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Customise Your Ikea Kitchen

17th August 2014
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superfront besta cupboard front for Ikea

superfront besta cupboard front for Ikea

We’re all familiar with the concept of the Ikea hack, a design phenomenon that is even supported by the store itself, but until now it has been mainly about DIY versions. I know people who have repainted their doors, or even had new ones made and spray painted. I bought the cupboards but sourced my own handles and worktop. Now, it turns out, there’s a company making new doors especially designed to fit onto Ikea kitchen cupboards and furniture.

superfront for ikea kitchens

superfront for ikea kitchens

They also supply handles – in brass, leather and different colours as well as several different shapes. You can mix up the patterns as you wish and choose from several colours, which they will send to you painted on an A5 sheet of plywood for just over €2. What about Grannie Pink below? Apparently, they were inspired by a little old lady they saw in Milan.

superfront ikea pink kitchen doors

pink grannie superfront

Superfront, which is based in Sweden but ships all over, also test their colours under lots of different lights so that they are satisfied they will always look good.

custom made grey doors for an ikea kitchen from superfront

custom made grey doors for an ikea kitchen from superfront

I rather like this quilted look I must say. I would have finished it off with a brass handle and just look at all the handles there are to choose from. All the prices and different colours are clearly marked and vary from around €15 to €26. Now you always need more handles than you think so the cost can mount up, but compare that with the price of a kitchen that doesn’t come from Ikea and it’s not so bad.

superfront handles for ikea doors

superfront handles for ikea doors

These all come in different finishes – brass, copper, nickel, black and white for the metal or rivets and the leather is black, nude, chestnut or red. Remember if you are juggling budgets (and, frankly, who isn’t) spend the money on the touch points as that is the most important element. People won’t think your cupboards are cheap if your handles feel great.

mint green kitchen door

superfront in aerugo green

The door fronts will fit Ikea’s kitchens, sideboards and wardrobes and come with hinges and brackets that attach to pre-drilled holes. There are nine designs for the doors, 13 colours, eight handles and a version that pushes shut without a handle as well as legs and even cararra marble tops.

So don’t ever complain that you could only afford an Ikea kitchen again, because with hacks like this, pretty soon everyone will want one.


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  • Leigh 9th March 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Kate,

    Great blog post, thanks for shedding light on this. I am looking for custom Ikea cupboard doors for my new kitchen and wondered if you have come across any other companies in the UK doing this, or who will ship to the UK? I can only find Superfront so far, but looks like there are lots of companies doing this in LA which is annoying!

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 10th March 2015 at 9:51 am

      Hi, I think that any company that makes bespoke kitchen doors will make some to fit IKEA cupboards. For example I found this place so I would have a chat to your local carpenter or kitchen company and see what they say. I know several people who have done this.

  • Duncan Strong 18th February 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Hi Kate
    Having seen this blog felt I had to shameless draw your attention to my own start-up based in Edmonton, London, http://www.bespokea.london
    Many thanks

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  • Teri O 11th April 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Very inspirational. I’m doing a semi-Ikea kitchen re-do and I love the pulls. Thanks for this gorgeous post. Love your blog too!! :0

  • Debra Finn 10th April 2014 at 9:18 am

    What a fabulous company, I’d seen Pretty Pegs before https://www.prettypegs.com/en/ which sells great legs for Ikea but fronts too, that’s excellent and may make my hunt for an interesting media unit, that I can afford, easier. Thanks Kate x

  • Jules 10th April 2014 at 8:21 am

    That’s a revelation! Wonderful idea! Might be switching plans from my dream black & iron kitchen for the house move!

  • annette albert 10th April 2014 at 8:10 am

    I love, love, love your site. This morning’s blog on kitchens is so useful to me

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