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Take a long, hard look at your Ikea kitchen.

Does it need replacement parts? Have you thought about expanding it with some extra pieces? Well, if your kitchen is named AKURUM, it’s going to be obsolete within the year, so you better act fast.

Ikea announced on its website that it will be replacing its 20-year-old kitchen system on February 1, 2015, which means you can only buy pieces in stores and online until then.

The new kitchen, which will launch in stores and online on February 2, is called SEKTION, and the Swedish company states that it’s “a flexible and modular system that allows for personalized solutions with excellent use of space and functionality.”

We know this is tough news to hear, because you’ve committed time and money into your current kitchen. But it gets worse, not better. AKURUM and SEKTION are not compatible at all, so you can’t mix and match new with old (even though the doors and facings are similar in style, their dimensions are not at all the same). What’s more, the generous “after sales” program, which allows AKURUM owners to get parts and pieces they need, is only available for eight months after February 1, and it’s wholly based on availability. You snooze, you lose.

Okay, so that’s a lot of bad news, but here’s the good stuff:

  • SEKTION will fit all of your existing Ikea appliances (sinks and faucets), with the exception of the DOMSJO sink (sorry, we promised only good news from here on out, but that’s one more bit of the bad kind).
  • Your 25-year warranty will be honoured on all AKURUM kitchens.
  • The SEKTION pricing is comparable to the AKURUM range.

Talk about a kitchen nightmare, eh Gordon Ramsay?

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