IKEA Kitchen Modules, reimagined

It’s hard to deny the practicality of IKEA kitchens. For those who love the clean, Scandinavian aesthetic, it’s a no-brainer to opt for IKEA when installing a new kitchen. Their Metod range of kitchen cabinet bodies are incredibly adaptable and surprisingly durable for the price. Thanks to IKEA’s mammoth production volume, they manage to deliver excellent and durable kitchen elements, while keeping prices low.

So it’s no surprise then, that many companies use IKEA’s kitchen units as the base of their business. Because for all the functionality and practicality the IKEA units offer on the inside, it’s the outside that some users find lacking a bit. What if you’re looking for something a little more unique? Something that you won’t find in millions of other kitchens around the world. Finding that sweet spot between affordability and a custom design is often quite tricky.

Enter IKEA kitchen hacks. And not the kind that DIYers all over the world love to do at home. Rather than attempt to compete with IKEA, modern kitchen companies are embracing their dominance by adding value where they lack it most – kitchen cabinets fronts, legs, surfaces – the visible elements that set kitchens apart.

To get more accustomed with the world of premium IKEA hacking, we take a look at how 3 forward-thinking companies are using IKEA’s tried-and-tested modules to create kitchens that are more bespoke, modern and unique.

A premium IKEA-hacked kitchen by Danish kitchen company Reform. © Reform

Superfront

Superfront “want to give you the possibility to create high quality furniture and interiors at a sensible price.” In a nutshell, Superfront is a go-to for customising IKEA cabinets, wardrobes, and sideboards. The Swedish company builds on IKEA’s successful designs, by manufacturing its own line of fronts, handles, legs, sides and tops to complement IKEA existing elements.

To create their line of products, Superfront purposely designs its fronts, handles, legs, sides and tops to fit IKEA’s most common cabinet frames. And when it comes to the kitchen, that would be IKEA’s Metod system. The result is something truly special. As the company themselves say: “In short, we design furniture around a well-established foundation – a concept that puts our furniture into a completely different price category than any equivalent found on the High Street.”

If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen completely, or simply want to touch-up your existing units, Superfront can help. Practically all their products are made in Sweden and made of durable materials that ask to be used again and again. But it’s the assortment of colours and patterns in their designs that really make an impression. Think pastels, geometric shapes, leather handles, and a lot more. It’s a great way to breath new life into a cookie-cutter kitchen, at a fraction of the price you’d expect.

For more information, visit Superfront.

A run of pastel-coloured Superfront cabinetry. © Superfront

Prettypegs

Founded in (you guessed it) Sweden in 2012, Prettypegs creates add-on items that make IKEA furniture feel more custom and personal. Sporting a great collection of legs, parts and fronts to choose from, Prettypegs believe it’s the small details that make up a stylish whole in the kitchen.

The Prettypegs business was built off the fact that many customers found the selection of IKEA legs to be somewhat limiting. “This grounding detail has been cast aside for too long and is now getting its deserved attention.”, they say. Their legs combine tasteful details with modern design, forming a unique new replacement accessory that, for such a small change, makes a huge aesthetic difference.

The company has since started adding knobs and fronts to its growing catalogue of IKEA-prettifying products. As with their legs, Prettypegs’ style brings together a splash of imagination, tradition and minimal Scandinavian design – along with their colourful palette.

For more information, visit Prettypegs

Prettypegs being put to good use. © Prettypegs

Plykea

Plykea also creates bespoke kitchens by customising standard IKEA cabinets with their own doors, drawer fronts and worktops. As the company name suggests, their favourite material of choice is plywood, using CNC technology to craft every piece. Their designs fit IKEA’s super flexible Metod range of kitchen cabinets, so the possibilities are practically endless.

The thing is, plywood has been enjoying a modern renaissance. It’s always been one of the most affordable materials you can use, but plywood also has a stylish and contemporary appearance that’s very popular among Scandinavian design enthusiasts.

Plykea takes advantage of both these facts by offering kitchen renovators the best of both worlds. All their fronts come pre-drilled with exactly the same fixing holes as standard IKEA fronts. So installation is a breeze. And the result looks custom, minimal and eye-catching.

For more information, visit Plykea.

Plykea’s custom-looking plywood cabinets. © Plykea

Browse through the gallery below to reveal how these and other forward-thinking designers have used IKEA’s tried and tested modules to create something far more bespoke and modern.