Thanks to furniture stores like IKEA, remodeling or renovating the kitchen is easier than ever. From software that lets you plot out your entire kitchen before you buy it to showrooms that let you see exactly what the finished product will look like, you can get a true understanding of the scope and price of the renovation. Although IKEA undoubtedly makes renovating kitchens easier, it can still be a lot of work. Here is a basic guide to get you through the challenge.
1. Objectives and Budget
The first step in renovating your kitchen with the help of IKEA is deciding what your objectives are. Renovations can run the gamut from replacing a few accessories to gutting the entire kitchen and starting from scratch. List out all the things you want to accomplish as well as your budget, and then decide what is most important. Some of the most common things to include in your kitchen renovation are the following: appliances, countertops, cabinetry, and flooring.
2. Free Software
For many homeowners, trying to imagine what their new kitchen will look like is tough. Part of IKEA’s popularity has to do with their software for mapping out renovations using the dimensions and measurements from your own kitchen. You can use their software for free at home, or you can use the in-store computers and ask for assistance from the staff. Once you have the perfect setup, you can easily and quickly print out a list of what you need as well as the final price tag.
3. Buy All at Once
With a list of everything you will need for renovation, the physical act of shopping for supplies shouldn’t be difficult. Many of the bigger items, such as cabinetry and appliances, will be in a connected warehouse at IKEA. Just load up everything into your cart and head to the checkout.
4. Delivery and Installation
Here is the step where the prices can vary significantly depending on your time, patience, and familiarity with DIY projects. Even if you leave the store well under your kitchen renovation budget, you shouldn’t forget about the costs of labor. Having your purchases delivered is often the best choice unless you own a large truck, but expect this to cost several hundred dollars depending on where you live in location to IKEA. If you want to have things like cabinets professionally installed, the labor can often cost up to one-third of the price of your store purchases, pushing a $7,000 kitchen well up over $10,000.
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