What are your panels made from?
Custom Coat panels are made from 18mm environmentally rated, moisture-resistant, medium density fibreboard (MDF), with a polyurethane painted finish to one side and the edges of each panel. (MDF is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally denser than plywood and used in similar applications. It is stronger and denser than particle board [chip board].)
Plywood panels are made from birch plywood complete with a polyurethane painted finish. Whilst we have taken every step to ensure a stable and rigid plywood product, plywood manufacturers warn against using very tall plywood panels in joinery applications due to potential warping - particularly in climates with extreme temperature and humidity variation. For pantry doors in our plywood finish, we recommend splitting the door into two, creating smaller top and bottom opening sections.
Supermatte panels are fingerprint-resistant, matte finish high pressure laminate laid to one side of MDF board with matching edges.
Ren Wood products are low pressure laminates laid to two sides of MDF board with matching edges.
Where are your panels manufactured?
Ren Studio panels are made in Australia. We work with a network of large and small Australian businesses that supply MDF, laid up board and plywood, and who fabricate the products to our precise requirements and standards.
Do you have a showroom?
No. We offer a full suite of samples and believe Australian renovators should be able to research and purchase everything necessary to complete their project online.
eCommerce does not mean anonymous – we are real Australians running a small business and are available to guide you through your purchase. If you have any questions at all about our products, the design process or your order, please email us and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.
Can Ren Studio supply benchtops?
No, our products are suitable for vertical applications only.
What should I understand about the sizing of the panels?
The sizes of our doors and drawer fronts are identical to the sizing of IKEA’s Metod range doors and drawer fronts. Unlike some IKEA styles, our panels are 18mm thick, including cover panels and plinths (skirting boards).
Our cover panels are slightly larger than IKEA’s, as the cover panels IKEA offers sit slightly behind the finished face of the cabinet. Our preference is for cover panel edges to instead sit flush with that front face, hence the slightly larger size. The difference is a few millimetres only.
We also offer oversized cover panels for installations in which the walls are unlikely to be square – which is the case in many older Australian homes. In these cases, scribing is required for a professional finish. Scribing is a technique used to fit joinery neatly to uneven walls and requires cutting panels on site to fit the application exactly, hence the larger sizes.
Do you offer all the panel sizes IKEA does?
Yes, with one exception – IKEA's largest cover panel is 910mm high x 2440mm wide (usually for fixing to the front face of a kitchen island). Our equivalent cover panel is 910mm high x 2400mm wide. In most cases this panel would have to be cut to fit on site anyway. In the unlikely event you need a larger size than we offer, two smaller pieces can be used with a join, which looks good provided the join position is thoughtfully located.
Do you offer doors to suit Ikea’s Besta and Pax Systems?
Yes! Refer to our Shop page for details.
Do your products match IKEA internal hardware?
Yes, our doors and drawers come pre-drilled and ready for IKEA's drawer runners and door hinges.
Do you offer a product like IKEA’s ‘deco strips’?
No. IKEA's deco strips help to conceal the underside of wall cabinets and any under cabinet lighting. Our ‘overhang’ option eliminates the need for deco strips and provides a more professional finish. Refer below for more information.
Ren Studio offers an 'overhang' option for wall cabinet doors, which means the cupboard door will hang down over the bottom of the cabinetry carcass. This can be a good choice for many reasons – the overhang helps to conceal under cabinet lighting (as an IKEA deco strip might) and acts as a handle for a clean and uncomplicated aesthetic.
The additional 40mm length of our overhang doors also allows for a matching cover panel to be fixed to the cabinet underside, meaning the (somewhat unattractive) visible underside of the cabinet can match the finish of the doors you’ve chosen. Purchasing an additional cover panel obviously increases the cost of the order, however it will contribute to giving your project a high quality, well executed result – this is a technique professionals use.
For overhang options you will need to specify a left or right hinge side. Left hand hinge side means the hinge side will be on the left-hand side of the door when you are looking at it in a closed position.
Do you offer custom sized panels?
No, we do not yet offer custom size panels. With the right equipment, filler pieces and bulkhead panels can be cut-to-size out of cover panels on site. We suggest considering where any edges might be visible (or not) and hiding cut edges to achieve a professional outcome. Where cut panels are used, we recommend comprehensively sealing the cut edge to avoid moisture penetration.
Do you offer integrated appliance panels?
Yes, and no. All IKEA integrated appliances use standard door and drawer panels for integration – this is how IKEA would sell appliance panels to you. If you've planned your kitchen with an IKEA integrated appliance you should be able to find a corresponding door or drawer front on your item list. If you intend to install a non-IKEA integrated appliance, we strongly recommend checking all data and installation sheets to ensure that the product will work with IKEA's Metod system and its associated dimensions. A handyperson, cabinet maker or installer may be able to assist in getting a non-IKEA integrated appliance to fit. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee our products will fit your appliance unless it is purchased directly from IKEA, and we are unable to accept returns.
We offer plinths (the skirting/kickplate between the cabinet and the floor) in all Ren Studio finishes. You may like to consider matching your plinth and base cabinets finishes or opt for something contrasting (e.g. a dark plinth option).
For plinth installation we recommend silicon stick to the legs of the cabinets and mitred corners using a mitre saw. The ends of our plinths are finished in case mitering is not possible for the project.
Do you offer returns?
As our products are made to order for your project, we are unable to accept returns. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions of sale for more information.
How hard is it to install an IKEA kitchen?
Ren Studio is unable to provide installation support and we strongly recommend you engage a professional to install your kitchen – in our view it’s worth every cent. Professional tradespeople have the tools, experience and time necessary to ensure your completed project is professionally finished. You are investing a significant sum of money in your kitchen renovation and most of the products you will be installing are expensive to replace if damaged through mishandling or by being forced. Cost wise it’s not that much more to have it professionally installed, and it will make the renovation a significantly more enjoyable experience and ensure you get the results you’re after.
Notwithstanding the above, some Ren Studio clients successfully install everything themselves.
Where do you deliver to?
We endeavour to deliver to every Australian address, however we are limited by where our third party shipping partners can deliver to. If you live in a regional area, please contact us by email to see if we can deliver to you before placing your order.
Notes about particular products
We do not offer a shaker profile option on our 10cm high drawer front.
Overhang doors are not available in the Dot profile.
For all Dot profile doors, you must choose whether the door will have a left or right hand hinge side. As with our overhang doors, left hand hinge side means that the hinge is on the left if you are looking at the door when it is closed. Please ensure your order is double checked before placing it.
For tall pantry doors in our Shaker profile, please choose the appropriate hinge side when ordering.