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What's your Style?

Deciding on your kitchen style and saving $$$'S ON YOUR kitchen IS WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT.

Your kitchen space should reflect your needs (and that of your family), your taste as well as the style of your home.


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Lowest Prices Guaranteed*

With Kitchen Shack, you’ll never have to worry about going over your budget. If you receive a better price for the same design, fully assembled product and service we’ll beat it by 5%.

DIY Fully Assembled

Kitchen flat packs are popular in Melbourne, due to their inexpensive nature. However, Kitchen Shack is quite unique. Using our experience we provide fully assembled kitchens, making it easier for everyone.

Installation Options Available

Renovating a kitchen especially installation can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! We have a list of Recommended Installers and trades to make your complete kitchen renovation easier.

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Design Service

Here at Kitchen Shack, we have been helping customers design a high-quality kitchen that suits their budget. Our team have many years of experience so they know what works.

Measuring your space

Saving you time and more importantly money is what we are about.  Measuring your space is one way to keep the costs down. Follow these tips to measure accurately.

About Our Australian Family

Kitchen Shack is the leader in assembled kitchens – better than flat pack kitchens in Melbourne. We’re proudly Australian made and owned run company.

Our kitchens come fully assembled, so easier to install.  We offer  recommended installers who are experienced in our kitchens to get you up and running quicker.  Remember, if you find a lower price for the same design, product and service, we’ll beat it by 5%.

That’s our Kitchen Shack promise.

DIY Flat Pack Kitchens on a Budget in Melbourne

Kitchen Shack Kitchens are manufactured in Melbourne proudly Australian Owned.

We supply complete fully assembled kitchens, laundries and office spaces to suit singles, couples, families, rentals, owner builders and diy fanatics.

Our assembled diy kitchens can suit any budget, easier and cheaper to install than flat pack kitchen components and all built to high quality standards. We use our 70+ years kitchen industry experience to ensure your kitchen renovation is smooth and without hassle.

Note: Due to the pandemic, lead times may be effected by lockdowns, product shortages and human resources which are all out of our control.  We endeavour to do our best to continue to provide high quality customer service amongst these trying times.

Kitchen Inspiration and Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

We know you probably have questions about what flatpack kitchens are and how DIY kitchens work. Here we answer some of the most common ones we regularly hear.

There are many variables when planning a new kitchen, like the size, layout, and type of materials used. As such, there is no set price for a new kitchen, flat-pack or fully assembled.

That being said, at Kitchen Shack, we find that most budget kitchen renovations in Melbourne cost around $9,000 – $11,000. Smaller kitchens are usually cheaper, starting from about $7,000, and larger kitchens generally cost more, up to around $20,000. These prices include new flat pack kitchen cabinets.

The good news is, when you choose Kitchen Shack, you can be sure you’re getting a great deal. As one of the leading suppliers of cabinets in Melbourne, we provide fully assembled rather than flat pack cabinets. The fact that all our cabinets are fully assembled, helps save time and money when comparing against flat pack cabinet installation costs. Our prices are affordable and we use our scale and experience to keep prices down.  We can also recommend experienced installers to make sure the job is done right.

While flat pack kitchen cabinets are cheaper, that doesn’t mean they’re of lesser quality. In fact, at Kitchen Shack, our quality standards are higher than many of our more expensive competitors. All of our products are manufactured using high-quality materials and undergo rigorous testing to make sure they’ll survive daily use.

Importantly, all of our DIY kitchens arrive fully assembled.  Can you imagine your cabinetry delivered to you all assembled? No need to drill or add screws to put sides together!  This ensures your cabinets work as designed. 

Apart from this, installing a kitchen that already has the drawer runners already assembled inside the cabinetry will save you the heartache of getting it wrong! With cabinet assembly all done and quality checked for you, your drawers will slide easily. No need to go back and redo what you have done. Because, even if you’re an expert at putting flat pack kitchen cabinets together, things can still go wrong.

Fully assembled cabinets save you time and money when you factor in the labour associated with putting it all together.  We think life should be easier not harder. 

The most cost-effective way to get a wood finish for your kitchen cabinets is laminate. A high-quality laminate will look every bit as good as the real thing but cost you a fraction of the price. In fact, there are now many affordable wood-look laminate products that are almost indistinguishable from natural wood.


