Whenever it comes to home improvements we are all governed by both our tastes and perhaps more importantly, our budget!
Never has this been more apparent than in the fitted kitchen market.
Fitted kitchens were always considered to be expensive projects but that all changed when companies such as MFI and IKEA started supplying flat pack and inexpensive self-assembly units.
Now whilst this may have brought the concept of fitted kitchens within the budget range of the majority of consumers it also brought its own problems.
Looking at a glossy magazine and choosing some cool looking units doesn’t mean it is going to have the same look and feel in your home.
What you have to remember is that the kitchens fitted in the magazines were installed by professional people and the lighting set up for maximum effect. This is also the case in showrooms where you are viewing your dream kitchen.
Now back to reality. Your walls are not square, the plaster on the walls is uneven, your kitchen floor is slightly uneven, etc.
As a non-professional person you are now trying to replicate that dream kitchen you saw in the showroom or glossy brochure with your limited handyman skills!
Or, if your budget allows, you can go to the next level which is to buy a good quality kitchen from a reputable company and have their professional team install your dream kitchen.
Yes, in most of these cases you are being from a glossy magazine or viewing an example in the showroom but the two biggest differences are usually …
- Superior quality of the kitchen units
- Professional fitting
The interesting thing here is that these kitchens are not expensive if you shop carefully and you get a gorgeous looking kitchen.
Of course the other extreme is to have a totally bespoke kitchen that has been handmade for your kitchen. In this case you can expect to pay top prices as their is a lot of work involved but at least you know that you have a unique kitchen.
In fact, it is in the ‘bespoke’ kitchen range that the lines are particularly blurred.
Many kitchen suppliers are using words such as ‘bespoke’ when in reality they mean high quality engineered kitchens. Whilst these kitchens may be fabulous to look at and are certainly sold at high prices they are not necessarily ‘bespoke’!
The fitted kitchen market is very lucrative to those who have found their niche and target market as they can deliver the best quality at competitive prices as manufacturing costs continue to fall.
Author Bio: Steve has been in the fitted kitchen industry for over 25 years and is the director of Swansea Home Improvements, a fitted kitchen company based in Swansea, South Wales.
If you want more information about the fitted kitchen industry or Swansea Home Improvements you can find further information here … www.swanseahomeimprovements.co.uk