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IKEA Kitchen Doors | Compatibility Guide

Furniture models, much like cars and televisions, do not stay consistent over time. With changing times come changing models. This is the case with IKEA kitchen systems, which were updated within the last decade. 

If you have an old IKEA kitchen system and need the cabinet door replaced, you are not facing a full kitchen re-do. Although dimensions vary across the different versions, replacement doors can be found and installed. Even if the replacements aren’t the perfect size, modifications can be successfully made.


For the most part, the new IKEA kitchen cabinet doors are not compatible with the old system cabinets because of the size differences. There are some exceptions and there are some ways to modify the doors until they are more compatible. The drill pattern change makes no difference.

Old IKEA Kitchen System

Rather than making slow transitions in how their kitchen systems are laid out, IKEA made an official transition from their old kitchen system, AKURUM, to their new kitchen system, SEKTION, on February 2, 2015. 

There isn’t anything inherently wrong with the AKURUM kitchen system. However, depending on when you purchased the AKURUM item, the warranty will differ from a SEKTION item. 

To tell the difference between an AKURUM and a SEKTION item, look at the holes on the inside of the cabinet. 

AKURUM cabinets have a single row of holes near the outside of the cabinet and SEKTION cabinets have a double row of holes near the outside. 

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Comparing Dimensions Between Old and New Doors

Base Cabinet Doors

CabinetOld Door Height (inches)New Door Height (inches)Old Door Width (inches)New Door Width (inches)
1 door, 1 drawer unit242015, 18, and 2115, 18, and 24
2 door, 1 drawer unit24201215 and 18
2 door, 2 drawer unit242015 and 1815 and 18
2 door, 1 drawer sink unit242012 and 1518
2 door, 2 drawer sink unit24201818
Hinge-door corner unit3034½18½19
1 door corner unit303024½23½
1 door unit303012, 15, 18, and 2115, 18, 21, and 24
2 door unit303012, 15, and 1812, 15, and 18

Wall Cabinet Doors

CabinetOld Door Height (inches)New Door Height (inches)Old Door Width (inches)New Door Width (inches)
1 door unit30⅜ 20, 30, and 4012, 15, 18, and 2112, 15, 18, 21, and 24
2 door unit30⅜ and 39⅛15, 20, 30, and 4012, 15, and 1812, 15, and 18
1 door corner unit30⅜ and 39⅛30 or 4012½13
1 door glass door unit30⅜ and 39⅛30 or 4015, 18, 30, and 3615 or 18
2 door glass door unit30⅜ and 39⅛30 or 4015, 18, 30, and 3615
Sliding door unit30⅜ and 39⅛30 or 4036 and 4815
Fan/refrigerator unit15¼1515 and 1815 and 18
Small 1 door unit17¾15 and 202430 and 36
Small 2 door unit2415 and 202415 and 18
Microwave 1 door unit30⅜ and 39⅛N/A*24 and 30N/A
Microwave 2 door unit30⅜ and 39⅛N/A12 and 15N/A
Horizontal unit151530⅜ and 39⅛24
*Note that a measurement marked N/A means that this model is not available in the specified version

High Cabinet Door

CabinetOld Door Height (inches)New Door Height (inches)Old Door Width (inches)New Door Width (inches)
Top/bottom 2 door pantry unit (option 1)15 (top) and 64 (bottom)16 (top) and 64 (bottom)15 and 2415, 18, and 24
Top/bottom 2 door pantry unit (option 2)24 (top) and 64 (bottom)26 (top) and 64 (bottom)15 and 2424
Glass door 1 door pantry unit79N/A*15N/A
Glass door 2 door pantry unit79N/A24 and 30N/A
Top/bottom 3 door pantry unit24 (top) and 64 (bottom)N/A24N/A
Top/bottom 2 door with pull-out unit15 (top) and 64 (bottom)16 (top) and 64 (bottom)2424
Top/bottom 3 door with pull-out unit24 (top) and 64 (bottom)N/A24N/A
Top/bottom 4 door pantry unit (option 1)15 (top) and 64 (bottom)16 (top) and 64 (bottom)3030
Top/bottom 4 door pantry unit (option 2)24 (top) and 64 (bottom)26 (top) and 64 (bottom)3030
2 door 2 drawer pantry unit6450 and 603030
Top/bottom 4 door oven unit15 (top) and 24 (bottom)16 (top) and 24 (bottom)3030
Top 2 door oven unit15 and 24203030
Top/bottom 2 door, 2 drawer oven unit 15 (top) and 24 (botttom)323030
Top/bottom 2 door, 1 drawer oven unit15 (top) and 24 (bottom)203030
*Note that a measurement marked N/A means that this model is not available in the specified version

