Do you make doors for the new Ikea Sektion kitchen system?

We do!  We also make doors for its predecessor, the Akurum kitchen system.

Can you copy existing Ikea door styles?

No, Ikea's door styles are their own:  We do not copy or match them.  What we make are custom, totally one-of-a-kind doors that fit Ikea kitchens, bathrooms and various other cabinets.

What are Semihandmade doors made of? 

Most of our doors have veneer faces - veneer is a thin layer of real wood - applied to both sides of a 3/4" MDF core.  MDF, or Medium Density Fiberboard is just about the flattest and most structurally predictable surface available.  That's why it's the standard substrate for kitchen cabinet doors. COLOR doors have an MDF core and melamine faces.  Our Bamboo is plywood and you can see the bamboo plywood edges. SHAKER doors have solid lumber frames and panels (except our DIY SHAKER doors which have MDF panels).  RECLAIMED doors have a solid wood 1/8" veneer on the front and a neutral melamine back.

Do you make solid doors?

With the exception of our RECLAIMED doors, and the frames on our SHAKER doors, we don’t.  Despite what you may have heard or read, and what may have been the case 30 years ago, solid wood cabinet doors no longer exist.  Exposure to heat, moisture and sunlight force wood to expand and contract - it will warp, crack and cup otherwise - which is the reason for using veneer on MDF. Really MDF should stand for "Miraculous Dense Fiberboard" because it performs so well and at a reasonable price.

How do the edges on your doors come?

Semihandmade veneer doors have 1 mil thickness edge-banding (Industry-standard is .5 mil) and their panels have 3 mil nosing.  COLOR doors have 1 mil banding on both doors and panels.  SHAKER doors come unbanded (all have solid wood rails/stiles) but panels have 3 mil nosing.  DIY Slab doors have 1 mil nosing and 3 mil banding on panels.  Bamboo doors and panels have no nosing; their edges are exposed bamboo plywood.  RECLAIMED doors have 1 mil nosing and their panels are 1/8" reclaimed lumber nosing.  

What do you mean by "sequence-matched"?

If we've done our job correctly, your kitchen, bathroom or closet should tell a story.  To accomplish that, all the veneers for your particular room come from the same tree with the grain matched to provide a repetitive pattern.  All the door and drawer parts are then cut in "sequence" so that each piece cascades into the next and fits together like a puzzle.  For exceptionally large rooms, more than one sequence may be used, but we're always careful to choose veneers with similar grain patterns and coloring.  

Please note: 1) While our veneers do have repetitive book-matching patterns on them, we do not offer the traditional definition of "book-matched veneers" in which each door and drawer face has the book-matching centered on it.  While stunning visually, that is a much more expensive process and involves tremendous waste.  2) Panels, trim, filler and plinth do not run in sequence, although they do come from the same veneer "batch" as the doors and drawer faces to ensure similar grain-pattern and coloring.

Do you offer glass doors? 

The only glass doors we offer are Shaker-style, with the rails and stiles 2.5" wide.  Because of the possibility of damage while shipping, and so you can get the exact type you want, those doors come without glass.  It's also not uncommon for our Clients to mix Ikea Jutis (Sektion) and Rubrik (Akurum) glass doors with our Semihandmade doors.

What types of finishes do you offer?                                                                                  

Because of the exposure to water and heat in kitchens, we want our doors to have maximum protection. Satin conversion varnish is our standard finish.

Can I match your finish?

Our finish is a solvent-based (as opposed to water-based) conversion varnish made by Chemcraft.  It is commercial-grade, not available for purchase on store shelves, and needs to be

1) heated before using, 

2) applied with professional spray equipment, and

3) heated again while drying to accelerate/activate the hardening process. 

For those reasons, "matching" our the exact brand of finish isn't likely unless you go to a professional finisher.  Past clients, though, have had great success with store-bought lacquers and polyurethanes.  We suggest practicing on the back of a piece of trim before final application.  Please see our Care & Cleaning page for more details.

Do you stain your doors?

No.  The terms "staining" and "finishing" are often and easily confused. "Staining" darkens the veneer, sometimes amplifying its natural tones, but other times muting or muddying it.  "Finishing" seals the wood, and that can be over a stain or simply atop the raw wood itself.  We love wood in its most basic, non-enhanced state, and for that reason we don't stain our doors; all of our veneers have a clear-coat finish to maintain the tree's natural beauty.  If you'd like to stain your parts yourself, we offer a 10% discount on unfinished doors.

Do you paint your doors?

We don’t.  If you want painted doors, our DIY Shaker and DIY Slab doors could be perfect for you; we'll send everything unfinished and at a reduced price, and you can find someone local to get you the exact shade and tone you want.  The same holds true for people who want veneer doors stained.  

How do I care for my doors? 

Use a damp cloth with non-abrasive soap to clean your cabinets, and dry immediately. Never leave any water standing on cabinet surfaces.  Orange oil/wax is also effective, as is mineral spirits, but please use sparingly.  For more information on Semihandmade door, panel and drawer face care and maintenance, please see our Care & Cleaning page.


Do you make Ikea doors that have been discontinued?

We don't.  In this instance, we suggest you try various Ikea stores, go on Ebay, or search the Web.

Do all your parts come in the Ikea sizes? 

Yes, we offer every part and standard size that Ikea offers. 

Is everything pre-drilled for Ikea hardware? 

Yes, all doors, drawer faces and plinths/toe-kicks are pre-drilled to exact Ikea specifications.

Do you offer dishwasher, refrigerator and other custom-sized appliance panels? 

We do.  We just need your appliance specs.  Please note: all panels are made to recommended manufacturer dimensions, but drilling for attachment to the particular appliance is entirely the responsibility of the customer or installer (this is industry-standard, and easy-to-follow templates come with the instructions).

