As we shared a few weeks ago, we’ve officially decided to move forward with using IKEA cabinets in our kitchen reno… er… let’s use one of Greg’s computer geek words here and call it a “reinstall”. I have to say, I’ve been totally obsessed with the IKEA Kitchen Planning software since we decided that we really liked IKEA’s cabinets. For the “non-professional” who is reasonably computer savvy, with no formal training in kitchen design/architecture, the software is pretty easy to maneuver. I am ecstatic that Greg and I are actually getting to choose the cabinet sizes and types that will go in our very own kitchen, and IKEA’s software makes the visualization of those choices extremely easy.
Though it’s been fun playing kitchen designer, a few things are really bugging me about the plans thus far. We’re still in the process of working out the kinks (what you’re about to see is a very rough draft), but since we’re all about sharing the “real story” behind our home renovations (and reinstalls!), we’d thought we would share a few screen shots of how the plans look right now.
As for the things that are bugging us…
- The wasted space between the cabinets and the windows. Some space there is expected, but it seems that’s a pretty substantial gap between the window frame and the cabinet — to the point where it may look odd. It looks like a left over cabinet hanging on an awkward-sized wall rather than a custom kitchen install. We would like to find some way to tie that set of cabinets into the rest of the kitchen a little better.
- I want to add a subway tile backsplash to the rendering. I know it’s not necessary, but I just want to be able to really visualize the kitchen with as much detail as possible. As of right now, we only have subway tile on the far left wall in the rendering, and it covered the entire wall rather than just the backsplash area. Sure, it might look cool like that, but I’d like to try out some other options in that respect before we get too far.
- We’re shopping for a counter-depth refrigerator, and we want it to look built into the cabinets. Therefore, the shallow cabinet above the fridge isn’t as “pretty” as I’d like it to be. If we could find a top cabinet that was the same depth as the counter, we would be set! We also want to add a panel on either side of the fridge to give it a built-in look. We’ve been told IKEA has both of those things — we just haven’t been able to find them on the software yet.
- The two cabinets left of the hood look weird to me. Greg noticed it at first, too, but couldn’t put his finger on it. The one on the far left is about 3/4 of the size of the one next to it because it’s the only size cabinet that will in that space. Hopefully Greg and I can put our heads together and find something that will work a little better up there.
With all of these little frustrations with the software comes some natural doubt… Are IKEA cabinets really the way to go for our kitchen? I still think the answer is, “Yes.” We just need to spend some more time tweaking our design and getting it just right. Then, we will probably take our plans and thoughts to the experts at IKEA so they can shed some light on our dilemmas. I’m sure our kitchen isn’t the first one they’ve seen with odd-sized walls. Fingers crossed!