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 places 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. Given the fact that it takes a good 2 hours to produce a good kitchen design, it’s likely that the design you’ll get in 20 minutes will be at best very basic, or, at worst, simply not work.
Kitchen planning with the trade suppliers
When you’ve ruled out the high street chains for 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.
Unfortunately, this option is usually no better than the chains. It’s unlikely that the design you get from one of the trade suppliers will be any better than the chains. Plus, you might think you’re getting a great by buying your kitchen via a builder, but, in reality, the prices builders quote for kitchens are usually similar to the chains. In fact, builders will often quote more than the chains, especially if you live in an affluent area.
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 per design. It’s probable that you’ll also be invited back to look at the designs and iron out any issues that may arise.
You’ll certainly get a great kitchen design from an independent showroom — but will it be within your budget? In the case of many independent showrooms, probably not, but there are exceptions. A few showrooms will offer you a professionally designed kitchen of the highest quality, for a price similar to the chains & trade suppliers.
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