Saturday, April 30, 2016

My METOD Makeover: Installation

When I was researching on the IKEA kitchen buying process, I did not find much information on the interwebs. So I thought I'd write up a bit more on it. It's a bit longer and heavier than usual. But bear with me. I believe it'll be useful for the next person planning an IKEA kitchen purchase.

My kitchen planning process

I'm old school so I used pen and paper to plan before I laid my plans down on the software. IKEA even provided grid paper here.

Firstly, I familiarised myself with the height, widths and depths of the METOD cabinets. The basic frames are as follows:

Wall cabinets:
Widths: 20cm, 40cm, 60cm, 80cm.
Height: 40cm, 60cm, 80cm.
Depth: 37cm (39cm with doors)

Base cabinets:
Widths: 20cm, 40cm, 60cm, 80cm.
Height: 80cm (with countertop and plinths, it comes up to 92cm)
Depth: 37cm, 60cm. (39cm or 62cm with doors)

There are also open cabinets, high cabinets, wall cabinets with drawers, fridge cabinets in different dimensions.

Then starting from one corner of the wall, I added the right combination of base cabinets according to the length of the wall and how I would use the cabinets. (Eg. a pull out cabinet for sauces and condiments to the left of my stove, drawers for cutlery in the kitchen island) Did the same for the wall cabinets. When I had a rough idea of how it should go I was ready to plan online.

How to use the IKEA Home Planner

You know, the IKEA Home Planner is delightful and at the same time, is responsible for my greatly reduced hair count. The learning curve was a little steep for me actually. It was laggy, it didn’t carry the full range and didn’t always do what I wanted it to. I would click to rotate a cabinet, cook dinner and come back to it and it’s still turning.

Then, I went to IKEA and watched the pros, the Kitchen Planners, use it and picked up a few tricks. After that, it played nice with me and it quickly became my favourite night time activity. Because what’s better than watching kitchen doors transform from BROKHULT to RINGHULT? Sigh ... I have no life.

If you’re using the IKEA Home Planner for the first time, you’ll need to create a profile so you can save your work. You’ll be asked to install a browser plug-in too. Once you've done that, the fun (and hair pulling) begins.

Here are 10 useful tips when using the IKEA Home Planner:

1. When creating your layout, use “3D Line View” (which is the ugly line drawing version) instead of “Front 3D View”. It loads much faster. Switch to “Front 3D View” only when you want to see how it looks in 3D.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

My METOD Makeover: And so it begins...

Ever since the launch of the new METOD kitchen range, I’ve developed a major crush on it. Whenever I visit IKEA, I would open and slam the doors just to hear "nothing". (Yay for soft-closing!)  And don't get me started on the super configurable drawer dividers, fittings and accessories. All just soooo organized!

Then I go home, glare at my kitchen and sigh ...

My current kitchen is my first.

But we’ve lost a lot of love. When I moved into my apartment 16 years ago, I didn’t know very much about the way kitchens should flow or understood how I preferred to prepare food and cook. But in time I learnt a thing or two and cooked many more meals.

It’s a custom built and it’s not an awful kitchen. Not by a long shot. The white laminate doors show no signs of yellowing or chipping. It has adequate countertop space, does offer decent storage and does abide to the working triangle rule (even though I knew nothing about that then).

Layout wise, it's an open plan. Next to the kitchen is my home office. And further down, is my living room. (Not in picture) Because it's so open and the first thing anyone sees when they come through the door, it needs to at least look neat. Being handsome would, of course, be a bonus.

While the current kitchen is adequate, there are a few things that irk me.

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