Did you know that most people spend four to eight months planning their kitchen remodel?
Hopefully, Semihandmade is at the top of your wish list. That part’s easy. Lots can happen on the way to your dream remodel, though, and you definitely don’t want to drop the ball when it comes to buying time. So if you’re planning an IKEA kitchen renovation, you need to know these tips to help you save time, money, and energy.
UNDERSTANDING THE SALE
About two to three times a year, IKEA offers you the chance to score a kitchen remodel at a discount during their IKEA Kitchen Events. You need to look at how they apply the discounts because they often vary by sale.
Some of the most common sales we’ve seen are:
1. Straight discount: These sales are pretty straightforward where you get a 10% discount off your kitchen order.
2. The Ikea Gift Card: When you spend a certain amount during the kitchen sale, you get 10-15% back in the form of an IKEA gift card. Plan right and you can use this gift card on your purchase and keep more money in your bank account.
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JOIN THE IKEA FAMILY
Pay attention to the fine print as some of IKEA’s sales require that you become a IKEA Family member to get the discount. But there also a lot of extra little perks that come with this free membership.
First, there’s free coffee or tea you can sip as you shop.
Second, Family Member-only discounts are often available throughout the store.
Third, and probably our favorite benefit, you also enjoy a 90-day price guarantee that will adjust your purchase price to honor a sale after your purchase. This lets you buy when it works for you since their sale cycle is about every 90 days. So even if you don’t catch a sale, you still have a chance to get the sale price!
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DESIGN AT YOUR LEISURE
Waiting until the sale begins to start designing your kitchen renovation can be a frustrating experience. The IKEA computers and kitchen specialists will be in high demand, so you should expect long lines. When it is your turn, you’ll feel the pressure, and that is the WRONG feeling to have when trying to make meaningful design decisions.
Design your kitchen in advance, and you’ll have time to design at your own pace. Use the online kitchen planner and our material samples to create a custom look. Just remember that when designing, it’s important to design with doors ON your plans, even though you will not be ordering the IKEA fronts. This is so you have a reference for what doors you will need when you do place your Semihandmade order. It’s much easier to remove the doors at the end; you can just tell them you don’t need to doors when you place your IKEA order.
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WE ALWAYS FORGET SOMETHING
There are a million different pieces you will need for your kitchen renovation, and you are bound to forget something. This doesn’t mean you have to pay full price or wait for the next sale. It doesn’t hurt to ask for the discount; IKEA stores are known for honoring the sale price even after the sale has ended.
PHONE IT IN
If the idea of having to fight the crowds sounds like your nightmare, you have another option. You can place your entire order online or over the phone. All you need to do is save your plan in the kitchen planner. A phone agent can pull up your account number with everything you need.
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THE BIG MOVE
Are you looking at remodeling your new kitchen as part of a move? Then sign up for IKEA’s Big Move Moving Guideand get a $25 coupon. When you sign up, sync your calendar for automatic alerts for important dates and to-dos. You’ll also find pre-made lists for everything you’ll need to do as a part of your move.
What if you just moved and a remodel isn’t in the picture right now? If the new house already has an IKEA kitchen, you’re in luck since Semihandmade makes doors for both IKEA’s current (Sektion) and previous (Akurum) kitchen lines!
We’ve talked about the key tips to scoring your IKEA Kitchen Event discounts.
The best thing you can do to prepare is to begin planning in advance. Whether you’re in a rush, or planning a project six months from now, it’s never too soon to start gathering inspiration on the style and type of kitchen you want. We recommend you order samples of door styles you want and visit our showrooms to see our materials in person.
Need help designing your kitchen? Visit our Design Resources page where you can connect with a designer who can help you achieve the kitchen that’s right for you!
For those of you who already know what you want, use IKEA’s kitchen planner to begin planning your cabinet renovation. Then let us help you plan a custom look to define your kitchen.
Get inspired with Semihandmade for your kitchen renovation by heading over to our kitchens page and seeing how well our doors compliment Ikea cabinets.
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