Build A DIY Mini Kitchen For Under $400

Build An IKEA Mini Kitchen For Under $400

Here’s a super stylish mini kitchen for your home office, studio, guest suite, or family room. It only costs a few hundred dollars and can easily be built in a day or two with the help of a friend. All it takes is a quick trip to your local IKEA store and a little elbow grease!

Build An IKEA Mini Kitchen For Under $400

The mini kitchen was the perfect solution for our craft studio. Located in the loft of a barn on our property, it’s just far enough away to make it inconvenient to truck it back to the house every time we wanted a cold drink or a cup of coffee.

Ready to build a mini kitchen of your own? Let’s get started!

DIY IKEA Mini Kitchen Materials List

Shopping List
To make things easier, we put together a printable mini kitchen shopping list. Simply print a copy, hand it off to one of the kitchen planners at your local IKEA store, and you’ll have everything you need for your project.

Here’s a quick checklist of the tools you’ll need:

  • Electric screwdriver & screwdriver bits
  • Circular saw or fine-toothed handsaw (to cut countertops)
  • Jigsaw (to cut hole for sink)
  • Hole saw (to drill hole for faucet)
  • Spirit level
  • Measuring tape
  • C-clamps
  • Protective glasses
  • Pencil

For installation instructions, refer to the easy-to-follow kitchen installation guide from IKEA. You can pick up a copy from your local IKEA store or download a PDF version from their website.

IKEA FIXA Drill Template - simple solution for aligning handles on cabinet drawers and doors!

While you’re at IKEA, we highly recommend picking up a FIXA Drill Template ($1.99). If you’ve ever installed cabinets before, you know how much of a pain it is to line up and drill the holes for the handles, knobs, and pulls. It can be done in a matter of seconds with this ingenious tool. Problem solved!

Build An IKEA Mini Kitchen For Under $400

We’re absolutely in love with our new IKEA kitchen. We were actually shocked by how easy it was to install and the drilling template still has us jumping for joy. The handy studio addition is a total lifesaver and will be treasured for years to come.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t pull the trigger on a mini kitchen years ago. Visit our IKEA Kitchen Inspiration board on Pinterest for more great ideas!

From traditional to modern to everything in between, find your dream kitchen today at IKEA®.


  • July 8, 2013


    What a great idea! I someday hope to have my own studio out of the home, I’m pinning this away for when I need it later!

  • July 8, 2013

    Briana Nichele Mateo

    This is awesome, one of those things that will always be in! Who would have thought building a kitchen could be so simple and inexpensive, I love it!

  • July 8, 2013

    Briana Nichele Mateo

    Its so great, definitely would be worth it!

  • July 8, 2013


    What brand is that little coffee machine? Love

  • July 9, 2013

    Handmade Charlotte

    Sorry, forgot to include it in the post! It’s the Keurig K10 Mini Plus Brewer – you can pick it up a target

  • July 16, 2013

    Anoushka Wroblewski

    my first thought was “lol what is ever quick about an ikea visit?” this is really great i hate traditional kitchens all the cabinets are so bulky and when you live in houses that have tiny box kitchens or galley kitchens (victorian terraces in uk) they are never “feng-shueied” properly! this looks like a good starting point for an efficient tiny kitchen! and certainly a lot cheaper than ikea’s straight up mini kitchen.

  • July 19, 2013


    Love this! No really it’s pretty much the exact image of what I’ve had in my head that I want for our basement wet bar with maybe an additional cabinet on the side. Great idea and thanks for how to!

  • July 24, 2013

    Liz Morris

    Love it! Can’t wait to have something like this in my studio space. What are those hearts on the mini-fridge? Is that a fridge decal like I’ve been seeing around?

  • July 25, 2013


    What was the cost to have the plumbing done for the sink?

  • July 30, 2013

    Sarah Beth Lodato

    This is perfect timing – I’m looking into new studio spaces and was stressing at the thought of not having a hint of a kitchen in these smaller spaces. This is totally do-able for me. Yay!

  • August 7, 2013

    Marybeth French

    now add a non-plumbed water source and a gray water collection system, a safety outlet and an induction cooking unit, maybe attached shelving above to house everything else and it would be great anywhere…even a camping retreat or tiny house :)

  • February 14, 2015


    It’s not a kitchen without stove.

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