pre-as­sem­bled or flat-packed

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The kitchen units you choose de­pends on a num­ber of fac­tors, apart from the over­all look. As­sem­bled units (or rigid car­casses) usu­ally cost more, are quicker to fit, have less chance of bits miss­ing, and are per­ceived to be struc­turally su­pe­rior. Mod­ern flat-pack car­casses tend to be made on a CNC ma­chine, which im­proves the chances of holes for screws etc. lin­ing up. They are also ini­tially cheaper (although al­low more for fit­ting, un­less you are do­ing it your­self ). You need space to take de­liv­ery of as­sem­bled units, or to un­box and as­sem­ble flat­pack ones. Most DIY sheds and kitchen sup­pli­ers of­fer both within their ranges, with many fit­ters be­liev­ing a de­cent flat­pack kitchen is bet­ter than an in­ex­pen­sive as­sem­bled one.

Below Me­tod kitchen with Ved­dinge Grey doors, from £36 for a w40xd60cm base cab­i­net; Ivar shelv­ing units, from £76 each; all Ikea

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