You don’t have to go through the trouble and expense of installing a whole you new kitchen in order to give it a facelift. At a time when many people are feeling the pinch, you can give your kitchen that ‘brand new’ look by simply refurbishing it with new cupboard doors.
Your cupboard doors cover the greatest surface area and are the things that most people notice first, consciously or otherwise. They’re the first to telegraph wear and tear and, when they’re new, they’re the first things to signal that you’ve invested in your cooking headquarters. In addition, this approach can give you the effect you want – but at a fraction of the cost of renovating the whole room.
Do the job right!
The trick is to get the job done correctly the first time around, which means doing a bit of homework. There’s no point approaching the job in a gun-ho fashion; if you want to save yourself money, but achieve top quality results, then you’re going to have to put a little thought into your design.
Before you go anywhere near a refurbishment company or kitchen manufacturer, you need to have measured your kitchen precisely. To some extent, this will inform the choices you make and knock some off the list before you’ve even started. In addition, it could save you a bit of cash. For example, if your doors have standard hinges that fit 35mm holes in the door, then you might want to consider hanging onto them and hanging your new doors from them. You can check with your supplier that the the diameter and spacing of holes in any doors you’re considering matches. You might only be saving yourself a few pounds – but it all counts.
Keeping your kitchen’s character
Once you’ve got your measurements, the next thing to do is choose your supplier. It’s worth remembering that most kitchens have their own quirks; some cupboards will have been made to fit kitchens that perhaps they weren’t designed for and this can leave little gaps or the need for doors to be made smaller or larger. Your first port of call ought to be a refurbishment company; a company that makes doors to order. If you go straight to a standard supplier, you might find that the doors simply don’t fit. Kitchen manufacturers tend to deal in pre-set dimensions and don’t have the facility to create anything that falls outside of those boxes.
Don’t forget the details
However, if you can find a refurbishment company that makes doors, you can keep and even exploit your kitchen’s unique character. In addition to getting doors that actually fit, you’ll be able to choose the style, finish and materials that really complement your cooking and entertaining space.
The final thing – and often the most overlooked – is to choose good quality and attractive door handles to add the finishing touch to your investment. While you might have great doors, you can mute the effect with the wrong handles. However, if you’re prepared to use a little extra cash to add these important details, you’ll end up with a kitchen that you can be proud of – and one that will add value to your home.
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