Are the Doors Compatible?

As the tables above show, the heights and widths vary widely between AKURUM and SEKTION items, giving them lots of variety. The result is that there are only a few perfect matches or near-perfect matches. 

The doors of the wall cabinets of the two sets are closer in size than those of the base cabinets and high cabinets, which are more difficult to match. 

One of the reasons for this is most likely the changing trends over the years. It seems that base cabinets have been shrinking in size while high cabinets have been growing in size. 

This could be happening because larger base cabinets are not needed if people prefer higher storage space (I know that I certainly do). Ceiling height might also be increasing and high cabinet height could be growing with it. 

To evaluate how compatible the doors are, we must determine how much leeway will be given for door compatibility, so let’s say that door dimensions within a half inch of each other will mean good compatibility (although this may not work in all cases).

Door dimensions that differ more than a half inch can create some problems.

Problems if Doors Are Not Compatible

If the door is too small, a large gap can be aesthetically displeasing

A large gap can also allow dust and bugs to easily access the inside of the kitchen cabinets. This is especially a concern since kitchen cabinets contain food and dishes, both of which, when covered in dust or bugs, can be pretty gross to eat or eat with. 

If the door is too large, the assembly of the kitchen cabinets can prove difficult.

Too much overlap can mean cabinets not fitting correctly or not closing properly. This is especially true for double-door cabinets. If the two doors are too large, they will not close properly and will overlap where they meet. 

However, there is some leeway with single-door cabinets since there is no other door to run into. Instead, the door might just extend past its intended place. As long as it’s not sticking out past the cabinet itself, there’s nothing wrong with this.

Another thing I should note is that the new range of kitchen cabinets does not include a few of the old range cabinets. It is safe to assume that this is because these styles are less popular. 

Either this or styles, such as glass cabinets and cabinets including microwaves, are too difficult for IKEA to manufacture. 

Additionally, although they are more compatible, very few of the high cabinet doors actually have suitable replacements in the new range of doors. 

The new IKEA kitchen system focused on revamping the high cabinet doors so that there was less of a range in design, which made manufacturing easier. This would account for the lack of compatibility. 

Below are the tables showing which new doors can and cannot be used on the old cabinets.

Base Cabinet Doors

CabinetCompatible Door(s)Notes
1 door, 1 drawer unit-*No doors available that are within a half inch of 24 inches
2 door, 1 drawer unit(see above)
2 door, 2 drawer unit(see above)
2 door, 1 drawer sink unit(see above)
2 door, 2 drawer sink unit(see above)
Hinge-door corner unitVEDDINGE, HAVSTORP
1 door corner unit(see above)
1 door unitVEDDINGE, HAVSTORP
2 door unitVEDDINGE, HAVSTORP
*Note that a “-” means that there is not a suitable door in the new range

Wall Cabinet Doors

CabinetCompatible Door(s)Notes
1 door unitAXSTAD, ENKOPING, VOXTORP, ASKERSUND
2 door unitAXSTAD, VEDHAMN, ENKOPING, VOXTORP, ASKERSUND
1 door corner unitAXSTAD, VEDHAMN
1 door glass door unitAXSTAD, VEDHAMN, ENKOPING, VOXTORP, ASKERSUND
2 door glass door unitAXSTAD, VEDHAMN, ENKOPING, VOXTORP, ASKERSUND
Sliding door unit-*There doesn’t seem to be replacement sliding doors available
Fan/refrigerator unitASKERSUN, RINGHOLT, BODBYN
Small 1 door unitThe nearest is 20” in height (more than a 2” difference) 
Small 2 door unitNearest is 20×24 (more than a 2” difference)
Microwave 1 door unitN/A**No microwave units available in new range
Microwave 2 door unitN/A(see above)
Horizontal unitNearest is 20×24 (more than a 2” difference)
*Note that a “-” means that there is not a suitable door in the new range
**Note that a measurement marked N/A means that this model is not available in the specified version

