DESIGN ON A BUDGET
The average kitchen remodel costs about $20,000, according to HomeAdvisor, although costs vary considerably based on location, square footage, extent of the project, quality of materials, and who does the work. One way many homeowners try to save is by shopping at Ikea, the Swedish retail giant known for build-it-yourself furniture. Ikea's flat-pack cabinetry is cheaper than other lines of cabinets precisely because it needs to be assembled. It may seem like a great deal, but for those who get frustrated assembling an Ikea dresser, building an entire room of cabinets could prove to be a disagreeable amount of work. In a recent price comparison, Cheapism.com found that preassembled Shaker-style cabinets from Home Depot cost less than nearly identical cabinets from Ikea that require assembly. Sinks with pre-drilled holes for fixtures are cheaper at Home Depot and Lowe's than a smaller sink from Ikea with no holes for fixtures. Ikea customers must buy a two-piece tool set for $12.99 and punch the holes themselves. Cheapism compared prices on similar products from Ikea, Home Depot, and Lowe's for a DIY facelift of one of the most important workspaces in a kitchen. The total for a stainless steel sink, base cabinet, and 8 feet of laminate countertop came to $358.98 at Ikea, $362.18 at Home Depot, and $376.93 at Lowe's (prices vary slightly by store). Although the total was a bit lower at Ikea, homeowners must account for the additional labor and a host of other considerations.
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