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One time my boyfriend bought a lampshade online for an absolute steal. Proud of his thrifty find, he opened the box when it arrived a few days later, only to find that he’d actually purchased a lampshade—wait for it—for a dollhouse.
But beyond his epic fail, buying the right size lamp topper online can be a tricky endeavor, no matter how much design experience you have. Scale is important, but so is shape and style. No one understands this more than housewares designer Matilda Goad, who has made a career of providing the world with her signature scalloped lampshades.
As someone who swaps her shades out on a regular basis—“It’s an instant uplifter,” says Goad—she knows all the tricks for finding the right match for every kind of lamp base. “In general, the lampshade should be much bigger than the lamp,” she says, though she’s recently been experimenting with skinny lamps and narrow shades.
Overall, Goad says another good rule of thumb is to buy a shade that’s wider than the height of your base. To make sure the measurements work, she uses a hack that involves a simple household material: newspaper. “I’m not that techy,” she admits. “I still design with paper and pens. So say I’ve seen a lampshade online; I just draw it out on paper and hold it up against the base.” That way you won’t be surprised when you’re opening up the box for a shade you bought online.
When it comes to what style to buy, Goad prioritizes practicality. If you’re putting a reading lamp near your bed, for example, she recommends a pleated version for a soft glow as opposed to a raffia one that will give off more light. Consider the material of the base as well: If you’re working with a bright brass base, a neutral shade will even things out.
And while she can’t completely save you from ordering the wrong size shade, she does have strong opinions on buying bulbs. “Go for warm, soft light, and avoid blue fluorescents, “ she says. “It kills the atmosphere.” Here are a few more things you might want to add to your shopping list, too.
I attended a funeral yesterday. They are always a reminder of the impact people have on each others lives, how quickly life moves and how fleeting it is. The takeaway for me each time I go to a funeral or memorial is to appreciate the moments we have while we still have them, and to do something everyday that makes you come alive.
I doing some of my favorite things this weekend. I’m starting on a bathroom remodel by demoing an existing backsplash and priming cabinets for fresh paint. My new front porch rug arrived, so I’m sprucing up that spot as well. The weather is perfect so I’ve got my windows open to welcome the fresh air and I’ll be spending extra time outdoors. 🙂
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Nowadays there are plenty of ways to shop for one-of-kind designs, whether it’s at flea markets or scrolling through Instagram for vintage auctions. But Nashville-based interior designer Jessica Stambaugh’s favorite go-to for pieces she can’t find anywhere else is a true classic: Etsy.
When Etsy launched 16 years ago, it had a crafty connotation. Today it’s a refined shopping spot with tons of professionally made (and well-priced) wares from around the world. “Naturally in my sourcing, I like to use a lot of international crafts and vintage from different cultures, so Etsy kind of became a back-pocket resource for finding things that aren’t necessarily conventional American mid-century vintage,” says Stambaugh.
But it can be hard to navigate the site’s thousands of shops, so she has a trick: Search by material, not by item. For instance, if she’s designing for a room that needs a hit of clay, she’ll search the word terracotta (instead of, say, terracotta pot) so that she can sift through the results—and she’ll often be surprised by what she finds. The same goes for patterns, such as checkerboard or paisley.
Over the years she’s whittled down a list to include her all-time favorites. We tapped Stambaugh to share the sources she keeps going back to over and over. Here are her picks.
MultiTalent by name and multitalented by nature, the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor is one of my favourite food processors I’ve ever used. It’s by no means a budget option, but compared to the Magimixes and KitchenAids of the world this is a fantastic mid-priced food processor that takes on many kitchen tasks.
I put the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor to the test in my own kitchen for over a month, using it for everything from chopping onions and mushrooms to blending smoothies and even juicing oranges. There’s a lot included with this machine, so prepare to sacrifice a fair chunk of your kitchen counter if you do buy it, but it does so many tasks I didn’t mind how much space it takes up when testing. Keep reading for my full Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor review.
Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reasons to buy:
It has a huge range of attachments to choose from
As a food processor, it chops evenly and powerfully
There’s a large bowl for family-sized meals
The controls come in a dial, offering you maximum control
It comes with a carry case for all its attachments
Easy to clean
Reasons to avoid:
This food processor has a large footprint
The attachments take up a lot of space
It’s hard to pack everything away into the carry case
Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor
The Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor is a capable and high quality food processor, but it also acts as a blender, shredder, and even a mini-chopper. For the price, kitchen tools don’t get much more versatile.
Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor: Specs
Material: Stainless steel body, plastic bowl Power: 1250 watts Bowl size: 3.9 litres Attachments: Mini chopper, blender, whisk, dough hook, citrus press, shredder disc, julienne disc… Working capacity: 1.5 litres Speeds: 5 Pulse function: Yes Size: 30 x 25 x 43 cm
How well does the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor chop?
It may have a bunch of other features, but unless the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor is actually good at being a food processor that’s not much use. I’m pleased to report that this food processor is excellent. The steel blades are very sharp (I actually cut myself when carelessly washing one of them, so heed my words!) and they slot into the centre of the XXL chopping bowl with a central column that goes right through the middle of the machine.
The control dial lights up when the machine is ready to be used, and you can switch from speeds 1-5 easily. It also has a pulse setting that requires you to turn the dial in the opposite direction.
One onion chopped in the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor.
I used the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor to chop onions, carrots, mushrooms, celery, garlic and more and the results were always even. The XXL bowl means it’s a little tricky to chop smaller quantities. Anything less than one small onion may chop unevenly, but that’s what the mini-chopper attachment is for. When blending up two cartons of mushrooms I found that the food processor struggled to chop the last few mushrooms, probably because this exceeded the 1.5 litre working capacity. For an even chop make sure you only fill the bowl to its half way point.
Using the other Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor functions
Other than food processing, the Bosch MultiTalent 8 is an effective multi-tasker. It comes with a carry case filled with blades for chopping, shredding and even julienning. Grating cheese was fast and efficient, and I was able to slice courgette and cucumber with the slicing blade, which comes in two thicknesses, and the blade stayed sturdily in place when feeding food through the chute and pushing down with the included stopper.
There’s also the mini chopper attachment, which looks comically small on the large metal base of the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor. It slots into place and locks down, with a bowl-like shape and a plastic lid that secures tightly on top. The mini chopper is on the small side but it is very powerful, and I’ve used it to chop garlic, herbs, shallots and even to make a pesto. It’s great for those who see the advantages of a mini chopper but don’t want to buy a separate device, and it also compensates for the large size of the main bowl, which is sometimes too deep and wide to effectively chop smaller items.
Finally, the blender jug attachment is surprisingly effective. It’s not the best blender I’ve tried but I used the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor blender jug to make iced smoothies and while it took longer than some blenders to get through the ice cubes, it did manage the task as well as the average blender. The large size also means it’s great for blending up soup and large servings of smoothies.
What else does the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor do?
