When the time comes to buy a new kitchen, there are two basic approaches you can take. You can go with a ready-made kitchen, or you can buy a bespoke kitchen.
Which option is right for you? That depends entirely on your needs, budget and available time.
Deciding whether to go bespoke or ready-made when buying a new kitchen is difficult, so we're here to help you decide what the right option is for you.
What Is A Bespoke Kitchen?
A bespoke kitchen is one that is designed and built specifically for you. This differs from a ready-made kitchen as it is not based on an existing design.
When buying a bespoke kitchen, a designer will work with you to ensure that the kitchen you end up with is exactly what you want.
Is A Bespoke Kitchen Right For You?
The bespoke option is not always the best one for those shopping for a new kitchen.
For one, it is more expensive. Ready-made kitchens take advantage of a pre-existing design and bulk-bought materials, which helps to keep costs down. This, of course, affects the price you pay.
Going bespoke can also be time consuming, as a lot of decision making has to go in to designing a bespoke kitchen – decisions that have already been made for a ready-made kitchen.
A ready-made kitchen also comes with ready-made style and look. This can be a saviour for those who find it difficult to imagine how things will look, and with the huge number of options available it is sometimes better to be limited by design.
Advantages Of Bespoke Kitchens
For many, however, buying a bespoke kitchen is the far superior option. The real advantage to the bespoke kitchen is in the sheer number of options.
Always wanted a chest freezer? Garbage disposal? Hidden storage?
It might be possible to get most of what you want from a ready-made kitchen, but with a bespoke kitchen you will always be able to get the features that you want.
There's also a lot to be said for having a professional design a kitchen for the space you have available.
Your kitchen might have a strange shape, or there might be alcoves and pop-outs, or the windows might be in an awkward place. Ready-made kitchens are designed for a standard room, so fitting one in to an awkwardly shaped or sized kitchen can be haphazard.
A designer can not only work around these problems, but in many cases can turn those problem areas in to features that are entirely unique to your kitchen.
A unique kitchen can also push up the resale value of your home.
There is a place for ready-made and a place for bespoke when it comes to kitchens.
If all you want is a simple, affordable, inoffensively designed kitchen then going ready-made might be the right option for you. It requires less effort on your part and is usually a less time-consuming pursuit.
On the other hand, if you are hoping to build a kitchen that delivers every feature you want, with a design that fits your style and the style of your home, then you can't beat the personal touch of a bespoke kitchen.