S&*%t just got real. We invested in cabinets and countertops. After discussing it with several friends who have IKEA cabinetry, we decided that it was a good choice for us. You can get some pretty low-quality furniture at IKEA, but the cabinets are no joke. And they come with a 25 year warrantee; I hope we’re out of this house by the time that clock runs out.
IKEA is having a 20% off sale through the end of April, so we ended up saving over $1,000. Worth it. If you ever choose to buy cabinetry from IKEA I have a few words of advice.
- Plan your kitchen first. If you’re having someone else design for you, skip this step. If you’re on your own, check out IKEA’s virtual kitchen-building planner. It’s a little wonky, but it’s actually pretty neat.
- Wait until they’re having a 20% off sale if you can help it. They last for about 2 months and happen 2-3 times per year.
- Go on a weeknight. People hang out at IKEA on the weekends. They browse. They bring their kids. They are constantly ask the kitchen staff if they know where to find office furniture. You want those people out of your way, and they’re nowhere to be seen at 7:00pm on a weeknight.
- Budget two hours to order. The folks at IKEA are really knowledgeable, and really thorough. They will go every measurement, knob, screw, and toe kick. Be prepared to spend hours wishing that you were watching paint dry.
- Budget several thousands of dollars. It’s IKEA, so it’s wallet-friendly, but it isn’t free. The kitchen planner tool previously mentions can give you an idea of what to expect to have to pay. We put it on our credit card and then paid it off immediately so that we could rack up some points.
These beauties will be arriving in two weeks, and they’ll hopefully be installed one week after that!
PS. Note to self: I really need to work on my post titles. They show absolutely no imagination whatsoever.