The MultiTalent lives up to its name. The food processor comes with an electric juicing attachment with a reamer that spins on top of a plastic pulp filter to extract the juice from citrus fruits like orange and lemons. This does a great job of removing all the juice from the fruit, but because the jug itself is so large it does look like a comically small amount of juice that’s left at the bottom of the food processor bowl.
Other attachments include a whisking function. This locks onto the top of the bowl and spins around, like some more compact stand mixers. It’s no rival for these in terms of quality but it can bring cream to peaks after a few minutes.
Finally, there’s a dough hook. Again, this doesn’t work as well as the best stand mixers for kneading dough but it does do the job of forming a dough and working it around the side of the bowl.
These attachments come packed into a smart carry case, but once I opened and removed these attachments I found it physically impossible to fit them back in. It was a miracle that they ever slotted into place, but what matters is you can keep your blades and slicing plates here to prevent them from injuring you when being left loose in a drawer or cupboard.
Cleaning the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor
Good news for dishwasher owners, the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor’s attachments are all dishwasher safe. The base can be wiped clean and because it’s metal you’ll need to do this semi-regularly to prevent fingerprints from being left on the base. Because the mixing bowl is so large you may be better off washing by hand, as it struggled to fit into my somewhat small dishwasher.
Should you buy the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor?
If it’s within budget and you want a true kitchen multi-tasker, the Bosch MultiTalent 8 Food Processor is a top choice. It’s capable and comes with a huge range of attachments for expanding your kitchen repertoire. It’s also not the most expensive food processor on the market by any means, likely because most of the attachments are plastic.
This food processor is seriously huge. I was so surprised at the size of the box it came in, and the blender, mini chopper and whisk attachment may end up knocking around a cupboard even if you store the wide base and XXL bowl on your countertop. There may be smaller options for you if you’re dealing with a small kitchen, but for preparing family-sized meals like batches of bolognese or large smoothies, it’s a top choice.
About this review, and the reviewer
Millie Fender heads up all things small appliances at Future. There’s nothing she loves more than testing out the latest and greatest cooking gadgets, for indoor and outdoor use, from toasters to air fryers. She reviewed the Morphy Richards Homebake from her own kitchen, testing it rigorously for a couple of weeks before writing this review.
Millie lives in South London and is constantly squeezing more appliances into her modest kitchen. If it makes it onto the kitchen counters full time, you know an appliance is worth the hype.
In our Winter issue, Leanne Ford describes exactly what kind of style she was going for in her Pennsylvania guesthouse: “Girls’ trip with Georgia O’Keeffe to the Paris countryside in Joshua Tree.” To her that meant coffee-stained walls, grout washing, and keeping the decades-old wallpaper in the bedroom. And while she clearly nailed it, when it comes to picking out your own fixtures and furniture, it can be tricky to know what exactly fits that vibe—and more important, how it’s all going to look when it’s together in one space.
But because Ford is a pro, we took her lead and scoured her guesthouse for all the furniture and details that make it perfectly imperfect. Because as she says, “I walk into a space and I think: Okay, what is good? I’m not looking for perfect. I’m looking for special.”
Here are the 12 products—from the coziest white sofa to a Noguchi pendant lamp—that helped her achieve an otherworldly cottagecore feel just outside of Pittsburgh.
Dremel tools, aka rotary tools, are tools you should always have in your workplace. Why? Because they are useful and they can be used for so many things, such as drilling, sanding, cutting, grinding and more.
With these types of tools, you can buy attachments depending on which jobs you want to do around your house. Because of the many uses a Dremel tool gives, it’s a DIY’s personal dream come true, so today we’re going to talk about the Dremel tool kits and some of the best options that you can choose from.
If you’re looking for a high-quality Dremel tool kit, this tool kit has everything that you need.
In case you have never heard of Dremel before, they are one of the leading companies that makes power tools in the USA. They were founded in Racine, Wisconsin in 1932. They are more widely known for their rotary tools, such as Dremel 3000, 4000, and 8200 series.
Why you need a Dremel tool kit
You need a Dremel tool kit because it has many uses for your household. From everything to cutting to sanding to even grooming your pet’s nails. It’s a versatile tool that you need in your home.
What usually comes in Dremel tool kit
Polish points or cones
This is the very basic that the Dremel tool kit would have. Some of the more expensive ones may have much more but it depends on what you will be using your Dremel tool for so you can decide on what kit you want.
How to choose the right one for you
Here are some factors that you should consider when choosing a Dremel tool:
The power input actually depends on the motor amperes (AMP) or battery voltage (V). So if the tool is cordless, it’ll be much weaker than the ones that’s at least 12V especially if the voltage is 4V or less. Don’t fret though, if you’re into engraving or just doing your pet’s nails, this is the perfect power for you.
The stronger ones, that’s at least 12V, can reach a powerful 35,000 RPM or if they’re corded, the motors will be at least 1.8 AMP. However, because they are heavier, you probably can’t handle doing longer jobs as your hands will probably start to hurt. So, you’ll need to pick the perfect medium so that you can get the job done without getting tired from it.
The RPM is a perfect benchmark for evaluating which RPM method is best for you, equivalent to the power output. The better for occupations that need a lot of strength is higher RPMs (35,000). Sanding, scraping, cutting and sculpting can also be used. A higher RPM also has higher price tags, though, and is not ideal for using softer materials. Lower RPM (5 000) may be used for softly polishing or buffing on softer materials as it won’t ruin the material.
Corded vs Cordless
Most power tools now have a wired alternative that can provide some advantages that are not available in the cabled version. Cableless rotary tools are more compact and allow the user to access small, hardware-free areas. The simple use of the rotary tool makes it easy to easily pick up the project without looking for an outlet and an extension cable.
However, for a reason corded versions still exist. RPM lower and lower power output are generally available for cordless rotary instruments. Their cableless nature also ensures that they must be paid at any stage. Dragging a battery around and finding an outlet for a full day of work requires connecting it to yourself. If you want to carry a cord to locate power outlets instead, the rotative spinning tool is the most efficient alternative with no memory issues loading between applications. Take your job and workplace into account to determine what is right.
There are various attachments for a rotary tool and their style is varied. To render almost every surface shine, buffing or polishing parts just require a little wax or paint. For etching, slicing or even cutting straight through metal, carbide bits and cutting wheels may be used. Rotary instruments are also available with some familiar items for more ordinary tasks on the to-do list such as drill bites and sanding drums.
Rotary tool kits aim to show their different accessories, power output and RPMs, which rely on the variety of the included components to strengthen their appearance. However, some versions have already started incorporating additional functionality, such as a more convenient ergonomic handle or USB loader to replace the traditional loader. Whilst the USB charger alternative did not feature the best ones, it could be a fantastic feature for the often-unsuitable customer.
There is an impressive bang-to-buck ratio. Not only can you get the tool itself with or without a toolbox but the package also contains a selection of grinding, slicing, polishing and engraving parts. It has also a flexible shaft which provides safety during cutting and grinding when you need accurate handling in tight spaces.
