We have been rehabbing a cabin all summer up in northern MN. My wife (and my daughters) love IKEA. I hate the place. If I went to the Pearly Gates and St Peter asked, “Hell or put together IKEA cabinets for eternity”. I’d go to hell.
We bought IKEA kitchen cabinets for our kitchen. There are exactly 7 of them. There are 2 in the bathroom. Putting them together has been a lesson in frustration. This morning we woke up and forgot to do one little thing. We have to take the countertops off, the drawers out, and keep track of a million little screws.
My advice. If you are handy, IKEA is okay. But, you better be really handy. I am not particularly handy. I used to do home projects when we had a house, but haven’t done that since 2003. Don’t believe all the video propaganda they have online about the two old ladies happily putting cabinets together.
You need the right tools. You also need a large dedicated space to store all the boxes, and do all the assembly in a very tedious manner. We didn’t have the right tools and our cabin is only 625 square feet. Having a power screwdriver is essential. You need to be able to dedicate a lot of time to accomplish the task. It took us one full day to put up a two by four level and a very tall cabinet. Our cabin isn’t exactly “plumb”. IKEA is also extremely heavy. The two old ladies in the video couldn’t haul it around.
Every night at the end of the day I get satisfaction from building a nice IKEA box bonfire in our burn pit. I think about IKEA names vs Swedish Hockey player names.
They do look nice. Especially in the store.
I think we have been better off going to Home Depot or Menard’s and paying a bit more but having cabinets delivered all in one piece. My wife disagrees.