How Much Does A Kitchen Cost?
How much does a kitchen cost, is a question that we get asked almost daily in our showroom. It is also probably the most difficult question to answer. It’s a bit like asking how much a car costs without saying what you are looking for. After all, a Kia costs a lot less than a Bentley. They are similar in that they have seats and a steering wheel but that’s about it.
With a kitchen, you have lots to think about and they will all make a big difference to the price. Along your journey to a new kitchen, you will be presented with a variety of design options and features that you never thought possible. Hopefully, we will be able to remove some of the confusion and help your journey to a new kitchen a little bit simpler.
Basically, your kitchen is made up of boxes, more commonly known as cabinets, carcasses or units. When you buy a cabinet, you can often choose to have it flat packed or pre-assembled. Flat packed kitchens can appear to be the cheapest option, but often, the saving can disappear in additional charges from your kitchen installer for the extra time needed to build the cabinet.
Be careful, not all cabinets are the same! They can vary in thickness, depth and the materials they are made from. Some cabinets can be quite flimsy in comparison to others, especially with the back of the cabinet.
With wall cabinets, some manufacturers are able to offer cheaper options because they are not as deep. Make sure the cabinet that you choose is suitable for what you need. For example, a 285mm deep wall unit isn’t deep enough for an average size dinner plate, whereas, a 330mm wall cabinet is.
With kitchen cabinets, you can often choose from different colours to match your kitchen design and style. Some kitchen manufacturers only offer a couple of colours of cabinets, typically in white or oak. The more premium brands offer a variety of colours as well as cabinet edging in a complementary colour to your chosen door colour.
If the side of a cabinet is going to be visible in your new kitchen, then you may wish to consider a filler panel. This may add to the total cost, but it will blend the cabinet with the rest of your kitchen.
Alternatively, some manufacturers offer replacement cabinet end panels that are colour matched to your chosen door colour. These may be a cost option with the cheaper manufacturers, but higher quality brands can offer these as free of charge replacements.
Have a look at the hinges in the cabinet, are they soft close? are they full 3-way adjustable? Pay attention to the shelf supports. Do the shelves just sit on small pegs or are the shelves locked into position for added rigidity and prevention of the peg potentially dropping out.
Kitchen Cabinet Doors
The next item to choose is your door. Doors come in all different styles, colours, thicknesses and materials. You will hear terms such as MFC, MDF and solid wood.
The solid wood speaks for itself; it is what it is – solid wood. Solid wood doors can be made from solid oak or more typically made from solid ash timber. The doors are a genuine five-piece construction, with the natural grain of the wood visible, so you will see imperfections. Just make sure that your chosen manufacturer doesn’t use wood with huge knots visible in the door finish to keep the cost low. Generally, solid wood doors are available in the more traditional shaker style kitchens and have a painted finish.
MFC is an abbreviation for Melamine Faced Chipboard, which is by far the cheapest option. It is made from compressed wood fibres and the board is then coated with decorative paper and then wrapped in PVC. If you are choosing this option, have a good look at how the PVC is wrapped onto the door. With the higher-quality doors, they are fully wrapped where you cannot see the join and with the cheaper door the edges of the wrap can be seen. With doors where the joins are visible, the PVC wrapping will eventually peel – you have been warned. If you find a gloss MFC door, pay close attention to finish on the door. You will more than likely see the imperfections of the MFC material showing through. Gloss MFC doors can a bit like looking at a fun house mirror.
MDF or Medium Density Fibreboard, is a much denser material than the chipboard alternative, but it does cost slightly more. It can be shaped and covered with a variety of materials such as foil, PVC, acrylic (gloss) or a veneer. It can also be painted or lacquered. The painted MDF doors can have the look of solid wood with a grain effect in the finish to give that look of real timber, without all of the imperfections.
Finding the right handle for your new kitchen can really change the look and style that you are trying to achieve in your new kitchen. They come in all shapes and sizes and are made from a variety of materials. When choosing a handle, ideally you want to be able to try how it looks and feels against your chosen door. It is important that it is comfortable to use and that your fingers can fit in the available space. Prices may vary quite considerably between handles; some cost only a couple of pounds, whilst others can be thirty or forty pounds for each handle. If you need to buy fifteen or twenty handles than this can quickly add to your overall kitchen cost.
The choice of colour, finish and material of your kitchen worktop can make or break your kitchen. Worktop materials have evolved over the years and you now have many more options than just a simple laminated chipboard worktop. Worktops are now available in a variety of thicknesses and materials such a solid laminate, resin, marble, quartz, quartzite and porcelain as well as the old faithful laminated worktop. Depending on the material and the size of your kitchen worktop, the cost can vary considerably from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand pounds.
Adding additional functionality to your kitchen can be a great way to get the most from your available space. Integrated pull-out storage systems, recycling bins or even cutlery trays may be high on your must have list, but they can easily add hundreds of pounds to your overall kitchen cost. We would suggest that such systems are only used where necessary in order to maximise the available space in your kitchen.
A good kitchen designer will be able to assist you in creating the kitchen that you are looking for. It is a good idea to have at least a rough budget for how much you are looking to spend on your new kitchen before you begin. It’s important to share this information with your kitchen designer. It’s not so your kitchen designer can spend all of your money, it’s so that they can guide you to the most suitable products to meet your needs and budget. It goes back to my opening thoughts about cars. Not all cars are the same in price, quality or features but there is something available for everyone. The same is true for kitchens.
Let’s Discuss Your Dream Kitchen Design
Butlers Kitchens would be delighted to guide you on your journey to your perfect kitchen. If you have some kitchen design ideas in mind and would like to talk to a kitchen specialist, simply call into our showroom on 01244 732 990 or book a free kitchen design consultation.