How to Avoid the Most Common Kitchen Design Mistakes
Getting a new kitchen is one of life’s exciting events.
Hours exploring Pinterest, days spent strolling around kitchen showrooms, and months deliberating colours and styles.
So, once you’re ready to take the plunge and sign on the dotted line, it’s safe to say that you want everything to be absolutely perfect.
It’ll probably surprise you then, that we experience many clients dissatisfied with numerous elements of their old kitchen.
Here are our top tips for avoiding these common mistakes, so your new kitchen design really is your dream kitchen…
Allow Enough Time for Everything
This is by far the biggest kitchen mistake made time and time again. We’ve seen people book a fitter for a mere four days (granted, this is extreme, but it actually happened!).
If your kitchen is a simple refit, it should take around 3-4 weeks to do the job correctly. This accounts for removing your old kitchen, any electrical work, plastering, and finally refitting.
Remember, a kitchen fitting is a big job that shouldn’t be rushed. There are many fiddly jobs such as fitting worktops and levelling doors, which is why it takes a few weeks.
Suppose your kitchen installation is part of a larger project like an extension or renovation. In this case, you need to consider the extra time required for suppliers to work around each other. If you’ve got floors and lighting being worked on, a good kitchen fitter will be able to give you a reasonably accurate timescale, once they’ve got a good grasp of what your exact requirements are.
Neglecting Kitchen Storage and Worktop Space
We’re big believers in utilising every inch of available space for kitchen storage, and we don’t think there’s any such thing as ‘too much.’
Make a list of all the cupboards you require based on what’s in your kitchen now, and if space permits, take any extra storage solutions you can.
The same applies to worktops. When it comes to parties, cooking dinner or preparing lunches, you need all the space you can get. If your kitchen isn’t big enough for lots of worktop space, consider what smaller kitchen appliances you can integrate to make more room.
Skimping on Good Quality Kitchen Appliances
Kitchens are expensive, but they’re also a lifetime investment. So it’s easy to try and cut costs to keep your overall spend down, and we see it happening a lot on kitchen appliances.
Our advice? Think of the long term. For example, you may be deliberating whether to rule out an appliance that ticks all the boxes but is a bit over-budget. But do you want to replace it in a few years because it no longer fits your needs, or worse, breaks?
Brochures and website images are great for getting some inspiration together to narrow down the kind of kitchen you’re looking for, but nothing beats seeing these kitchens in real-life.
Always shop around and check kitchen suppliers’ showrooms. Not only is this a great way to meet the staff and get a good feel for what the company is about, but it’s also a great way to compare kitchen qualities.
The price tag may look appealing on the never-ending sales of the big guys, but you don’t want to be faced with peeling units or thin paint chipping because you didn’t check the high quality of independent suppliers.
Let’s Design Your Dream Kitchen
If you’re thinking about a new kitchen design and you’re looking for expert kitchen designers and installers to help make your dream kitchen a reality, get in touch with us at Butlers Kitchens.
We have a kitchen showroom in Chester showcasing a wide range of kitchen designs. Call us on 01244 732 990 or you can book a kitchen showroom appointment here.