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Flat Pack Kitchens Versus Fully-Assembled Flat Pack Kitchens

Giving a tired and outdated kitchen an update is a wise investment for both the value of your home and for your lifestyle. But what holds most Melbourne homeowners back from renovating their kitchen is the expense.

You don’t need custom cabinetry to create a beautiful new space. There are now both flat pack and fully-assembled flat pack kitchens on the market, each of which comes with its unique set of pros and cons.

But what may be a “pro” to one homeowner could very well be a “con” to the next. In this post, we’re going to dive in and explore what you can expect when you invest in either type of kitchen.


The pros and cons of a flat pack kitchen

Flat pack kitchens have come a long way over the past decade. Once associated with inferior quality and poor durability, today there are several gorgeous, long-lasting options on the market.

This type of kitchen is a popular choice because it is the least expensive kitchen option available. There are some other benefits to a flat pack kitchen, including:

  • Availability in a range of sizes
  • Wide variety of designs
  • Loads of styles and features from which to choose

Because the flat pack kitchens literally come “flat-packed”, they’re also easy to store in your home if you aren’t ready for an immediate install.

The leading reason why homeowners shy away from the flat pack kitchen is that assembling them can be more trouble than they are worth. Handy DIY-ers may have an easy time putting a flat pack kitchen together, but most inexperienced individuals, or those without any help, can find installing a flat pack kitchen to be frustrating and overwhelming.


The pros and cons of a fully-assembled flat pack kitchen

The leading type of kitchen for Melbourne homeowners is the fully-assembled flat pack kitchen. Unlike flat pack kitchens, these units are manufactured and assembled for you, so all that’s left for you to do is install them.

Much like flat pack kitchens, fully-assembled kitchens come in a variety of sizes, styles and layouts. They offer that beautiful custom look and can be designed to fit any kitchen space, without the exorbitant price tag, which is why they are often referred to as a “semi-custom kitchen”.

Many fully-assembled cabinets are the same price as a flat pack kitchen (and substantially less expensive than custom cabinetry), this saves you both time and money if choosing someone to assemble them for you.

While the units will take up more storage room in your home if you aren’t ready to install them immediately, you won’t need to worry about assembling them yourself. You won’t need to spend money on installation labour (if you are self-installing).


What type of kitchen is right for you?

Those who have experience installing cabinetry or who appreciate a challenge will likely enjoy the standard flat pack kitchen experience.

Those who don’t have the time, experience, or know-how to build their own kitchen from the ground up will have a much easier time with a fully-assembled flat pack kitchen. This is the ideal choice for anyone who wants to renovate their kitchen on a budget while still retaining its quality. in fact, most of our customers leave it to the kitchen installers we recommend for a quicker, no problems installation.

Here at Kitchen Shack, we pride ourselves on providing top quality easy-to-install fully-assembled flat pack kitchens in Melbourne. Our affordable kitchens are made right here in Melbourne, and they are the perfect way to save on a brand new kitchen.

Contact us today to book your free in-store design appointment and be sure to ask us about our Lowest Prices Guarantee!