Update IKEA Cabinets with New Doors from Semihandmade

Update IKEA Cabinets with New Doors from Semihandmade

Lauren Zerbey
Aug 24, 2011

Store History

  • Founded: 2010
  • Founded by: John McDonald
  • Headquarters: Los Angeles

There's no shortage of brilliant IKEA hacks on the interwebs, but the thought of custom making door and drawer fronts for an entire kitchen can be a bit daunting. Fortunately, there's semihandmade to save the day. Whether you're planning a new kitchen or updating an older one, the LA-based company offers everything from DIY unpainted MDF to reclaimed woods.

Semihandmade was founded in 2010 and is an offshoot of the Los Angeles studio, Handmade. The company makes doors and drawer fronts for every kitchen cabinet box that IKEA offers and can be installed on new or older cabinets. Door materials are divided into 5 categories: DIY, Classic, Specialty, Premium and Reclaimed and include species like Douglas Fir, Mahogany, White Oak, Rift Walnut, Rift Teak, Laminate and Bamboo. Their reclaimed options currently include material from old basketball courts, wine casks and framing lumber. Why do they only work with IKEA components? Unlike most companies, IKEA allows customers to buy cabinets without doors. Additionally, their cabinet boxes are industry-standard three-quarter-inch thick and use high-end Blum hinges and drawer slides.

Replacing doors and drawer fronts on an existing IKEA kitchen saves money and keeps useable cabinet boxes out of the landfill. If you're starting a brand new kitchen project and aren't finding IKEA door options that suit your tastes, the semihandmade route might be just what you're looking for. In fact, the company suggests that their products save 30-40% on the cost of a typical custom kitchen!

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