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IKEA Kitchen Quality: Debunking the myths PDF Print E-mail
Will you regret your IKEA Kitchen purchase?  Separate fact from fiction in this article about the myths of IKEA quality as it relates to the IKEA kitchen cabinet lines. 

1. Frameless cabinets are inherently less sturdy

IKEA uses 3/4" MDF secured with confirmat screws as well as cam dowels and locks in the construction of the cabinet box.  The back panel is 1/4" hardboard and is secured by brads. 

2. MDF is inferior to plywood

IKEA uses 3/4" thick MDF coated and edgebanded in melamine veneer which complies with E-1 standards for offgassing. 

3.  Drawer boxes are cheap plastic and metal

IKEA's Akurum and Faktum Kitchen Cabinet Systems utilize Blum Tandembox drawers made specifically for IKEA.

4. Plastic legs are not strong

Plastic legs are rated for 275 pounds each. That means on a cabinet with 4 legs, it's rated to hold 1100 pounds.

5. Doors and drawer fronts are not durable

IKEA offers a 25 year warranty on their Akurum / Faktum Kitchen Cabinet Systems. 

6. All IKEA cabinets are contemporary or modern

IKEA has 4 cabinet style groups: Young, Modern, Country, Scandinavian - each representing a distinct aesthetic.

7. Akurum / Faktum Cabinet Configurations are limited

IKEA's component system makes it possible to swap parts from one cabinet to another, creating your own custom cabinets from the standard parts.  More can be achieved with a little modification. 

8. Inexpensive cabinets must be cheap

IKEA employs cost-saving measures on a corporate level to reduce the overall cost of production, manufacture, transportation, storage and merchandising their products.  

9. Assembly and installation is difficult

Once practiced, a cabinet takes about 20 minutes to assemble. IKEA's ingenious system for hanging cabinets makes the hardest part of installation - installing the wall cabinets - a snap

10. Resale value  

IKEA done well is attractive and full-featured.  The return on investment is well above average given the relative value of the cabinets to the cost of a typical kitchen remodel.