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How To Spend Your Kitchen Budget Wisely When It Comes To Cabinetry


Rebecca Silburn | 08 October 2015

Sticking to a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have your dream kitchen. There are many elements to consider and when it comes to cabinetry, you may find that it ends up using most of your budget. Remember that it covers a large portion of any kitchen, and needs to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. It should stand the test of time and not show wear and tear easily, therefore the higher quality you opt for the longer it will last and the better it will look throughout its life.

Whilst this will mean apportioning a significant cut of your budget to getting this right, there are several ways in which you can stretch your money, for example keeping the interiors simple. Minimal yet top quality shelving will keep the cost down; as you increase the complexity of the cabinet interior, with a Le Mans unit for example, the cost will generally increase too. In addition, think carefully about how much storage you need and of what type; the way you use your kitchen and its current ergonomics will influence this. For example, if you only have three or four drawers then it is important to consider how much extra storage you’ll realistically need.

Another thing to consider when it comes to cabinetry is the design. Simpler fronts will keep manufacturing costs down, and straight lines are much more cost effective than curves. The material is also important; wood finishes are more expensive than painted cabinetry, so it is worth considering the latter if your budget is tight. If you are set on wood fronts there are options ­ walnut costs more than oak, for example, so it is worth exploring different options to find out what is best for your budget.

Regardless, choosing a neutral colour for cabinetry will ensure it doesn’t become outdated. If you want to inject colour into your kitchen do it through the walls ­ it is far easier and cheaper to replace wallpaper or paint walls than to redo the entire kitchen.

In a similar vein, don’t be deceived into thinking that replacing the doors will save you lots of money. It is not as simple as it first appears; ensuring they match up with existing carcasses is difficult the complexities may incur extra charges in order to fit. It can also compromise the integrity of the cabinets in some cases. The doors also make up around two thirds of the cost of a kitchen so in actual fact, ‘just replacing doors’ is not a particularly economic way of updating an existing space.

Of course, the key to making your money go further is making sure that your kitchen stands the test of time both in terms of style and design. A quality kitchen designer and manufacturer will ensure you get an excellent return on investment from your kitchen, so it is worth spending to get their expertise and craftsmanship in creating and fitting kitchens. In order to reassure our prospective customers, testimonials are available from our past clients, and we encourage visits to the showroom and workshop. The displays in our showroom are extensive and show a variety of different complete kitchens and a walk through our workshop enables you to see the quality of workmanship that goes into each and every one of our kitchens. We expect customers to open the doors and drawers in order to check that the cabinetry is of a high quality. Features such as dovetailed joints and mortise and tenon joints are good indicators of quality construction.

Overall, whilst there are many areas in which money can be saved when it comes to renovating your kitchen, remember that the best solutions will come from considering the project as a whole. Decide how you want to use your new kitchen as well as how you want it to look; if you love cooking and need a lot of accessible cupboard and drawer space, including neat internal storage solutions, you may want to assign more budget to cabinetry than someone who prioritises entertaining and requires plenty of seating and a table or island. No matter what your preference, approach your kitchen furniture project as a complete entity rather than trying to cut spend on every element; that way you’ll end up with a dream kitchen that works perfectly for you.

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