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Regardless, choosing a neutral colour for cabinetry will ensure it doesn’t become outdated.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.