(Apologies in advance for what will be a long and somewhat technical post, but I want to record this information down for future reference!)
Having decided on adding high level storage to the room, I turned to IKEA to help me out rather than going down the expensive bespoke joinery route. I can fit six 600mm units perfectly across the room length and have a somewhat generous (but still acceptable) 75mm reveal gap at each end as a reveal gap and to allow tolerance for out of plumb walls and for them to be mounted straight. So the question was what 600mm wide x 380mm deep x 400mm tall IKEA cabinet to go for?
IKEA has, in a nutshell, three storage systems :
- BESTA for living rooms
- PAX for bedroom wardrobes
- METOD for kitchens.
METOD replaced the old FAKTUM last year and is called SEKTION in the USA (coming soon I read). But just because they are designed with those rooms in mind, doesn’t mean you need to stick with that if the sizes don’t work.
I knew I didn’t want a PAX system for our high level guest bedroom cabinets, as at 600mm deep it would project out too far.
My plan was to go for either some METOD kitchen upper cabinets (380mm deep), or the BESTA wall system (also available at 380mm deep and a shallower 200mm designed for CDs and DVDs it seems).
Not being familiar with the new door front finishes I figured a visit to IKEA Croydon was needed as not all white doors are created equal so head off yesterday evening after work.
The results of my findings for the white doors are shown in the images above and described below:
HAGGBEY – Entry level white kitchen door – and it looks it. Thin looking melamine foil with plastic edge visible at top and bottom. A matt finish.
VEDDINGE – Nicest kitchen door in my opinion. A spray painted finish which wraps around all four edges in a soft matt finish.
RINGHULT – The choice for if you want a high gloss finish. Thick good quality foil with plastic lipping visible at top and bottom though.
NODSTA – A really nice soft matt finish, and a thicker 18mm thick door to accommodate the recessed aluminium finger pull handle across the top. Also a foil with the plastic edge lipping visible at the side.
SELSVIKEN – Good thick quality high gloss white foil wrapping around the sides, with plastic lipping visible at top and bottom.
LAPPVIKEN – good quality foil in soft Matt white with plastic lipping visible at top and bottom
HANVIKEN – soft Matt finish applied in a foil – shaker style (ie not flat panel). Central panel is quite thin and feels a bit flimsy.
Unfortunately there is no sprayed finish door in the BESTA system so was leaning towards METOD with a VEDDINGE door. I wanted to ideally avoid the plastic lip as it tends to attract grime in the ridge over time based on experience in my previous flat.
BUT as its below your eye level, the base of the kitchen upper cabinet is not designed to be visible so there are loads of screws visible on the underside. Not ideal for a unit I am mounting up near the ceiling height. To solve this at my old flat, I fixed a thin piece of MDF to the underside and painted it. Certainly an option – but it doesn’t give a nice satin factory finish.
I then had the potentially brilliant idea of buying the nicer VEDDINGE kitchen doors for the BESTA units as they are the same size – BUT the holes for the hinges on the kitchen doors are set too low (the BESTA unit had a thicker base) – so that would mean some complicated modification (see images)
(As a side note however – it looks like you might be able to go the other way and put BESTA doors on the METOD system)
So what’s a girl to do?!
After much deliberation (and sleeping on it) I decided to go with the BESTA units with the LAPPVIKEN doors as they will look the neatest from the underside – which is what you see most in this instance.
(I know, too much information, but maybe someone else will find it useful!)