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    IKEA kitchens - any feedback on buying one?

    I'm looking to buy a new kitchen, and so far have had quotes from MFI (v high!), a local company, and IKEA.

    The IKEA quote is by far the cheapest at the moment, and I just wondered if anyone had any feedback about buying a kitchen from them...

    Thanks

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    DONT buy an MFI kitchen whatever you do.

    I bought an IKEA kitchen abut 5 years ago and it has been excellent.

    Nothing has broken and all the drawers, runners etc all still work.

    To be honest the BUYING of any kitchen is not the problem it is the fitting of it. I used a local builder who was doing other work on my house and he was excellent.

    First problem is getting a reliable fitting company who will finish it and not leave it half way through.

    Plus you think you have bought all the parts then you find you have forgotten this and forgotten that (usually small things like the trim) or you need an extra part to fill out a gap.

    Also, DONT pay all the money for fitting up front or the guys will take the money and you will be left with a half finished kitchen.

    Read some of the MFI horror stories here, and you will drop any plans you have for using MFI

    dooyoo.co.uk/hom…ws/

    I would say avoid MFI, not that i know what they are like, but yet to hear ONE good thing about there kitchens!

    I have the Ikea Adel birch kitchen. It is nearly five years old and mine too is in perfect working order. All hinges and drawers still working like new. My sister has been looking at a new kitchen and she cannot get anything else as cheap as Ikea with the same build quality. They also do the 92cm tall wall cabinets (not many others do these) they fit right up to the ceiling so all the **** that you usually gather on top of your cabinets can be hidden on the top shelves inside the cabinets. When I got mine they also did the birch coloured carcasses so I needed less decor panels for the ends etc, I cannot see that these are still available?? which means white insides if this is an issue for you? I did notice that they have a new hinge design on their units now that lets the door close slowly so they don't slam shut.
    As far as assembling the units it is soooo easy I put all mine together myself using an electric screwdriver, then my husband did the fixing to the wall bit I dont think he trusted me with a drill. The worktops are a bit more tricky and I would seriously consider getting a professional to do this, they can do the lovely smooth mitre joints.

    I have just remembered when I did buy my kitchen, some of the doors were damaged which you couldn't tell until you unwrapped it. Whn I rang them up and said I was not happy as these items were selected by their staff, they sent me replacements by parcelforce.

    Original Poster

    That's fantastic - thanks guys!
    I have to say that the MFI one has really been crossed off already as it was the most expensive for the least parts ... plus the pressure to buy before the sale ends today.
    The IKEA one looks good and is by far the cheapest option - I am not bothered about the white carcasses as I am going for white or yellow/white ADEL anyway ... it's just good to know that it's not that much cheaper because it is that much worse quality. Very reassuring, so thanks.
    Now I just need to add on those little details I forgot on the plan, like support for the main worktop!

    I have nightmares when a customer tells me that they have a MFI kitchen/wardobes etc, there is always something missing.

    I have an IKEA kitchen, but it is a nightmare to fit because they don't(or didn't) give you space to run pipes and cables behind them.

    As far as flat pack kitchens in that price range do they are a lot better than the competition. Wickes ones are basic but also have a good rep.

    B&Q kitchens are worth a look - go for the premium drawer pack and it's as good as any of the premium kitchens out there. IMO they are better than ikea - more solid doors and cabinets.

    Original Poster

    Thanks again to all of you taking the time to post on this.
    Hadn't got up to checking out Wickes or B&Q yet - will get have to get onto those & compare with IKEA ...thanks!

    We did ours from Ikea early last year, got the Yellow Adel. I put the whole lot together, piece of cake, hubby drilled all the holes for fixing to the walls, and we positioned them all up and connected them together.

    We looked at B&Q, Wickes, Homebase, etc, nothing came near Ikea in terms of price and quality. Go for it - I wouldn't dream of looking anywhere else if I ever had to buy a kitchen again!

    Original Poster

    Thanks - I'm a bit worried about fitting it ourselves as my DIY skills are almost non existant and hubbys THINKS he is good at DIY but ....!
    I know for the worktops you need a proper fitter to get the corners right - if we do it ourselves it might come out a bit wonky!

