We all have our own idea of what our dream kitchen looks like. Some people dream of marble countertops, whilst others dream of a classic country kitchen with a roaring Aga. Whatever your ideal style is, kitchens are expensive. From choosing the elements to having it fitted, it’s a lengthy and costly process. Here’s how you could buy your dream kitchen for a fraction of the cost.
Consider Your Budget
The first step when you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen is to consider the budget you have. If you can only spare a small amount – i.e. a couple of hundred –you might want to think about working with the units you already have. If you have a bigger budget, you can replace your entire kitchen – but this doesn’t mean you have to spend the next few years paying off a finance plan!
£ – Regeneration
If your budget is small and the structure of your kitchen is good, you can renovate your existing kitchen. This keeps costs low and you may be surprised by how much you can change if you focus on DIY. The best place to start is the units. You can buy a tin of paint for around £20 and paint them a totally different colour – for a lasting finish, make sure you sand and prep the units before painting. You can then remove the existing handles and change them to something different, whether that’s copper, crystal or even chrome. The next thing to look at is your backsplash behind the hob – this has a big impact on your kitchen. You could swap it for tiles or glass, depending on your preference.
££ – Buy Used
Can’t upcycle your current kitchen? Or are you just ready for a change? You don’t have to spend all your money on a brand new showroom kitchen that you will be paying off for the next 10 years. You can buy a used kitchen. Often, people get rid of their kitchens because they’ve moved into a property where the kitchen isn’t to their taste or they have simply outgrown it. You should avoid buying your used kitchen on sites like eBay and Gumtree, and instead opt for a well-known kitchen resale company such as Used Kitchen Exchange. Used Kitchen Exchange is a family company, established when the owner, Helen Lord, bought her own used kitchen and recognised a gap in the market. The company assesses kitchens for their quality and lists them on their website where you can arrange a viewing or make an offer. Used Kitchen Exchange will then arrange for the kitchen to be professionally removed and it can be delivered or collected for a fee.
Not sure where to start when looking for a new kitchen? Follow these top tips from Used Kitchen Exchange:
- Always look for a kitchen which is slightly too big for the space you have. This will allow you room to reconfigure the layout.
- Don’t dismiss a kitchen because the colour of the units or the worktops isn’t to your taste. These can be easily changed!
- Don’t worry about not being happy with your kitchen when it arrives. Used Kitchen Exchange offer a 14 day purchase protection service, unlike other resellers such as eBay.
- If you’re looking to make some money back, you can ask Used Kitchen Exchange to assess your kitchen. They will then take professional photos and list it on their site, making the sale process stress-free for you.
If you have a bigger budget and you’ve got your heart set on a luxury kitchen, don’t run off to the showroom straightaway! Have a look at ex-display kitchens. Ex-display kitchens are showroom kitchens which are sold at a clearance price to make way for new stock. This means you could grab a designer, brand-new kitchen at a fraction of the original cost. Used Kitchen Exchange exclusively partners with showrooms all around the UK and in Germany to bring you the best high-quality kitchens for a great price. If you’ve ever lusted after a glossy, handleless kitchen with all the mod-cons, this option is for you. Can’t imagine a fancy kitchen in your humble abode? No worries, Used Kitchen Exchange offer a 3D visualisation service. Just give them your floor plans and their clever designers will do the rest.
What does your dream kitchen look like?