Extremely good value for money
Contains everything you need in a basic Dremel tool kit
Easy to use, even if you’re a beginner
The warranty card that comes with it, requires you to use a smartphone and can be a pain to use.
The Populo Rotary tool is versatile and powerful enough to do everything that you can think of. Whether it’s cutting or engraving, this tool can do it. You get three attachments, 107 Accessory Kit with Bits, Discs, Wheels, and much more. The speed on this Dremel tool is between 10,000 to 32,000 RPM, so you can adjust it to whatever speed you need it to be. This kit also comes with a 3.5 flexible shaft, and a hard case so that you can store the Dremel tool kit components in there.
This Dremel tool kit by TECCPOhas mostly everything that you want. It comes with a 1.3 Amp motor, and it comes with 114 pieces so that you can do all kinds of small jobs or even crafts. It also has 6 variable speeds, with RPM from 10,000 to 35,000 MAX. This tool also includes a flex shaft so that your life will be much easier, especially if you are doing calligraphy or drawing a picture. What’s great about this tool kit, that it also includes a protective shield so that you don’t get injuries around your fingers and an adjustable cutting guide so you can make precise cuts on whatever you’re about to cut. All in all, it’s a worthwhile investment for this TECCPO Dremel tool kit.
The Dremel 4300 is a flexible Dremel tool that will help you with many home projects and even on the job site, such as construction. This tool will help you to work with various hard materials including wood, stainless steel, cast iron, and many more.
The weight to carry and to use is not too heavy. It has a distinctive shape, slimmer than any other body of its kind. It has a grip area of 360 degrees, which ensures that you can be relaxed and easy to use. As far as speeds, it can do variable speeds from 5,000 to 35,000 RPM.
The Dremel 4300 was also designed to take care of the maximum length of operation.
High variable speeds
Can last a while
Some users have reported that it’s not as reliable as manufacturer’s claim
The 4000 variable speed rotary tooloffers the highest performance and most versatility of all Dremel rotary tools. The increased strength of its motor plus electronic feedback circuitry delivers consistent performance at all speeds. The slim ergonomic body provides a 360-degree grip zone for control in any position and the separate on/off switch and variable-speed dial allows convenient speed adjustment and maintains a selected speed. It uses all Dremel accessories.
This Dremel tool by Dremel is a 4000-speed rotary tool that you need in your household. It has a lot of uses. It has a variable speed that you can control at any time and can also use all existing Dremel tool accessories and attachments. This tool has a slim grip so you can handle it easily and it’s 360 degree around so that you can be 100% comfortable.
The Dremel 4000 variable speed rotary tool offers the highest performance and most versatility of all Dremel rotary tools. The increased strength of its motor plus electronic feedback circuitry enables consistent performance at all speed levels. Dremel 4000 can use all existing Dremel rotary tool accessories and attachments plus high-performance attachments to complete the widest range of projects. A slim, ergonomic body provides a 360-degree grip zone for comfort and control in any grip position. For variable speeds, it has from 5,000 to 35,000 RPM and electronic feedback that auto adjusts power. Also, it has replaceable brushes so that you don’t have to worry about ordering brushes when you need it for the job the most.
Easy to use
Variable speed control
Buyers reported it is not as reliable as the company claims
What is the best Dremel to buy?
In our opinion, it would definitely be the TACKLIFE Rotary Tool Kit because while it’s very cheap, you get so much for your money and it’s very multi-functional around the house. There are more expensive ones as well, but they can only do certain jobs.
What is the difference between Dremel 3000 and 4000?
Dremel 3000 has a less powerful motor than Dremel 4000 (1.2amp vs 1.6 amp)
Dremel 3000 also has a lower variable speed than the Dremel 4000 (32,000 RPM VS 35,000)
Dremel 3000 is soft and comfortable while Dremel 4000 has a grip with total control
Dremel 3000 offers fewer accessories than Dremel 4000 (28 vs 30)
Dremel 3000 is obviously cheaper than Dremel 4000, but the 4000 is usually updated to today’s standards
Dremel 3000 don’t even have speed dial or electronic speed control feature, making Dremel 4000 the more attractive option as the 4000 has those features
What can a Dremel tool be used for?
You can actually use a Dremel for the following:
You can choose from so many accessories to achieve the perfect cut on wood, metal or even plastic.
The tool Boulle can actually be used as a calligraphy pen so if you’re into that hobby, a Dremel tool is well worth the investment.
Of course, owning a Dremel means you probably do a moderate amount of sanding on smaller areas that you can’t reach with a regular sander. It’s also perfect for delicate wood that can’t handle regular sanding.
Fill Small/Pocket Holes
If there’s tiny holes to fill, you can literally fill them up with a Dremel tool (with the proper attachment of course)
Yes, you can trim your dog’s or even cat’s nails with one of the quieter Dremel tools so that they don’t get frightened. What it does, it stands down the nails and voila it’s done.
You can use this as a screwdriver and it can pretty much screw in anything, making this a super handy tool.
What is the price of a Dremel?
It depends on your budget and needs. You could probably get a cheap one for less than $50, and there are good quality ones with those prices. However, they can go up to $200 if you want things like more power and such.
You have seen all the reasons why you should own a Dremel tool. From cutting, to engraving, to trimming pet’s nails to even filling holes, a Dremel tool kit is very useful in the household. If you have enjoyed reading this guide, please leave a comment below!
We’ve all got a good handle on what makes up the industrial style aesthetic; original brickwork, raw concrete finishes, surface mount electrical wiring and exposed ducting are the familiar subjects of the theme, but what about the many sub-styles? Today we’re unpacking what makes a crisp modern industrial style, how we can colour up a quirky pop art industrial interior, the cool crash of Scandi meets industrial, and a rather more eclectic take on the industrial vibe. Let’s take a look at how these lofts live up to their industrial sub-styles with tag graffiti walls, colour blocked zoning, mezzanine bedroom ideas, inspired kitchens and unique bathroom designs.
Our first focus is on the modern industrial aesthetic, where clean and crisp lines contrast with raw and rugged elements. In this 46 square metre tourist rental in Petergof, Russia, fresh white cladding smooths over an exposed brick interior. A floating tv stand stretches a thin linear volume across the room, which is utilised as desk space at one end.
A huge indoor plant drives a dark green accent into the predominantly neutral modern scheme.
Small white radiators meld with the simple white baseline, and a solid white swivel chair blends in quietly by the desk space. With elements clear and contemporary around the lower half of the room, the crown of the room carries an authentic warehouse vibe, with a bare concrete ceiling and exposed ducting.
The brick beige and basic white backdrop is shaken alive with the introduction of a mood boosting powder blue dining area. A colour coordinated dining pendant light spotlights the small dining table arrangement.
A blue graffiti wall complements the dining furniture whilst maintaining an untamed urban street vibe.
