Thoughts On The New Ikea Kitchen

By now you’ve no doubt heard of IKEA's “Metod” cabinet line that will be arriving in the US and Canada within the next year to replace the current Akurum system.  For a video introduction - and only part of it in Swedish! - go ahead and click here. Pretty cool, huh?  As much as we're huge Akurum fans and it's been the launching pad for everything Semihandmade, we are definitely impressed with what we've seen so far and intrigued with Metod's possibilities - more versatile interior hardware, easier installation, cleaner lines.  Even the new fronts and finishes we like!  What seems obvious is that a great deal of time, thought and money has gone into refining the entire kitchen system.  And while it's maybe a fair question to ask "Why fix it if it ain't broken?" after over 20 years of success with Akurum, there's no harm in trying something new, right? It's not like they've overhauled their entire catalogue.  Nothing has changed with their Pax closets, Godmorgon and Lillangen bathrooms, and Besta media lines, and we'll continue to pump out doors, drawer fronts and panels for each of those systems as long as you'll have us! Still, we're flooded with more and more Metod questions every week, so we thought we'd take a moment to share what we know: 1) What's in a name?  The new line will be called "Sektion." 2) How is Sektion different than Akurum?  Keep in mind that what arrives in the US and Canada may be very different than what is happening overseas as cabinets in Europe are generally more space-sensitive and the faces more contemporary, but based on the videos we've seen the outside cabinet dimensions are different, and overall the system looks more modular with parts easily interchangeable; a single door can cover multiple boxes, more than one drawer can hide behind a single drawer face.  There is also color featured on accent cabinets, as well as the addition of open bookcases to compliment things like islands. 3) When will Sektion arrive in the US and Canada?  Late January/Early February of 2015. 4) What happens to Akurum?  Production will cease on the Akurum system by the end of this year, 2014. 5) And that famous IKEA™ 25-Year Limited WarrantyGreat question.  25 years is a long time.  What happens if I buy a product on Monday... that gets discontinued Tuesday... then heaven forbid breaks on Wednesday (or Thursday, or Friday, or 18 years of Fridays from now)?  Fair concern, right?  Here we are guessing A) there will be a stockpile of Akurum parts to honor any claims, and when that runs out they'll just have to replace your old cabinets with the new line, B) IKEA™ no doubt did a ton of research before coming up with the number "25," and since most folks replace their kitchens every 10 years or so there's a great chance there won't be any issues with your Akurum kitchen before you replace it with the Sektion line (and Semihandmade doors, of course) in 2024, C) maybe most exciting for a lot of people, and totally worth the risk, is the possibility IKEA™ will be offering some killer sales before the end of the year to unload a ton of stock (including the kitchen sale that starts June 27!!!). 6) When will you start offering Sektion doors?  As soon as dimensions are available to us, Semihandmade will begin production of Sektion-compatible doors.  We are guessing we'll have all the dimensions by the end of the year, although the sale of our doors won't commence until Sektion hits US and Canada IKEAs™. 7) Will you continue offering Akurum doors?  Semihandmade will absolutely continue offering doors for the IKEA™ Akurum kitchen system for as long as people have them! The IKEA™ UK site also answers a bunch of questions. Have we forgotten anything?  We love your input, so definitely let us know!

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