Most of us have a tight budget when we need a new kitchen. There’s a strong temptation to choose a cheap kitchen, but that’s a false economy. There’s an old saying “buy cheap, buy twice”, and that’s certainly true of a cheap kitchen.
Budget to avoid a cheap kitchen
Suppose you have a budget of £12,000 for a decent sized, 20 unit kitchen, including worktops, appliances & fitting. That should be enough to get something decent. However, too many people have the wrong priorities. More often than not, people will prioritise buying expensive granite or quartz worktops for £3,000 & expensive Neff, AEG or Siemens appliances for £4,000. Then, once they’ve added in the cost of fitting, they’ll only be left with about £3,000 for the units. If you shop around for long enough, you might be able to find 20 units for £3,000. However, it’s unlikely that these will last much longer than 3 or 4 years before they need replacing. If you want 20 good quality units that are built to last, £5,000 or £6,000 would be a more realistic cost.
The problem is, the units are the kitchen’s foundations. The units support the weight of the worktops & most of the appliances. Just as skimping on a building’s foundations is disastrous, skimping on the units is also disastrous.
What’s wrong with a cheap kitchen?
Not all kitchen units are alike. If you buy a cheap kitchen, you’ll get thin 3mm backs, which will soon start to bow under the weight of the worktops & appliances. This contrasts with quality kitchen units. Quality kitchen units will have solid 18mm thick backs that will never bow under the weight of the worktops & appliances.
Similarly, a cheap kitchen will come with low-quality foil, vinyl, pet or PVC wrapped type doors. The problem with these is it won’t be long before they start to peel. In contrast, a good quality kitchen will come with high quality painted/lacquered doors that will never peel.
As a result, you’ll probably have to replace the units within 5 years. Plus, the expensive granite or quartz worktops you paid £3,000 for just a few years ago will also probably need replacing. This is because granite & quartz worktops usually crack when it’s removed from the units. You’ll also have to pay to have the kitchen re-fitted again. This is why buying cheap, low quality units is usually a false economy.
When it’s OK to buy a cheap kitchen
If you’re a landlord buying a kitchen for a cheap rental property, you’ll probably have to replace it within a few years, anyway. Therefore, buying a a cheap kitchen can make sense. However, if you’re looking for a kitchen for your own home & want something that’s going to last, buying a cheap kitchen is usually a false economy.
On the other hand, it is possible to find cheap kitchens that are cheap in price but not cheap in terms of quality. Unfortunately, you won’t find these in chain stores like Wickes, Magnet & Wren or trade suppliers like Howdens & Benchmarx. You’ll only find these in independent showrooms. The problem is finding these shworooms. However, this is where we come in. Our unique FREE service recommend local showrooms whose kitchens cost similar to places like Howdens, Wickes & Wren, but are higher quality & will last longer.
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