Best of all, laminate tends to be much more hard-wearing than natural wood. It won’t scratch or dent as easily and will usually be stain-resistant. This means it’s much better suited to the rigours of daily use and should continue looking great for many years.

When buying budget flat pack kitchen cabinets, the most important thing is to make sure they are of good quality. This means getting them from a reputable manufacturer who uses high-quality materials and has stringent production standards – like Kitchen Shack.


Once you’ve confirmed the quality of your new kitchen cabinets, it all comes down to your preferred design style. For example, do you want your new kitchen to look sleek and contemporary or more detailed and traditional? And are you after a bold statement colour, or would you prefer a cleaner, more refined finish?


You should also consider how the design of your new kitchen cabinets will work with the surrounding area. This is particularly important in open-plan spaces as it will help make the design feel more thoughtful and resolved.

As the name suggests, flat pack kitchen cabinets come unassembled, usually in a series of flat boxes. They provide all the pieces required to create the desired cabinets, which you need to put together yourself. This helps keep the production costs down, which has made flat pack cabinets a popular option for budget kitchen suppliers.


While flat pack kitchens do have their benefits, here at Kitchen Shack, we believe fully assembled cabinets are better. They are just as cost-effective, particularly when you consider they take much less time and effort to install and most importantly they cost less to install. And, as they have been professionally assembled, they are more stable and reliable than other flat pack cabinets.

Making DIY kitchen cabinets from scratch takes a lot of time, skill, and specialist tools. So, unless you’re an experienced carpenter, trying to build your own cabinets is not recommended.

Even putting together flat-pack kitchen cabinets yourself has its challenges. The instructions are often quite confusing, and you really need to know what you’re doing. You also need to be very careful as putting things together wrong could cause them to wear and break quite quickly.

Instead, we recommend using fully assembled flat pack kitchen cabinets, like those supplied by Kitchen Shack. This takes out a lot of the guesswork and makes sure that everything is put together correctly. It also makes fitting your DIY kitchen cabinets much quicker and easier.

Unless you’re an experienced carpenter or cabinetmaker, replacing your own kitchen cabinets is not recommended. This is a time-consuming process, and doing it yourself could mean you’re without a kitchen for quite a while. It also requires special tools and unique skills – and usually more than one person – to get right.


As such, we recommend engaging a professional installer when replacing your kitchen cabinets. They will help you get the job done quicker, minimising the time you’re without a functional kitchen. They will also make sure that everything is installed correctly, which should minimise the risk of costly mistakes.

Planning budget kitchen renovations is all about knowing where you can cut costs and what you should splurge on. For example, you can save money by using high-quality DIY kitchen cabinets, like those supplied by Kitchen Shack. However, you shouldn’t cut corners on plumbing and electrical work – this should always be done by a licensed professional.

Overall, the best way to keep your costs down is to do as much of the work as possible yourself. And the good news is that there are quite a few jobs that most people can easily do themselves. For example, removing the old kitchen, measuring the space, and painting, are prime DIY kitchen renovation tasks.

Other budget kitchen renovation tricks include:

  • Keeping your services (e.g. your water and gas) in the same spot – relocating these can be quite an expensive exercise.

  • Sticking to the same floor plan – if practical, this could help you save on new flooring, etc.

  • Choose more cost-effective finishes – high-quality laminate can give you the look of natural materials for a fraction of the cost.

Ask the professionals – Kitchen Shack offers free design consultations, and our team are experts in working with limited renovation budgets.

While using an experienced installer will cost more, it’s usually well worth the extra investment. They will install your kitchen a lot quicker than if you do it yourself so you should evaluate the time it takes you and the cost of your time in doing it yourself.  An experienced installed will know what issues to look out for, which could help maximise the lifespan of your new cabinets.


To keep installation costs down, there are some other activities you can easily do yourself. For example, removing the existing cabinets and measuring the space are both straightforward jobs almost anyone can do. Also, choosing fully assembled cabinets, like what we supply at Kitchen Shack, will make things much easier for your installer, speeding up the job and saving you money as they will not need to screw every cabinet together.

While it’s possible to DIY the installation of your new kitchen cabinets, it’s not something we recommend. This is because special tools and skills are required to install cabinets correctly and minimise the risk of damage. As such, unless you are an experienced cabinet maker or carpenter, the installation of kitchen cabinets is best left to the professionals.