Frequently Asked Questions

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 both the old and new kitchen systems, closets, and some bathrooms.

 

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?

The majority of Semihandmade doors consist of a substrate, or inner core, and an external material. The external material for our Supermatte, Beaded and CLJ doors is Thermofoil – a flexible vinyl that is heat-molded onto a substrate with a smooth melamine back. The external material for our Classic and Reclaimed doors is veneer - a thin layer of real wood that is applied to both sides of the substrate. The external material for our Impression doors is textured melamine – a three-dimensional plastic. The substrate for our Supermatte, Beaded, CLJ, Classic, and Reclaimed doors is MDF, or Medium Density Fiberboard. The substrate of our Impression doors is Particle Board. Both MDF and Particle board provide the flattest and most structurally stable surface on which to apply our various materials.  Our DIY Shaker doors have lumber frames and MDF panels. DIY Slab doors are MDF with maple edge banding. For more specifics, please consult our Materials page.

 

Do you make solid doors?

We do not make solid doors; the exception being our DIY shaker 5” drawers which are made of solid, paint-grade maple. 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, DIY Slab, and textured melamine doors have 1 mil thickness edge-banding (Industry-standard is .6 mil). Our thermofoil doors have minimal-radius wrapped thermofoil edges. DIY Shaker doors come unbanded (all have solid wood rails/stiles) but decorative panels, like DIY Slab, have 1 mil nosing.

 

What do you mean by “sequenced" doors?

The word “sequence" refers only to our Classic doors; for every other Semihandmade door, this does not apply. What it means, simply, is that the real wood veneer fronts fall in sequential order and are stamped as such for proper installation. 

 

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 specified 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.

 

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  a variety of color choices in our Supermatte collection that are made of thermofoil materials and ready to install.

 

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 specified species. Additionally, sequencing for Add-On orders is not guaranteed.

 

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.

 

Where is the door material / style / color option that I once saw on your site?

We're always looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Variety is great, but it can also create a lot of waste and redundancy. There's also the simple fact that tastes change and as we continue to grow and keep our pulse on the latest trends, it means our product lineup does go through some changes.

Do you make doors that fit Ikea's discontinued Akurum kitchen system?

Absolutely. Not sure how to tell which system you have? Find out here.

 

What if I just need a few replacement doors for my older Akurum 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.

But you could also consider replacing a run of doors. For example, keeping the exisiting wall units and replacing the base cabinet fronts. Or vice versa. The same holds true for just replacing an island or wall of cabinets.

There really are many ways to get creative when it comes to replacing and mixing in new doors with older existing doors.

 

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. 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. Like all custom pieces, it is 100% the customer’s responsibility to provide the dimensions needed. The manufacturer is the best reference to verify the necessary dimensions. Please note: we do not drill for any custom piece, be it an appliance cover panel or otherwise. We also do not provide sub-panels, additional hardware or anything else necessary to complete an installation; this 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 can be as thin as 1/2" or 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.

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 some people us Google Sketch-up or architectural drawings as long as elevations with dimensions are included, you can easily match your door needs and create your online cart.


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. We can make custom sizes, but the client is 100% responsible for the required dimensions and we do not drill these pieces. You can order custom pieces here.


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 do not.


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??

Nothing stops a customer from ordering panels, but once a piece is used in a way that is inconsistent with its intended use - like using a door or panel as a table-top or counter surface -  the warranty is voided.


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 search by Door/Drawer Combos, since you can order by cabinet configurations, saving you time and money.

We also offer a "Create Your Cart" option, where for $99 we will take your plans and create your cart for you. If this sounds like it's for you, click here to find out more.

 

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. Reach out to us at help@semihandmade.com 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.

Where do you ship?

We ship doors everywhere in the contiguous United States and lower Canadian provinces. We've shipped Semihandmade doors to 48 states and the Great White North since our launch in late 2010 (yes, we're counting!).

 

How is my order shipped?

All doors are totally insured against damage and are shipped LTL (a private shipper with Less-Than-a-Truckload) via curbside delivery. Please plan accordingly. Please note: White glove service and inside delivery are not available. For additional questions please contact us.

 

Can I pick up my order?

Unfortunately local pickups are not available as our doors ship from differenr manufacturing facilities around the US.

 

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 make note of the damage when signing for your shipment, take photos and save all packing material. Please note: Any physical damage to the outside of packaging must be photographed and reported to help@semihandmade.com within 24 hours. All damage claims are void if not reported to Semihandmade within 3 business days of delivery.

