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Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

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So, plan is to buy new Ikea kitchen and fit it in my kitchen by myself. I have the tools, I am a bit of a DIY guy plus I will have a help from a friend. Should we be able to do it? Will there be instructions with it to follow? How difficult will it be? I have already booked an electrician to do the wiring etc I will just need to do the assembly.

Another question, how much would it be to get a DIY person to do it? Alternatively, does anyone know how much it is to get the IKEA guys to fit it for me?

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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

I think it is more than feasible, I would do the same as you. My only concern in this case is:

How does the guarantee work on your applicances, as they were not installed by IKEA?

That's an important question to ask I think. Otherwise, all for it.
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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

I think the difficulty lies in getting all the cupboards to achieve the same height. I think the profi-workers have pieces of thin wood and hardboard on hand, to slip under the cupboards where they need a bit of height.

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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

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So, plan is to buy new Ikea kitchen and fit it in my kitchen by myself. I have the tools, I am a bit of a DIY guy plus I will have a help from a friend. Should we be able to do it? Will there be instructions with it to follow? How difficult will it be? I have already booked an electrician to do the wiring etc I will just need to do the assembly.

Another question, how much would it be to get a DIY person to do it? Alternatively, does anyone know how much it is to get the IKEA guys to fit it for me?

Thanks
Yeah there will be instruction with diagram. You could do it yourself if you have the right tools. If your table is large and heavy ask your friend to hold while you assemble. I have installed all my stuffs my self. So far no problem. I have even modified one cupboard. Good luck.
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So, plan is to buy new Ikea kitchen and fit it in my kitchen by myself. I have the tools, I am a bit of a DIY guy plus I will have a help from a friend. Should we be able to do it? Will there be instructions with it to follow? How difficult will it be? I have already booked an electrician to do the wiring etc I will just need to do the assembly.
You may be able to do it or maybe not. Assembling the modules was quite easy, it is everything else that needs to be done around that it difficult. What about the carrelage or tiling, plumbing, fitting the appliances, etc.? Having done an IKEA kitchen with 100% DIY, expect the unexpected. Unless you are fitting the exact same dimensions as the existing kitchen, expect wall work, tiling, and plumbing issues, which can be significant. We installed a stone/granite countertop, and while nice, this is an added mess. They have to special measure it after you install your kitchen, so several weeks/months without countertop, it is very fragile and heavy so it is very difficult to install. We also installed a countertop stove placque, but it was on a different electric currency than the rest of the house, the electrician had to drill through the basement, the concrete floor to make a new connection to this appiance, then jackhammer the hell out of the wall, all had to be rebuilt. Inserting appliances into the built in cupboards is not easy and you have to build in the ventilation as well. Count in new lighting fixtures, etc.

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Another question, how much would it be to get a DIY person to do it? Alternatively, does anyone know how much it is to get the IKEA guys to fit it for me?

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It can be prohibitively expensive for the IKEA guys to do it. The have the info on line, or you can confirm the exact price when going to buy it. It also depends on how far you are from the store as I recall.
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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

how will you get the counter-top cut to the right dimensions and the place for the sink cut-away? or do ikea do this for you? for me, this is the critical bit that is difficult and requires equipment.

assembly, tiling, appliances can be done fairly easily. takes time too. just removing the old fridge and fitting the new fridge took me the best part of 4 hours.

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how will you get the counter-top cut to the right dimensions and the place for the sink cut-away? or do ikea do this for you? for me, this is the critical bit that is difficult and requires equipment.
If the granite ones, they come and special measure everthing down to the millimeter once it is fitted. The counters are custom made (certain shapes allowed, others not; standard depth I believe) with the cutouts already there, ie. for stovetop, sink, etc... What was kind of bizarre though, the sink itself had no hole for the tap, it resulted in more than one swear word from the plumber on that one.

For the wood laminate counters, I am not sure, but believe they make the cutouts too.
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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

Send a PM to Papa Goose ( http://www.englishforum.ch/members/1...apa-goose.html ) he is the resident fitter, fixer and assembler here. He'd surely know and you'd do far worse than using him as the second pair of hands; you'd be guaranteed quality work alongside a damn good laugh!!
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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

I installed such a kitchen with my father a few years ago.
It was all like you expect from Ikea, easy construction etc.

However, if you have a L-shape kitchen you might have a challenge as (at least in the Netherlands) no 2 walls make a perfect 90deg corner.
This required some thinking and modification at the time.
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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

Suggest you check the walls to see how flat and even they are otherwise you may need to buy an electric planar. In the UK this is a real problem in my experience but here they appear better. If you live in a old wood house good luck.
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I think the difficulty lies in getting all the cupboards to achieve the same height. I think the profi-workers have pieces of thin wood and hardboard on hand, to slip under the cupboards where they need a bit of height.
You can adjust the heights of each cupboard about 5-8mm when they are hung on the wall to get height alignment. Same for the doors.
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How does the guarantee work on your applicances, as they were not installed by IKEA?
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The same as any other purchase in CH, you take it back.....
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Send a PM to Papa Goose ( http://www.englishforum.ch/members/1...apa-goose.html ) he is the resident fitter, fixer and assembler here. He'd surely know and you'd do far worse than using him as the second pair of hands; you'd be guaranteed quality work alongside a damn good laugh!!
+1. He's been there and has done it before, and his rates are quite reasonable.
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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

Thanks everybody, great help. I will look more into it this weekend and consult my friend.
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Old 08.10.2011, 16:31
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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

Make sure you have enough time to do this. Depends on your neighbours but in most places plan on finishing @ 10pm ( or earlier) & no Sunday working - I mean drilling holes & such.
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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

I did the very same, when I renovated my old house 10yrs. ago. The house dates from the late 1920's so nice flat and flush walls and 90° angles were non existent. I did re-insulate the exterior walls and install Fermocell interior walls which helped.

We used their (Ikea's) computer-aided design service to ensure units would fit our dimensions and optimize our limited space, which I would recommend - computer program automatically orders everything down to last handle and hinge.

Units were assembled and screwed to the (Fermocell) wall, and to each other to attain the same and correct height - although we had units without a footboard and with adjustable legs, too, to allow for uneven floor.

The pressed wood, laminated work surface was bought separately and I cut out myself the holes for sink and hob - which, with the oven and extractor fan were purchased as part of the Ikea package, but (free standing) fridge/freezer and fitted dishwasher were sourced from elsewhere.

Until this house renovation, I had had no real previous experience of such a practical project, but certainly had no problems regarding the installation of the kitchen.

N.B. Electrical and plumbing were completed by trade professionals (but the whole house was re-wired and re-plumbed, anyway).
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Old 08.10.2011, 18:41
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Re: Assembly and fitting of an Ikea kitchen?

The first thing you must do is to look where the water drain is. This is one thing in a kitchen that is very hard to change.
Next you must make a ground plan of the room you have, with the drain marked on it. Now you can start planing your kitchen, with the washing-up in the same unit as the drain. The rest is quite easy.
The (Ikea's) computer-aided design service, from their internet site is a great help for this.
Most of your elec-cables you can run under the units (they stand on 12 to 15cm high feet)
The ventilation pipe is another little problem, but with a little thought its always possible to find a way out.
The last kitchen that I fitted was last wednesday in the Vallis, so it is all fresh in my memory.

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