What To Consider When Buying A Kitchen

One of the most common renovations people do in their house is the kitchen. I’m always seeing pictures on blogs and across social media of people currently in the process of renovation or showing off the finished project. New units, new appliances, new colour scheme. There are so many things that can be changed about a kitchen and it is amazing to see some of the transformations - some look like completely different rooms!

We ourselves only recently had our kitchen redone so I think I am well versed on the things you need to consider when buying a kitchen. It is a big project to undertake and isn’t exactly cheap so you need to know exactly what you are doing before jumping right in.

Your Budget

It is amazing how many people go searching for the perfect new kitchen but haven’t considered their budget and are crushed when they find the perfect one but it is too expensive for them. Consider somewhere like Kitchen Warehouse for a good quality but cost-effective kitchen.

Knowing your budget ensures you know what you can afford and won’t be bitterly disappointed when you fall in love with the perfect kitchen. Keeping a budget and sticking to it can be hard but it will be worth it in the end.

How You Want It To Look

Granted, things may happen so it doesn’t look exactly how you want it to in the end - but we all have to compromise a little sometimes. However, you should have a rough idea of how you want it to look and how it will work with the other rooms in your house.

Remember that your appliances will need to go back in after it is all completed so factor these into the design and work out how your kitchen is going to work for you. 

Make Sure It Fits

So you’ve found the perfect kitchen units - hadn’t you better check that they will fit? So many people don’t consider this factor and end up rushing home to take measurements. Not all houses are the same so some units will better suit a house with higher ceilings whilst others won’t. You don’t want to be buying items and then finding out they aren’t going to fit, do you?

As with all home renovations, get your tape measure out and write down dimensions. This will save any nasty surprises in the long run. There are online kitchen planners that can help you our and some kitchen companies will also plan the design for you for free.

Prepare For Disruption

Installing the new kitchen is a lot of work so there will be a disruption. Often you will find yourself without any of your creature comforts, living off microwave meals or the slow cooker in the living room whilst your dream kitchen comes to fruition. Consider this ahead of time and batch cook some dishes that can be shoved in the slow cooker or microwave whilst the oven is out of use - just make sure the fridge or freezer is stored somewhere appropriate!

These are just a few things to consider when buying a kitchen - do you have any other tips?

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  1. Very good advice! having a clear idea of both budget and a realistic sense of what size you are working with is so important .

  2. So much to consider when looking to renovate your kitchen, I'd love a big open space kitchen - we can keep dreaming eh? xo

  3. The one mistake we made when buying our kitchen was to buy a tap that was too big, so it blocks the window and we can't get it open. So, check everything is the moral of that one. Other than that, I think granite surfaces are a good investment. Ours still look great after 10 years' use.

  4. I agree with you, having a budget and looking at kitchens only within it is the best way. Measurements are also very important. I used to have a notebook with me with all the measurements of the house in them, just to make sure we didn't get anything too big or too small. That was when we were renovating, of course.

    1. It's so important to have all the measurements written down and try and stick to a budget or it could cost way more than you expect.