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.

What is the difference between a panel and a filler?

Panels are meant to cover the entire side of the box while a filler is meant to “fill” in a small space (4” or less) from a cabinet to a wall.

PANEL

FILLER

 

What is trim?

Trim is a catch all term for all decorative molding and pieces placed on or around cabinet fronts for aesthetic purposes. Here’s a list of the trim pieces we have available and their primary use:

- 5” x 93” Plinth/Trim = There are four main uses for this:

1. Plinth. “Plinth” is another way of saying “toe-kick”, which is the material that is tucked underneath the cabinets to hide the adjustable feet and the space underneath.

2. Light Rail. Light Rail is a decorative molding applied to the bottom of wall cabinets to provide a finished look. It is specifically used to help mask the installation of under cabinet lighting and is typically 1 ½” tall.

3. Wall Trim. Wall Trim is a decorative molding, usually 3” tall, that sits above the wall cabinets and stretches very close to the ceiling. Crown molding (which we do not sell) can be applied to the Upper Trim.

4. Tall Filler. See the FAQ #6. 

 

24” x 5” Cabinet Trim = Used in conjunction with a built-in appliance, like a microwave. The width is equal to the doors and drawer faces (23 7/8”). 


30” x 5” Cabinet Trim = Used in conjunction with a built-in appliance, often an oven. The width is equal to the doors and drawer faces (29 7/8”). 


36” x 5” Cabinet Trim = Used in conjunction with a built-in appliance, often an oven. The width is equal to the doors and drawer faces (35 7/8”). 


30” x 5” Fridge Trim = Used to cover the gap underneath a fridge cabinet and above the fridge. The width equals the cabinet box (30”). 


36” x 5” Fridge Trim = Used to cover the gap underneath a fridge cabinet and above the fridge. The width equals the cabinet box (36”). 

 

How do I know how much trim and filler to order?

Determining filler is straight forward

  1. Find all the spots where cabinets meet the walls 
  2. Add a filler piece for every cabinet in that spot (order the same height as the cabinet) 

Determining plinth/trim is about simple math

  1. Add up the widths (in inches) of all the base and tall cabinets, then add 10% extra to be safe. Divide by 93” and that’s how many pieces of Plinth/Trim you’ll need for underneath the cabinets. 
  2. If you wish to apply Light Rail and/or Wall trim, the same principles apply. Add up the widths of the wall cabinets (and tall cabinets for Wall Trim), add 10% extra to be safe. Divide by 93” and that’s how many pieces of Plinth/Trim you’ll need for Light Rail and/or Wall Trim. 

Note: one piece of Plinth/Trim can provide 93” of both Wall Trim and Light Rail or two pieces of Light Rail.  

 

Where do panels go?

Here are the three main instances where a panel is needed: 

Panels cap the end of a cabinet run that doesn’t terminate at a wall. 

 

Panels can also separate deep and shallow cabinet sections, such as next to a refrigerator. 

 

Panels can offer support for the countertop when a cabinet run ends with an appliance. 

 

How do I know which size panel to purchase?

There are three different types of panels to choose from, each corresponding to the type ofcabinet to which it is affixed: wall, base, and tall. Here is a list of the panels available and theirmost popular applications:

WALL

 

  • 17” x 32” = Meant to be affixed to 30” high wall cabinets. The panel comes over-sized and needs to be scribed to the wall. It can also be cut to exactly 30” if there is no light rail being used. Use this size for 20” and 15” high cabinets as well. 
  • 17” x 42” = Meant to be affixed to 40” high wall cabinets. The panel comes over-sized and needs to be scribed to the wall. It can also be cut to exactly 40” if there is no light rail being used. Use this size for shallow (15” deep) base cabinets as well. 

 

BASE

 

  • 26” x 30” = Meant to be affixed to a base cabinet for a floating look (panel doesn’t extend to the floor). The panel comes over-sized and needs to be scribed to the wall. 
  • 26” x 36” = Meant to be affixed to a base cabinet. The panel comes over-sized and needs to be scribed to the wall and to the floor. Also used as the end panel for single, 24” deep cabinet island/peninsulas with a back panel. In this use, scribe to floor only. 
  • 40” x 36” = Meant as an end cap for back to back, 24” and 15” deep base cabinet island/peninsulas. Scribe to floor only. 
  • 49 ¼” x 36” = Meant as an end cap for back to back, 24” and 24” deep base cabinet island/peninsulas. Scribe to floor only. 
  • 95” x 36”(36” x 95” tall panel) = Meant as a back panel for single, 24” deep cabinet island/peninsulas. Cut to length and scribe to the floor. Note: Impressions will run horizontally in this application. 

