A Fitted Kitchen is one of the most expensive purchases you will make… and, as it is likely you will only buy two in your lifetime, it’s not surprising people lose touch with prices.
The cost of Fitted Kitchens can be broken down into four main headings:
Furniture – Cabinets, Trims, Handles etc
Appliances – Oven, Hob, Hood, etc
Specialist Worktop – Granite, Quartz, Corian, etc
Installation – Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrics, etc
To give you an idea of likely costs consider these “bands” of cost – representing the likely lower and higher cost dependant upon quality/quantity:
- Furniture – £3,000 – £7,000
- Appliances – £2,500 – £4,000
- Specialist Worktop – £3,500 – £5,000
- Installation – £2,500 – £4,000
As you can see it is now possible to assess your costs by choosing your own particular requirements. e.g. You may be buying Furniture, Appliance, and a Granite Worktop, but have no Installation cost (you may be fitting yourself).
So, if you intend buying all of the items (Furniture+Appliances+Specialist Worktop+Installation) your kitchen is likely to cost you between £11,500 and £20,000.
Now, don’t fall into the trap that goes “I’ve only got a small kitchen so mine will be less than that”
The cost of an average kitchen is not generally dependant upon its size… Why?
- Most new kitchen designs contain a similar number of cabinets (the average is 12)
- Bigger kitchens will have 12 big cabinets
- Smaller kitchens will have 12 smaller cabinets
- A cabinet 300mm wide may be half the size of a cabinet 600mm wide… but it is 80% of the cost.
- Therefore, smaller kitchens contain the same number of “slightly cheaper” cabinets – making the furniture similar in cost.
- When you consider that most people will have the same requirement for appliances irrespective of the size of the kitchen, the cost of the appliances will be similar whether your kitchen is large or small.
- Also, as a large proportion of the Kitchen Fitting is dependant on the number of cabinets, the cost of Installation is similar for large and small kitchens.
Small kitchens are not cheap to buy, it is more the case that… large kitchens are more cost effective! The cost of your new fitted kitchen is far more likely to be influenced by the quality of products purchased, than it’s size.
The trick is to identify what you want most, and spend your money accordingly.
For example, if you really do want a fabulous high gloss black granite worktop you may have to cut down on the cost of appliances, buy cheaper furniture, or fit it yourself.
On the other hand, you have had your eye on that new Induction hob and would rather see it sitting in a new fabulous black gloss laminate worktop than not have it at all.
As always, it pays to shop around… look for the best value for your money!
Peter Earthy is a regular contributor to Fitted kitchens design Forums, Blogs, and Web Sites.