• About the doors
    • Are you affiliated with Ikea?

      We are not affiliated or associated with Ikea in any way. All Semihandmade doors and parts are 100% after-market and meant to accessorize Ikea cabinet systems.

    • Which cabinet systems do Semihandmade doors accessorize?

      We make doors that fit Ikea's current and older kitchen systems: Sektion and Akurum, Godmorgon (Bath), and Besta (Media) systems.

    • Can you copy their existing door styles?

      No, their door styles are completely their own. We do not copy or match Ikea doors.

    • What are Semihandmade doors made of?

      Most of our doors have veneer faces - veneer is a thin layer of real wood that is applied to both sides of a 3/4" MDF core. MDF, or Medium Density Fiberboard, is just about the flattest and most structurally stable surface available. That's why it's the standard substrate for kitchen cabinet doors. All our veneer doors have an MDF core. Supermatte doors also have an MDF core. Our DIY Shaker doors have lumber frames and MDF panels. For more specifics, please consult our Materials page.

    • Do you make solid doors?

      With the exception of our Reclaimed doors we do not make solid doors. Despite what you may have heard or read, and what may have been the case 30 years ago, solid wood cabinet doors no longer exist. Exposure to heat, moisture and sunlight force wood to expand and contract - it will warp, crack and cup otherwise - which is the reason for using veneer on MDF. Really, MDF should stand for "Miraculous Dense Fiberboard" because it performs so well and at a reasonable price.

    • How do the edges on your doors come?

      Semihandmade veneer doors have 1 mil thickness edge-banding (Industry-standard is .5 mil) and panels have 3 mil nosing. Color and Supermatte doors have wrapped thermofoil edges. Shaker doors come unbanded (all have solid wood rails/stiles) but panels have 3 mil nosing. DIY Slab doors have 1 mil nosing and 3 mil banding on panels. Impression doors have .5 mil banding on doors and panels. Reclaimed doors and panels have 1 mil banding.

    • What do you mean by "sequence-matched"?

      "Sequence-matching" only refers to Semihandmade Classic doors. If you've got something else from us, this doesn't apply. With our Classic doors, if we've done our job correctly, your kitchen, bathroom or closet should tell a story. To accomplish that, all the veneers for your particular room come from the same tree with the grain matched to provide a repetitive pattern. All the door and drawer parts are then cut in "sequence" so that each piece cascades into the next and fits together like a puzzle. For exceptionally large rooms, more than one sequence may be used, but we're always careful to choose veneers with similar grain patterns and coloring.

      Please note: 1) While our veneers do have repetitive book-matching patterns on them, we do not offer the traditional definition of "book-matched veneers" in which each door and drawer face has the book-matching centered on it. While stunning visually, that is a much more expensive process and involves tremendous waste. 2) Panels, trim, filler and plinth do not run in sequence, although they do come from the same veneer "batch" as the doors and drawer faces to ensure similar grain-pattern and coloring.

    • What if I need to Add On to my project?

      Please note, if your material comes from our Reclaimed or Classic lines, we are unable to guarantee the added-on product will be from the same batch originally ordered since veneers vary greatly in tone and pattern even within specific species. Additionally, sequencing for Add-On orders is not guaranteed.

    • Do you offer glass doors?

      The only glass doors we offer are Shaker-style, with the rails and stiles 2.5" (DIY) and 2" (Supermatte) wide. Because of the possibility of damage while shipping, and so you can get the exact type you want, those doors come without glass. It's also not uncommon for our Clients to mix some of their glass doors with ours. We do not offer "glass-ready" doors taller than 40". It is best to seek the assistance from a professional glass shop for proper cutting and installing of glass into our frames.

    • What types of finishes do you offer?

      To us, the word "finish" refers to the product's protective final coating. It does not refer to a material choice, like "Walnut" or "Oak." Because of the exposure to water and heat in kitchens, we want Semihandmade doors to have maximum protection. Satin conversion varnish is the only finish we offer.

    • Can I match your finish?

      Our finish is a solvent-based (as opposed to water-based) conversion varnish made by Chemcraft. It is commercial-grade, not available for purchase on store shelves, and needs to be:

      1. heated before using,
      2. applied with professional spray equipment, and
      3. heated again while drying to accelerate/activate the hardening process.

      For those reasons, "matching" our exact brand of finish isn't likely unless you go to a professional finisher. Past clients, though, have had great success with store-bought lacquers and polyurethanes. We suggest practicing on the back of a piece of trim before final application. Visit our Care & Cleaning page for more details.

