If you want your new kitchen to not only look great but also be practical to use, you’ll need to find a great kitchen designer. There’s no doubt that the designers you’ll find in high end, luxury kitchen showroom are usually great. However, not everyone has got £30,000 + to spend on a kitchen. So, if you’re looking for a budget or mid market kitchen, how do you find the best kitchen designer?
Look for a kitchen designer at the high street chains
The high street chains like Wickes, Magnet and Wren are usually the first stop to find a kitchen designer. This seems promising, since you’ll be greeted by a “sales designer” — but don’t let the label fool you. These are salespeople, rather than designers. They’re great at convincing you about free offers, 50%-off deals or telling you these offers end soon. The “design” process, though, is likely to be over in little more than twenty minutes.
If you’re looking to replace your existing kitchen & simply put units in the same places as where the old units were, you’ll probably be fine with the designers in the chains. However, if you’re looking to re-design your existing kitchen or looking for a good design for a new kitchen in an extension, that’s a different matter. This is where you’ll need the skills of a good kitchen designer & you’re very unlikely to find one these in the chains.
Look for a kitchen designer at the trade suppliers
If you’re a little more adventurous, you might look for a kitchen designer at trade suppliers like Howdens or Benchmarx. For this, you need to go through a builder, who’ll order the kitchen you want and fit it. However, trade suppliers specialise in very basic kitchens. So, again, you’ll probably be ok if you’re looking to replace your existing kitchen & simply put new units in the same places as where the old units were. However, if you’re looking to re-design your existing kitchen or looking for a good design for a kitchen in an a new extension, that’s a different matter. Again, this is where you’ll need the skills of a good kitchen designer & you’re unlikely to find one these in the trade suppliers either.
Look for a kitchen designer at the independent showrooms
If the “sales designer” at the chains is really a salesperson, at an independent showroom you’ll usually meet a kitchen designer. The kitchen designer you find in an independent showroom will spend a good amount of time discussing your individual requirements with you so they can ensure the design they produce for you suits you’re lifestyle. So, instead of the quick twenty minute kitchen design you get in the chains, they’ll take 2-3 hours to design your kitchen. This is because their design process is much more involved, establishing and solving all the issues that can come up. This is why an independent showroom will often ask you to come back a few days latter to see the design.
Also, their sales side will be much more straight forward than the chains. So, unlike the chains who’ll spend lots of time trying to convince you that you’re getting the biggest bargain of you life with sales tricks like 50% off, Independent showrooms will usually just quote you their best price first.
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