4 Steps for a Brilliant Budget Kitchen
Last Updated Feb 17, 2015 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
The kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s one of the most expensive rooms in the home to equip. However that doesn’t automatically mean that you have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to get a beautiful, functional kitchen. With a bit of knowhow and a few tips and tricks, you can create a brilliant kitchen on a budget. Here’s what you need to know. For more hints and tips, have a chat with your local kitchen renovation specialist.
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1. Go Flatpack!
If you’re after an excellent budget option for your new kitchen, you really can’t go past flatpack. The new flatpack kitchens that are available are extremely well built, are easy to put together and are available in a staggering range of designs. Flatpack kitchen cabinets come in standard sizes or you can even opt for a completely custom made flatpack kitchen. Either way, they are cheaper than other types of kitchen cabinets and they’ll perform just as well.
2. Opt for Laminate
Kitchen benchtops run the gamut from budget to expensive and top of the line but if you’re doing your kitchen on a budget, you can’t go past laminate benchtops. Laminate benchtops are extremely cost effective, will last for years when cared for correctly, and come in a huge range of colours, patterns and effects. There are even laminates that imitate the look of timber or natural stone so that you can have the look of the real thing without the associated cost! Laminates also come in beautiful designer options to give you style without breaking the bank. As well as laminate benchtops, you can also use laminate for splashbacks and door and drawer fronts! It’s a truly versatile material.
3. Look for Cheap Appliances
Note that when we say cheap appliances, we don’t mean dodgy no name brands! We mean doing your best to search out quality appliances that still fit within your budget. You can do this by looking for factory seconds, superceded models, by negotiating with the salesperson or by waiting for a killer sale. By shopping smart, you can save hundreds of dollars and still get the appliances that you really want.
4. Put Vinyl on the Floors
Kitchen floors can be subject to a lot of wear and abuse so you want a durable floor covering. Vinyl is the answer! Not only is it cheap but it’ll also stand up to just about anything you can throw at it! It also comes in a huge range of colours and patterns, including ones that mimic natural finishes such as timber or stone. Vinyl floors are also soft and comfortable underfoot.