Kitchens; When flat pack doesn’t cut it

Kitchens; When flat pack doesn’t cut it

Building a new kitchen or upgrading an existing one, Kitchen Trends gives advice on why custom made kitchens are more beneficial than flat pack options on the market.

By Candice Jackson | 21st May 2015

If we have learnt anything from flat pack furniture attempts, we know they don’t always go together how they should and as easy or quick as the instructions suggest, it often ends in heated arguments with that ‘spare’ part you’re sure was meant to go somewhere…

Oh, the frustration of assembling flay pack yourself!

Oh, the frustration of assembling flat pack yourself!

But beds, sofas and desks aside, when planning your kitchen design, flat pack won’t always cut it. Kitchens are an area in the home you visit everyday of your life and it is one of the major areas of the home that add value come time to sell. With this in mind, wouldn’t you want a kitchen designed specifically for your family’s lifestyle that complements the flow of your home and adds value through custom made design elements?

We spoke with Bharti Hunt, General Manager from Kitchen Trends about why flat pack doesn’t always cut it in the kitchen and why custom made kitchens provide better design and functionality.

Bharti says, over the years at Kitchen Trends, their team of designers have heard many horror stories of clients having trouble with the DIY installation of their flat pack cabinetry. She says when not installed correctly, it has a domino effect, affecting the stone tops and splashbacks and creating a very amateur look and finish.

We asked what the three main flat pack issues were and we’ve listed the responses below:

1.    You have to stick to standard cabinet sizing which causes voids and then requires fillers to be used to hide any unused space.
2.    You’re limited to the style of cabinets, products and materials set by the flat-pack company. For example, if you’re choosing two-pack, often there are restrictions on colour or gloss levels.
3.    Clients often have to project manage and complete the installation of the cabinetry themselves, including organising all the trades.

Custom made kitchens, like the ones offered from Kitchen Trends, allow you to utilise every nook and cranny, avoid wasted space, all while offering value for money, workmanship warranties for installation and a kitchen you’ll be happy eating, prepping and entertaining within for years to come.

Bharti says Kitchen Trends offer a complete service for their clients, with the option to create a designer kitchen within an existing space, or work with the client to alter the floorplan and create a completely new layout for their kitchen. Then building and installing the cabinetry, whilst and project managing the entire process.

“We project manage the entire renovation from ripping out their pre-existing kitchen and cabinetry, getting it ready for our new cabinetry, to managing the various trades that need to be onsite throughout the period of the project, including electricians, plumbers and stonemasons… and we are more than happy to work with our client to develop a suitable schedule that works for them and their needs,” Bharti says.

Image: Kitchen Trends

Image: Kitchen Trends

Here are four reasons to go custom in the Kitchen:

1. They are the best option to maximise space and practically, as the professional designers work with you one-on-one to achieve your desired results.

2. Custom made kitchens can be designed to complement the look and feel of your house, by adding superior materials and finishes that flat pack options fall short of.

3. Kitchen Trends provide workmanship warranties for installation, which you don’t get with most flat pack companies.

4. Clients have complete flexibility in the design and don’t have to lift a finger, as a team of professionals do all the work for you.

Just a quick note: This post is sponsored, but we only write about things we reckon you’ll think are awesome. We’re all about sharing the love here at Style, and it’s the love from sponsors that helps make that happen. Thanks for the kitchen tips Kitchen Trends.

Kitchen Trends
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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.


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