The graffiti wall wraps around the corner of the room into the compact kitchen area. What appears to be a smallL-shaped kitchen actually has a third wall of cabinets tucked neatly behind the staircase to the mezzanine. The space beneath the stairs is fully employed as custom closet space.
Up on the mezzanine, a glass wall bedroom design receives natural light from the living room’s towering arched windows.
The beautiful blue colour theme returns inside the small bathroom, with solid blue walls and secretive storage unit doors. A deep farmhouse sink beds a sharp white accent into the modern blue vanity unit.
Large wall tiles break apart the blue behind the bathtub.
Next, we move to a pop-art industrial style loft in Moscow. Blue bookshelves create a box frame around the large living room window. A graphic rug takes the blue accent to the floor.
A small rocking chair and swing seat make a place for chatting in motion. Scribble effect cabinet doors paint an arty vibe under the stairs. A geo rug layers in a burst of yellow, which is complemented by a lemon chevron cushion over on the window seat.
Yellow bursts lead the eye to the kitchen next, where a bright SMEG fridge contrasts cheerfully against charcoal grey walls.
The yellow element is absorbed into the industrial aesthetic via faux “road markings” painted across the kitchen floor and along the home entryway.
A humorous “stop hunger” message has been stenciled by the fridge door. Pop art unfolds as a comic strip across the kitchen backsplash.
Directional chevrons show the way from the foyer into the apartment.
As we approach the top of the mezzanine staircase, the steps change from unfinished timber to aqua blue painted treads. A cornflower blue bedroom awaits at the end of the trail.
Anglepoise wall lights solve the issue of limited space around the bed.
Dual-colour paintwork camouflages the bathroom door.
Our third sub-style is the Scandinavian industrial combo. An industrial pallet coffee table is adorned with a very Scandi selection of mini trees and a chess set centrepiece. Cushions and tasselled throws add hygge vibes to the leather sofa.
A planter is set into one side of a rustic dining table; a delicate tree reaches up into the double room height.
Our final tour takes place in an apartment for a young family, in Minsk, with an eclectic industrial style. Black base notes anchor golden woodgrain accents. A maroon modern sofa diversifies the colour scheme.
In front of the maroon sofa, a simple wooden TV stand is set down next to sleek black tensioned shelves.
A black coffee table matches the sleek bookcase.
A small indoor tree gently divides the lounge from the kitchen diner.
Creamy sofa scatter cushions are matched by a chic modern lounge chair by the window. Decorative vases scatter the cream accent onto the bookshelves.
Open kitchen shelving and an eclectic array of crockery builds the light decorative element into the black and oak kitchen design.
Any good cat owner will tell you that doing anything with a cat is a challenge. Especially if that thing involves a big change. Cats don’t love change and can struggle with the process of moving because of this.
The way that your cat adapts can depend on its age and its personality. Younger cats usually adapt within hours while older cats can take weeks. If you’ve moved around a lot, they will adapt easier as well.
Pre-Move Tips For Moving With Cats
In order to make a move less stressful for everyone involved, including your cat, it is important to prepare properly. This is true for moving in general, so packing tips can help you which can help your cat.
Practice With The Carrier
If you plan on using a carrier on moving day, which is recommended, then make sure you practice beforehand. Take it slow and entice your cat with treats or favorite toys. You want them to want to get in the carrier when moving day arrives.
It’s a good idea to have your cat used to a carrier anyway. This can make going to the vet easier as many vets require cats to be put in carriers. This is very normal and humane, as it keeps everyone as safe as possible.
Leave Them With Friends
Another way to prepare your cat is to leave them with trusted friends. This can get them accustomed to new surroundings like a new house. It can also be helpful if you plan on leaving them with friends on moving day.
It’s important for your cat to be accustomed to “strangers” that you trust. They need to rely on you to tell them who is okay and who isn’t. If you have friends you’ve already conditioned your cat to, consider using them.
Play With Boxes
You are going to have a lot of boxes around fairly soon. It is a known fact that once cats get used to them, they love boxes. So get some out before moving day to get them comfortable and then on moving day, they will be more than excited to see so many favorite toys.
This should be easy as most cast love boxes and will be distracted by one all day. But even if they never adapt to the idea of playing with them, you can at least get them used to the towers of boxes that will be around.
Consider Anti-Anxiety Treatment
If your cat struggles with anxiety or stress, talk to your vet about getting them on temporary anxiety treatment. They can take supplements on moving day and even a few days after to make the transition easier on them.
Not all anti-anxiety medicine is a sedative. There are many options that your vet can explain to you. Some natural, some not. Some that aren’t even medications at all. Just talk about options before committing.
Moving Day Tips For Cats
It’s finally time for the big move. You’ve done everything you can to make it easier on your furbaby. But that day can be traumatizing if you don’t do it right, no matter how much time you’ve had to prepare.
Have A Small Breakfast
Not you, but your cat. You don’t want them to be hungry, but you also don’t want them to have stomach issues. If you keep their meals light on moving day, you can avoid upset tummies and vomiting.
If your cat acts hungry after a couple of hours, dry treats can keep them satisfied while still setting well with them. Keep a few on-hand. Also, don’t let them drink too much water all at once or that may upset them as well.
They don’t need to go away from the house, but it will be safer for them to be in their carrier or in a room with a gate. If they are running about, they may get stepped on or frightened by the movers. Keep them safe and secure.
This is a great time to introduce that box again. If they liked playing with the box before, it can be quite useful at this time when they need all the distraction and positive interactions they can find on this stressful day.
Stick Closely To Normal Routine
If you usually feed them at 9 am, then do it on moving day. If you let them out to play at 2 pm, then do it moving day if you can. You can make exceptions, but small things can make a big difference in keeping your cat feeling normal.
You don’t have to stick to a strict schedule, but keeping things as normal as possible can help them adapt better. Do this after you move for a while too. A new space doesn’t have to mean a new routine.
Settling In With Cats
Just because you’ve moved in and all the hard work is done for you, doesn’t mean that it’s over for your cat. It can take cats weeks to adjust if they are particularly old or nervous cat. Keep things easy for them with these tips.
Keep Things Simple
Try not to overcomplicate things and overwhelm your cat. Keep things as simple as possible after you move in. Introduce things slowly, even closing doors to make the house seem smaller. This can help your cat not get overwhelmed.
Unlike dogs, cats aren’t held back by smaller spaces. For this reason, they are often chosen over dogs for people living in apartments. Cats make great roomies in small houses too, so keep it small at first and slowly expand.
Associate With Their Favorite Things
If it helps, you can keep your cat’s favorite things up a few days before moving day. This won’t harm them as they are comfortable at home. Then, after you settle on, reintroduce these things so that they can feel at home again.
Showing them their favorite toys and such can not only provide a distraction but show them that yes, this is their home. Keep their bed close to yours and don’t change their bed right away, even if you want to.
If the house is brand new, this isn’t as necessary. But if the house has been lived in before, deep cleaning is important. Animals can smell the previous inhabitants, including their pets. So clean even better than you normally would.
