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Custom doors for ikea cabinets

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Custom doors for ikea cabinets

I see a bunch of companies but would like to hear some RFD experiences with them. How are they holding up? Do you feel the extra cost was worth it over regular ikea doors? Any regrets?
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Feb 26, 2019
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I did this for my IKEA kitchen. I used Swedish Doors out of Ottawa. I ordered painted MDF. Initial quality is excellent. Flawless finish. Durability has been good so far. It’s only been 18 months but It looks as good as the day I installed it, no dings or delamination or anything.

Cost is a little hard to pin down, because when I did my order, I ordered a bunch of other material that I couldn’t get from IKEA (crown moulding, custom piece for a peninsula/bookshelf, additional panels for some future cabinet projects, etc...). Made it a little hard to do a straight apples to apples comparison.

The cost of the doors was probably about double ikea doors. If you send them your ikea kitchen plan online, they can turn around a quote pretty quickly.
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dottawat wrote: I did this for my IKEA kitchen. I used Swedish Doors out of Ottawa. I ordered painted MDF. Initial quality is excellent. Flawless finish. Durability has been good so far. It’s only been 18 months but It looks as good as the day I installed it, no dings or delamination or anything.

Cost is a little hard to pin down, because when I did my order, I ordered a bunch of other material that I couldn’t get from IKEA (crown moulding, custom piece for a peninsula/bookshelf, additional panels for some future cabinet projects, etc...). Made it a little hard to do a straight apples to apples comparison.

The cost of the doors was probably about double ikea doors. If you send them your ikea kitchen plan online, they can turn around a quote pretty quickly.
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Looks awesome. Very classy

What made you go with custom? A quick search lead me to see a couple of designs very similar to the ones you have.
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Biscayne05 wrote: Looks awesome. Very classy

What made you go with custom? A quick search lead me to see a couple of designs very similar to the ones you have.
Thanks. Basically, we went custom in order to get the color we wanted. Yeah, yeah, I know, it just looks white... but if you have ever had to pick a white paint you will know what I mean, lol.

We were also not blown away by the quality of the cheapest ikea doors, and the more expensive ilea doors start to get pricey enough that semi-custom doors start become competitive. We also wanted to add in some other trim and custom features, which would have been difficult to color match with the ikea doors.

BUT REALLY, At the end of the day, it was basically a mid-range splurge for cosmetic reasons. Same as any kitchen upgrade, I guess. These companies basically charge a premium to make your IKEA kitchen look like it is *not* an IKEA kitchen.

There is no good economic/RFD reason for it...we just got suckered in, lol. No regrets, though!
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dottawat wrote: Thanks. Basically, we went custom in order to get the color we wanted. Yeah, yeah, I know, it just looks white... but if you have ever had to pick a white paint you will know what I mean, lol.

We were also not blown away by the quality of the cheapest ikea doors, and the more expensive ilea doors start to get pricey enough that semi-custom doors start become competitive. We also wanted to add in some other trim and custom features, which would have been difficult to color match with the ikea doors.

BUT REALLY, At the end of the day, it was basically a mid-range splurge for cosmetic reasons. Same as any kitchen upgrade, I guess. These companies basically charge a premium to make your IKEA kitchen look like it is *not* an IKEA kitchen.

There is no good economic/RFD reason for it...we just got suckered in, lol. No regrets, though!
Got it.

Yeah tell me about the colour White. My house is 90% White and indeed there's different shades of it. Drove me nuts.
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I still toying with the idea of IKEA (boxes)+ MDF doors vs all plywood.. 12K vs 32K for cabinets ONLY (installed).
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TLSRULZ wrote: I still toying with the idea of IKEA (boxes)+ MDF doors vs all plywood.. 12K vs 32K for cabinets ONLY (installed).
Sorry, 12K is the price for ikea cabinets and is MDF doors a custom? Is it just a slab of MDF with the holes cut for the hinges?

This is actually what I am interested in because my wife just wants flat doors, but we wanted some more interesting colour that what ikea has. Would you get them painted (sprayed) or paint yourself?
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slowtyper wrote: Sorry, 12K is the price for ikea cabinets and is MDF doors a custom? Is it just a slab of MDF with the holes cut for the hinges?

This is actually what I am interested in because my wife just wants flat doors, but we wanted some more interesting colour that what ikea has. Would you get them painted (sprayed) or paint yourself?
I think he was refering to ikea + MDF doors vs custom cabinets and doors made from plywood and hardwood.

Anyways, with MDF you are generally paying primarily for the finishing and secondly for assembly.

Most cabinet shops will drill holes of hardware for like $3 a door or something.

Lots of good shops around where you can get finished doors at an affordable price.
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If you're looking for more interesting door, how are you dealing with the frame colour of the cabinets? Are you just planning on keeping the standard colour as they come and just using a different coloured door?

I emailed one of the companies about this (I think it was allstyle.ca) but the never responded.
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Yes.. its about 7-8K for the boxes from Ikea and then 3-4K for the doors and drawer fronts (in MDF), painted basic shaker. I think it was more HDF which is why were were looking at it vs what IKEA offers. We are still just looking.. I dont think we will do the kitchen this year (as appliances are very hard to source).

We did have a custom shop come in and they wanted 32K for all wood.
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Used AllStyle for 3/4" MDF slab style doors for my basement media cabinet built-ins. A mixture of 20" and 60" doors in a custom BM greyish-blue finish.

There have been some dings and scratches where the white primer coat has been exposed beneath, but this is due to the use of the space and kiddo who doesn't exactly "play gently".

Overall still very happy especially for the price paid and quality of the product recieved. We did have an issue with 2 of the doors and they were promptly remade and delivered with no additional charge.

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