Make an IKEA Kitchen Look Custom with Retrofit Cabinet Doors

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If you’re looking to upgrade your IKEA kitchen without breaking the bank, retrofit cabinet doors are a game-changer. These doors can transform your basic IKEA kitchen into a custom-looking space that’s unique to your style. Sharing how I made my IKEA kitchen look custom and exploring how retrofit cabinet doors work and their benefits.

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Why make an IKEA Kitchen Look Custom?

When planning a kitchen reno, you will quickly realize just how expensive it can be! One of the benefits of making an IKEA kitchen look custom is affordability. I wanted a custom look for our kitchen reno and didn’t want to settle for something I didn’t love. I had a specific colour of cabinet in mind! That is why I decided to use IKEA cabinets but use retrofit doors and fronts to make them look custom. The flexibility of IKEA cabinets is another reason I love them. There are so many different layouts you can pick, in addition to the accessories to organize them.

Looking for more details about my kitchen reno? Learn more here.

Retrofitting IKEA Cabinet Doors: What You Need to Know

Before diving into the benefits of retrofitting cabinet doors, let’s look at how it works. Retrofitting refers to the process of updating your existing cabinets with new doors that fit perfectly into the old cabinets. These doors are made to measure and can be customized to your liking. Allowing you to achieve the look and feel of custom cabinetry at a fraction of the cost. Alternatively, retrofitting can be a great option for using a budget-friendly cabinet, like IKEA. Adding custom doors allows you to achieve a higher-end look.

One of the best things about retrofit cabinet doors is that they are incredibly versatile. You can choose from a variety of materials, including wood and glass, and customize the finish. You can also opt for unique colours or designs, such as shaker-style or flat-panel doors.

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Shop the kitchen: Bridge faucet, Cabinet latch, cabinet pulls, cabinet knobs, sconce, and art.

Allstyle Cabinet Doors: The Perfect Solution for Your IKEA Kitchen

If you’re looking for a hassle-free solution for making your IKEA kitchen look custom, Allstyle Retrofit is a great option. Allstyle is a Canadian company that specializes in retrofit cabinet doors for IKEA kitchen cabinets. They offer a wide range of styles and finishes, so you’re sure to find something that matches your taste. Another benefit is that you can pick from any Benjamin Moore paint colours, which is something their competitors do not offer.

Allstyle cabinet doors are made to measure, ensuring a perfect fit for your IKEA cabinets. To ensure durability and longevity, they’re also made with high-quality materials, including solid wood and MDF. Plus, with their easy installation process, you can install your new doors in no time. The doors and other panels are made just like IKEA’s to make it simple.

Allstyle provides all of the fronts for your kitchen; this includes doors, drawer fronts, decorative panels, kick plates, light valences etc. This is the company that I used for my kitchen! The only pieces I added to my kitchen were crown moulding and the range hood cover. However, AllStyle might be able to make this for you!


If you’re looking for more options to make your IKEA kitchen look custom, Semihandmade is another great choice. Semihandmade offers a wide range of customizable options, including different materials, styles, and finishes. Their doors are made from high-quality materials, ensuring that your cabinets will be durable and long-lasting.

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Kitchen Cabinet latch, cabinet pulls, cabinet knobs, Mixer, Kettle, Art, Sconce, bread keeper (Sophie Conran, discontinued)

Benefits of Retrofitting Your IKEA Cabinets with Custom Doors

There are many benefits to retrofitting your IKEA cabinets with custom doors, including:

  1. Cost-Effective: IKEA kitchens are known for their affordability, which makes them a popular choice for homeowners on a budget. By using custom doors, you can add a personalized touch to your kitchen. Retrofitting is also a cost-effective way to upgrade your IKEA kitchen without replacing your existing cabinets.
  2. Customization: With custom doors, you have a wide range of design options, allowing you to create a kitchen that reflects your style. You can select custom sizing and choose from various colours, materials, finishes, and styles to create a unique look that fits your taste.
  3. Durability: High-quality materials ensure that your retrofit doors stand the test of time.
  4. Easy Installation: Retrofit doors are made to work just like the cabinet doors you can purchase at IKEA, making the installation process a hassle-free way to upgrade your kitchen.
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The hardware used in this kitchen reno: Cabinet latch, cabinet pulls, cabinet knobs

Planning with IKEA Kitchen Planner

If you are looking to retrofit your IKEA kitchen and use custom doors for ikea kitchen, you need to start in their Kitchen planner. It’s an online tool that’s completely free and accessible through the IKEA website. With its user-friendly and intuitive interface, you can easily create a 3D model of your kitchen, test out various layouts, and customize your design to fit your unique requirements.