If we've picked out door handles/drawer pulls we like, will you pre-drill the holes for them?

Unfortunately, no.  This is best done on-site.  

Do you offer base, wall and tall panels?

We do!  For more information, read the next answer below.

Do any of your components differ from Ikea's?

The biggest difference between Semihandmade and Ikea facing is the fact that all our panels are 3/4" thick as opposed to Ikea's 1/2" and 5/8" thick panels.  That's because our panels come from the same sequence-matched stock as our doors and drawer faces.  Additionally, our panels come slightly over-sized to account for irregularities in walls, floors and ceilings, so cutting and scribing are involved to achieve a custom, built-in look.  It's not rocket science, but you'll more than likely need a table saw and chop-saw.  

Design-wise, our panels are meant to sit slightly past or "proud" of the cabinet facing for the most built-in look.  In the case of base panels, they are meant to go directly to the floor (as opposed to having the plinth/toe-kick return around the cabinet's side).  For panel photos, please see our Gallery.

Should I be concerned about the white, brown or birch Ikea (Akurum) cabinet edges showing?

This is another question we get quite a bit and our answer is: Neutral edges are standard in European cabinetry, as is a 1/8" to 3/32" reveal between doors and drawer faces; you'll only notice the gap if you look very closely.  For anything that is exposed - like the sides of cabinets and adjustable feet - we offer matching panels and plinths/toe-kicks for a completely custom look. 


Can I design my kitchen myself?

You can!  Click here for Ikea's free, easy-to-use Kitchen Planner.  Once your design is complete, forward us the complete plans (with elevations) directly from the website, or download the PDF and email that to us.  If you're having trouble, simply send us your Ikea login information - email address and password - and we'll access the plans ourselves.

Can I work with other design programs or an architect? 

Yes, we can definitely use Google Sketch-up or architectural drawings as long as elevations with dimensions are included and they are sent in PDF or JPEG format.  Even hand-drawings work if they're legible!

If I modify an Ikea cabinet, can you make me a custom door/drawer size?

Yes, we can make custom sized door/drawer as long as  you provide the exact dimensions. 

What if I've got a kitchen/bathroom that's not from Ikea.  Can you make doors for that?

Sorry. While we can make custom-sized parts/doors within the context of a standard IKEA project, we do NOT make doors/parts for non-Ikea projects. 

Do you offer custom cabinets?

We limit our custom offerings to shelves, floating shelves and open base and wall bookcases.  

What if I really want something custom that you don't offer?  Can you send me unfinished parts that match the rest of the kitchen so I can find someone local to make the piece?

Yes, we can do that!  

My layout is complete, what's next? 

Once your layout is complete, email us your plans; we’ll confirm within 48 hours and send you a bid within 3-4 days.  Please note: for people sending Ikea plans, please send the entire design, with all the kitchen views, not just the the itemized list of Ikea cabinetry.

What is the lead-time on orders?   

Depending on the time of year (and especially whether or not an Ikea kitchen sale is going on!), doors generally take 7-8 weeks from when the deposit is paid to shipment.

Can my order be expedited? 

Yes, orders can be expedited to ship in 4-5 weeks depending on the material for an additional cost. Call or email us for details.

What payment options do you offer?

We accept all major credit cards.

Will I be taxed? 

All items shipped or picked up within California are taxed.

What if I need to change my order?

We understand that design/construction changes often occur, sometimes even after an order is placed.  From receipt of the deposit, client is allotted 3 business days for regular orders to make changes, for a minimum $50 Change Request Fee per revision - depending on complexity - which is applied to the remaining balance. 

Any requests for revisions after this period is subject to a minimum $100 Change Request Fee per revision - again, depending on complexity - which is applied to the remaining balance.  Additionally, any changes made to an order after material is cut will incur a Re-Stocking Fee, a Change Request Fee and the cost of new item.  Client is welcome to keep unused pieces, if desired. 


Where do you ship?

We ship doors everywhere in the Continental United States and Canada. We've shipped Semihandmade doors to over 40 states and the Great White North since our launch in late 2010 (yes, we're counting!) 

How is my order shipped?

All doors are totally insured against damage and are shipped UPS Ground or LTL (that's means a private shipper with Less-Than-a-Truckload).

Can I pick up my order? 

Yes, customers are more than welcome to pick up their orders from our shop in Duarte, CA (just east of Pasadena). 

Is there a size limit to what you ship?   

There is.  To prevent damage, the maximum length of any Semihandmade piece we ship is 95".  For panels, the maximum height is 95", so if you need something taller it will come in 2 pieces and please note there WILL be a seam.

What if I want to cancel my order? 

We allow clients 48 hours to cancel their order, but they are responsible for any credit card processing fees.

What if something arrives damaged? 

The only thing more important than getting your order right is making sure it arrives in mint condition. To that end, we take great care in packing everything and stand behind our shipping agents. We ask that all customers check their delivery upon arrival and notify us of any problems within 3 business days. Documenting damage is vital, so please take photos and save all packing material. Please note: all damage claims are void if not made to Semihandmade within 3 business days of delivery.

What warranty do you offer on doors? 

Ikea cabinets and hardware come with a limited twenty-five-year warranty; consult the Ikea website or an Associate for more details.  Semihandmade offers a limited two-year warranty against manufacturer-related defects. Everyday occurrences like heat exposure, water damage, scratches and fading are not included. 

Do you honor returns? 

Because our products are totally made-to-order – nothing is made until your order is processed – we can't offer returns. We will, however, fix any manufacturer-related imperfection if a claim is made within three business days of arrival.