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GODMORGON: IKEA Wakes Up to High Quality Bathroom Cabinets

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm
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For years, those of us aware of the high quality of IKEA’s kitchen cabinet lines (AKURUM in North America and FAKTUM everywhere else) bemoaned the fact that the VATTERN range of IKEA bathroom cabinets just didn’t measure up. The quality of the substrate as well as the finish, whether it be a veneer or a foil finish, was just sub-par. The sidewalls were thinner than they should have been, and the hinges and hardware were flimsy by comparison to the BLUM hardware used in the kitchen cabinetry. Well, not anymore…

GODMORGON!

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IKEA has finally woken up! GODMORGON translates to Good Morning, and these cabinets are definitely a good thing in the morning or any time of day. GODMORGON cabinets feature the same type of component based system we love in kitchens, with the ability to mix and match bases, cabinets and sinktops based on your space requirements, storage needs and budget. These new drawers are made of solid wood slats for great ventilation and glide effortlessly on BLUM hardware full-extension drawer glides.

GODMORGON Bathroom Cabinet System

True to the IKEA style, GODMORGON is a component based system. This means that you can mix and match the components to suit your style, budget and requirements. Choose legs/bases, the drawer configuration and finally, the ‘doorstyle’  or finish of the cabinets. After, you can choose a sink to top it off, or provide your own countertop if you’ve the space for additional bathroom cabinetry.

GODMORGON Sink Base Components

Legs / Bases

Choose from three different styles of legs bases in multiple different heights, depending on the configuration of the cabinets you choose. The basic varieties include square GRUNDTAL leg bases in stainless steel (left),  or round GRUNDTAL leg bases also in stainless steel (right), or MOLGER square wooden leg bases (center).  Come to think of it, I can see lots of uses for legs like these…

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Or, you could choose the MOLGER frame (Coordinates with other products from the IKEA MOLGER series) and expose everything:

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Sink Cabinet Configurations

GODMORGON sink bases feature sturdy 3/4″ cabinet sides that enclose ventilated drawers with adjustable dividers for maximum flexibility in storage. The BLUM full extension drawer runners  allow for great visibility of the contents and the soft close feature prevents banging and clanging. Drawer bottoms are made of scratch-resistant melamine for durability.

Choose from sink cabinets with one, two or four drawers – all designed to accommodate the specially designed IKEA BRÅVIKEN or NORRVIKEN sink drain pipes which are as narrow and shallow as possible to allow for maximum storage in the drawers.

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Cabinet Finishes / Doorstyles

GODMORGON cabinets come in a range of finishes including Birch, Black-Brown/White, High Gloss White, High Gloss Gray and Oak.  High Gloss White, High Gloss Gray and Oak doors and drawer fronts are designed with finger grips for a sleek appearance that makes handles unnecessary.  Birch and Black-Brown/White doors and drawer-fronts come with handles included.

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BRÅVIKEN / NORRVIKEN Sinks

The really innovative thing about this new bathroom cabinet line is the sinks. Well, actually, it’s the drain pipes that are all kinds of awesome and make you ask, ‘Why isn’t that the norm, rather than the exception?’  The included polypropylene plumbing is designed to fit tightly underneath the sink basin, and the p-trap and drain pipes are located up against the wall.

In addition to the slim design which allows for a full-sized drawer underneath the sink, the IKEA site states that the water trap designs are flexible allowing for easy connections to “drain, washing machine and dryer.”

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Single or double bowl sinks in the BRÅVIKEN series are made of a combination of polyester and crushed marble. The countertop is a hefty 4″ thick with shallow sink bowls. The sinks are sold with the above mentioned polypropylene pipe assemblies, drain and the pop-up valve included. Faucets are sold separately, however the sinks do come with an ÄMTEN cleaning agent.  I assume this is a cleanser and not a little guy with dark shades and an earpiece.

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Slim and sleek, the NORRVIKEN sinks are only about 5/8″ or 1.5 cm thick! Clean lines are maintained with the shallower than shallow sink basins. Single bowls only in this lineup, but you get a nice expanse of countertop to the right of the sink bowl. The sink/countertop combos come in sizes from 40″ to 55″, with the variant being the length of counterspace available.

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godmorgon-mirrored-wall-cabinet-2-two-doorsWall Cabinets

Wall cabinets in the GODMORGON line are 38″ high, less than 6″ deep and come in either 16″ wide* with one door, or your choice of 24″, 28″ or 40″ wide* with two doors. Mirrored doors join the lineup of finishes available: Birch, Black-Brown/White, High Gloss Gray, High Gloss White, Oak and Mirror. Doors are self-closing the last few inches which is nice if you’re prone to bonking your head on an open medicine cabinet door.

High Cabinets

Think linen storage. Think towels, washcloths, bathmats, hand towels and bathsheets. Extra soap storage, hand soap refills, an additional bottle of shampoo or conditioner. Everything you need to store in a bathroom can fit in one of these tall cabinets designed to match your sink base and wall cabinets. At only 15″ deep, and 63″ high, you can find a place to snug one of these into just about any bathroom. Add a set of legs to keep it up off the floor and to vary the height to your liking. High cabinets come with adjustable shelves and the door can be mounted to swing either left or right depending on your configuration.

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IKEA Bathroom Cabinet Quality

ikea-godmorgon-shelves-testlab-1-one-pound-1-one-week-testAs with all of IKEA’s products, these new bathroom cabinets are put through rigorous quality checks to ensure that they will live up to every day wear and tear. For example, shelves – which are expected to bear the brunt of their weight day in and day out – are tested by weighting them with one pound weights for a period of one week to see if there’s any deflection.

Drawers are another area where failure can be disastrous. IKEA tests GODMORGON drawers by opening and closing them 20,000 times. That’s equivalent to over 13 years worth of opening and closing those drawers four times a day! If that’s not enough assurance for you, IKEA is offering a 10 year warranty on the GODMORGON cabinets.

Still concerned about IKEA Bathroom Cabinets because of moisture, humidity and wetness? Read what other IKEA Fans members have to say on the subject: IKEA in Bathrooms? I have my doubts.

Next in the Series – Powder Room Perfect: LILLÅNGEN

ikea-lillangen-single-bowl-sink-base-cabinetNext in the series is an overview of LILLÅNGEN, IKEA’s fit for small spaces (even powder rooms!) cabinet line with a lineup of sinks that are all kinds of awesome with niches, soapdishes and places for hooks all built right in. Makes me want to trash my space-saving, but storage-poor pedestal sink and start over!

*Cabinet widths rounded off for simplicity’s sake. Please see IKEA.com for exact cabinet measurements.

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