    Thanks for this thread! I am considering an ikea kitchen so brilliant feedback thanks. We have had a wickes one in the past as has my friend and I can vouch that they are also good quality.

    IKEA kitchens are fine if you have straight walls.

    Laffy42;1645334

    Thanks - I'm a bit worried about fitting it ourselves as my DIY skills … Thanks - I'm a bit worried about fitting it ourselves as my DIY skills are almost non existant and hubbys THINKS he is good at DIY but ....! I know for the worktops you need a proper fitter to get the corners right - if we do it ourselves it might come out a bit wonky!



    If you can put together a flat pack wardrobe you can build a kitchen...dead easy and the newer cabinets make it even easier with adjustable wall brackets etc.

    If you want a proper mitred joint you probably are better to get somebody to do it....i hired the router and jig last time and managed it perfectly on the trial bits but kinda messed up the real joints! The alternative is to get square edge worktop and then a plain butt joint works just fine :-D

    You will need a pro if any of the wiring or plumbing needs rerouting.

    Just had an Ikea kitchen and quality is great, the hinges are also a lot easier to fit as they just clip into place on the door side, the soft close fastners mesmerised me too for the first two days! and as the saint says they still dont allow sapce behind for plumbing wiring! Ok if you are handy at diy but otherwise I cfan see it being a nightmare.!

    guilbert53;1640832

    Also, DONT pay all the money for fitting up front or the guys will take … Also, DONT pay all the money for fitting up front or the guys will take the money and you will be left with a half finished kitchen.


    Sounds like that was learned the hard way! :oops:




    niallmoran;1647580

    If you can put together a flat pack wardrobe you can build a kitchen...



    Id have to disagree with you on that one, yes if you can assemble a flat pack wardrobe you can build and install the kitchen units but then you have the task of getting the joints on the worktops right plus the cutouts for the sink and hob if you have inbuilt one. Also having a new kitchen installed generally involves retiling!

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    My mum ordered a kitchen in November from MFI. She gets a delivery every week or so with a door or other part. Still awaiting about 3 doors and staff just put the phone down on her when she complains. Terrible company.

    My parents have just installed their 2nd ikea kitchen, in the house they are currently in, tey have had their ikea kitchen for about 5 years, it's still stylish, and like new. The house that they are doing up at the moment, which they are moving into soon, has a gorgeous cream coloured ikea kitchen in it, that once again will look great for years,

    I wouldn't even look anywhere else to be honest.

    harlzter;1648192

    Sounds like that was learned the hard way! :oops:Id have to disagree with … Sounds like that was learned the hard way! :oops:Id have to disagree with you on that one, yes if you can assemble a flat pack wardrobe you can build and install the kitchen units but then you have the task of getting the joints on the worktops right plus the cutouts for the sink and hob if you have inbuilt one. Also having a new kitchen installed generally involves retiling!



    corner joints can be tricky but that's about it - cut outs are easy if you can use a drill and jig saw. And tiling is a doddle as well - just make sure you use spacers :-D

    niallmoran;1649489

    corner joints can be tricky but that's about it - cut outs are easy if … corner joints can be tricky but that's about it - cut outs are easy if you can use a drill and jig saw. And tiling is a doddle as well - just make sure you use spacers :-D


    For some of us it may be easy but some will be put off by the sheer thought of any one or all of these extra tasks involved!

    csiman;1648409

    My mum ordered a kitchen in November from MFI. She gets a delivery every … My mum ordered a kitchen in November from MFI. She gets a delivery every week or so with a door or other part. Still awaiting about 3 doors and staff just put the phone down on her when she complains. Terrible company.



    how can they do such a thing and get away with it.no wonder their new adverts are saying we have changed so should you i dont think so.

    i suppose that's the problem...people would probably have a go at one of the jobs in isolation but combine all the cutting/routing with tiling, plumbing, electrics, cabinet building etc etc and it becomes pretty daunting! Still, take it in small manageable chunks and it's perfectly do-able and just think of the money you'll save :-D

    I maybe shouldn't take it so lightly as i'll be installing a kitchen myself in a few weeks....maybe i'll make it on to DIY SOS

    the one thing i hate about Ikea is the fact there delivery charge is ridiculous the more you spend in ikea the more it costs to get it delivered what kind of method is that its normally the other way round and delivery isnt cheap i rember we paid £65 to get 2 wardrobes delivered.

