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We are looking to update our very dated kitchen - have had 3 fitters come round to quote - yet to receive those quotes - but have had a quote from B&Q and Wickes over a year ago and going back into Wi… Read More
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8m, 5d agoPosted 8 months, 5 days ago
We are looking to update our very dated kitchen - have had 3 fitters come round to quote - yet to receive those quotes - but have had a quote from B&Q and Wickes over a year ago and going back into Wickes to requote... fitters won't touch flat pack stuff it seems - is there a quality difference compared to fitted carcasses? Any experience with Wren kitchens? Can anyone offer suggestions please?

Many Thanks in advance.
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8m, 5d agoPosted 8 months, 5 days ago
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#2
Ikeas great. No idea why firsts won't touch it. I done my own for a very decent price.
#3
Second Howdn's just had my entire kitchen redone. The quality on the ikea was not even close to the (pre assembled) howdens pieces and was very close in price. The other side of this would be the installation which would depend on who you get to install it.
#4
had a wicks flat pack kitchen looks great and fitted self over a weekend easy job to do
#5
as Shins suggest go to Howdens very good quality and they will give you names of kitchen fitters. good guarantee.
A little more expensive than wickes/b&q but better quality. When I got quote from wickes/b&q there were reluctant to give a final price until they had started the job and could see if they were going to run into problems, I wanted a price to compare with others.
#6
Wren kitchens aren't bad and you can negotiate them down quite a bit. I Haven't used them for installation.
#7
Just be aware howdens may quote you the full price, they will give your fitter upto about 80% discount depending on what units you go for.
#8
Howdens - Overly expensive and quality has subsided in recent years due to greater manufacturing costs though units do come built which lets face it is a minor bonus.

Ikea - huge units as they tend to remove the service gap at the back so you will have no room for pipe etc behind units.

B&Q - poor poor quality, very expensive, use a load of salesman techniques to get you to buy extras - avoid.

Wickes - Showroom range - excellent solid construction with solid back panels rather than hard board. Blum hinges an fittings and a good range available.

Homebase - Don't bother.

Wren - Very good an friendly service and prices can be negotiated as they don't have the fixed prices that the DIY stores have etc.

Fitters - NEVER pay the place you buy the kitchen from to organise fitters. Phone local guys and see their work if worried. DIY places will charge £3-4k for fitters, most independent guys will do it for around a grand and they are on the end of the phone rather than having to go through the shops customer service.

I have fitted numerous kitchen brands and the last four have been Wickes kitchens, and every one has been spot on and fitted perfectly. I had two doors missing on one order and they were sent next day delivery.

Hope this helps.
#9
The best thing about Howdens is any problems and your fitter can swap it the same day or next. Any of the big sheds and it will be weeks/months before they can "source" the part.

You might also want to try Benchmarx.
#10
Howdens will budge on price, big time. Get different quotes then go back to howdens and say they are too expensive compared to x
#11
My new kitchen came from Magnet and they also install.
#12
ft7
My new kitchen came from Magnet and they also install.
I imagine that was pretty costly?
#13
http://www.diy-kitchens.com They arrive fully built and are very good quality.
#14
We got ours from Magnet Trade , no one else came close for similar units Howdens was 2k more , there are also pre-made units like Howdens

They wasn't bothered about me not being in the trade , and all was in stock same as Howdens, had a problem with one panel and swapped without fuss

Do not use them for fitting though, get your own, , mine charged £750 and was here 3 days


Edited By: deanos on Oct 18, 2016 16:13
#15
jjmmww1
had a wicks flat pack kitchen looks great and fitted self over a weekend easy job to do
Thats great if you can fit kitchens, do flooring, tiling, fitting led spotlights etc. but I'm not a skilled tradesman...
#16
Thank you all so far! Well I can't comment until I get the figures back - I see there's a lot of mention of Howdens - one fitter is going to use Howdens so we'll see how they come out - tried to book a design appointment at Ikea - there seems to be 3 days available in November!! Thank you for all the suggestions and opinions so far though guys!
#17
mightyreal
jjmmww1
had a wicks flat pack kitchen looks great and fitted self over a weekend easy job to do
Thats great if you can fit kitchens, do flooring, tiling, fitting led spotlights etc. but I'm not a skilled tradesman...


im no skilled tradesman just a flatpack unpacker onyl had led underlights to do which still arnt on and the kitchen been done months haha
#18
An expensive kitchen will look like rubbish if it's not fitted in properly. Just a little tip.
#19
+1 for Howdens.

Invest in a good kitchen fitter!

A good value kitchen which has been installed well can look fantastic.
An expensive kitchen which has been installed badly can look terrible.

The fitting is vital.
#20
A note about flatpack kitchens: you usually pay the kitchen fitters by the day/half day. If they are spending hours upon hours knocking up the flatpack units you will probably find that you are going to spend around the same, if not more, than if you had gone for a more expensive kitchen in the first place! Good kitchen fitters don't come cheap but are worth every penny. I think we paid £400/day for a two man team (so £200/man/day).

Howdens kitchen units all come pre-built (obviously not with the doors on) but the units are ready for slotting in.

I think October/November they do a better discount. You will need a trade account to get a quote.

Edited By: sickly sweet on Oct 18, 2016 17:27
#21
We got a quote from Howden's and aren't in the trade. We thought they were expensive until we got a couple of other quotes. Thanks for mentioning about the discount, might check to see if our area is included.
#22
lju
http://www.diy-kitchens.com They arrive fully built and are very good quality.

+1

Was a little sceptical about buying off the net without seeing first, so went upto the factory to have a look. They had B&Q,Wickes and Ikea setup and there cabinets were much better. Was a good price too.
#23
Find a fitter and take advice from him. he might have access to trade suppliers better then the like of B&Q. Whatever you don't use the clowns in Walsall that we used last year. Fitter was great, cabinets were great but it took them 9 weeks to complete the project, of which we had no kitchen for 7 of them :-)
#24
Are you located in SE England?
We inquired with Optiplan "just for a laugh" to see how much they would be and their quote was incredibly competitive. Their units are handmade so if you had a space of (for instance) 385mm wide they will make a unit for you rather than a 350mm one and a spacer
#25
u664541
Are you located in SE England?
We inquired with Optiplan "just for a laugh" to see how much they would be and their quote was incredibly competitive. Their units are handmade so if you had a space of (for instance) 385mm wide they will make a unit for you rather than a 350mm one and a spacer
how much did the kitchen set you back roughly?
#26
davewave
u664541
Are you located in SE England?
We inquired with Optiplan "just for a laugh" to see how much they would be and their quote was incredibly competitive. Their units are handmade so if you had a space of (for instance) 385mm wide they will make a unit for you rather than a 350mm one and a spacer
how much did the kitchen set you back roughly?

IIRC it was around £18k-£20k, excluding fitting but included dishwasher, ovens, induction hob & extractor.

nb For anyone looking at Magnet their prices were crazy (over double everyone else), but when they (Magnet) called back and we told them who we had gone with and how much it was they said they would match them.

Edited By: u664541 on Oct 18, 2016 19:12
#27
Thanks for the above replies. I think we will go with Howdens in the end. very good price (as well as Ikea) and quality.

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