Everyone cleans their house when they move in, but for cats, it’s more about smells than looks or actual cleanliness. They don’t care if the dishes are done, they care if this home smells like their old home.
Have A Bathroom Ready
Make sure you use the same kitty litter and a litter box for your cat in your new home. Show them where it is immediately. Do the same for their water and food bowl. They need to know that this is their home and they know where they can find the necessities.
Imagine moving to a new house and not knowing where the bathroom or kitchen is. For a cat, the house is larger than it is for you, so this feeling is even more intense for them. Make sure they know their way around.
Moving With Cats Vs. Moving With Dogs
If you’ve moved with a dog before and are wondering if it is different than moving with cats, the short answer is, “yes.” Some things remain the same but there are a lot of things that are different with dogs than with cats.
One of the biggest differences between cats and dogs is the amount of independence they usually have. When you move with a dog, you need to hold their hand. You are their security. But with cats, it can be different.
Cats can have separation anxiety, just not as often as dogs. Some cats don’t have any separation anxiety at all. While it may feel good when your cat needs you, it isn’t healthy to let them have this anxiety. So try to help them through it.
Dogs rely on tricks and distraction to get them through changes. Cats can’t be tricked as easily nor do they learn tricks as dogs do. Dogs can be distracted while cats need you to be more upfront about what is going on.
If you’re moving with dogs, you can take them out for a walk in the new yard and they will have a blast. But cats would prefer never to venture out. This is a plus in some ways but can be a hassle in other ways.
Cats are much easier to retrain than dogs. They adapt to new homes and litter boxes better than dogs do to their new mats or outdoor areas. While they love to explore with you, dogs will likely have more new accidents.
Dogs go potty when they are nervous while cats don’t usually. This is great for cats because you can show them their litter box and they will probably use it right away. So make sure you do so for everyone involved.
Because dogs do love to go on adventures with their owners, they will spend hours with something they trust wearing themself out. So this can be the key to moving with them. They can exert all their energy beforehand and crash when they get to their new home.
When they wake up, things will be different but they were too tired to realize before. So, the transition process is more natural. This doesn’t work on cats as cats don’t need as much exercise. Napping can be a distraction though.
Moving with cats doesn’t have to be difficult. You want to make the day go as smoothly as possible for you and for your cat. A little bit of intuition and knowledge can help you accomplish this without a hitch!
Embroidery can be a very rewarding craft if you have the patience to learn and master it. While there are plenty of ways in which embroidery can be used, learning how to make the needed stitches isn’t always that easy but patience is key if you want to be able to integrate it as part of your sewing projects or make standalone wall art that relies on knowing different kinds of embroidery techniques.
If you are a bold adventurer that wants to master the embroidery craft, we have a few tips and product suggestions that will make the learning process easier.
Offering 156 pieces for you to work on your embroidery projects, the Jupean punch needle kit has everything a rookie needs to get started on mastering the craft.
Known as the art of decorating fabrics and materials using applied thread or yarn, embroidery dates way back to 30,000 B.C, as archaeologists have discovered the fossilized remains of decorated clothing to attest just how old this craft is. Plenty of people believe that embroidery first started in China, but began to experience a rise in Europe around the year 1000.
In the 18th century, embroidery would represent a rite of passage for a girl into womanhood, while the Industrial Revolution brought the development of the embroidery machine. It was around 1900 that embroidery became more accessible, with the appearance of pattern papers and mail-order catalogs. That’s how it transitioned from something accessible to the upper class to something that anyone with access to cheap materials could do.
Unlike some other crafts throughout history, embroidery has a very interesting past, adorned with fun facts that you might be interested in knowing, such as:
Embroidery was used to identify a person’s social ranking. In the past, only the upper class citizens had access to the tools needed for embroidery. This is was particularly true in Muslim societies, when craftsmen used gold and silver thread to make items that ranged from sword sheaths to handkerchiefs.
The Bayeux Tapestry is the largest known embroidery work in the world. This piece depicts the Battle of Hastings and measures 50 cm in height and 7 m in length. It is currently on display at the Bretagne museum in France.
In today’s technologically-advanced world, large-scale embroidery is mostly done by computers. Embroidery machines are now highly computerized and can render designs much quicker compared to the amount of time it would take if they were done by hand.
How to Choose an Embroidery Kit for Beginners
Choosing the right embroidery kit for beginners can be a little daunting if you have no clue what such a kit is supposed to contain. So, if you’re looking to buy an embroidery kit as a beginners, here are the things that you need to make sure are in the kit:
A piece of fabric for embroidery is similar to what canvas is for a painting. When you’re getting started on embroidery, you want to avoid fabrics that are too stretchy. Cotton and linen are the best choices.
Embroidery hoops are basically what keep the fabric stretched at the same consistency so that you can get your embroidery work done without losing control of your needle. Seven-inch hoops are the most common ones, and they can also serve as frames for hanging your embroidery pieces when you’re done.
Choosing the right embroidery thread can be tricky because the cheapest ones tend to lose color and are more likely to get all tangled up.
Embroidery needles are different compared to regular sewing needles because they have larger eyes so that you can thread the thick embroidery floss needed for these kinds of projects. Purchasing mixed packs of embroidery needles is a good idea, with size 5 being commonly used for stranded percale cotton.
These types of scissors are different compared to other scissors and can be recognized due to their small sharp blades. They should only be used on embroidery threads and fabrics.
Transfer tools – Using a special marker is essential in embroidery because the lines are easier to remove. Wipe-off pens are a popular choice because their ink disappears just by spraying water onto the fabric.
Embroidery Ideas to Try
If you are new to this whole embroidery thing, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of easy tutorials for you to try and with details and instructions that are available online for free. We wanted to give you just a few examples for you to get a big picture on the variety of different patterns that you can play with and exercise on.
Bee Happy Embroidery Pattern
Here you can find a free online pattern that will teach you how to make a playful bee amongst flower patterns that will really add a drop of color to your decor. The tutorial also suggests a series of colors and stitches to work with, but more advanced embroiders can experiment with their own modifications.
Flamingo Toes is here with an adorable embroidery tutorial cleverly entitled “Can’t Touch This” and which shows you how to make three adorable cacti. It is a very simple project that requires an embroidery hoop, some white linen, some embroidery floss, a marking pen with disappearing ink, and hot glue. The pattern is also uploaded at your disposal and you can get it for free when you’re ready to start stitching.
Fall Leaf Embroidery
If you want to start learning all kinds of stitches for your current and future embroidery projects, Cutesy Crafts has a wonderful tutorial that teaches you how to make a beautiful fall leaf and offers a free pattern to make your job easier. Not only is this tutorial easy, but it gives you a chance to experiment with using a variety of stitches, which is the perfect thing for someone who has just taken on embroidery.
