How can I keep the cost of my kitchen on budget?
Many of our customers have a strict budget and we have a few ideas up our sleeve that can help keep costs down:
- Firstly, we suggest that you choose a door with a matching cabinet as this means that you will not need matching end panels.
- Another idea is to use plinth rather than an end panel at the end of a run of units that butts up to a wall to fill in something like a 20mm gap.
- Remember curves add ££, so if you are on a strict budget try to use straight edges.
- When designing your new kitchen, where possible, keep the sink, hob and oven in the same place to keep your labour costs down.
Built Under or Built In Appliances?
Many of the queries we receive relate to how best to incorporate appliances into the working kitchen. Appliances come in many different shapes and sizes so that there is an ideal fit for your particular needs.
- Built Under – These are designed to fit under the worktop height which is usually 870mm from your floor. Built Under Single Ovens require an Oven Housing, due to their additional height Built under double ovens do not normally need an oven housing unit.
- Built In - If it fits into a housing unit, or carcass, it is generally described as built in. These are specifically designed to fit into Appliance Housings.
What do these words mean?
We try to keep our language simple but just in case...
- Highline - A base cabinet fitted with a door only that fills the whole carcass excluding your plinth. (716mm height)
- Drawerline - A base cabinet fitted with both a door (572mm high) and a drawer fascia (140mm high). Drawer is available as a working drawer or as a dummy fascia.
- End panel - A panel that clads the cabinet side usually at the end of a run of units.
- Upstand - A thin section of worktop material fitted against the wall at the back edge of the worktop.
- Plinth - A decorative panel that is fitted to the bottom of the base cabinets to hide the 150mm plinth legs.
- Pelmet - Fits to the underside of wall cabinets.
- Cornice - Fits on the top of wall and tall cabinets
- Island - A freestanding base cabinet arrangement usually designed for larger kitchens
How much plinth, cornice and pelmet do I need to order?
It’s easy to underestimate the amount of cornice and pelmet required, so please double check your figures.
- Add together all of the widths of each of your base cabinets, including any integrated appliances, for example dishwasher or built under oven.
- Then calculate the number of ‘ends’ you have in your kitchen where you will need plinth. You will not need plinth if you are ordering an end panel
- Simply add the two figures together, and then divide by the length of plinth you are ordering. For example if your total was 8500mm divide by 2650mm or 2800mm dependant on the plinth you have chosen = 8500 /2650 = 3.20. We suggest you add approximately 20% so in this case we suggest you order 4 lengths.
- Add together the widths of each of your wall units, tall units and dresser cabinets.
- Then calculate is the number of ‘ends’ you have in your kitchen. An end can be simply described as the end of a run of cabinets, effectively the exposed end panel of the cabinet. Cornice needs to be joined by a mitre joint at the corner so we recommend approximately 400mm is added to cover this return.
- To calculate the number of lengths of cornice you will need to order divide your total figure by 1750mm, 2400mm or 3600mm dependant on the type of cornice you require.
- Add together the widths of each of your wall units.
- Then calculate the number of ‘ends’ you have in your kitchen. An end can be simply described as the end of a run of cabinets, effectively the exposed end panel of the cabinet. Pelmet needs to be joined by a mitre joint at the corner so we recommend 400mm is added to cover this return.
- To calculate the number of lengths of pelmet you will need to order divide the above figure by either 1750mm, 2400mm or 3600mm dependant on the type of pelmet you require.
Are your kitchens guaranteed?
Yes, we offer a 10 year guarantee on our kitchen furniture.
Is your helpline available 24 hours a day?
No, the telephones and email are only manned Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm excluding bank holidays.
Do you offer and installation service for your kitchens?
express kitchens direct only sell kitchens on a supply only basis which means you will need to source your own fitter. Reputable fitters can be found via RatedPeople.com
Are your online payment systems secure?
This is the most important part of our business, as it concerns your trust and confidence in express kitchens direct and our supplier to handle your transaction ethically and with the strictest confidence.
What will happen on the day of my delivery?
You will receive a phone call from our logistics department a couple of days before the delivery of your kitchen to confirm that the nominated delivery date is still acceptable within working hours. From there your phone details will be passed onto our two man delivery team who will call you an hour before they arrive at your property. They will then unload your kitchen into your property completely free of charge.
How does Express kitchens direct look after the environment?
Here at express kitchens direct we are also conscious of the environment and are green by nature. Sustainability is high on our agenda. From the wood we use the energy we consume and the way we transport multiple kitchens in one delivery we take care to ensure we are consistently environmentally responsible.
How will my Kitchen arrive with me?
Each cabinet arrives from express kitchens direct Ready to Assemble therefore will need assembling which in our experience is the preference of the majority of kitchen fitters as its far easier to cut holes in for pipes, reduce units depth for individual kitchens and you will always get a far sturdier construction, with the dowel & cam lock system.
All carcasses and doors will arrive individually wrapped to ensure everything is as it should be. The handles will be packaged separately. We don't Pre-drill the holes for the handles as everyone wants them in different places.
Rigid is the term used to describe a flat pack kitchen that has been pre-assembled prior to delivery to your home. ‘Rigid’ kitchens are assembled using glued and dowel cabinets which aren't so easy to adapt or alter given the nature of their construction and having spent many years installing kitchens, around two in five of the projects I undertook, had to be altered on site.
Where do I start?
Designing your new kitchen should be fun; here are a few hints and tips to help you. Remember that if you already have a plan, simply email it through to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free no obligation quotation
When planning your new kitchen start by accurately measuring your existing kitchen in and map it onto a piece of graph paper.
Remember to include the position of doors and windows and other fixed items such as boilers. Then locate any waste pipes and plumbing and include these in your plan. Remember if you want to relocate your sink or oven this will add labour costs to your overall budget.
Then think about the basic work triangle of your oven & hob, sink and fridge as it is suggested that these are kept in relative close proximity. Think carefully about ease of access and reduce any walking in larger kitchens.
Next we suggest you start at a corner, thinking carefully about the storage you may need including corner units, dressers and larder units and start to introduce units around your ‘work triangle’. Don’t forget other items such as a dishwasher, freezer if you are including them in your design.
A few hints:
- You will need drawers for items such as tea towels and cutlery.
- Pan Drawers provide great easy access storage of all sorts of items including plates, pans and tins
- Maximise storage in corners by using our cleverly designed units or wirework.
- Use housing units for built under or built in ovens
- Integrated fridges and freezers will need appliance doors