A new kitchen, whether it is a re-design of an existing kitchen or part of new extension, is a major investment. For this reason, our advice first of all is to go slowly: think carefully about what you want and how much you can spend. Take the time to look at a range of options and styles, and, when it comes to getting a quote from a supplier, make sure you get more than one – being able to compare prices will help you find the deal that is best for you.
Before you begin
This may seem obvious, but think carefully about the things that you want to do in your kitchen: exactly who will use it, and how? If you have a clear understanding of what you expect of your kitchen in the future, then you will likely make better decisions when it comes to design, layout, materials and appliances. For more advice on making a kitchen plan, take a look at our guide to Kitchen Extensions.
For a guide on how to go about preparing your budget, read How much does a new kitchen cost?, which outlines some of the rough prices you can expect, and points out some other expenses which will need to be factored in.
Buying Your Kitchen
There are 3 main options for buying a new kitchen.
- Completely DIY – buy the units flat-packed, and install them yourself
- Partial DIY – buy the units flat-packed, build them and have someone install them for you
- Design and Fit – bring someone in to design, build and fit the kitchen while you put your feet up!
Of course the main reason for choosing any of these options is budget, with the options generally becoming more expensive as you go down the list. This isn’t always the case and if you have specific requirements it may be better value for money to go for the last option.
Take a look at the companies featured in our Directory to see what options they have available.
Of the major suppliers and fitters of kitchens, the best known in the UK include Ikea, John Lewis, Homebase, Wickes, Magnet and B&Q. They vary in terms of service, reliability and value for money, but all are experienced providers and installers of quality kitchens. However, it is worth noting that many people rate independent DIY companies higher in terms of the ease and promptness of the installation process. As with any major purchase decision, it is important not to rush into things, and to make sure that you get more than one quote before making a final decision.