The most common questions I answer about this Ikea Cabinets with Semihandmade fronts kitchen are: “What are the sizes of your kitchen cabinets?” “How do you organize them?” I get it! When I was designing this kitchen the most important things I balanced were how it will look and how it will function. I talk about this so much! How it looks is always the easy part because we live in a world where inspiration is not sparse. It’s easy to search #ikeakitchen or #semispaces and have hundreds of examples instantly. But the hard part is determining the scale and size of these kitchens you are using as your inspiration.
Will that configuration work in my space?
What size of cabinet is that?
What actually fits in a 24″ wide cabinet?
There are definitely a lot of really helpful resources who have designed Ikea and Semihandmade kitchens. It’s actually a bit of a club. The Ikea and Semihandmade kitchen owners and those planning to join. I am always happy to share and answer questions about cabinet sizes and arrangements to achieve a certain look. Being a resource, both through this blog and my Instagram, is one of my favorite ways to help. That is why I thought I would break down my kitchen and how I organize it.
This post is intended to be detailed look at the sizes of our Ikea cabinet frames and Semihandmade drawer and doors. A template for what these sizes mean in real life. This is by no means, my attempt to show you how to beautifully organize your kitchen cabinets. Geesh, there are probably still crumbs in half of these pictures. The intent of this post is to show you what size of cabinet may work best for your pots and pans. Or that this hutch in the photos works extremely well at storing your pantry. By sharing my real, functioning kitchen I can hopefully help you in making sure that your plan will provide you with the best set up- for you! One that allows you to easily store, access, cook up a fancy meal, or celebrate with your family in your kitchen. I am capable of styling it up beautifully and taking pictures, but that wouldn’t serve the purpose of this post.
Primary Kitchen Wall
The kitchen island is the true work horse of our kitchen. It houses the sink, dishwasher, trashcan and the most used section of counter space. I share more details on the kitchen island here.
This is our primary pantry for the kitchen, and it holds so much food while still looking good. I love the small counter created by stacking the 15″ depth top on the 24″ depth base. It’s a great spot to rest ingredients when I am gathering them for a recipe or putting things away.
The left upper section is where I keep all of my baking supplies. On the right I keep all of the chips and sweets I want out of reach of the toddler. The drawers hold the rest of my pantry staples including rice, pastas, canned foods, cereal, etc. Currently, we are in the middle of social distancing for the Covid-19 pandemic and I haven’t been grocery shopping as frequently as normal. Things are looking a little sparse. However, I love to cook and I keep a well stocked pantry. On a normal week I only grocery shop once a week, so this thing gets filled up. But even doing that, I almost always have a half empty bottom drawer. This size and configuration really functions so well.
These small drawers were originally chosen because I loved the look of them, but they are so functional. Two of them hold baby food pouches and granola bars. I try to really cut back on using plastic bags and plastic wrap, but the the other two small drawers are perfect for storing them.
The Bench Seat
Again, more drawers. If you haven’t caught on yet, I am a huge fan of drawers in a kitchen.
These store my blender, big baskets to hold onions and potatoes, and lunchboxes.
The Coffee Corner
The corner cabinet is perfect for storing my larger appliances. My instant pot, breadmaker, and stand mixer all fit perfectly. The top drawer is where I store all of the coffee, filters, tea and mugs. Below that is where I keep and bread or baked goods to set out for breakfasts near the toaster.
Choosing you Ikea Cabinet Sizes
I do truly believe the prettier you make things in your home, whatever that is to YOU, the more joy it will bring you and the better it will serve you. What matters most is how you best use your space. There would be nothing more frustrating than spending you time and money designing, purchasing, and installing a new and beautiful kitchen to only realize that nothing fits where you want it. Be sure to plan your Ikea kitchen to look beautiful but to also be customized to your “working” needs.