If you are thinking about buying a new kitchen, you have some important decisions to make before you can enjoy the finished product. One of the most important of all is choosing whether to opt for a flat pack kitchen or a fitted one.
Flat pack kitchens are incredibly popular with many people. There are many reasons for this but it is important to know the pros and the cons before you make a decision on which type of kitchen to have.
What are the pros and cons of flat pack kitchens?
There are many advantages to getting a flat pack kit when you want a new kitchen. For starters they are very cost effective. You can choose from all kinds of cabinet sizes and finishes to get the kitchen you need. Flat pack options also include accessories such as worktops, plinth and handles.
Many stores also offer you the chance to collect what you need in person. Others will deliver your required items, while some offer both options. If you choose to collect you need to make sure you have a vehicle large enough to accommodate the flat packs, as well as longer items such as the worktops.
Of course there are challenges to choosing this type of kitchen. You will need to know exactly what you require and that means planning your own kitchen before you can start buying. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, unless you are literally replacing like for like. You also need to hire someone to fit the kitchen for you, unless you are suitably skilled to do it yourself. Even if you are, you will still need to hire qualified trades to install any gas or electric appliances.
Examples of prices
Prices vary depending on the exact units you get and where you get them from. At the time of writing, Wickes is offering kitchens from £395. This relates to the cheapest range comprised of an eight unit pack. You would obviously need to focus on the units you need to get the appropriate price for your kitchen.
B&Q also has kitchens that come in at less than £1,000, but again you need to consider your own needs and then compare different ranges from different sources. The same applies to all other major brands including IKEA.
It is very important to be aware of the overall cost when adding up prices for different ranges and suppliers. Don’t just total up the cost of the units and worktops. See if door and drawer fronts are extra, and don’t forget to add in handles, plinths, trims and all other items required to finish the kitchen.
A flat pack or fitted kitchen – which is best for you?
The answer to this question will depend largely on two factors – your budget and how much time you are willing to put into your new kitchen. If you have the necessary skills to fit your own kitchen – or you know a qualified person who can assist you – a flat pack kitchen could be ideal.
However if you want a fitted kitchen that is installed from start to finish by a qualified team of workers, it is best to get a quote to compare kitchen prices. Costs can vary markedly from place to place, depending on the quality of the kitchen, the options available and the choices you make.
With a selection of quotes to help you, it will be easier to make a decision on which type of kitchen you should opt for. Once the decision has been made you can look forward to sitting in your brand new completed kitchen.