High Cabinet Door

CabinetCompatible Door(s)Notes
Top/bottom 2 door pantry unit (option 1)AXSTAD, ENKOPINGNo doors compatible with bottom door (closest is 60”)
Top/bottom 2 door pantry unit (option 2)Closest to top door is 24×20, closest to bottom is 24×60
Glass door 1 door pantry unitN/ANo glass door pantry units in this new range
Glass door 2 door pantry unitN/A(see above)
Top/bottom 3 door pantry unitN/AThis particular pantry is not available in this new range
Top/bottom 2 door with pull-out unitClosest to the top is 15×20 and closest to bottom is 24×60
Top/bottom 3 door with pull-out unitN/AThis particular pantry is not available in this new range
Top/bottom 4 door pantry unit (option 1)In this new range, there are no doors wider than 24”
Top/bottom 4 door pantry unit (option 2)(see above)
2 door 2 drawer pantry unit(see above)
Top/bottom 4 door oven unit(see above)
Top 2 door oven unit(see above)
Top/bottom 2 door, 2 drawer oven unit (see above)
Top/bottom 2 door, 1 drawer oven unit(see above)
*Note that a “-” means that there is not a suitable door in the new range
**Note that a measurement marked N/A means that this model is not available in the specified version

Comparing Drill Patterns Between Old and New Doors

The drill patterns are part of what distinguishes the old and new doors from each other. 

The holes in the pattern are meant to be helpful guidelines of where to install screws but they do not limit where you can install screws. Because of the nature of the wooden material, screws can be installed practically anywhere you’d like.

Man drilling screws on the side of the cabinet

So, why change the design? Well, each hole stabilizes the screw while it spins, whether you are installing it with a screwdriver or a drill. 

Without this hole, the screw can slip and slide, making installation more difficult. They also prevent the splitting of the wood as the screw is placed.

The new doors most likely have the drill pattern that they do because that drill pattern was found to be the most secure for the shelves or other components inside. Making sure their products are well-priced but durable is a trademark of IKEA. 

To sum this up, whether you have an old or a new drilling pattern, screws can be installed wherever the consumer pleases so the change is not very important and does not affect the assembly much. 

How to Make New Doors Work

Unfortunately, many old IKEA kitchen system doors do not have compatible new system doors. 

Because of this, consumers may have to purchase a door that is too small or too large and make do.

If the door dimensions are an inch or less different, it is unlikely that the difference will impact the door fitting very much. 

However, if the door dimensions are an inch or more off, problems with fitting and aesthetics can arise. 

For a door that is too large, the door could possibly be cut to size. 

There can be a few problems with this since the door will lack certain details in appearance since a painted and rounded edge will be removed. 

However, if this is the only option, sanding and repainting the door can improve its appearance. 

Before the door is cut, it is important to measure twice and cut once since cutting the door too much can produce the opposite problem.

On cutting a kitchen door that is too large

For doors that have a pattern on the front, don’t just take from the one side. Cut off even portions from either side so that it doesn’t look lopsided.

For a door that is too small, the options are a bit more limited. 

Regular doors, rather than kitchen cabinet doors, can use metal devices called door expanders that allow doors to fit better into the frames. 

Kitchen cabinet doors are not fitted for door expanders, but if you have the tools to shape metal into the expander you need, this could be the solution for you.

Sources

https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/rooms/kitchen/information-on-akurum-ikea-s-previous-kitchen-system-pubaa596c21

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/11747345/akurum-kitchen-system-ikea-fans

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/cat/sektion-kitchen-cabinets-system-23598/

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