Our first suggestion is a lovely embroidery kit for beginners that comes with four pieces of cloth with floral patterns, one 7.8-inch embroidery hoop, instructions, 12 needles and color threads, and a pair of scissors. The set includes the most adorable patterns to work with, including colorful flowers, potted plants, and a variety of other options to choose from.
Similar to the pack we’ve shown you earlier, this kit also comes with a set of items that are needed for a beginner to embark on the embroidery journey. This specific set delivers three embroidery hoops and their respective patterns, but also the floss needed to complete these projects. You will also receive six embroidery needles and three sets of detailed instructions for each of the stamped pieces of cloth.
The Santune embroidery kit might look a little more intimidating when you’re faced with the descriptive image that shows more complex and vividly-colored embroidery patterns, but it is worthy of purchase nevertheless. The includes one bamboo embroidery hoop measuring 7.8 inches, three embroidered pieces of cloth with colorful patterns, three packs of colored thread, six embroidery needles, and the instructions needed to finish the projects.
The Jupean embroidery kitfor beginners is basically a collection of embroidery tools that are needed for this specific craft. Unlike the other kits we’ve seen so far, this one is not focused on delivering patterned pieces of cloth, but instead offers items like the following: 100 thread of different colors, 10 punch needles, three embroidery hoops, tape measure, a thimble, embroidery needles, and a punch needle holder. The included punch needle kit offers 10 different needle sizes for you to work with.
Our next suggestion is another kit to help you get started on your passion for embroidery. The package contained the embroidery cloth (which is pre-printed to help you get started), an embroidery hoop, cotton thread, a sewing needle, and a punch needle. You get to choose between four different patterns, even a colorful rainbow to make your wall decor more vivid.
The Enthur embroidery kit is another perfect option for beginners that need guidance in creating patterns until they get used to different kinds of stitches and techniques. With a variety of patterns to choose from, the kit is delivered together with three pieces of cotton cloth with the patterns of your choice, one pair of scissors, one embroidery hoop, threads needed to see the project through, embroidery needles, and the instructions required.
If you’re looking for a complete set with all the items needed to start working on embroidery projects, this Caydo option is here at your disposal. It comes with no less than 254 pieces that include 162 threads available in a range of different colors, three pieces of cloth, five water-soluble pens, 40 sewing pins, embroidery needles, thimble, scissors, a pin cushion, and many others. The embroidery hoop included in the kit is made from bamboo. Everything is delivered in a properly-compartmented and easy-to-carry plastic transparent box.
Another great option brought to you by Caydois this set that comes with more than 100 items needed to encourage you to start your embroidery journey. The set includes five bamboo embroidery hoops, three pieces of cloth, sewing pins, pin cushion, 100 thread of different colors, thimble, scissors, sewing pins, and more. It also comes with five water-soluble pens that make it easy for you to draw markings on your embroidery cloth without having to worry about leaving permanent marks.
For those of you that are just starting to take an interest in embroidery and would like to see another option that includes three different patterns to help you learn your way around embroidery, we have yet another suggestion. This set comes with 24 embroidery accessories that will teach you the ways of the embroidery needle, including three embroidery hoops and three cloth patterns, instructions on how to work on all these three patterns, but also three packs of thread, embroidery needles, pincushions, needle threading tools, scissors, and other items needed for these projects.
Another viable option for beginners that have taken an interest in embroidery is this set brought to you by MDPQT Store. It comes with five embroidery hoops of different sizes, all of them made bamboo, 100 pieces of embroidery floss with a variety of different colors, three pieces of cloth, 30 embroidery needles, a thimble, floss bobbins, and other items. You also get a pair of scissors and an untwist tool.
The Generic embroidery starter kit is a cost-friendly option for those of you interested in starting an embroidery journey. It comes with a variety of tools that should be part of just about any embroidery starter kit, including a two-compartment bag for storing all these much-needed items, including five embroidery hoops, 100 pieces of differently-colored thread, five water-soule pen refills, a pen holder, measuring tape, thread wax, sewing pins, cloths, scissors, and other similar items.
Brought to you by Naisiy Store, this is a set that comes with four different embroidery rings available in sizes that range from three to seven inches. These hoops are made from strong rubber plastic that mimics the appearance of wood grain for a more authentic and natural look. They are delivered together with non-adjustable hanging rings that have an antique brass appearance.
The Laura’s embroidery kit is another convenient option for those interested in starting their embroidery journey. It comes with one hoop, three pieces of cloth with patterns, six embroidery needles and one case to keep them all together, a needle threader, a seam ripper, three sets of floss, and three instruction sheets to help you see these projects through. There are four kits to choose from, with the difference between them being the pre-printed patterns on the cloth pieces.
If you have a child that has taken an interest in embroidery, this kit is an outstanding gift to encourage them to pursue this passion. It comes with 10 pieces of fabric, five hoops, 15 embroidery threads, and 10 needles, alongside the instruction needed to complete the playful patterns at hand. These patterns might be great for kids, but they are also excellent for beginners that might have a more difficult time working with complicated patterns.
The last suggestion we have in store for you today is an embroidery kit that comes with a pre-printed embroidery fabric, a plastic hoop, two needles, colored floss, and the instruction that will teach you how to make the floral pattern and the motivational text in the middle. The kit is very simple to use, as the instructions provide a step-by-step guide for those interested in learning different kinds of sewing techniques.
What do you need for embroidery?
Embroidery is a very rewarding hobby that doesn’t require a high upfront investment. If you want to start your embroidery journey, you are going to need an embroidery hoop (a two-ring that helps hold the fabric you’re going to work with), a pair of small and sharp scissors, fabric that isn’t woven too tight or too loose, embroidery floss (available in a variety of colors), needles (those designed for embroidery have bigger eyes compared to regular ones), and a water soluble marker (or another tool that lets you draw on your fabric with marks that can later be removed).
How do I start embroidery?
Unlike other crafts and hobbies, embroidery is quite cheap and doesn’t take a lot of effort until you get to see the results. To get started on embroidery, you need the items we mentioned earlier but, if you are a beginner, there are plenty of embroidery kits with basic patterns for you to get started.
How can I learn to do embroidery at home?
The best way to take on embroidery as a beginner is to invest in embroidery kits that will teach you the basic techniques and how to deal with the major components of the set. Other important things that you need to learn for at-home embroidery include threading a needle, how to do a running stitch, a backstitch, a split stitch, a French knot, straight and seed stitches, and a stem stitch.
The Bottom Line
Embroidery is a craft with plenty of rich historical facts, but specialists don’t know just how far back it goes. With embroideries dating back to ancient Egypt and the Iron Age, this craft was an upper-class statement that told the story of how society was divided as far back as we can pinpoint it. Today, everyone can afford to invest in a started kit to learn the different sewing techniques of embroidery, so you too will find it easy to invest in the tools needed to help you get started on mastering this craft.
