13 ways to save on kitchen upgrades
How to cut the cost of creating a new scheme
There are ways to make savings on the cost of a new kitchen or kitchen renovation. From updating the colour scheme to buying inexpensive cabinets, these budget-friendly ideas aim to reduce the hefty cost of your project.
1. Pick a colour
Revamp cabinets in good condition with a coat of paint. Choose a formula compatible with the surface material and use a primer if required.
2. Easy improvements
3. Quality matters
When buying off the shelf, choose durable 18-20mm melamine-faced chipboard (MFC) carcasses with a 20-25-year guarantee for added value and longevity.
4. Talking timber
It is possible to find solid wood cabinets at a reasonable price, including modular oak from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets and these bespoke pine units.
5. Base material
Preassembled carcasses save on the time spent building flatpack options. Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) designs can offer a step up in quality from MFC.
6. One careful owner
Firms such as Rehome and this supplier specialise in pre-owned and ex-display kitchens vetted for quality.
7. Help to buy
As contractors benefit from discounted trade accounts, it may be cheaper for your builder or joiner to buy on your behalf. Some trade suppliers don’t publish prices, so you’ll need to trust your fitter regarding the cost.
8. Less costly all round
Buying sustainably need not be expensive – these units are made with recycled materials.
9. Self-build satisfaction
Do it yourself or ask a joiner to build a kitchen from scratch using found or reclaimed materials, fixtures and fittings.
10. Slot in place
Save on fitting costs by choosing freestanding pieces of furniture. Scumble Goosie sells primed or painted timber cupboards, including a sink unit.
11. It’s a cover-up
Expect foil-, vinyl- or laminate-wrapped finishing on affordable cabinet fronts, sides and trims, or more durable – and pricier – cold-pressed vinyl, laminate, timber veneer or stainless steel.
12. Build project
When buying from an online-only retailer, establish whether the units come ready made or flatpacked. Flatpacks may represent good value but include the cost of the assembly time and installation when estimating your total spend.
13. Diffusion lines
Some bespoke kitchen companies like British Standard Cupboards by Plain English offer modular, supply-only ranges made to the same standard as their main collections.