We are not affiliated or associated with Ikea in any way. All Semihandmade doors and parts are 100% after-market and meant to accessorize Ikea cabinet systems.
We make doors that fit both the old and new kitchen systems, closets, and some bathrooms.
No, their door styles are completely their own. We do not copy or match Ikea doors.
Most of our doors have veneer faces - veneer is a thin layer of real wood that is applied to both sides of a 3/4" MDF core. MDF, or Medium Density Fiberboard, is just about the flattest and most structurally stable surface available. That's why it's the standard substrate for kitchen cabinet doors. All our veneer doors have an MDF core. Color and Supermatte doors also have an MDF core. Our DIY Shaker doors have lumber frames and MDF panels. Reclaimed and Impression doors have particle-board cores. For more specifics, please consult our Materials page.
With the exception of our Reclaimed doors we do not make solid doors. 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.
Semihandmade veneer doors have 1 mil thickness edge-banding (Industry-standard is .5 mil) and panels have 3 mil nosing. Color and Supermatte doors have wrapped thermofoil edges. 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. Impression doors have .5 mil banding on doors and panels. Reclaimed doors and panels have 1 mil banding.
"Sequence-matching" only refers to Semihandmade Classic doors. If you've got something else from us, this doesn't apply. With our Classic doors, 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.
Please note, if your material comes from our Reclaimed or Classic lines, we are unable to guarantee the added-on product will be from the same batch originally ordered since veneers vary greatly in tone and pattern even within specific species. Additionally, sequencing for Add-On orders is not guaranteed.
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 some of their glass doors with ours. We do not offer "glass-ready" doors taller than 40". It is best to seek the assistance from a professional glass shop for proper cutting and installing of glass into our frames.
To us, the word "finish" refers to the product's protective final coating. It does not refer to a material choice, like "Walnut" or "Oak." Because of the exposure to water and heat in kitchens, we want Semihandmade doors to have maximum protection. Satin conversion varnish is the only finish we offer.
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:
For those reasons, "matching" our 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. Visit our Care & Cleaning page for more details.
No. Like the word "finishing," "staining" is also easily confused. For Semihandmade purposes, "staining" refers to darkening veneer or solid lumber, which sometimes amplifies its natural tones, but other times mute or muddies it. Because we love wood in its most basic, non-enhanced state, 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.
We don’t. If you want painted doors, our DIY Shaker and DIY Slab doors are perfect for you; we'll send everything unfinished and at a reduced price, and you can either paint the parts yourself or find someone local to get you the exact shade and tone you want. We do offer 8 color choices in our Supermatte collection that are made of thermofoil materials.
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, visit our Care & Cleaning page.
Yes, we make all standard sizes that they offer.
Yes, all standard doors and drawer faces are pre-drilled to function with Ikea's internal hardware (hinge, drawer). Panels and trim are not drilled, please refer to our installation manual for tips on installation here. As with Ikea, because panel installation can vary from project to project, no fasteners are included.
Yes, we offer cover panels for most panel ready appliances. We just need your appliance specs, along with exact panel dimensions. 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).
Unfortunately, no. Decorative hardware drilling is best done on-site.
We do! For more information, read the next answer below.
The biggest difference is our panels are 3/4" thick, and theirs are 1/2" and 5/8."
Note: unless requested, our panels are over-sized to account for irregularities in walls, floors and ceilings. They are meant to sit slightly past or "proud" of the cabinet facing for the most built-in look. Base and tall panels are meant to go directly to the floor (as opposed to having the plinth/toe-kick return around the cabinet's side). It's not rocket science, but you'll likely need a table saw and chop-saw. For examples, please consult our Gallery page.
No. Neutral edges are standard with 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.
Absolutely, most clients do! Click here for their free and amazingly 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 login information - email address and password - and we'll access the plans ourselves.
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.
It really depends on the cabinet in question. Consult a Sales Associate for details.
Sorry, we cannot.
We limit our custom offerings to shelves, floating shelves, bookcases and wine cabinets (see our homepage).
Depending on the parts, we often can. Consult a Sales Associate for details.
Once your layout is complete, email us your plans; we’ll confirm within 24 hours and send you a bid within 1-2 business days. Note: please send the entire design, with all the kitchen views, not just an itemized list of parts.
Our lead times can be found here.
Yes, depending on the material, orders can be expedited for an additional cost. Consult a Sales Associate for details.
Shipping can vary depending on size, weight and location of your order. Please click here to see shipping costs depending on location.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, and monthly financing via Bread. More Details.
If you live in California, New York, Illinois or Minnesota you will be charged applicable sales tax because we have physical presence in these states. If you live elsewhere, you will not be charged sales tax.
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.
We ship doors everywhere in the contiguous United States and lower Canadian provinces. We've shipped Semihandmade doors to over 40 states and the Great White North since our launch in late 2010 (yes, we're counting!).
All doors are totally insured against damage and are shipped LTL (a private shipper with Less-Than-a-Truckload) via curbside delivery. Please plan accordingly. Please note: White glove service and inside delivery are not available. For additional questions please contact us.
The only products available for pick up in our Duarte location are Semihandmade kitchen fronts; everything else ships directly from our different manufacturing facilities around the US.
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.
We allow clients 48 hours to cancel their order, but they are responsible for any restocking fees and credit card processing fees.
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: Any physical damage to the outside of packaging must be photographed and reported to firstname.lastname@example.org within 24 hours. All damage claims are void if not reported to Semihandmade within 3 business days of delivery.
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