One of the biggest benefits of the IKEA kitchen planner is that it helps you visualize your kitchen design in real-time, allowing you to make adjustments and modifications as you go. With the IKEA kitchen planner, you can choose from a wide range of IKEA products, including cabinets, appliances, countertops, and accessories, and see how they will look in your kitchen.

The IKEA kitchen planner also offers a wide range of design options and features, such as the ability to choose from different door styles, finishes, and hardware options. You can also add lighting, flooring, and wall finishes to your design to create a complete look.

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Cabinet latch, cabinet pulls, cabinet knobs, Mixer, Kettle, Art, Sconce, bread keeper (Sophie Conran, discontinued)

How to Order Custom Doors for IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

The first step in ordering custom doors for your IKEA cabinets is to plan your kitchen in the IKEA kitchen planner. You can also take advantage of booking an appointment with the IKEA team to review your plan and ensure you are not missing anything and that your design works best for your space!

Once you are happy with your design, send the plans, shopping list etc., over to AllStyle Retrofit or the company you plan to work with. Ensure you include the style of door and paint colour you would like, plus any additional notes about custom doors you might need. They will review your plans and send you an itemized list of cabinet doors, drawer fronts, decorative panels, kick plates, light valences etc. They will take care of making these custom for you.

Next, add your IKEA kitchen order to your cart through the Kitchen Planner. Carefully go through your cart and remove any doors, drawer fronts, and decorative panels that you are getting custom-made for your kitchen. This ensures that you aren’t missing any of the critical pieces of the kitchen, such as door hinges, drawer hardware etc.

From my experience, you end up with a lot of IKEA lighting and might not need it all. I installed some of the under-cabinet lightings and love it. You can read more here. However, I don’t feel like you need as much as they send – keep the receipt to return it!

Looking for more details about IKEA smart kitchen lighting? Learn more here.

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Bridge faucet, Cabinet latch, cabinet pulls, cabinet knobs

Adding Hardware

Selecting the right hardware for your kitchen can take it to the next level. I recommend looking at current kitchen trends or design inspiration to decide what works best for your space. Hardware is somewhere that I recommend spending a little more to get high quality. One of my favourite trends that is also timeless is unlacquered brass hardware, which I have in my kitchen.

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Can you really get a custom kitchen look with IKEA?

Yes! By ordering your kitchen cabinets from IKEA and selecting a company like AllStyle Retrofit or Semihandmade, you can get custom doors in the colour, style, and material you like. This ensures you end up with a kitchen that feels custom!

Can IKEA kitchen cabinets be customized?

If you’re willing to get creative, you can customize IKEA kitchen cabinets. One of the benefits of using retrofit doors is that you can also customize these to specific sizes. This is something I did in my kitchen reno.

Can you replace old IKEA cabinet doors?

Yes, new doors are a great way to upgrade your old IKEA kitchen. Whether you buy them from IKEA or select a company that specializes in retrofitting IKEA cabinets, there are many options to get a new and custom look for your kitchen.

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  1. Hi Emma, thank you so much for the post. Your kitchen is beautiful. Do you mind if I ask how much the cabinetry was from AllStyle Retrofit? Thank you!

  2. Hey Valerie, I think the total for my IKEA cabinets and AllStyle fronts was around $8000, I did have a small press discount, and these are 2021 pricing (not sure if costs have gone up or not). I believe AllStyle has an FAQ section on their site that indicates the price difference between IKEA doors and panels vs their prices. I hope this helps!

  3. Do you have 10’ high beings? If so what sizes did you use for your upper cabinet

  4. Hi Emma. I love your kitchen, it is beautiful. Can you provide the type of sheen used for the cabinets? Thank you

  5. Hi Grace, as per the invoice it shows 20 degree sheen, but for matching purposes for other items in the kitchen they said is close to pearl!

  6. Hello!! I was wondering if the counter top is ikea as well. I’m around 3 hours away from an ikea and was wondering how everything gets put together at your house? I could probably figure out the cabinets, but the counter I’m like Huh???

  7. Hey, no sorry it isn’t, it’s Hanstone Quartz! They do have some nice options though!

  8. Hey Emma, thanks for all this info! So helpful. You mentioned that you can pick the BM color of choice when retrofitting through AllStyle- how does that match up with the Ikea white cabinets that you order? Did you end up painting those cabinets later, or does the retrofit door truly hide the color of the rest of the cabinet behind it?
    Also, can you share what style of retrofit door you went with through All Style? Thank you so much!