If you’re in the process of researching an upcoming kitchen renovation, chances are you’ve encountered your fair share of interviews extolling the virtues of IKEA kitchens. Designers love them. Homeowners swear by them. Seductive images of enviably streamlined IKEA kitchens—typically outfitted with custom hardware and trendy, pastel-colored cabinetry—call out from the Instagram accounts of notable influencers like a siren song on endless loop. It’s enough to make you wonder: What exactly is it about this seemingly simple, off-the-shelf option that makes it worthy of such widespread hype?
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For answers, we consulted designers who have worked with IKEA kitchens to give us the scoop. The five top reasons so many swear by this big-box mainstay are outlined below—plus details on the downsides you need to know about and customizable upgrades.
Unless you’re in need of a highly specialized custom kitchen (which can easily run up a six-digit price tag), you might want to shop for an off-the-shelf option. But it’s not just IKEA’s low costs