How to get a fitted kitchen on a budget
Kitchens are synonymous with being the heart of the home and whether you work in the trade and are looking for a fitted kitchen for a client, or you are looking for yourself, budget very often plays a major part in updating the room.
However, by following some budget friendly handy tips, you can get the contemporary, traditional or country fitted kitchen look you are after.
Clever fitted kitchen planning
The first stage of any kitchen refurb is planning and this is particularly important when trying to stick to a budget. Most high street chains and builders merchants will offer a free design service, so make the most of expert knowledge to get the best fitted kitchen for your budget.
The designers will work with you and keep things simple ensuring that you don't end up having to pay extra for bespoke kitchen units to fit awkward spaces.
Just replace the doors
An area where it is extremely easy to save money is by simply replacing the doors and keeping the kitchen units that you already have. This will give you a new look fitted kitchen, while potentially halving your budget.
Of course, if your kitchen units have seen better days then they will need replacing, but there is a tip to save money here too. To get a bespoke fitted kitchen look on a budget, look around for the cheapest units you can find then add a touch of quality by spending a bit more money on quality door fronts.
There is no denying it, buying a new fitted kitchen is an expensive purchase, so take your time and look around. The DIY high street chains very often have special offers on fitted kitchens, so take advantage of them, but also take a trip to your local builders merchant, as you may be surprised at the deals you can find. Always ask about ex display models as well, as stores often need to get rid of these quickly making them great options for a budget fitted kitchen.
Fixtures and fittings
Fixtures and fittings can be a hidden yet high cost that you weren't planning for. When buying your fitted kitchen, it will generally come without handles, so these need to be factored in to your budget. If you are going for a contemporary fitted kitchen you can get suitable handles relatively cheaply, but for the more traditional and classic looks, beautiful handles can really make a difference to the overall finish, so it may be worth looking at spending a bit more here.
Worktops are one of the most visible parts of your new fitted kitchen and can often be a budget breaker, but you don't have to go for granite or solid wood to get a stylish finish. Laminate worktops are the most popular choice, and are often the cheapest options. Coming in a wide range of finishes, you can achieve a granite or solid wood look, but at a fraction of the cost.
Employ a fitter to install your fitted kitchen
You may think using a fitter to install your fitted kitchen may seem like a waste of money if you are trying to keep to a budget, but employing a professional will give you a fabulous finish helping to give your budget fitted kitchen a more expensive look.
At Chandlers, we offer a range of fitted kitchen styles that suit every budget, from the stylish Rixonway range that is competitively priced and ideally suited to the contract market, to Crown Kitchens, that do not compromise on quality and come in traditional, contemporary and classic designs. Our Chertsey branch offers a bespoke kitchen design service, so contact us and let us help you achieve your perfect fitted kitchen, whatever your budget.