IKEA Home Kitchen Planner help and info

  • 1. What is the IKEA Home Kitchen Planner?

    The IKEA Home Kitchen Planner is a proprietary IKEA add-on tool that users can use to start designing the ideal floor plan for their dining room and kitchen right on their computers. Though the tool would not replace the human approach to things, it definitely gives a great overview of things.

  • 2. What platforms does this IKEA Planner work on?

    IKEA Home Kitchen Planner is web-based and uses its native plugin for usage and rendering. If you’re using it on a PC, you must have Windows XP SP2 or later versions installed. Mac users would need Mac OS X 10.6 or later. The supported browsers are Google Chrome 13.0 or later, Safari 5.0.3 or later, Internet Explorer 8.0 or later, and Firefox 3.5.7 or later.

  • 3. Is the tool free to use?

    IKEA Home Kitchen Planner is essentially a free application to use on a range of devices. Creating a system account is also free, which you can use for saving your designs to view and edit them later.

  • 4. How is the user interface like?

    The IKEA Home Planner’s interface is easy to use, clean and well-developed. Switching to 3D from 2D is effortless, with the renderings being smooth as well. The planner prepares a shopping list when the items get dropped into the plan. Switching to itemized view is easy too.

  • 5. What is the item selection like?

    The items selection isn’t the most exhaustive. You can position the available objects and appliances around your space to build your dining room or kitchen’s floor plan. Despite the limited item choices, generic items can be added to the planner, which would give you an idea of things you’d like to see.

  • 6. What is the 3D rendering aspect?

    The 3D (three-dimensional) feature of the tool helps present a detailed and complete look from inside the room. Utilizing the panel controls, you may take a look around the space and understand how the future developments would fit in. The 3D view permits the same measurement alterations and controls as a 2D (two-dimensional) view would.

  • 7. Is the application completely bug-free?

    This lightweight IKEA tool could be buggy at times. In fact, the tool has this strange inclination toward not saving work or crashing randomly. This could be quite frustrating, especially if you have worked on the tool for a couple of hours and the application crashes all of a sudden. While working, things may snap and rotate abruptly and inappropriately too.

  • 8. Who is this tool for?

    This kitchen tool is primarily designed for IKEA fans or people who mostly or only buy IKEA items for their kitchen or their house in general. The design tool directs you to only IKEA products. This could alienate people new to IKEA, but will render the tool almost indispensable to IKEA aficionados.

  • 9. Who is this tool not for?

    This tool is not for homeowners who’d like a lot more freedom with the designing and want CAD-like functionality and versatility. This IKEA tool would only get basic stuff done. It is not something professional kitchen designers would use or recommend to their clients.

  • 10. Would a real designer do better?

    Yes, a real designer would be able to offer much more custom solutions and plans than what this IKEA tool could ever be able to achieve. But hiring a real designer would also mean increased costs and time, as the Home Kitchen Planner is free and can be put to work almost instantly after it’s installed.

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