So you have decided to do up your home. It maybe you are planning to shift into that swanky new apartment you just got possession of. The first thing that comes to your mind is the kitchen area. After all, what is a home without a modular kitchen?
You have researched for hours online, trying to find the best local businesses that can help you build your dream kitchen.
BUT, are you aware of the various technical planning and wizardry that go into transforming your plans written down on paper, to reality, while constructing your modular kitchen?
Here are the most common blunders that people make while designing their dream kitchen and how you can avoid them.
Choosing Low Quality Base Material Unknowingly
Your kitchen is the most used and abused space of your home. Naturally, it should be suitable for rough use right?
What would happen if unknowingly you choose prelaminated particle board (PLPB) or even medium density fibre (MDF) board for manufacturing your kitchen cabinets?
Any of these two choices would seriously impact the durability of your kitchen very negatively, since they tend to swell up, when water comes into contact with them as time passes.
You want to make sure that you opt for boiling water resistant plywood so that your kitchen stands the test of time. After all, it is a big investment!
Opting for a local Carpenter made Kitchen
If you get your kitchen set up by a local carpenter, a very likely outcome of the whole tiring exercise could be any of the following:
- Your kitchen finishing could be very unsatisfactory and not to your liking. After all, you will be shelling out a tidy sum and no one wants to compromise on finishing.
- Your kitchen might take ages to set up since a carpenter would do everything by hand.
- Professionalism naturally cannot be expected here from your local carpenter as there are no fixed rules or contracts. Hence, you will definitely shell out more than what was discussed.
You might want to read this article for reasons to not opt for an ordinary carpenter made kitchen.
It is always prudent to hire the services of a reputed vendor to design the kitchen of your dreams.
Using Low Quality Hardware and Fittings
Your modular kitchen comprises of various hardware components and fittings that are assembled together to make the entire system work for you.
Avoid low quality or supposedly cheap alternatives to good brands at all costs, no matter what the shop owner or your kitchen design vendor says.
For example, they might try to offer you a local make multipurpose kitchen basket made of low quality steel alloy instead of industry standard 304 grade stainless steel.
This is usually because they might be earning a greater commission on the local make basket.
You can get tempted to opt for this ordinary alloy basket, especially since it looks so similar and comes at a lower cost as compared to the good quality one.
What you won’t get to know while purchasing is how quickly it can catch rust and how quickly it will have to be replaced. Never make such a costly mistake.
Research well before shelling out hard earned cash! If you need any help, shoot me an email using the contact us page and I’ll be glad to help you out.
Getting carried away by the glittery showrooms and aggressive sales pitch
A very common mistake that we all tend to do while deciding on a vendor, is to get carried away by the glitz and glamour of their showroom and display gallery.
All that glitters is not gold. You might recall this age old saying but won’t believe how pertinent it is to the modular furniture industry.
You should not get carried away by all this.
After all, You will be spending a tidy sum and are very much entitled to know whether the company owning that shiny display gallery, full of those super glossy, as-seen-in-magazines type kitchens, is actually manufacturing them or outsourcing their work to a local contractual vendor.
Make sure to get answers to the following questions from them:
- Do you manufacture your own products?
- Can I see your factory setup?
- Which brand of plywood do you use and what are it’s characteristics?
- What is the make of the hardware components such as telescopic channels and auto hinges? Are they stainless steel?
- What grade of stainless steel do you use?? Is it 304 grade?
- What do you include in your warranty policy?
- Will you let me opt for my preferred brand of chimney?
- Can you design my kitchen without breaking my exisiting slab and verticals?
- Can you design my kitchen according to the accesories I already use?
These are a few important questions that you should ask your modular kitchen vendor.
I shall work on a free e-book which can act as a buying guide for modular kitchens for GoodyBlogger readers. More on this in a later post.
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