When buying a kitchen, is it possible to have the best of both worlds? We want to spend as little as possible, without getting something that’s going to need replacing within a few years. Is it possible to find cheap kitchen units that are built to last?
Cheap kitchen units from the chains?
The first port of call if you’re looking for cheap kitchen units is the high-street chains, like Wickes and Wren. We know they offer the best bargains because they’re constantly telling us so in their expensive advertising campaigns.
They are fairly cheap. The trouble is, they’re cheap in quality as well as price, and their units aren’t built to last. For example, the backs of their base units tend to be just 3mm or 6mm thick, which will soon start to bow under the weight of the worktops. Similarly, the modern gloss and matt doors tend to be the low-quality PVC, PET, foil or vinyl wrapped types. The problem with these are they’re prone to peeling. So, You may save money in the short term, but you’ll be back needing another new kitchen in a few years down the line.
Cheap kitchen units from the trade suppliers
A less obvious source is your local builder, who may offer to source cheap kitchen units from the trade suppliers. This can sound very plausible, but there are still a number of problems.
For one thing, trade suppliers like Howdens or Benchmarx supply kitchens that are just as low quality as the chains. They have the same flimsy backs and the same low quality matt or gloss doors that will soon peel. Plus, they’re not even that cheap. Although the builder will be getting a big discount. By the time he’s added his mark-up onto the kitchen, though, you’ll often end up paying more than you would from the chains.
Cheap kitchen units from independent showrooms
Most independent showrooms around the country sell much higher-quality kitchen units than the chains & trade suppliers. These will have solid 18mm thick backs that will never bow and high quality painted / lacquered matt and gloss doors that will never peel. They’re unquestionably built to last — the problem is, you pay for this quality.
At least, that’s true in most cases. In among the high-charging independent showrooms, though, are a few that genuinely sell high-quality cheap kitchen units. Their prices are similar to the chains and trade suppliers, but they’ll still be looking great years down the line.
Finding them is like finding a needle in a haystack, though — and that’s where I come in. Many years of supplying independent showrooms up and down the country means I know which brands most independent showrooms sell & how the price & quality of them all compare. I can point you to a local showroom that really does offer cheap kitchen units — without the cheap quality.
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We’ll recommend local showrooms who are much better value than places like Howdens, Wickes & Wren.
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