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    sarbjeet_;1651795

    the one thing i hate about Ikea is the fact there delivery charge is … the one thing i hate about Ikea is the fact there delivery charge is ridiculous the more you spend in ikea the more it costs to get it delivered what kind of method is that its normally the other way round and delivery isnt cheap i rember we paid £65 to get 2 wardrobes delivered.



    They quoted a delivery charge of £60 for the whole kitchen whihc i thought was OK - esp as MFI were going to charge £100 and not even for as many cabinets / worktops etc.

    I think the normal delivery charge for something you can't fit in your car is also worked out in zones depending on how far from their store your postcode is ...

    Original Poster

    niallmoran;1651780

    i suppose that's the problem...people would probably have a go at one of … i suppose that's the problem...people would probably have a go at one of the jobs in isolation but combine all the cutting/routing with tiling, plumbing, electrics, cabinet building etc etc and it becomes pretty daunting! Still, take it in small manageable chunks and it's perfectly do-able and just think of the money you'll save :-DI maybe shouldn't take it so lightly as i'll be installing a kitchen myself in a few weeks....maybe i'll make it on to DIY SOS



    Yes - we could do some of it ourselves eg. rip out old kitchen & build flat pack units, but then we'd be a bit stuck I think! Also having watched a few kitchen DIY SOS shows, I have to say that they have totally put me off having a go - such as when you see wonky worktops & giant gaps etc - that would be my kitchen if we fitted it!

    Laffy42;1651875

    They quoted a delivery charge of £60 for the whole kitchen whihc i … They quoted a delivery charge of £60 for the whole kitchen whihc i thought was OK - esp as MFI were going to charge £100 and not even for as many cabinets / worktops etc.I think the normal delivery charge for something you can't fit in your car is also worked out in zones depending on how far from their store your postcode is ...



    ohh they finnaly reduced it cause when i bought it the pricing was so bad and fitting was more than what i paid for the cupboard which gave me a laugh.

    sarbjeet_;1651795

    the one thing i hate about Ikea is the fact there delivery charge is … the one thing i hate about Ikea is the fact there delivery charge is ridiculous the more you spend in ikea the more it costs to get it delivered what kind of method is that its normally the other way round and delivery isnt cheap i rember we paid £65 to get 2 wardrobes delivered.




    Incorrect, IKEA charge a flat fee.

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    thesaint;1653157

    Incorrect, IKEA charge a flat fee.



    no when i ordered it was no flat fee they had tarrifs this was about 1 year and half ago.

    IKEA is the way to go.

    Have just had an Ikea kitchen fitted - on the whole very pleased EXCEPT we used the dedicated Ikea Installation Company. Nightmare - unless you like your home being trashed! They do not carry any clearing up materials such as a vacumn or rubbish bags -everything carried out and thrown into the back of a transit! And they loved just sawing work tops etc straight onto my carpet!
    Wow - still reeling from the experience!


    i orderd an ikia kitchen and 4 mounths later i am still watting on the thing coming. i have made more than 30 calls but got now were there must me more than just me that is really p offed with ikia i dont think i will ever go eny were near ikia again total waste of time and MONEY

    thread dredge .... what did the op get ?

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    Who are ikia? Maybe you should have bought from Ikea instead

    Just fitted my second Ikea kitchen as we have moved the kitchen into a new extension. Very happy with it. On both occasions we collected all the items ourselves from store and also fitted ourselves, very easy to put together I did every unit on my own and I am only a tiny thing. Husband just did the manly bit of drilling the walls and lifting the units onto the screws.

    We fitted an ikea kitchen in our kid house excellent quality and it pretty much sold the house for us

    Ikeas a weird place you fantastic quality at good price and awful tat at exorbitant prices

    Just do your homework
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