IKEA Kitchen Renovation Cost in Canada

Making the kitchen of your dreams with IKEA may be the right move for your home. However, without the proper plan and budget, what could be an easy renovation may turn out to be a nightmare. There is the risk of running off budget and not getting the kitchen you envisioned.

This is why it’s important to understand IKEA kitchen renovation cost in Canada. We also share ways to save and ways your project can go out of budget so you know what to avoid.

Let’s dive in.

Key Takeaways:

  • Using an online calculator and a professional’s opinion are the best ways to determine the cost of an IKEA kitchen renovation.
  • The best way to save on an IKEA kitchen renovation is to install it yourself.

IKEA Kitchen Renovation Cost in Canada

IKEA kitchen renovation cost in Canada will be roughly between $6,000 and $18,000, depending on factors like size, professional help, and type of cabinet.

A full remodel, including appliances, will be around $15,000. A full remodel without appliances can range between $6000-$8000, depending on if you go with glass cabinets or plain. Installation alone can cost between $1000-$3000 depending on how many cabinets you want.

IKEA is a growing global chain worth $44.6 billion (1). In 2022 alone it opened 38 new stores, meaning business is booming (2). That means more options for consumers when choosing how their future kitchen will look.

“Always have a clear plan before starting a kitchen renovation. This way you avoid unforeseen costs,” stated Sophie Warren-Smith of Homes and Gardens.

Fully remodeled kitchen
Fully remodeled kitchen


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Do-It-Yourself or Professional Help

You can save on costs by doing the measurements and installation yourself. However, you miss out on having professionals getting the job done right the first time with your new kitchen. Let’s break it down.

  • Structural work.
  • Plumbing work.
  • Basements.
  • Re-cladding.


The main reason why homeowners may want to install a new kitchen themselves is that they can save a considerable amount of money. Forgoing a professional install means assembling and fitting all of the cabinets yourself. If you’re confident in your skills, this can be a viable option for homeowners to save on their renovation.

However, not all homeowners may feel confident in assembling cabinets themselves. A poor assembly can lead to unlevel shelves, uneven doors and a less-than-perfect presentation of your new kitchen cabinets. It can also lead to hours of frustration trying to put together these cabinets by hand yourself.

I always say, if you’re in doubt, have a professional do the work. Your kitchen is going to serve you for years down the road, and is a worthwhile investment. Putting in a bit more money to ensure the right work is done can be especially helpful if you’re not confident in your skills.

Professional Help

For those who don’t want to put the time into assembling and fitting cabinets themselves, or who don’t feel confident enough in putting together an entire IKEA kitchen, having professionals do it for you may be a viable solution. This route adds onto the cost of a kitchen renovation, but ensures you get a kitchen that looks and feels stellar for years to come.

The breakdown for professional kitchen installation, per cabinet and type, is listed below:

Type of Kitchen CabinetCost
Base, wall, or high cabinet with a door.$119 /per cabinet.
Base or wall cabinet with a corner carousel or drawer.$162 /per cabinet.
High cabinet with a drawer.$193 /per cabinet.
IKEA precut countertops, moulding, cover caps and lighting.Priced as per request.

Pro Tip: With professional installation, you don’t have to worry about debris and cardboard leftover. The professional assemblers will give a daily brooming of your kitchen space and vacuum the shelves and area once everything is complete.

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My Experience with Understanding IKEA Kitchen Renovation Costs

In my experience, I have found using the IKEA kitchen design planner to help estimate how much a kitchen will cost helps quite a bit. It’s a quick and easy to understand tool that helps visualize where cabinets will go, along with the price of the particular IKEA model you’re looking for. Staff is also readily available to help with any questions, such as if I need to modify a corner of a cabinet so it fits properly.

Ineffective Methods of Understanding IKEA Kitchen Renovation Costs

There are a few ineffective ways to understand IKEA kitchen renovation costs, which are as follows:

  • Guessing costs based on showroom models or online images.
  • Ignoring hidden costs, such as consultation fees, delivery or professional installation.
  • Using an online calculator without considering customization.
  • Ignoring the cost build-up of appliances and accessories.
  • Ignoring professional services.

Guessing Based on Showroom Models

Guessing the cost of how much your IKEA kitchen will cost based on the showroom model or online images alone isn’t an effective way to get an accurate budget. It excludes the inclusion of professional services, such as measurements and installation. It also doesn’t include the amount of cabinets you need for an exact measurement. It excludes the inclusion of any modifications as well.

Instead, showroom models can give you an idea how your kitchen will look, and can supplement measurements and professional planning by an associate.

“As you plan your kitchen, consider where you use kitchen items. This includes cabinetry specifically used to store bowls and cereal. Make your space more efficient as you plan it.” According to Nafeesah Allen of Better Homes and Gardens.

Ignoring Hidden Costs

Ignoring hidden costs that aren’t obvious upfront can be detrimental to your perceived budget and vision. Hidden costs have a way of overrunning your budget if you’re not careful, such as the cost to modify a cabinet, or installation.

Instead, discuss and be aware of hidden costs right away, and incorporate them into your budget. That way you don’t run into any surprises down the road.

