Installing flatpack kitchens
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will have problems with the tiles, there’s a real flow-on effect and it really ruins the end quality,” he says.
Rob says anyone getting a flatpack kitchen also needs qualified and licensed tradespeople to do the plumbing and electrical work.
Despite these challenges though, flatpack kitchens can be a great option, particularly for someone looking to follow trends and update their kitchen again in the near future.
“Kitchens go in and out of style, people change them quite regularly and there’s no point putting a whole lot of money into something you’re going to change in seven to 10 years time,” Rob says.
“Based on what customers have told me, flatpack kitchens probably work out at about half the price of a custom-made kitchen.”
It can take about seven weeks to get the cabinets made for a custom kitchen.
“Whereas if you buy an Ikea one you can have them delivered the following day,” Rob says. “That’s quite an advantage as well.” Another advantage of a flatpack kitchen is that if a door gets damaged or broken it is easily replaced and it’s also easy to replace all the doors at once if you want to freshen up the kitchen down the track without the expense of replacing the carcass.
Rob says while some might criticise flatpack kitchens because they’re not custom built for the space, they’re quite easy to modify and change around.
“If you come across a problem it’s quite easy to fix it up on the day,” he says.
“You get the results so quickly and there’s consistency as well.”
Another big advantage of a flatpack kitchen is transportability and they can be ideal for apartments because it can be awkward to get custom-made cabinets up or down stairways.
The online design software to plan a flatpack kitchen is relatively easy to use, Rob says, and it has checks in place to ensure the kitchen will meet the building code.
Rob normally offers a check measure at his clients’ homes and he says some flatpack kitchen companies will also come out to a home to ensure the measurements are right.
Flatpack kitchens generally include the cabinets, while extras such as appliances and splashback need to be purchased separately.
Rob charges $99 to install a cabinet and says he can install a small kitchen of about seven cabinets in a day, while a medium kitchen would take two days.
This flatpack Ikea kitchen offers everything buyers are looking for in contemporary design.