Each year, IKEA holds kitchen sales events that deliver a significant discount on your total purchase. This year's sale just kicked off, and if you’re in the market for a new kitchen, now's the time to shop.
But don’t delay. Planning and mapping out a new kitchen takes time, especially if you want to use IKEA’s in-house kitchen planning services, and the sale only runs through Sunday, April 17, 2016.
In the past, IKEA’s kitchen events occurred two or three times a year, according to a salesperson we spoke to. But it’s been a year since the last sale, and it may be that these promotions will be held only annually going forward.
This year’s kitchen event promises a 15 percent rebate in the form of an IKEA gift card when you spend $4,000 or more on a new kitchen—that is, the frames, doors, hinges, drawers, integrated lighting, and appliances. That's a big change from previous years, when the discount came straight off your bill.
But if you like IKEA’s style and quality, this shouldn't be a dealbreaker. For frequent IKEA shoppers, spending a rebate of $600 or more on utensils, glassware, and furniture won’t be difficult.
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IKEA isn’t well-known for selling appliances, though its products are made by reputable third-party manufacturers like Whirlpool. For the kitchen sale, appliances will count towards the $4,000 threshold for the rebate. This fact isn’t spelled out on the company’s website or in its leaflets, but a salesperson assured us they are eligible. However, kitchen furniture and accessories like utensils and glassware aren't eligible.
In 2015, IKEA ended production of its popular Akurum kitchen cabinet system. More than 7.7 million Akurum cabinets were sold following their debut in 1995, according to IKEA. Taking its place is the Sektion model, which carries over Akurum’s soft-close drawers and doors, wall-mounted rail systems, and 25-year warranty.
But the two products are not compatible. Sektion is a more modular system, maximizing cabinet interior space and utilizing a wall-mounted rail system for installing both upper and lower cabinets—something that makes the DIY process easier.
Before setting an appointment with an IKEA designer, be sure to take careful measurements of your kitchen layout. Use IKEA’s planning tools to get the ball rolling. Bring photos of your existing kitchen, along with any blueprints you might have.
The Fine Print
There are some details to be aware of before jumping in the car and heading off to your local store.
First, as mentioned above, to meet the $4,000 minumum purchase you must buy products in the right categories. These include frames, doors, hinges, drawers, integrated lighting, and appliances. Other kitchen-related products—like furniture, glasses, plates, and flatware—do not count towards the rebate.
Second, the rebate is for a single purchase of $4,000 worth of qualifying kitchen-related goods, not including tax or shipping. If you purchase IKEA’s Individual Kitchen Planning service ($199) it cannot be applied toward the $4,000 threshold, though it will be rebated in full on your gift card if you do meet the minimum.
Finally, Though it's available online and in every other U.S. retail store, the kitchen offer is not valid at IKEA’s Portland, Oregon, location. Go figure.