Upgrading Doors for IKEA

If you have (or are planning on purchasing) kitchen cabinet boxes and hardware from IKEA, but want a look and feel that IKEA doesn't offer—you've come to the right place.

Scherr's Shaker Doors on IKEA Cabinet Boxes

Although we make high quality custom cabinets, we understand that custom cabinetry often doesn't fit into many people's budgets or schedules. For years we've made doors to function with existing cabinetry as well—you could say it's a way of meeting our Customers halfway. Our shop and our sales team are fully equipped to handle making doors, drawer fronts, trim, and other components to work with IKEA's AKURUM and SEKTION kitchen lines of cabinetry. We can also do the same for PAX wardrobes and GODMORGON bathroom vanities. As an alternative to having us build your cabinets, you can purchase IKEA cabinets and have us make your doors to give you that high quality looking kitchen you have always wanted. 

How do I order Doors and Drawer Fronts to fit IKEA cabinets?

IKEA has some great online resources, such as their online planner which allows you to create a 3d model to place and configure your cabinets. If you've taken this route you will be given the option to share a link to or create a pdf of the project (keep in mind this may change over time.) You can send us the link to your project or send us the pdf to sales@scherrs.com. We are very familiar with most all the configurations IKEA has for the SEKTION kitchen line and can work from the "item list" generated from the IKEA planner. You will need to build your kitchen or project in the planner with the doors and drawer fronts on.  Cabinets made by IKEA can have many different configurations for each cabinet model and it's necessary for us to see how you plan on having your cabinets configured.

If you need help designing your IKEA kitchen there is a resource for designing and planning an IKEA kitchen and that's over at IKD - https://inspiredkitchendesign.com/. We can work with their plans as well, just be sure to have an IKEA "item list" to accompany the plans they create with you.


If you plan on modifying the height or width of their cabinets, you will need to specify which model of cabinet you are modifying as well as the before and after dimensions. If you modify a cabinet on your own, you will need to supply the measurements of any custom doors or drawer fronts needed for them. We do not take responsibility for incorrect measurements on doors and drawer fronts made for modified IKEA cabinetry.

Other components

If you want any of the following things made to match the doors and drawer fronts you'll be ordering from us, you need to include some information in your email to us:

Cover Panels: Other names of cover panels are "End Panels", "Filler Panels", or "Applied Ends" and are meant to give a finished appearance over a broad area. Usually cover panels are made to fit on the sides or back of cabinets to give the cabinet a finished look that matches the finish of the doors.  Cover panels are figured as slab panels in either a veneer or a painted finish to match the finish of the front doors.  We can adjust cover panels to match the style of your doors if you request this option as well.  If you have the sizes of the cover panels you want you can list this out in the email you send to us.  If you need help with this we can usually go off your IKEA layout if you provide one and we can estimate where cover panels will need to go off this layout.  We can also always discuss the cover panel placement over email or the phone to make sure everything is accounted for correctly before placing an order with us. 

All cover panels are either the dimensions you specify or are made to match the full size of what they are covering,  If you would prefer any cover panels to be made oversized to be trimmed to fit on site you will need to let us know this detail.  Our standard setup is for the cover panels are made to fit without needing any trimming but we can do it either way you want.

Custom appliance panels: We can do custom appliance panels as long as the appliance is panel ready.  All you need to do is provide the make and model of the appliance you are using and we will quote the panels off this information.

Toekicks, fillers, deco-strips, and moldings: We can provide any of this if you want any of these items included on the quote just include this information on the email.  We can either estimate how much of this material you need or you can provide the total length you want to order.

When it comes to installing our toe kicks on IKEA cabinetry there are a few methods to accomplish this setup.  The first option is if you purchase IKEA legs for the base cabinets.  You will want to attach IKEA toe kicks behind our toe kicks simply by running wood screws through the IKEA toe kick and into our toe kick to accomplish this task.  If you do this the toe kicks will just snap into place to the IKEA legs.  Another option is you can build your own base.  The last option is if you want more flexibility on where the legs go under the IKEA cabinets we do offer legs you can order through us that can get screwed on the bottom of the IKEA base cabinets so you can place these legs where you want.  Feel free to ask if you have any questions about any of this.

Custom cabinets: We do provide custom cabinetry that can fit in well with the IKEA cabinets.  If there is a spot or two where you want to do something custom that you cannot do with IKEA cabinets that is where we come in.  If you have a drawing or an inspirational photo of what you want you can send this over in the email.  We will also need the Width x Height x Depth of the cabinet you want to order and if there is anything else special you want done on the cabinet let us know.  Our cabinets are custom made so we do offer many options that are not available with IKEA cabinetry


A few technical details

For normal cabinet doors built for IKEA cabinets, we automatically assume they will need bored holes for the European style concealed hinges that IKEA provides to you. If you are getting grain matched doors or you are cutting the cabinet to a custom height then you will need to specify if doors are lefts or rights, otherwise most IKEA cabinet doors are already reversible. Drawer fronts are pre-drilled to attach to IKEA's drawer slide hardware. Pull-out doors will need to be drilled by the person installing the cabinets on site. (Pull-out doors are cabinets that have a door that functions as a drawer.) All doors and drawer fronts are under-sized 1/8" (1/16" on the left and right—this is called the "reveal.") In the end this creates a 1/8" gap between all cabinet doors and drawer fronts. This clearance is needed to allow doors and drawers to open and close without running into one another.


When you receive a quote from us we will annotate each door and drawer front to correspond to the numbers assigned to the cabinets in your item list from IKEA. Please allow a few business days before expecting a quote as our expert combs through every detail of every customers' project plans. We move fast but we don't like to rush the planning and measuring of something as important as your kitchen.

We can send you your doors, drawer fronts, and other components unfinished, clear-coated, primed, or painted any color available from Sherwin Williams. Choosing to order unfinished or engineered doors will drastically improve how quickly we can send your order out.  Our lead times depend on how busy we are when you place an order.  Unfinished door lead times is generally 2-5 weeks out, engineered door lead times are generally around 4 weeks, and projects with finish work can be out 2-4 months.  Everything gets made after placing an order we do not carry any in stock items.


So, your checklist of information to include when you are requesting a quote is as follows:

  1. Your Kitchen/Project Plans with the "item list" (if you have an Akurum kitchen, just make a list of the components you need however you are able with quantities, type, and size - NOTE: it is not necessary to perfectly accurate with your measurements, we will be matching your list up with our database of standard sizes.)
  2. The Style#, Finishing Choice, Wood Choice, and any other style choices of the doors/drawer fronts
  3. Extras to be included (cover panels, toekicks, molding, etc.)
  4. A shipping address so that we can included the shipping costs in your quote
  5. Contact information so that we can get a hold of you if we have any questions


Once you believe you have all of your information together, please send it to sales@scherrs.com. Please know that sometimes our quote for your project will come from a different email address than the one you are sending your request to and may be filtered into your spam or junk folder. If you haven't heard from us in a week, check there first - then send us a follow up. We always try to respond promptly and thoughtfully to every email we receive.


Ok! Send your request on over! We can't wait to see what you're working on!