In­stalling flat­pack kitchens

There’s help at hand if you want a top-notch look, writes Jen­nifer Veer­huis

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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.

Flat­pack fun

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.

Mea­sur­ing up

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.

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