IKEA Kitchen – 3D Planner software
Being Swedish my first blog post about creating a better online shopping experience for the majority of people had to be about buying something complex from IKEA.
So here I was in Paris visiting my brother who had installed a complete IKEA kitchen by himself. It had me thinking out loud that it can’t really be that difficult. So I went back saying we should try the same thing back in Montreal this autumn!
Well, summer passed and my wife was all up for it once kids got back to school. Pumped up with a North American “Yes We Can” spirit we visited our local IKEA Store and managed to pick the kitchen we wanted in less than 3 hours. We don’t bid on eBay; we have a Buy Now kind of attitude and you should try it if time is money for you too.
Now comes the tricky part: we had to use the IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner software to design our kitchen ourselves. Not there in the store; but at home after taking all the measurements! So here is what happened:
1) First you want to avoid browsers that are not supported which means any computer must be at least 2-3 years old or just take Microsoft Explorer to be on the safe side since that’s what most outdated computers run nowadays. Don’t even attempt to look for a tablet app since the team at IKEA still is trying to understand how to make it that simple to design a kitchen!
2) Kitchen software works fine once you get the hang of it. We are in North America so working with inches is the norm. Took 2-3 hours to complete our virtual IKEA kitchen and honestly the 3D view was confusing to say the least. Confident we now tried to order the entire design online which was not an option we found out.
3) You have to get your design reviewed by a IKEA Certified Kitchen Specialist – some kind of blue/yellow belt in how all these items fit together without causing any injury to you and your loved ones. After spending two hours with one of them I have to admit it was totally worth the time, but doing it on the computer at home with somebody taking over my screen would have done the trick too.
4) We placed the order and two weeks later the entire kitchen arrived.
5) Installing it is another story.
Conclusion: if you ever played Sim City for more than an hour, enjoyed building a replica of your fathers car using Lego parts or just have this Kung Fu Panda kind of “Inner Peace” attitude buying an IKEA Kitchen online is totally doable without hiring any professional. Installing it though will demand skills that you can’t learn on YouTube!
If you have any questions about the IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner software I would love to hear from you. As a former software product manager I can quickly evaluate what’s a feature and what’s a bug!
Keep shopping online,