    • Do you paint your doors?

      We don’t. If you want painted doors, our paint grade DIY Shaker and DIY Slab doors are perfect for you; we'll send everything unfinished and you can either paint the parts yourself or find someone local to get you the exact shade and tone you want. We do offer 8 color choices in our Supermatte collection that are made of thermofoil materials.

    • How do I care for my doors?

      Use a damp cloth with non-abrasive soap to clean your cabinets, and dry immediately. Never leave any water standing on cabinet surfaces. Orange oil/wax is also effective, as is mineral spirits, but please use sparingly. For more information, visit our Care & Cleaning page.

  • Our doors and their kitchen systems
    • Do you make doors that fit Ikea's discontinued Akurum kitchen system?

      Absolutely.

    • What if I just need a few replacement doors for my older kitchen?

      As noted above, we don't copy any of their door styles. For that, we suggest trying stores (even ones out of town), go on Ebay, or search the Web. If that doesn't work, you might need to get creative by threading in a few Semihandmade doors. Read blog posts here and here.

    • Do all your fronts come in the sizes that they offer?

      Yes, we make all standard sizes that they offer.

    • Is everything pre-drilled to accept their interior hardware?

      Yes, all standard doors and drawer faces are pre-drilled to function with Ikea's internal hardware (hinge, drawer). Panels and trim are not drilled, please refer to our installation manual for tips on installation here. As with Ikea, because panel installation can vary from project to project, no fasteners are included.

    • Do you offer dishwasher, refrigerator and other custom-sized appliance panels?

      Yes, we offer cover panels for most panel ready appliances. We just need your appliance specs, along with exact panel dimensions. Please note: all panels are made to recommended manufacturer dimensions, but drilling for attachment to the particular appliance is entirely the responsibility of the customer or installer (this is industry-standard, and easy-to-follow templates come with the instructions).

    • If we've picked out door handles/drawer pulls we like, will you pre-drill the holes for them?

      Unfortunately, no. Decorative hardware drilling is best done on-site.

    • Do you offer base, wall and tall panels?

      We do! For more information, read the next answer below.

    • Any major differences between Semihandmade parts and theirs?

      The biggest difference is our panels are 3/4" thick, and theirs are 1/2" and 5/8."

      Note: unless requested, our panels are over-sized to account for irregularities in walls, floors and ceilings. They are meant to sit slightly past or "proud" of the cabinet facing for the most built-in look. Base and tall panels are meant to go directly to the floor (as opposed to having the plinth/toe-kick return around the cabinet's side). It's not rocket science, but you'll likely need a table saw and chop-saw. For examples, please consult our Projects page.

    • Should I be concerned about the white, brown or birch cabinet edges showing?

      No. Neutral edges are standard with European cabinetry, as is a 1/8" to 3/32" reveal between doors and drawer faces; you'll only notice the gap if you look very closely. For anything that is exposed - like the sides of cabinets and adjustable feet - we offer matching panels and plinths/toe-kicks for a completely custom look.

  • Design options/Ordering your doors
    • Can I design my kitchen myself?

      Absolutely, most clients do! Click here for their free and amazingly easy-to-use Kitchen Planner. We recommend you design with cabinet fronts, even though you will be using our fronts, as it helps you know what doors and parts you need. Once your design is complete, go to our Kitchen Shop to order your orders.

    • Can I work with other design programs or an architect?

      Yes, we can definitely use Google Sketch-up or architectural drawings as long as elevations with dimensions are included and they are sent in PDF.

    • If I modify a cabinet, can you make me a custom door/drawer size?

      It really depends on the cabinet in question. Consult a Sales Associate for details.

    • What if I've got a kitchen/bathroom from another company. Can you make doors for that?

      Sorry, we only support the Ikea system.

    • Do you offer custom cabinets?

      We limit our custom offerings to shelves, floating shelves, bookcases and wine cabinets (see our homepage).

    • What if I want something really custom? Can you send me unfinished parts that match the rest of the kitchen so I can find someone local to make the piece??

      Depending on the parts, we often can. Consult a Sales Associate for details.

    • My layout is complete, what's next?

      Once your layout is complete, go to our kitchen shop and begin building your cart with our door fronts. We recommend you use the combinations section if you are putting together a full kitchen or need more than 6 doors. It will save you time and money to go down this route. If you have specific doors or need 5 or less doors, feel free to order via our individual doors section.