From a cosmetic cupboard facelift to a down-to-the-studs makeover, kitchen renos are exciting projects to tackle, albeit daunting as decisions and dollar signs add up. Houzz’s latest Kitchen Trends Study reports that today’s average major kitchen remodel (new cabinets, appliances, the works) rings in at a whopping $35,000.
Faced with an overwhelming amount of options to splurge or save on, it’s not surprising that so many home renovators turn to IKEA’s kitchen cabinet offerings to keep costs down. The cult-followed Swedish retailer poses a significant opportunity to save—money, that is. Time? Not so much. Planning, ordering, and installing your IKEA kitchen cabinets is a vast and nuanced terrain to navigate. Since you can’t try before you buy, consider this your road map of everything you need to know.
First things first: Let’s talk price tag.
Considerably less expensive than other options on the market and designed to be modular, IKEA kitchen cabinets pose a cost-effective alternative to designer or custom cupboards. They’re an especially good bet if you’re looking for a bespoke feel on a budget, working with a rental and want to minimize your investment, or anticipating even bigger kitchen updates down the road.
South Londoner Hannah Roberts chose IKEA kitchen cabinets while remodeling her late-1920s terrace house. With plans to ultimately knock down a wall and extend the kitchen space into her backyard, Roberts needed a cabinet facelift to hold her over—good quality at an accessible price.
IKEA offers financing options, so you can stagger the cost over a period of time. “In a reno, there are so many expenses all at once,” says Roberts. “It’s really helpful if you can spread them out.”
Roberts sourced her cabinet frames, appliances, and installation help all from IKEA, totaling about $7,000. For a more bespoke look, she added cabinet doors, plinths, and fillers from Superfront, a retailer that is all about zhuzhing up IKEA kitchen cabinets. This added another $4,200 or so to her remodel cost. If Roberts had stuck to only IKEA products, she estimates that she could have saved roughly $2,800 and kept her grand total to about $8,300.
If you’re going all out with a full kitchen cabinet makeover, consider waiting for a sale. (Even a 10 to 15 percent savings makes a difference when you’re outfitting an entire kitchen.) “IKEA usually has a big kitchen sale event around this time every year,” says interior designer Debra Vigna, cofounder of Los Angeles–based Lily Spindle Design, who often works with IKEA kitchen cabinets for her clients. Pro tips: If you do scope a promotion, don’t wait until its final days to place your order, and avoid in-store visits on the weekend if you can.
What to keep in mind as you dive headfirst into mood boarding.
1. Start With the Software
Ordering IKEA kitchen cabinets involves more than choosing just the cabinets themselves—you’ll need to select doors, drawers, filler pieces, and more. Since your cabinet configuration will inform all the above, IKEA’s online Kitchen Planner tool is a great place to map it out.
Vigna often encounters clients looking for design flexibility in their kitchens—layouts conducive to little kids, open floor plans, mixed uses, and more. She recommends IKEA’s Kitchen Planner as a helpful starting point in determining what you want. “IKEA’s cabinet system is made to be modular, so you can move things around and play with it,” she says.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, get comfortable, and cozy in for no less than a few quality hours with the online software. After your at-home sofa session, make an in-store appointment with an IKEA kitchen specialist to dive in deeper. “The planner software may pop things in that you don’t necessarily need,” says Vigna. “You might not get the kitchen you really want if you don’t engage a pro.”
2. Visit IKEA IRL
Reserve the better part of a day for an in-person visit. Make an in-store appointment ahead of time, bring your rough layout, and plan to meet one of IKEA’s kitchen planners for a more personalized consult and product walk-through.
“Going over everything with a kitchen specialist ensures your layout is practical and workable for your space,” explains Vigna. (Think: not-so-minor details, like making sure the drawer type you’re eyeing is designed to work with your cabinet choice.)
Roberts dubs floor planning the most complicated phase of her kitchen reno process—she made not one but several trips to the retailer to review and refine her layout as it evolved. Although you book your in-store appointments in advance, “you’ll likely meet with someone different each time, and skill and experience levels differ,” says Roberts. Her back-and-forth visits paid off, though, with a kitchen configuration that maximizes Roberts’s limited square footage. “IKEA kitchen cabinets are as customizable as it gets for not being custom,” she adds.
3. Think Outside the Box
“It’s easy to fall into the trap of a very typical kitchen layout,” says Vigna. “Think about ways to create flow and personalize it, like integrating shelving for cookbooks or accommodating space for a pottery collection.”
For one kitchen remodel in North Hollywood, Vigna extended a client’s long galley kitchen into their dining area. Apt to entertain, they wanted a breakfast nook, but putting a kitchen table in the newly opened space would be redundant. Vigna cleverly turned to IKEA’s refrigerator cabinet to create a bench where her client’s guests could hang while they cooked and carried on conversations.
While fine-tuning your cabinet configuration, consider your current kitchen and the way you work in it. Ask yourself: Do I cook often and have enough space to meal prep properly? Do I have an island that adds surface area, or rely on countertops to do it all? Is my storage situation sustainable or at max capacity? Do I recycle or compost? What are my most-used appliances that require easy access, and which do I prefer to store out of sight—and where will they all go? Do I use my kitchen space for anything other than cooking and entertaining, like working from home or homeschooling? All this should help shape your kitchen cabinet setup.
4. Strategize Your Delivery
After you’ve placed your IKEA kitchen cabinets order, make a game plan for where and how you’ll store its components until you’re ready to install. IKEA confirms a specific delivery date to plan around, although there’s a chance not all the pieces you order will arrive in one shipment. More important, if you opt to add custom fronts from another retailer, such as Semihandmade, be sure to sync both order arrivals to avoid major box pileup for weeks on end. (Vigna warns that Semihandmade ensures only a delivery window rather than a hard-and-fast date, but you’ll be glad you coordinated the timing as much as possible.)
To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question.
Aside from budget-friendly prices, the beauty of everyone’s favorite flat-pack retailer is that theoretically, yes, you can assemble its products yourself. Doing so without exerting a day’s worth of blood, sweat, and tears is another story. It’s no secret that IKEA assembly is usually a headache in a box. (IKEA bought TaskRabbit in 2018—evidence the company recognizes the problem.)
When it comes to assembling and installing IKEA kitchen cabinets, the general consensus is: If you consider yourself a handy person and can carry a toolbox with the best of ’em, go for it and more power (tools) to you! If not, chalk up an installation service cost as money well spent—and grief well saved. “It’s definitely tricky,” says Vigna, who recommends working with an installer. Having an expert who can respond in real time to expected roadblocks is valuable. “Someone with good carpentry skills gives you more options than you’d think,” she notes.
“Hiring an installer may add another 5 to 8 percent cost to your project bottom line,” continues Vigna. “But when 50 IKEA boxes arrive and you don’t know what they are or where they go, it’s such a lifesaver to have someone come in and put it all together in a day.” Be sure to share your design sketch with the installer to understand the big picture before getting started.
