When it comes to getting a new kitchen there is a common industry saying that we certainly abide by, “you get what you pay for” it is with that level of thinking that we wanted to talk today about, the false economy of a new kitchen.

We all know about false economies. You think you are grabbing a bargain when in fact what you are doing is giving yourself more headache and potentially more heartbreak in the process. We’ve all been there and we’ve all done it. From swanky kitchen gadgets which were “on sale” to do it yourself starter packs that quickly show why, buying something that has been professionally stuck together would have been the better option for a fraction more in price.

In the kitchen trade, we see lots of examples where the idea of a bargain is a false economy and we understand how this can have a major impact on the overall quality of your kitchen. As a business we’ve had customers who decided to go down a cheaper, stick it together option rather than paying that little bit extra at the start.

Let’s take a look at these “bargains” and explain why you may not want to avoiding paying that little bit extra.

Kitchen cabinets
Properly constructed, well designed and built in kitchen cabinets are things that you should never underpay on. For example, our standard base units are constructed with 18mm thick panels and 15mm backs (base units). Large retail outlets and some independents are still creating their kitchens with 15mm panels and 3.2mm backboards.

Whilst there is nothing scientifically to say that there is anything wrong with this approach by other businesses, you are talking about the quality of the kitchen itself. The construction and application of your units is the 80% of your kitchen. If you’re saving money on the units the question you may want to ask is, why? And if you’re only saving a tiny bit of money, maybe you should question over the next ten to fifteen years, what would that cost per year especially if I had to replace a unit which wasn’t up to standards?

Again, this comes down to quality of the finish. Gloss doors have a tendency to peel, especially if they’re produced with cheaper materials; ultimately for poorer varieties you are looking at an average shelf-life of 3-5 years  which means that you will need to change doors regularly. It isn’t always necessarily something you may have budget for.

What about painted wooden doors? Well, some large high street chains will have a single or dual coat of paint, but the quality of the paint in independent tests compared to our partners and other reputable independent businesses have been shown to be of a lesser quality and as with vinyl, you can get flaking paint. Painted doors tend to have a larger price tag because it requires expert knowledge and machinery to get the finish uniform and right. If you’re limited on colour choices and are being offered a bargain, again, ask the question why?

Kitchen design
Another false economy is having a new kitchen without someone understanding a few of the following;

Your current kitchen layout
Which will determine what is and what isn’t possible. What are the limitations and opportunities for your kitchen and will you be able to have what you want?

Potential issues
You could uncover through good design and knowledge some of the underlying issues with the room configuration. Would the room require drastically changing if you wanted to open it out to be more family orientated? What would the new design look like?

The beauty of good kitchen design is that you can have a world of opportunities displayed. The issue with bad kitchen design is two fold; you may not be getting what you want, and secondly, when it comes to fitting you may have fitters that don’t understand why certain limitations weren’t considered.

This false economy can cost not only time, but money to fix!

Kitchen fitting
We’ve all seen the adverts and pop up displays of kitchens costing £1995 or £995.

Let’s be clear about this, they really don’t. There is so much hidden text and it’s the biggest false economy you can enter. What companies are doing here is talking about material cost for what is on display; in our opinion this is a soft form of false advertising.

When you bring into account that your kitchen is not set up the way it is in the show area, when you consider that you may need more worktop space or less worktop space, when you consider fitting, these are costs which aren’t displayed.

Case in point we saw a kitchen advertised with a high street brand at £4579. That only included what was on display, it did not include the cost of the worktop, design, fitting and delivery. The total cost, for what was on display then amounted to £10895.

Quality craftsmanship and kitchen fitting costs money because, it’s not an easy job and requires the right knowledge to work in and around the kitchen design as well as installing with peace of mind. Kitchen fitting shouldn’t be scrimped on, especially when you’re looking for a forever home finish!

The idea of saving money is something we all look towards. Whether that is at the shops or online. What can’t be replaced however is knowledge, skill set and time, things that every kitchen installation needs.

As we’ve said before, if it looks too cheap ask the question, why? Why are the units/doors/labour costs cheap? You may save money in the instant but over a short space of time things can become clearer as to why your bargain, was never a bargain to start with.

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