For most of us, kitchen planning involves balancing quality and budget. It’s easy to settle for second or third best, but is that really necessary? Is there anywhere to find top-class kitchen planning for a budget price?
Kitchen planning with the high street chains
The obvious places to start with kitchen planning are the major chains, like Wickes, Wren and Magnet. You’ll be met by a “sales designer”, who’ll let you know what a great deal you’ll get. Especially with the discounts they always seem to have, often of up to 50%.
Unfortunately, the discounts are usually just smoke and mirrors, while the sales designer is more interested in selling than designing. You’ll probably only get twenty minutes devoted to design, which will just be one of a handful of basic models. All very well if you’re just replacing unit for unit, but not much good for genuine kitchen planning.
Kitchen planning with the trade suppliers
When you’ve ruled out the high street chains to do your kitchen planning, you might try a general builder. They have plenty of hands-on experience, don’t they? And they can use trade suppliers like Howdens and Benchmarx, who offer large trade discounts.
This option is no better than the chains, though. General builders may be versatile, but they’re not kitchen specialists, and the trade suppliers know that. This means the kitchens they supply are very basic models for builders to fit. You won’t get any better kitchen planning than from the chains. And the trade discounts are for the builder, not for you, and little is likely to be passed on.
Kitchen planning with the independent showrooms
No-one can doubt you’ll get great kitchen planning from the independent showrooms. The person you’ll be dealing with will be design orientated, rather than sales orientated. They’ll spend as long as it takes getting your kitchen right, often as much as two or three hours. It’s probable that you’ll be invited back to look at the designs and iron out any issues that may arise.
You’ll certainly get a great kitchen — but will it be within your budget? In the case of most independent showrooms, probably not, but there are exceptions. A few showrooms offer this kind of quality of kitchen planning for a surprisingly reasonable price. In fact, some may even supply a luxury German kitchen for similar to what the chains charge for a basic kitchen.
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