 

TALL

 

  • 17” x 95” = Meant to be affixed to a shallow (15” deep) tall cabinet (80” or 90” high). Scribe to the wall and to the floor. It can also be used with stacked wall cabinets.
  • 26” x 95” = Meant to be affixed to a regular (24” deep) tall cabinet (80” or 90” high). It is also used to flank cabinet-depth refrigerators. Scribe to the wall and to the floor.
  • 36” x 95” = Meant to flank deeper refrigerators.  

 

What is a filler and where does it go?

Fillers “fill” the gaps between cabinet runs and existing walls. They can also be used to create corners between perpendicular cabinet runs. These fillers are the exact same texture and tone as your cabinet faces, must be ripped down to size, and allow you to create a seamless, built-in look. Fillers are available in these sizes:

  • 4” x 30” wall filler = Used next to base and 30” high wall cabinets
  • 8” x 30” wall filler = Used next to base and 30” high wall cabinets in a corner application
  • 4” x 40” wall filler = Used next to 40” high wall cabinets
  • 5” x 93” plinth/trim = Can be used next to 80” and 90” tall cabinets
  • 5” x 95” tall filler = can be used next to tall cabinets or next to a refrigerator as a“dummy” panel  

Fillers need to be cut down to fit into these gaps. We always recommend a professional installer accomplish this for you. Please reference our installation manual for more information.

 

What's the difference between a pull-out and a drawer?

Technically, just the height of the piece. Pull-Out doors are like big drawers; they are drilled to fit with Ikea’s High Maximera drawer, just like a 15” tall drawer face. This is the only attachment point that we provide. Note: The 12” wide, pull-out hardware from Ikea comes with a top-drawer attachment template.

 

Why would I want a pull-out instead of drawers or a door?

Pull-Outs are often used to house trash and recycling receptacles.

 

How do your prices compare to Ikea's?

We used to spend a lot of time and energy comparing our door prices to Ikea’s, thousands of words stacked neatly alongside colorful graphs and charts and anything else we figured best conveyed the idea that a (much) smaller company like Semihandmade could (somehow) offer pricing that falls consistently within spitting-distance of a company the size of Ikea. Funny, right? Thankfully, we don’t bother anymore. As we’ve learned, comparing yourself to Ikea is like going toe-to-toe with Amazon; you can’t. So we don’t.

That in mind, here’s a list of what makes Semihandmade doors special, unique, and perfectly suited for your dream Ikea kitchen, bathroom, closet or media cabinet (and yeah, maybe even different from Ikea’s):

1) Semihandmade doors are proudly made in the USA. Maybe that matters to you, maybe it doesn’t (to us it does). Sure, we could make them overseas; they’d definitely be a lot less expensive. That’s not a dig at Ikea, it’s economics, and they’re the biggest and best furniture retailer on the planet for a reason.

2) Being small and nimble, Semihandmade has a lot more material options than Ikea does (not a swipe at Ikea; when you’re Apple- or Nike-big, it’s never a good idea to get overly cute with the selections).

3) Semihandmade offers things like appliance panels in custom sizes that Ikea can’t and doesn’t (outside of a standard dishwasher panel). Think Bosch and Fisher Paykel and Sub-Zero.

4) We pride ourselves on world-class Customer Service (even if we’re coming to you from Duarte, CA) – we’re here, we’re accessible, we’re never far from Social Media, and if you’re paying close attention you may actually bump into the guy that started the company on Instagram or at a design show or answering a question at help@semihandmade.com.

 

How much does a typical project cost?

Doing what we do, we can tell you that every kitchen is unique and different, so there's no simple way to answer this question. But, we've created an example kitchen setup to help you get a rough idea of what our different line of doors built to fit Ikea cabinets might cost.

Roughly, a typical kitchen remodel using the Ikea system will have fixed costs (cabinets, hardware, assembly, and installation) ranging from $3,000 - $6,000.

Using the example kitchen layout shown above, a Semihandmade order - for the doors, drawer faces, panels and trim - will be in the following range:

DIY - $2,300 - $2,600
Impression - $3,200

Supermatte - $3,700 - $4,000

Appliances, counter tops, and any other expenditures are not factored into these estimates.