Custom vs. Ikea Storage Solutions: Who Wins?

The journey of building your dream home comes with a lot of decisions, each one coming together to create a space that truly reflects your personal style and your personal needs. Among these decisions are storage solutions – the choice of custom-built storage units and closets or the convenience of semi-custom for instance, using Ikea furniture for a portion of the build. Let’s take a look at the advantages and draw backs of going either route, considering factors like personalization, durability, aesthetics, and of course, cost. Either way, Bentley Built and our team of professionals will make sure you make the decision that aligns best with your vision.

Customized Storage Solutions

Pros of Customized Storage Solutions

Tailored to Your Needs

Custom-built storage solutions allow for unparalleled personalization. Designers can tailor every inch to suit your specific storage requirements, ensuring no space is wasted, and every item finds its designated place.

Aesthetic Appeal

Tailored closets seamlessly integrate with the overall design and aesthetic of your home. From the choice of materials to the finish, you have complete control over the visual impact of your storage spaces.

Maximized Space

Custom units can be designed to fit even the most challenging spaces, such as under eaves or sloped ceilings. This ensures that every nook and cranny in your home is utilized efficiently. 

Cons of Customized Storage Solutions

Cost Consideration

Custom-built storage solutions tend to be more expensive than their semi-custom or pre-made counterparts. The investment is justified by the unique design, craftsmanship,and tailored functionality, but it’s essential to budget accordingly.

Installation Time

Building custom units may take longer than assembling pre-made furniture. If time is a critical factor for you, take it into account during the planning stages.

Ikea Storage Solutions

Pros of Ikea Storage Solutions


Ikea is renowned for its cost-effective solutions. If you’re working within a budget, semi-custom furniture offers an attractive alternative without compromising style.

Quick Installation

Ikea furniture is designed for easy assembly. With clear instructions and readily available components, you can have your furniture assembled in a fraction of the time it takes for custom-built units.


Ikea offers a wide range of styles, finishes, and configurations. This allows for a degree of personalization within the constraints of semi-custom options.

Cons of Ikea Storage Solutions

Limited Personalization

While Ikea offers some degree of customization, it may not meet the specific needs of every homeowner. Custom-built units provide a higher level of personalization and functionality.


While Ikea furniture is well-designed, it’s not as durable as custom-built units crafted from high-quality materials, and assembled/ installed by a professional cabinet maker. This is an important consideration for those looking for long-term investments.

Choosing between custom-built storage units and Ikea furniture ultimately comes down to your priorities, preferences, and budget. If you prioritize personalization, seamless integration with your home’s design, and have the budget for it, custom-built storage is the ideal choice. On the other hand, if cost and quick installation are primary concerns, Ikea provides stylish and affordable options. Whatever your decision, Bentley Built is committed to creating homes that resonate with your unique vision and lifestyle. Contact us to start building your dream home!