Using an Online Calculator

Relying solely on an IKEA kitchen cost calculator, like the design planner IKEA provides, can be detrimental to creating an accurate picture of your budget and scope of project. It is very much a ‘cookie-cutter; planner, and doesn’t incorporate the nuances of a home.

For example, if you want a custom width for your kitchen sink cupboards, or a different design altogether. These changes will affect the price, and won’t reflect in an online calculator.

Instead, when calculating your kitchen renovation cost in Toronto, it is better to consult with an IKEA planner professional directly, or an interior designer such as the team at Renowell. That way you are given a more accurate quote and a professional opinion.

I prefer it when my clients go for a professional consultation, wherever they go. Professionals are always going to give a more accurate picture than using online calculators or guesstimating.

Ignoring Cost Build-up of Appliances and Accessories

For kitchen renovation in Mississauga and the GTA, it is essential to be aware of the cost that appliances and accessories can bring to a kitchen. Ignoring these costs can drastically affect one’s budget and expectations for a renovation. There’s also the added aspect of waiting for appliances to come in, which can affect the overall wait time for a kitchen renovation in Brampton and Toronto.

I always recommend factoring in appliances and extra accessories, like decorations and storage containers. From what I have researched, appliances alone can tack on an extra $7000-$9000 to your budget. Knowing these costs upfront can give you a better idea of how to shape your kitchen renovation, and shape your budget better.

Ignoring Professional Services

Even if professional services run higher costs, these can be incredibly important to your kitchen renovation. Ignoring professional services may save on costs, but it will leave you with hours of labour. You also run the risk of being unable to set the shelves correctly with perfect levelness. This can lead to an unsatisfactory kitchen renovation in Burlington and the GTA.

Instead, including professional services, such as measurements and installation, can ensure you have a risk-free and easier kitchen renovation in Markham and Toronto. That way you know your kitchen is going to stand the test of time in your home.

Also Read: Do I Need a Permit to Renovate My Kitchen in Toronto?

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Tips for Saving on IKEA Kitchen Renovation Costs

There are many ways to save on IKEA kitchen renovation cost in Canada, and I’ve listed a few tips below that will help you out:

  • Do as much of the work yourself, including measurements and installation.
  • Choose basic over fancy models.
  • Avoid customizing the models.

Do As Much of the Work Yourself

As difficult as it is, DIY or Do-It-Yourself projects are known for helping homeowners save on cost. This means taking your own measurements, ordering your cabinets without the design fees of an IKEA associate, and installing everything yourself.

Pro Tip: An easy way to ensure your measurements are accurate is to take them twice or three times. That way, when you go to install, you know your measurements are exact, accurate, and allow for everything to line up nicely.

Let’s see how much you can save if you do as much as possible yourself.

IKEA charges $49 for measurements, $39 for a 2-hour design consultation, and installation starting at $119 per cabinet, which can run upwards of $1000-$3000. In total, you can save about $1088-$3088.

The real money saver is installing your cabinets yourself. However, it is important to note that if two adults are working on installing the cabinets, it will still take at least 8 hours to assemble and set the cabinets. You can save quite a bit, but you will have to spend a lot of time assembling everything yourself.

Basic Over Fancy

Choosing basic over fancy cabinets can mean the difference of hundreds if not thousands of dollars in a home renovation. If you want to save money on your kitchen, you can consider opting for basic cabinets and forgo fancier options. That way you’ll have a simple, elegant kitchen that will last, remain functional, and cost less out of pocket.

Glass door cabinets, or fancy cabinets, can cost upwards of $100-$200 more than basic or standard cabinets. So if we do the math for a small kitchen with 6 base cabinets and 2 wall cabinets, you’re looking at around $3,600 for basic, and $4,400 for fancy. Option for basic cabinets means you’re saving around $800.


Basic cabinets
Basic cabinets


Avoid Customization

As much as possible, one should avoid customizing the set designs that IKEA uses. Since all IKEA cabinets come in pre-cut, pre-designed shapes and sizes, changing these sizes can cause a lot of extra work, delays, and extra money out of pocket.

Instead, keep to the standard sizes that IKEA offers. That way you avoid custom design charges that IKEA may charge, if they’re able to offer your specific customization needs.

Pro Tip: If you have a uniquely shaped kitchen, you should consider going with a custom kitchen designer and contractor like Renowell. That way you’re not paying extra for custom designs, which IKEA is not designed for.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to get an IKEA kitchen installed?

Installing an IKEA kitchen costs between $1000-$3000, depending on how many cabinets you have.


When figuring out how much does an IKEA kitchen renovation cost, it doesn’t have to be a complicated, lengthy process. By knowing that online design planners, along with getting a professional opinion, can help give you an accurate picture of how much an IKEA kitchen home renovation will cost.

What are your thoughts on IKEA kitchen renovation costs? Let us know in the comments below!

Additional References:

  1. Statistica (2022.) Annual revenue of the IKEA Group worldwide from 2001 to 2022. Retrieved from: https://www.statista.com/statistics/264433/annual-sales-of-ikea-worldwide/
  2. IKEA (2022.) IKEA continues to grow in challenging times. Retrieved from: https://www.ikea.com/global/en/our-business/how-we-work/year-in-review/