Believe it or not, a gorgeous new kitchen doesn’t have to cost a year’s wages. There are many ways you can keep costs down and end up with a kitchen that looks great, suits your needs and doesn’t drain your bank account.
Follow these 5 top tips and tricks for savvy kitchen shoppers:
Don’t replace the whole thing. Simply by changing one element in the kitchen, you can transform its appearance. For example, you can change the worktops, tiles or doors – even changing the handles will make a big difference.
Carcases and units don’t need to be expensive. As long as they are sturdy and will last, carcases for units and cupboards can be very cheap to buy. These are practically invisible once doors and fronts are fitted, so it’s not worth spending a fortune on them.
Buy ex-display kitchens. This is a great way to get a designer kitchen for a fraction of the price. Do some research online and head into stores to ask about ex-display kitchens, which are often drastically discounted. If you can make it work for your space, you can save a fortune and end up with a beautiful new kitchen.
Make second-hand kitchens work for you. You don’t actually need to buy a brand new kitchen, not when there are perfectly good units and carcases available to buy for a tenth of the price, especially online.
Keep it simple. Sometimes, the best kitchens are those that have a simple design, with clean, uncluttered lines. It’s also a lot cheaper to create a simple, uncluttered space.
When a bargain really isn’t such a good deal
There are some areas in which it really isn’t smart to cut corners and buy cheaply. One of these is kitchen fitting – after all, you don’t want to spend all this time and effort sourcing cheaper materials for your new kitchen and then end up with ill-fitting units and untidy worktop edges. In fact, the key to making a cheap kitchen look more expensive to ensure it is installed perfectly by an experienced professional.
By all means, you should be looking for great value for money, but bear in mind that you get what you pay for. If a fitter is offering rock-bottom prices, it is likely that you’ll get shoddy service. Rather than focusing solely on price, look for kitchen fitters who are known for their quality and have a great reputation for fantastic service. Look for testimonials and reviews, accreditation from recognised bodies and a strong reputation within the industry.
A&J Kitchens have years of experience in kitchen fitting and scores of satisfied customers, as well as being members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, the Good Trader Scheme and iKBBI. What’s more, A&J Kitchens has been given the Certificate of Excellence 2015 by Wigan Council, following on from a commendation for Good Trader of the Year 2014.