To prepare your quote, we will need your plan from the Ikea Kitchen Planner, including fronts.
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The Ikea kitchen design tool - AKA Ikea Kitchen Planner - will help you finalise your Plum order within minutes (without having to hand-fill your basket!)
At face value, the Ikea Kitchen Planner seems about as simple as pronouncing Swedish-references with a Daim stuck in your teeth. Don't take it out on the chocolate! Practice makes perfect, right? Well, after countless sleepless nights in front of our screens, we’ve put together a little list of tricks to avoid any Ikea planner pitfalls. Once mastered, you can use your plan to place your Plum order via the Plum Scanner, without having to fill your basket front by front.
Keep this memo handy when designing your kitchen, you'll be an expert in no time!
You could've sworn your room was perfectly rectangular and that your cabinets would fit without a doubt. But then you realised the wall isn't quite straight after all, and its neighbour not quite at 45°. As a general rule, always leave a 5 cm margin between a cabinet and a wall, even if this means giving up a cabinet for a narrower module. This avoids any unpleasant surprises due to incorrect measurements and uneven walls! The gap between the wall and the cabinet at the end of the shelf can always be covered with a filler panel later.
We know it's hard to know how high to place your overhead cabinets when you're not standing in your kitchen. Don't panic: Ikea offers standard heights which you can safely opt for if you don't have a sloped roof or any other specific constraints. Overhead cabinets are generally installed between 50 and 60 cm high, unless you cook with gas. In that case, you'll need to allow 70 cm between your hobs and your rangehood.
An island, two shelves and an American-style fridge... Although it's tempting to fit all the pieces of your dream kitchen in one room, check that you have the necessary space, and not just length. It's best to allow 90 cm between two rows, so that you can open your cabinet doors and move around freely.
It lives rent-free in your dreams, an extra large kitchen piano simmering your meals. But you have to face the facts: fitting it into a kitchenette isn't exactly realistic. When you buy your hob, take into account the overall space available: whether gas or induction, they should not be installed directly against the wall or near a water point. We recommend leaving about ten centimetres of work surface between the hob and the wall, and 60 cm between the hob and sink.
You're at your wits' end. No matter how many times you position your cabinets ten centimetres apart to leave a space for your water supply, the Ikea Kitchen Planner insists on putting them back together. While it may be convenient sometimes, the magnet effect isn't always helpful. Our tip: keep clicking on the cabinet until it's outlined in green. You can then place it anywhere you like!
We know that perfecting the aesthetics of your Ikea kitchen when you're planning to order fronts and handles from Plum may seem a little pointless. However, playing around with options will give you a clearer idea of the final look, and will help you choose the right items. For example, you can change the colour of the Metod cabinet frames: they are white by default but you can also opt for black, which we particularly recommend if you're keen on dark doors and drawers. This way, you’ll avoid any visible contrast between your dark door fronts and the inside of your cabinets.
Having your dishwasher sit flush with your cabinets is good. Disguising it as drawers is even better! To simulate 3 drawers instead of one door, go to the right side of the Kitchen Planner page. Click the "configure" tab, then "change the appearance of the cabinet". You'll then see several door and drawer configuration options. Simply add Vaglig bars to your basket so you can put them together. These are not to be confused with Behjaplig bars, which are used to attach a front to a non-Ikea built-in dishwasher to not hinder its opening.
You're nearly there! All that's left to do is get your Ikea plan link by clicking "Share" to get started with the Plum Scanner. Our software will then scan your plan and provide you an exact list of fronts needed to create your dream Plum layout. However, please note that cover panels needed to create sides and fillers are not automatically added by the Ikea Kitchen Planner or the Plum Scanner. Don't forget to add them to your Plum order!
Back on the Ikea website, you want to finalise your order. Although you may be tempted to click "change everything in one click" to remove the fronts and plinths, there's a catch! Removing the doors from your Ikea plan will automatically remove hinges from your list too. Similarly, removing plinths will remove Metod legs. We suggest adding everything to your basket and removing the fronts and plinths manually. We promise it's not as tedious as it sounds!