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    Best Place for New Kitchen Units

    We're looking to replace our kitchen completely including appliances. Our budget is £2500 for everything not including fitting.

    Are there any places doing really good deals at the moment?

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    you could try ikea.they are normally cheap and good quality.

    The question is will you be doing the work yourself or are you looking for units plus fitting?
    If you are looking for the units remember most of the carcass eg the white bits are standard .The real cost comes in the finishing. Door fronts,handles, drawer fronts even the work tops are reasonable if you can cut them yourself.

    The place I would highly recommend is Howdens. I work for a Housing Association and we use these all the time. Anyone can open an account and they supply very good quality units. They supply MFI with their kitchens (then MFI bung on 50-60%).

    The kitchens are 18mm carcass (as oposed to the 15mm over manufacturers make), and they do metal drawers carcasses and a soft close option (if you want to be posh. The carcasses are fully assembled, it's just a case of adjusting the feet and fitting the worktops etc (it sounds easy, but I would still pay a kitchen fitter to make a good job)

    The downside is that they do not have a website, so you would need to go and pick a brochure up. The upside however, is that you can haggle with the managers, to get the price even lower. All Howdens stores are independant and each manager has responsibility for their own store and discounting.

    Give them a go, they are really good!

    smallian

    you could try ikea.they are normally cheap and good quality.



    Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. A friend bought a kitchen from there and had major grief with the taps, and also had to go back a million times to get the bits they "forgot" to pack...

    Foxy102

    The place I would highly recommend is Howdens. I work for a Housing … The place I would highly recommend is Howdens. I work for a Housing Association and we use these all the time. Anyone can open an account and they supply very good quality units. They supply MFI with their kitchens (then MFI bung on 50-60%).



    Sorry to put a spanner in the works but Howdens are trade only !

    And they used to supply MFI as they were owned by the same company, but not no more MFI was sold for £1 last year.

    Also

    Foxy102

    Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. A friend bought a kitchen from … Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. A friend bought a kitchen from there and had major grief with the taps, and also had to go back a million times to get the bits they "forgot" to pack...



    If anyone forgets to pack items it`s still Howdens and MFI. even though they are now separate companies there still as bad as when they were together.

    And yes i can back it up as i`m a manager of a company that single source a complete range of items for Housing associations , joiners carpenters and kitchen fitters alike.

    I say have a good look round and it really depends how competent you are at DIY , personally i`d go for all the carcasses separately then you find a place that does replacement kitchen doors (you`ll get a bigger choice in the range of doors) sink and taps are straight forward.
    Appliances really depend on how many units you have to fit first of all but i`d maybe look at possibly `B` Grade items (slight dents etc) or even an MFI clearance centre (Good bargains to be had).
    You should then have no problems coming in at around £2500 i reckon.

    If you need anymore help i`d be more than happy to oblige. :thumbsup:

    Regards
    Chris

    Foxy102

    Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. A friend bought a kitchen from … Wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. A friend bought a kitchen from there and had major grief with the taps, and also had to go back a million times to get the bits they "forgot" to pack...



    Ikea were really good with our kitchen, although it was £50 for delivery. The quality was a lot better than B&Q, Wickes etc

    why did your mate not use howdens then?
    ikea give a 10 year guarantee.
    i have had no problem putting together.
    no missing bits,
    and the build quality was good.

    ikea all the way for me!! now we can do online shopping and they deliver for £35!

    i'm also planning to replace entire kitchen stuff in another month or so! any good tips much appreciated

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all the tips so far. Will check out both places and see what they're like.

    look at wickes i have 4 houses 3 i rent out and have bought 3 kitchens in last 5 years and they have all been good very cheap and stood the test of time. go in and get a free kitchen plan done then they can cost it up and show you how it will look in virtual pictures .all you need to do is go in with measurments and locations of windows and doors etc.te wickes kitchens are exactly same as focus but generally 25% cheaper

    smallian

    why did your mate not use howdens then?ikea give a 10 year guarantee. i … why did your mate not use howdens then?ikea give a 10 year guarantee. i have had no problem putting together.no missing bits, and the build quality was good.



    He wouldn't listen to me. What do I know, i've only been working with kitchens for 10 years, day in day out. :whistling:

    By the way, anyone can open up a trade account...I've got one and Im not a kitchen fitter, so's my dad got one and he's not a fitter, so has one of my mates.

    Perhaps IKEA have changed their ways. All I can say is that I like the service with Howdens, they will come and measure up for you as well, and produce the drawings and spec etc.

    It's your money, its your choice...

    I used howdens after alot of research, they are owned by MFI. They can be a little fussy about giving you an account if you are not trade but I said I was installing kitchens into a coupl of buy to rent propertys and they were fine with it and gave me an excellent discount of their list price.
    Also the big advantage with buying from them is that if you need anything extra or you are missing something from the delivery alll you need to do is pop into the local store and pick it up.

    Had a look on howdens website, but how do I find the nearest one to me?

    jakaraka

    Had a look on howdens website, but how do I find the nearest one to me?



    Howdens
    1 Belvoir Court
    10 Chartwell Drive
    Wigston
    Leicester
    LE18 2FL
    Tel: 0116 257 1769

    ........................................................................................................

    Howdens
    01291 627535 - Units 8, 9&10 Bulwark Industrial Estate, Bulwark, Chepstow, Gwent NP16 5QZ

    Hope this helps!

    Original Poster

    Had a quick look at Ikea and Wickes. Really lile some of the white units at Wickes. Haven't managed to check out Howdens yet though.

    Hi

    When I installed mine a few years ago I used the arena kitchens part of alarisavenue.co.uk/. These supply Mereway kitchens amongst others merewaykitchens.co.uk/ran…htm. I had been to a few quite expensive kitchen showrooms around my area and a couple of these also used Mereway (although at a much higher price) and they seemed a cut above the Warehouse kitchen outlets (B+Q, MFI etc.).

    I installed the Firenze range, the advantage of these kitchens over Ikea and MFI at the time is that the Chassis matches the range i.e. it is not plain white, the ones I have are a nice matt grey finish.

    Mereway also use BLUM fixtures and fittings i.e. Hinges and Drawer kits and I think this really contributes to the quality feel. IKEA have also used BLUM for some time and I think B+Q use on some ranges. BLUM seems to have a monopoly in the area of decent kitchen fittings, so whatever you go for I would highly recommend you ensure that the supplier uses BLUM as nto matter how fancy the kitchen, the all important 'feel' is never there particularly if the drawer kits are not quality.

    Also make sure you go for a 'drawer line' kitchen with draws in each unit rather than a high line where the base units are simply cupboards. It makes it so much more useable.

    Cheers

    Al
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