Ikea cabinets or custom built-in?
March 7, 2012 5:56 AM Subscribe
Should we go with Ikea cabinets or plywood custom built units in our remodel?
My wife and I are planning to add a counter unit and a large wall of cabinets to our kitchen. We have two proposals we are trying to decide between. The slightly (10%) cheaper one uses Ikea cabinets for both the wall unit and the base of the counter unit. The more expensive one uses custom built (from good plywood) units for both. There are a few things which recommend the proposal using the Ikea cabinets, all else being equal, but not overwhelmingly.
We have some Ikea cabinets and they seem to be holding up fine, but we've only been in the house 3 years.
What have been your experiences with Ikea cabinets (with glass doors and glass shelves, if that matters)?
Frankly, the custom built unit seems like a better deal even with the slightly more expensive price, but is there something we are not considering? We've seen examples (in person) of the carpenter's work, and while it is not the most beautiful (it's a tad clunky), it is very well built.