cabinets are measured in the Imperial system, while Faktum cabinets use the metric system.

2. Cabinet Standard Sizes: 

  • Faktum wall cabinets are about 4cms (roughly 1.5″) deeper with a greater range of cabinet widths (30 cms to 120 cms /  11.8″ to 47.24″) versus Akurum cabinets ( 12″ to 36″ / 30.48 cms to 91.44 cms).
  • The maximum wall cabinet height of  Faktum is 92 cm (36.22″), while Akurum cabinets offer 39″ 1/8 (99.37 cms)
  • The height of a regular base cabinet is 70cms (roughly 27″ 1/2) in Faktum, while Akurum cabinets are 30″ 3/8 (77 cms). This doesn’t mean that kitchens in Europe are lower; the plinth (or toe kick) is 16 cms (around 6″ 1/4)  for Faktum cabinets and 4″ 1/4 (10.80 cms).  The total  difference is only 1.8 cms (0.71″).
  • The main difference is the tall cabinets.  Not only do Faktum cabinets have a wider variety of combinations available, they also have 141 cms (55.5″) towers, which is an unusual height for an American style kitchen.

3. Cabinet Variety:  Faktum cabinets offer 5 drawer base cabinets, sliding door wall cabinets, and a wider variety of cabinets for cooktops that aren’t available for the US market.

About IKD

IKD began several years ago designing IKEA kitchens for IKEA authorized installation contractors. We've successfully completed thousands of IKEA kitchen designs for every possible range of size, shape, budget and style. We still continue to design for these IKEA contractors, but also serve those IKEA consumers that just want a design or will install themselves. Most often customers want a better quality design than what they can do with IKEA's Home Planner.
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One Response to Ikea International: Faktum versus Akurum. What’s in a name?

  1. I love the look of these cabinets. It’s very clean.

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