Buying rigid kitchens is usually better than going for a flat-pack option, though either can work with expert fitting. As always, though, the big question is where to find the best-value rigid kitchens.
Buying rigid kitchens from trade only suppliers
Trade only suppliers supply rigid kitchens via builders, and many people assume they’ll be the best value. However, in reality, their kitchens are much lower quality than what you’ll find in most independent kitchen showrooms. So, for instance, their rigid kitchens will be constructed from cheap, low density chipboard. The problem with low density chipboard is it will soon start to bow under the weight of the worktops. The first signs of bowing is usually seen on the backs of the units. Once the backs start to bow, it isn’t usually long before they come away completely, exposing the wall & any pipework behind.
Also, their doors tend to be the low quality vinyl, foil, PVC or PET wrapped type. The problem with these are they peel.
So, rather than getting the best value kitchen from one of the trade only suppliers, You’ll instead be getting a kitchen that’s unlikely to last more than 5 years.
Another problem with buying rigid kitchens from a trade supplier is the fitting. Although you may think a builder can fit a kitchen as well as a kitchen fitter, 95% of builders can’t. At best, you’ll only get an average finish. Remember, how ever good quality a kitchen you buy is, it will only be as good as how it’s fitted.
Buying rigid kitchens from high street chains
Most people would look for rigid kitchens in the high street chains. The problem here is that most of them only sell flat pack kitchens. Also, for the ones that do sell rigid kitchens, their quality is no better than the trade suppliers.
Besides this, they’ll charge about £3,000-£4,000 for fitting, which is about double what you should be paying. This leads many customers to cut corners and go for a builder, with the poor results already mentioned. Also, if something goes wrong, you could get caught between supplier and fitter each trying to blame the other.
Buying rigid kitchens from independent kitchen showrooms
Rigid kitchens from independent kitchen showrooms are usually much higher quality than what the chains & trade only suppliers sell. So, their kitchens will be constructed from high density chipboard. High density chipboard will support the weight of the heaviest worktops & will never bow.
Also, their doors will usually be the high quality lacquered or acrylic type that will never peel like the wrapped types can. So, their kitchens will still look great many years down the line.
You’ll also get far better standard of fit than a builder for a similar price. The showroom will supply and fit the kitchen, meaning any problems will be quickly put right without fuss. The fitters also specialise in the kitchen they’re fitting, so fitting will be quicker and better finished.
Most independent showrooms offer high quality kitchens that are built to last at least 15 years. However, unfortunately their prices vary. Some will be similar in price to the chains & trade only suppliers, some a bit more expensive & others a lot more expensive. So, how do you identify just the ones that are similar in price to the chains & trade only suppliers?
How to find the best value independent kitchen showrooms
That’s where I come in. Many years of supplying independent showrooms around the country has given me a unique insight into which showrooms offer the best value rigid kitchens. So, if you’re looking for a kitchen that competes on price with the chains & trade only suppliers, but is higher quality & will last much longer. get in touch.
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We’ll recommend local showrooms whose kitchens cost similar to the chains & trade only suppliers, but are higher quality & will last much longer.
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