At Kitchen Shack, we believe that DIY kitchens are a great, cost-effective option for anyone planning a much-needed update. However, we understand that not everyone is as sold on the benefits of a DIY kitchen as we are. In particular, we know that some people worry that the lower cost means lower quality.
Here we take a closer look at these concerns and consider if the cost savings are actually worth it.
Quality of materials and finish
Most DIY manufacturers use the same or similar raw materials as other kitchen suppliers. They generally also use the same production tools and techniques and can access the same specialist products (e.g., YDL benchtops). As such, you should be able to achieve a comparable level of finish with a DIY kitchen.
And, when you choose Kitchen Shack as your supplier, you can be sure you’re getting a great product. In addition to sourcing high-quality raw materials, we have strict standards and rigorously test everything we make. This is how we know our kitchens will withstand the challenges of daily life.
To give you further peace of mind, we also back all our cabinetry and hardware with a 10-year guarantee.
Design and installation
Much like many other kitchen companies, DIY manufacturers usually supply a selection of cabinetry and hardware products. These will be in a set of standard sizes and formats and a wide range of colours and finishes. While some high-end designers, choose custom, non-standard cabinet sizes and colours. However, DIY kitchen designs using standard-sized cabinetry can still be tailored to suit almost any space, lifestyle, and personal taste.
To help you get the most from your new kitchen, many DIY manufacturers – including Kitchen Shack – provide free design consultations. These are a great way to get expert advice on your plans and can help you refine your design. They can also provide creative solutions and help make sure your new kitchen will truly suit your needs and lifestyle.
Also, when you order your new kitchen from Kitchen Shack, all your cabinets will arrive fully assembled. This makes installation so easy that almost anyone can do it, saving you both time and money.
The final verdict
With all this in mind, it’s clear DIY kitchens can be just as good as the products from other manufacturers. Their designs can be every bit as stylish and the quality of finish should be similar (if not the same). They should also be just as sturdy and robust, serving you and your family well for years to come.
So why are DIY kitchens the cheaper alternative? It all comes down to how the manufacturers do what they do.
Take Kitchen Shack, for example. We’ve been in the industry for over 70 years. Over this time, we’ve learnt a few ways to keep our costs down without impacting the quality of our product. This includes buying our materials in bulk, manufacturing locally, and focusing on the efficiency of our production processes. We also provide cabinets in standard sizes – this helps keep costs low as manufacturing is more efficient. Because we control the manufacturing process, we have 100% control over the quality – a very important part at Kitchen Shack. All this combines to allow us to offer high-quality products at the lowest possible prices.
Want more information?
If it’s time to upgrade your kitchen and you’re considering taking the DIY route to save $$$’s, give Kitchen Shack a call. We’re one of Melbourne’s leading low-cost kitchen suppliers and can help you develop a design that suits your budget and style. Contact us today to discuss your plans or book a free in-store showroom design below.