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 bombarded with jargon and feature that you never though 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, carcass 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 vary quite a lot in thickness, depth and what 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 a cheaper option 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 where as a 330mm wall cabinet is.
With your kitchen cabinet do you have a choice of colour. Some kitchen manufacturers only offer a couple of colours of cabinet, typically 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 in your new kitchen, the side of a cabinet is going to be visible then you may need to add the cost of an expensive filler panel so that it blends in with 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 the more quality brands 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. 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 Melamine Faced Chipboard. This is by far the cheapest option. It is made from compressed wood fibres. 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 better-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 a fun house mirror.
MDF is Medium Density Fibreboard. MDF 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 can 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 the overall cost of your kitchen.
The choice of, colour, finish and martial of your work top 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 thickness and materials such a solid laminate, resins, marbles, quartz, quartzites and porcelain as well as the old faithful laminated worktop. Depending on the material and the size of your 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 can be high on your must have list but can easily add hundreds of pounds to your kitchen. We would suggest that such systems are only used where necessary to be able to get the best use from the available space and not in every available cupboard.
A good kitchen designer will be able to assist you to create the kitchen that you are looking for. It is a good idea to have an idea as to how much you are looking to spend on your new kitchen before you begin; share this important information with your 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 everybody. The same is true for kitchens.
Butlers Kitchens would be delighted to guide you on your journey to your perfect kitchen. Call into our showroom or book a free kitchen design consultation.
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