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Processes

There’s a lot that goes into remodeling a kitchen. Our goal is to make ordering your custom IKEA fronts as stress-free as possible.  We’ve built several complimentary services into our process to make ordering custom IKEA fronts easy and seamless.

Your Process

1. Create a budget

We want to make custom available to everyone. Our materials come in a wide range of prices so that you can pick a material category that best fits your budget. To get an idea of what an IKEA remodel will cost, please take a look at our pricing examples for small, medium, and large kitchens. You can even see a direct comparison between our materials and IKEA’s.

2. Create an IKEA Plan

IKEA’s planning tools are essential to laying out your kitchen. You can either lay out your space yourself, or work with an independent designer. (There’s a lot of places out there that specialize in IKEA kitchen design.)

We strongly recommend you don’t rush the design process – it’s free to change that 24” cabinet to a 30” cabinet in the IKEA planner, but much more expensive to make that change once everything’s already ordered.

IKEA Plan Elevation View

3. Order samples

Now that you have an idea of the size of your kitchen and what material category best fits your budget, you can order samples to see our materials and how they’ll behave in your space. We ship our samples in multiples of four. If you’re local to Denver, you can also make an appointment to stop by our showroom, buy samples, and see our fronts in action.

Cabinet fronts take a lot of wear and tear, so we encourage you to test our samples to see how they’ll behave once they’re installed. You’ll find that scratching an acrylic sample, for example, is a lot tougher than a thermofoil front, since they’re scratch and chemical resistant. Make sure you love the way your sample feels, looks, and how it holds up to normal wear and tear.

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4. Get an estimate

Now that you’ve picked your perfect material and have an IKEA plan in hand, you’re ready to get started pricing your dream space. You can get an estimate in minutes using our online estimator tool. If you’d like, you can also request an estimate and we’ll create the estimate for you using your IKEA plan, the material(s) you’ve selected, and any notes you have. Requesting an estimate takes a little longer, but we try to finish your estimate within 1-2 business days of receiving it.

5. Finalize your order

Once your estimate has been created, you can use our estimator tool to make any changes necessary. You can switch materials, modify parts, or change your edge banding preferences, all by editing your estimate. Our Support section also has video tutorials that can walk you through modifying your estimate. Double check your IKEA plan is correct, your appliances will fit where you’ve got them, and all dimensions for custom parts are exact. Once you’ve made your final adjustments you are ready to place your order.

6. Formal Review (optional)

As a complementary service, we offer an optional formal review. You can submit your estimate for review, at which point our review team will take a look. They’ll look at your IKEA plan and estimate, and triple check you’ve got everything you need (and nothing you don’t). If they have any questions or need clarification, they’ll reach out and work with you directly. Since they’re manufacturing experts, sometimes they have suggestions or insights that can make your installation process easier, or save you money.

The review process takes about one week for our reviewers to complete. Once that’s finished, we’ll formalize the estimate for you within 1-2 business days. If you are not working with a tight deadline, we strongly recommend taking advantage of this complementary service.

IKEA Plan with Panel Placement marked

7. Place your order

After the formal review (or, if you opt out of the formal review, as soon as you are ready to order) you can move your estimate to your cart. To order, you’ll need to put down a 70% deposit and sign your contract. Our online ordering system will calculate a rough estimate of your shipping fees based on your location. (If you opted in to the formal review, you’ll get a more accurate shipping estimate based on your location and weight of your order.) The final costs for your shipping and handling will be added or subtracted from your 30% balance, once we have readied your order for shipping.

Once we receive your deposit and you sign your contract, we’ll begin production of your order.

Our Process

8. Production

Our production team will get to work on your order. Lead times vary depending on your material.

When we start wrapping up production, we’ll contact you to collect your 30% balance (orders ship once the final payment is made). If you’re local, we’ll coordinate with you to schedule a delivery time, and if you’re out of state we’ll contact you to go over some shipping details.

Production - Sanding Cabinet Fronts

9. Shipping

If you’re ordering just a few pieces, we can parcel it up and ship it directly to you via FedEx. Most orders are more than a few pieces, though, so we package it carefully on a pallet to prevent damage in transit.

For orders being delivered in the Denver metro area, we use a courier service to schedule delivery of the pallet to a ground level location, like your garage. Shipping costs for local deliveries range between $160-$240 per order.

For domestic long-distance orders, we use LTL (less than truckload) shipping. Once the pallet arrives at the transit facility, it’s picked up by a local delivery company, who will contact you to schedule delivery to your ground level location. Pricing varies based on a number of factors, including order size and location.

For all Canadian orders, there is the added step of a customs broker and a little extra paperwork, but we still use LTL shipping.

Pallet being shipped with ShockWatch

10. Delivery

Your fronts have been delivered! Please inspect your pallet for any damage that may have occurred during transit. Damage is rare, but when it happens, you should hold onto your shipping materials. We’ll need to know about any damage right away (within three business days) to get a warranty claim started for you. Once you send us a list and photos of the damaged parts (and packaging), we’ll replace your damaged parts as quickly as possible.

11. Installation

We do not have a preferred installer, so you can use any company you’d like. We try to make it as easy as possible for you (or your installers) to get the job done. When you receive your order, you’ll notice everything is clearly labeled with part sizes and/or cabinet numbers. Some materials, like our acrylics, will have stickers on their removable protective sheets. Other materials will have the labels inserted into the drill holes (for easy removal and clean up).

All our doors and drawers come pre-drilled for IKEA hardware, so you can install them using IKEA’s directions. Our panels come oversized to allow for scribing, and our fillers will need to be cut so they can be installed flush with the cabinet faces. We have found the easiest way to install our toe kicks is with a small IKEA hack. Talk to your installer to see if they have a preferred method for attaching non-IKEA toe kicks to IKEA feet.

Custom IKEA Island Side Panel

12. Give feedback

We want to know what we’re doing right, and how we can improve. Once your order is complete, we’d love to hear from you. You can leave us a review on Houzz or Google, and send us photos so we can see how it all turned out!

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