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Understanding IKEA’s Kitchen Base Cabinet System


IKEA’s kitchen cabinet system offers a great option for remodeling a kitchen, but at times the terminology seems determined to frustrate any attempts at understanding. So here are some basics:

What is SEKTION? How about AKURUM? And VARDE?

SEKTION is the name for the only base cabinet system that IKEA now offers. For more than two decades, IKEA’s modular kitchen cabinet system was known as AKURUM, but in 2015 AKURUM was discontinued and SEKTION took its place. While IKEA will support owners of AKURUM products to a limited degree and even take the products, it is largely a dead product line.

Another mostly discontinued cabinet line is VARDE–a freestanding cabinet system with visible legs. You’ll find a few free-standing cabinets in the form of kitchen islands and carts, but that’s about for freestanding. The current product line, SEKTION, is a frameless “built-in” kitchen cabinet system with two main virtues:

Built-In: Clean, unbroken horizontals with legs covered by toe kicks, or as IKEA calls them, plinths. Countertops can run unbroken along the entire spread of the base cabinets (except for intentional breaks, such as for sinks).
Frameless: Frameless cabinets have doors that cover the entire front face of the cabinet. cover the entire front face of the cabinet.

Understanding IKEA Base Cabinet Names

IKEA has a fairly logical system for naming its base cabinets.

All cabinets names begin with “SE,” which stands for SEKTION. The next two letters pertain to the type of base cabinet. For instance, you can tell that SE SBJ2D is a sink base cabinet because of the “SB.” The “2D” tells you that this cabinet has two doors.

Cabinet Sizes

Base cabinets always sit on your floor and, as the name says, act as a base for other things, such as countertops, cooktops, microwaves, and ovens.