Using Custom Doors For a High-End IKEA Kitchen Design Look

Finding the perfect look for your IKEA kitchen comes down to picking the right door style.

We also know there are customers who want IKEA cabinetry but want to use custom doors for their design.

Fortunately, there are many third-party custom cabinet door manufacturers who provide IKEA customers high-end style options.

As such, The New York Times recommends us as a design resource for customers considering custom doors for their cabinets.

How did we accomplish that?


Our goal at IKD is to provide customers with a clear idea of what using custom doors on their IKEA kitchen entails.

Specifically, one of our favorite things is incorporating design “hacks” with IKEA SEKTION cabinetry and custom doors.

This solves many space or style issues for IKEA kitchen designs that require a unique solution.

Let’s see how custom doors can work in your IKEA kitchen!

Custom Doors for IKEA Cabinets

IKEA cabinets are affordable and durable.

They offer limitless solutions for in-cabinet organization, which makes them the preferred Ready-to-Assemble cabinetmaker.

But what if an IKEA customer doesn’t like the door styles they offer?

Or what if you want a custom look for your kitchen (or other room)?

Custom doors to the rescue!

Custom doors are the fronts of storage cabinets that are built specifically for the area in which they will be used.

A professional cabinetmaker can measure each space within a room and then plan and design the cabinets to match the layout and measurements of that room.

Luckily, there are several options out there for custom doors that fit IKEA cabinets.

These companies manufacture door and drawer fronts specifically for IKEA cabinets (and they can also do custom sizes).

Keep in mind, custom cabinets are often made out of plywood and as such are considered higher quality.

Therefore, comparatively speaking prices are a bit higher for custom but the investment is worth it.

Your IKEA Kitchen Deserves the Best

We work with some of the best custom fronts companies in the business.

These companies include: Semihandmade, Reform, The Cabinet Face, Kokeena, Dunsmuir, Scherrs, Plykea, MyKitch (in Canada) and Ricabi to name a few.

However, our customers should know that we’ll work with any custom door company of their choice.

Many of these companies provide a variety of products including shaker-style doors and flat panel drawers for your IKEA kitchen and IKEA bathroom, as well as appliance door panels for panel-ready appliances.

This is in contrast to IKEA which only provides door panels for 24″(W) dishwashers.

Featured wood profiles from these companies include (but are not limited to) Plain Saw Walnut, Red Oak, Smoked Oak, Maple, Birch, Cherry, African Mahogany, and Quartered Teak.

Another way to customize your kitchen design is to look for inspiration on HOUZZ or Pinterest.

When you search those sites and find examples of kitchen designs that spark your imagination, bring them to us.

That’s one of the best ways for us to envision your space and create the custom look on your design wish list.

An IKEA Kitchen With Custom Doors

If you’re an IKEA customer looking for custom doors, you should be aware of one thing: IKEA’s Home Planner software will not allow you to design your IKEA kitchen with custom doors.

Not only that, but it overlooks other important aspects of good kitchen design too.

(After all it is just software and not a designer).

Measurements won’t be completely accurate and important aspects of the space, such as countertop support, the space between the top of the wall cabinets and the ceiling, and an accessory inventory are all but overlooked with the IKEA Home Planner.

The good news is IKD is here to help.

Our team provides a clear path to design, purchase and install your IKEA kitchen – even if you use custom doors.

In our streamlined design process we’ll understand your custom cabinet wishes and provide full-color renderings, floor plans and elevation views that reflect your selected door style and finishes.

Our plans will account for the custom door panels and dimensions, so that you can rest assured that your design is completely functional as well as stylish.

There will be no surprises!

Ultimately, you can achieve a high-end look with custom doors, as well as incorporating design hacks that will improve storage options in your space quickly, such as for appliance garages and hard-to-design areas such as corners.

For example, consider a 10″(H) cabinet above the fridge when there is no space for a standard cabinet; or a 8″(W) cabinet for baking trays; or, for a third-party solution, use the Rev-A-Shelf Filler Pullout Organizer with Ball Bearing Soft-Close Sink & Base Accessories which is available for 3” and 6” base cabinet applications and comes fully assembled.

As you can see, with custom cabinet doors, and IKD, the possibilities are limitless for your IKEA design!

Learn more about how we can design your IKEA kitchen, bath, laundry room and closet at

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