The Kokeena Story

Kokeena was founded in 2012 by entrepreneur and avid DIY house hacker, Aaron Gray.  But, the idea for Kokeena came years earlier, in 2005 when Aaron was installing IKEA kitchen cabinets in his family home in Portland, Oregon.  Here he is in his own words...


I loved the robustness and modularity of IKEA's kitchen system.  The cabinet boxes are rock-solid and the mounting systems are actually borrowed from techniques used by high-end cabinet makers.  The drawers and hinges are made by Blum, the world leader in European-style cabinet hardware.

I wasn't in love with IKEA's selection of doors, panels and drawer fronts, however.  Looking at them, they didn't inspire confidence in their quality and they didn't make my kitchen stand out as uniquely mine, which is what I really wanted.  I think that's what everyone wants - a kitchen that uniquely reflects who we are; our core values and our personal sense of style.  If you think about it, the kitchen is the place where you nurture and sustain your most important relationships.  It's the room where you really live.  I believe family cooks are sacred.  They provide sustenance to loved ones, to family and to friends. And that's where the name Kokeena comes from.  From the latin word coquina, meaning "of cooks."

My experience using IKEA in my own kitchen made me realize how difficult it can be to source truly well designed, quality doors, drawer fronts and panels for IKEA kitchens.  And that's why I decided to start Kokeena.  To make it easy to find and buy nice doors that are ready-made for IKEA's systems.   

Why the focus on IKEA?  Because I believe that you should save money where it makes sense, but that you should spend that extra bit of money on the things that will truly make you happy over time.  You're going to live with your kitchen for a long time.  You should fall in love with it every time you see it.  Using IKEA's kitchen system as the foundation for a custom kitchen, paired with very high quality, well designed doors from Kokeena allows you to do just that.  You can have a kitchen that you truly love - a high-end custom kitchen that you will fall in love with over and over again - without breaking your budget. 

And that's my promise to you. You'll be happy you used the IKEA system.  And, with Kokeena doors, you'll fall in love with your kitchen every time you walk in. 

We look forward to helping you create the kitchen of your dreams.