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Today we’re used to buying everything online—mattresses, groceries, plants. Now you can renovate your kitchen without ever getting up from the sofa, too. Semihandmade, the brand known for offering beautiful fronts for IKEA cupboards, has launched a direct-to-consumer line called Boxi by Semihandmade that’s all about getting you new, preassembled cabinets superfast. Think: three to four weeks fast. No wonder Sarah Sherman Samuel and Anita Yokota have already used them for their latest projects.
“You don’t need to go to a big-box store; you don’t need to go to IKEA—that’s the exciting part,” says the company’s founder, John McDonald. By narrowing down the style selections (the collection offers eight options compared to the company’s standard 45) and manufacturing them in Seattle, the brand is able to bypass the 10-week-long lead time that usually comes with custom millwork. Another defining characteristic from Semihandmade: It includes the actual boxes not just the fronts; all the pieces come prebuilt; and they’re not only for kitchens (peep The Brownstone Boys‘s epic bedroom storage, below).
Drawing on the most popular Semihandmade picks, the line features eight neutral finishes and door styles to choose from, including Mushroom Shaker (a medium-tone gray in the traditional front), Oat Slab (a natural wood–looking door), and Peppercorn Edge (jet black with a thin border). Think of it this way: The fewer options to consider means your project will get moving way faster. Customizable pull-outs (like ones for spices and utensils) and drawer organizers are in the works and will be available later this year.
How It Works
There are three ways to get your cabinet design started. If you already have a blueprint of your space (either from a software like IKEA’s free planning tool or SketchUp), just send it in and they’ll process your order without a fee. The second option is to take photos and measurements of the room yourself and send the info to its design team to handle the rest ($199). Or if you’re truly not skilled with a measuring tape, the company will dispatch a person to your house to snap 3-D scans ($399).
For a small kitchen (around 7 linear feet), the estimate is $4,200 for cabinets, panels, and toe kicks. A medium space (20 linear feet) is closer to $8,600, while a large one with an island is in the $12,000 range. If you are also in the market for new appliances and countertops, that expense won’t be included, but the brand has partnerships with Caesarstone and Cafe, so you can opt to shop everything all at once. *Adds renovation to virtual basket immediately.*
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