    • What is the lead-time on orders?

      Our lead times can be found here.

    • Can my order be expedited?

      Yes, depending on the material, orders can be expedited for an additional cost. Consult a Sales Associate for details.

    • How much is shipping?

      Shipping can vary depending on size, weight and location of your order. Please click here to see shipping costs depending on location.

    • What payment options do you offer?

      We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, and monthly financing via Bread. More Details.

    • Will there be sales tax on my order?

      If you live in California, New York, Illinois or Minnesota you will be charged applicable sales tax because we have physical presence in these states. If you live elsewhere, you will not be charged sales tax.

    • What if I need to change my order?

      Our most up to date information regarding order changes and edits can be found here.

    • What if I want to cancel my order?

      Our cancellation policy can be found here.

  • Shipping
    • Where do you ship?

      We ship doors everywhere in the contiguous United States and lower Canadian provinces. We've shipped Semihandmade doors to over 40 states and the Great White North since our launch in late 2010 (yes, we're counting!).

    • How is my order shipped?

      Most large kitchen and oversized item orders are shipped via LTL/Freight (a private shipper with Less-Than-a-Truckload), while most bathroom, media, decorative hardware and floating shelf purchases are shipped via parcel shipping (UPS, FedEx and USPS). For LTL/Freight shipments all doors are insured against damage and are shipped via curbside delivery. For more information, please refer to our shipping page.

    • What are LTL/Freight delivery appointments and curbside delivery? (Freight Shipping)

      For larger orders, your order will deliver by freight truck on a large 8 foot pallet. The freight company will call you to schedule a weekday delivery appointment (they usually require a 4-hour window). When your order arrives, it will be delivered curbside only on the main road. If there are any circumstances that may make delivery to delivery addresses challenging (such as rural areas, unpaved roads, hills, etc) where a freight truck may have difficult accessing, please contact us at help@semihandmadedoors.com. Delivery appointments must be confirmed in a timely manner in order to avoid any additional storage fees, which if incurred are the responsibility of the customer. Any additional fees and/or charges by the shipping company as a result of re-delivery due to customer not being home, incorrect address, storage fees, etc. will be the sole responsibility of the customer. It is highly recommended to have help available with moving and unloading your order.

    • What if I need to change the shipping address of my order?

      Please contact Customer Service if your order requires a change of address.

    • How will I know if my order has shipped?

      You will receive a shipment confirmation email once your order has shipped.

    • What happens if my UPS/FedEx order requires a signature but I won't be home on the delivery date?

      UPS & FedEx allow for customers to sign-up for an online account and change their delivery options including pick-up at UPS/FedEx Store and sign for packages remotely.

    • Can I pick-up my order at UPS/FedEx Store?

      Yes! UPS & FedEx allow for customers to sign-up for an online account and change their delivery options including pick-up at UPS/FedEx Store and sign for packages remotely.

    • What if my order is damaged or incorrect?

      For pallet deliveries, it is very important to note any visible damage, take pictures, and report it to the driver. This will help us in processing any damage claims. After receiving your order, please inspect all of the pieces carefully and report any damage or incorrect pieces to help@semihandmadedoors.com within three business days.

    • What if I need my kitchen order to be moved into somewhere other than curbside?

      Currently we only offer curbside delivery. It is highly recommended to have help available with moving and unloading your order as needed.

    • Can I pick up my order?

      Since our products ship from different facilities in different locations, we do not offer pick options for shipping.

    • Is there a size limit to what you ship?

      To prevent damage, the maximum length of any Semihandmade piece we ship is 95". For panels, the maximum height is 95", so if you need something taller it will come in 2 pieces and please note there will be a seam.

    • What if something arrives damaged?

      The only thing more important than getting your order right is making sure it arrives in mint condition. To that end, we take great care in packing everything and stand behind our shipping agents. We ask that all customers check their delivery upon arrival and notify us of any problems within 3 business days. Documenting damage is vital, so please take photos and save all packing material. Please note: Any physical damage to the outside of packaging must be photographed and reported to customerservice@semihandmadedoors.com within 24 hours. All damage claims are void if not reported to Semihandmade within 3 business days of delivery.

  • Warranty
    • What warranty do you offer on doors?

      For our most up-to-date warranties click here.

    • Do you honor returns?

      For our most up-to-date return policy click here.