Or keep it all in the family. For her townhouse, Roberts used IKEA’s in-house Kitchen Installation Service to install her cabinet frames and appliances and Superfront customizers. “The level of workmanship was very good, with high attention to detail,” says Roberts. “It took more than a week to install, but I was really impressed.”
How to get bespoke on a budget.
Each IKEA kitchen cabinet collection is offered in a handful of finishes and colors. While curated options streamline decision-making, the limited expressions can feel a bit cookie-cutter-ish, depending on your kitchen layout. Fortunately all IKEA kitchen cabinets are frameless, Vigna explains, meaning drawers and door fronts cover the entire front of the cabinets—making it easy to (almost literally) tack on your personal style.
Design companies like Semihandmade and Superfront cropped up to fill that void. “Many of my clients move into blank-slate kitchens that don’t have a lot of inherent personality,” says Vigna. “After you’ve just invested in a new home, going with IKEA kitchen cabinets and a company like Semihandmade allows you to get an upscale look and a lot of functionality.”
Spotlight on Semihandmade
Designed for IKEA’s Sektion system, Semihandmade’s fronts occupy many of your favorite design stars’ kitchens. “They make quality doors and drawer fronts to create the look of a custom kitchen for less,” says designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, who has an Insta-worthy collab with the brand. Choose from vibrant wood veneers or DIY paintable fronts for a more playful option.
“Semihandmade’s veneer line is really high-quality and looks very realistic,” says Vigna. The best part: “Since it’s not actually wood, you don’t have to worry about damage or water stains.” Before you place your order, you can email the Semihandmade team your IKEA kitchen cabinet configuration from the Kitchen Planner tool, so they can review it and help build your shopping cart.
Spotlight on Superfront
With options like fish scales, stripes, and geometric shapes, Superfront is all about prints and texture but also offers a range of playful colors for smooth fronts. Roberts chose the latter for her kitchen remodel in Superfront’s pale Grannie Pink. “The kitchen is becoming more than just a functional space where you cook,” says Roberts. “People are putting their stamp on it, so don’t be afraid to be different and go with what you love.”
Similar to Semihandmade, Superfront will review your IKEA kitchen cabinet layout and, for a small fee, help refine your design plans and put your order together. “Having the Superfront team oversee my order really took the stress away,” says Roberts. “They made sure all my fillers and plinths were accounted for, so I knew I’d have the pieces I needed when my order arrived.”
Semihandmade and Superfront aren’t the only two brands aimed at dressing up IKEA’s pared-back kitchen flat-packs. There are several companies out there making custom cupboards look easy—Plykea, Kokeena, Reform, and Husk to name a few. You can choose one that best complements your IKEA kitchen system, budget, and taste.
Spare yourself some headaches with these stress-saving tips.
1. Measure to a T
As in, measure everything. “You’re doing your own measurements and ordering based on those measurements,” says Vigna. “That’s maybe the scariest part.” Avoid an install-day disaster by having the math on your side—down to every last inch.
Take a cue from what Copenhagen-based blogger Sofie Amalie Rolandsen of Thus the Fuss learned the hard way. When designing her cabinet layout in IKEA’s Kitchen Planner, she didn’t account for the extra-large sink that would be welded into her custom stainless steel countertop. When it came time for the carpenter to assemble the cupboard frames, they realized the drawer underneath the sink was too high and had to sand down the top to make it work.
Vigna recommends taking measurements from wall to wall, accounting for the placement and dimensions of doorframes, windows, radiators, light switches, power outlets, sewage and water pipes, and the clearance around ceiling lights. Can any of the above be adjusted? Note that, too. When measuring wall lengths and corners, take measurements at the back, middle, and front points. “Walls are never straight and corners are never square,” she says. “So no detail is too small.” IKEA kitchen cabinets have fixed dimensions, so if you’re cutting it close, err on the side of a smaller cabinet and put in a spacer piece.
2. Dot the i’s
The devil is in the details, so don’t overlook the nitty-gritty like hinges, cross-brand alignment, and cabinet edges. “We did mess up and get the wrong hinges,” says Samuel. “Pro tip: IKEA actually has two different kinds for its cabinets, so be sure to read the fine print to know which ones you need!”
If you’re using both IKEA drawer or door fronts and a custom option from an outside retailer, be sure to double-check the small-print dimensions to confirm they line up. “For example, Semihandmade offers a three-quarter-inch door depth, and IKEA has a half-inch depth,” says Vigna. “If you configure them side by side on the same IKEA kitchen cabinet frames, they won’t be flush.”
Finally, think about those last touches. Vigna recommends finishing your edges for a more polished, upscale look. “It looks so much more professional if you clad all the sides of your cabinets and put cover panels on the tops, sides, and bottoms,” she says.
3. Be Honest About Your DIY IQ
This isn’t the time to tap into your undiscovered handyman. Leave the install to the pros if you need to. Rolandsen’s main advice from all her IKEA lessons learned? Have someone who knows how to install an IKEA kitchen install your IKEA kitchen. Rolandsen and her boyfriend passed their plans off to a local carpenter not well versed in building the retailer’s designs. “We had to make some last-minute fixes because the guy took the task a little too lightly,” she recalls.
Ready to get started? Trust your gut along the way. (This is the kitchen, after all.)
“One thing I really kept in mind was color-blocking, or, more accurately, neutral-blocking,” says Samuel of her recent kitchen install. A wall-length bank of inky black countertops, cabinets, and appliances pop against a chalky backsplash and range hood. “The room started to really come together once we installed the cabinets,” she says. “Seeing it go from empty IKEA boxes to adding on our Semihandmade fronts…it was like, bam, instant kitchen!”
When Rolandsen’s dream of a custom solid-wood kitchen proved too costly, she pivoted. She ordered IKEA kitchen cabinet frames and added custom wood door fronts with a luxe-looking grain. Her compromise paid off in the end when the project totaled around $8,300.
In Jessica and Tyler Marés’s Los Angeles kitchen, the cabinets and thick oak veneer countertops were IKEA scores. “I’m a big fan of IKEA butcher block,” says Jessica. “It’s an easy way to get an affordable, finished top that you can install and cut yourself.” As they had already purchased new cabinet frames from IKEA, the couple tacked on two slabs of wood to their order for around $350. The retailer’s cupboards come with holes for screws, so the Maréses just had to secure the countertop and caulk the seams.
Interior designer and Souda studio manager Alex Fawcett went with matte black IKEA cabinets when renovating this mid-century kitchen that saw its last update in the late ’70s. Fawcett kept the sink and plumbing in their original places to minimize costs, making the cabinet configuration super-straightforward.
First-time homeowners Carly and Justin Wilczynski turned to IKEA kitchen cabinets when making over the awkward L-shaped kitchen in their Pasadena, California, fixer-upper. The couple chose Semihandmade beadboard doors and brass pulls from Schoolhouse to elevate the fronts. One perk of opting for IKEA? Storage is seamless. “Everything I buy from the store, like lid holders, trash cans, and utensil organizers, are made perfectly to go in there,” notes Carly.
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