DIY kitchens for busy renovators

by Sandy Smith - 31/03/14, 11:59 PM

With makeover inspiration and how to renovate advice everywhere from The Block to Pinterest, it is not surprising that we have become a nation of DIY experts.

But how do you get a kitchen worthy of Masterchef if you are already flat out juggling other commitments?

We asked some experts to give their top tips for turning kitchen fantasies into a DIY reality.


“The kitchen really is the most important room in your home, it’s the central hub so it’s important to have a space that is not only stylish but is also smart with clever storage, practical workspaces and multifunctional elements” says Katrina Chambers, keen renovator and former contestant on Channel 9's The Block.

As a busy mother of three, Chambers knows it can be tricky to renovate if you already have a packed schedule. She recommends Ikea for kitchen renovation projects. Not only are Ikea kitchens easy to install yourself, but they are versatile too. “Ikea has a great range of kitchens that are affordable and can be tailored to suit your existing space” she says. “If you can’t afford an entirely new kitchen, give your existing one a facelift with new bench top surfaces, tap ware, cupboards and handles.”

Visit Ikea’s kitchen showroom and speak to a kitchen specialist to get you inspired and excited to start planning. “It’s a good way to see what you like and even give you new ideas you may not have thought of” says the Ikea kitchens expert. “The Inspiration Hub on the Ikea website is another great place to draw inspiration, check it out at IKEA.”

Jane Slack-Smith, author of Your Property Success With Renovation, has completed eight property renovations, including several using Ikea kitchens. She recommends choosing a neutral colour scheme that will see your kitchen through any fashion changes. “As a busy person think simple and clean lines. Make sure your kitchen is easy to use and you have heaps of storage.”

For help planning your kitchen, there are a few easy steps to follow says the Ikea kitchens expert.

“Measure the space a few times and make note of any power outlets, doors and windows. Accuracy here will make everything easier in the long run.”

“Plan your kitchen layout. There are lots of things to consider, like where to put the fridge and how to arrange the cabinets. A good place to start is to make a list of what aspects you like about your current kitchen and the things you’d like to change. You’ll find some handy tools on the IKEA website to help, such as the Kitchen Planner and Kitchen Selector. The Kitchen Planner enables you to create your new kitchen in 3D, modeled to your unique space, layout preference and measurements. It allows you to visualise how the kitchen will look, as well as giving you handy tips on recommended planning solutions.”

Maximise wall storage to organise your kitchen space more efficiently and get easy access to accessories while you’re cooking. Ikea’s Grundtal range of kitchen wall accessories is a quick and easy way to add style and functionality to an existing kitchen. Or try the Varde wall shelf to store coffee mugs and glasses.


If you have extra space, try adding a kitchen island. The Stenstorp free-standing kitchen island will provide extra bench space and additional storage below. Kitchen trolleys like Raskog are also a great feature.

And if you just want to update your kitchen look without embarking on a full renovation, consider adding a custom made glass splash back or even update your knobs and handles.

Ikea kitchens come flat packed are designed to be put together easily by the customer at home so your kitchen can be ready to use faster. “Many homeowners appreciate Ikea kitchens – they can be purchased and installed within days which is ideal if it’s say an investment property that urgently needs a kitchen replacement” says Laorence Nohra, CEO of Tradebusters, an all female tradesperson service provider.

But if the thought of wielding power tools yourself does not appeal or you need an extra pair of hands, Ikea can put you in touch with an independent assembly service to help you get your kitchen up and running. And with a guarantee of up to 25 years it might be a long time before you need to think about renovating again.

* This article was bought to you by Ikea


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