Kitchen Design Ideas: Staggered Heights and Accent Doors

Window frames, like cabinets, have gotten away from certain basic colors. Window frames used to be just aluminum and white – now they’re available in lots of the same colors as IKEA’s cabinets. Here our designers aimed to tie the ceiling window frames and the glass door cabinets in with the base cabinets to create a bit of symmetry.

Nexus brown-black cabinets are designed below and birch above.  Stacked cabinets were designed above the sink  – and instead of using the suggested Aviskt aluminum glass door frames – Ramsjo brown-black glass doors are being used with birch frames to match both colors, accenting them even further by leaving the two cabinets slightly higher.

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Kitchen Design Ideas: What are Staggered Heights?

Our designers usually design IKEA kitchens from the corner outwards. It seems as if this designer had a change of heart after designing the tall corner cabinets and then went back to normal 30” high uppers.

The tall corner was intentional because it gave a little lift to the design and offers more storage space. An IKEA blind wall cabinet was chosen over a diagonal so the design kept its right angles and matched the corner below.

Please see the our previous post for more on Blind Corners

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FAMOUS KITCHENS – Get the Look: Mrs Doubtfire – Movie Homes

From the charming 90s family comedy Mrs Doubtfire, here’s our IKEA version:

IKEA Door Style: Lidingo White
Main Features: Two sinks, ends finished with open shelves, breakfast bar, built in appliances.
Faucet: Lagan, single lever
Sink: Boholmen, Single Bowl
Estimated Price:  $4,428.64

Complete the look:

1.  Fintorp Knobs 2.  Fintorp Handles 3. Bosse Bar Stool
4. Evalill Apron 5.  Tripp Storage Tins 6.  Sickan Dish Towel
7.  Framtid Double oven 8.    Byholma Basket 9.   Favorit Casserole
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Ikea Vanities: What’s a good place to hide my hamper?

Most laundry hampers are fairly difficult to access; also most folks don’t really want to see its contents. With an attractive basket that’s emptied often, a laundry hamper needn’t be hampered by having to open a door first.

Maybe there’s not enough space for the hamper . .  . or, it looks ugly off to the side on the floor.  Simply design an open space within your vanity cabinets to place a very accessible, yet tucked away, hamper

Remove the doors of a 24″ base cabinet.  Use either a full height door cabinet – or a door and drawer cabinet – depending on the height of your hamper.  If not using birch or white doors use ½” thick Ikea cover panels along the interiors to match  the color of the door.

Finally a plinth is used to cover the panel seams along the edges.  Here’s the full measurement information:

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The Before Shots and the Completed Design – Project 17

IKDO designed a more open and practical space in Abstrakt White. Cabinet Cost:$5,351.15

Sketches for the kitchen remodel sent

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Guest Post: IKEA induction cook-tops – A worthwhile investment.

When it comes to the kitchen, design is dictated by the fact that there are some things you need to have in that room. A fridge freezer, an oven and a stove are pretty much par for the course. When we look heating our pans, we tend to think about gas or electric cook-tops first. Obviously, they have been around for years and do the job very well.

However, a new player has entered the arena and that is magnetic induction heating. IKEA has brought out an induction cook-top because this is a very impressive and effective new method of cooking.

Induction works by creating a magnetic field that reacts with the metal of the pan. This means that the whole pan becomes the heating element. It is this that cooks your food, rather than the heat coming from below.

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Now, this can prove to be much more effective than gas or traditional electric cooking in many ways. For a start, because it’s the pan that gets hot, the cook-top remains a lot cooler. Food won’t stick and burn to the surface and you could clean immediately with a paper towel. This is much safer for the person cooking.

Also, the level of heat control is instant. This is as fast as gas cooking and much faster than an electric ceramic cook-top, which has elements that can take a while to cool if you lower the temperature.

But the main selling point has to be the speed. Because it uses the pan as the element, you can cook a lot faster. In fact, a pint of water will take around three minutes with a gas cook-top. With induction, you can boil in only a minute and a half.

It’s also almost 84% more energy efficient compared to gas cooking. All in all, an IKEA induction cook-top can prove to be a time and money saver over the long term. You don’t even have to buy all new pots and pan contrary to what you may have heard. If a magnet can stick to the bottom of the pan, it’s suitable for induction heating.

Halit is a writer and contributes impartial appliance reviews to Appliance Reviews.

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Common Kitchen Design Mistakes: Do I Need Fillers for Drawer Cabinets by the Wall?

Bathroom storage is tight to begin with; who wants drawers that only open halfway? Or, that do manage to open completely but scrape the adjoining wall.

When using IKEA’s frameless cabinets it’s important to remember that fillers (spacers) are vital to separate the cabinet from the wall.  Drawers will open completely and easily without any wall damage.

The recommended filler width is 1″ to 2”, however in cases where space is absolutely limited, then 5/8″ could do.  Here’s how it should be done:

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