Most people only buy a new kitchen once every 10 years or so and while the process might seem daunting at first, once you’re aware of the difference between an off-the-shelf mass produced design and a kitchen that’s hand-crafted to order, it soon becomes an easier decision to make. So, how do you ensure that you’re buying the best quality kitchen for your budget?
Mass-Production vs Bespoke
Firstly, it’s important not to confuse mass-produced, off the shelf units with quality bespoke kitchen cabinetry, as these will be created in bulk in large factories and will often come flat-packed for assembly at home. A kitchen that’s constructed using traditional methods, featuring high quality hinges and drawer runners as standard, and fitted by experts will not only look better, it will last longer, too. But it’s not just about confidence in the quality of your kitchen cabinets, it’s also about having a kitchen that’s bespoke, one that’s made to measure to your exact specifications. Mass produced kitchens are built to standard heights and depths and therefore don’t allow you to create a design that fits your space perfectly. Many of the off-the-shelf designs come in restricted colour options, too, so if you’re looking for a hand painted design in a particular shade, then a bespoke kitchen is the one for you. Harvey Jones cabinets are fitted primed and ready to be painted by specialist furniture painters in any colour of your choice.
A kitchen that has been designed and built to your exact specifications will ensure it’s a much better fit for your space and your needs. A made-to-measure design can be created around your requirements. This means that if you’re taller or shorter than average, your worktop and unit heights can be adjusted accordingly and with ease. Smaller spaces might also require reduced depth cabinets, taller units or non-standard shapes to maximize its potential. Smaller rooms, unusual architecture, uneven walls in period properties and awkwardly shaped spaces can all benefit from what a bespoke kitchen design has to offer and could help you to save money in the long run by helping you to create a design that’s fit for purpose and built to last.
A made to measure kitchen design will also optimize your space. Making the most of your room doesn’t always mean filling it to the max with furniture. Your ideal design might actually include open shelving and fewer cabinets that have interiors configured specifically to meet the needs of your family and way of life. This could include clever bespoke storage options such as handmade spice racks, dovetailed oak removable cutlery trays, slot-in chopping boards, crafted utensil drawers, specialist refuse solutions and individually configured larders that will help you to store everything neatly and efficiently and at the same time ensure your kitchen is a pleasure to be in and use.
But a bespoke design isn’t just about the cabinetry construction. An experienced kitchen designer, one who really takes time to listen and understand your needs will make a huge difference when it comes to making your kitchen dream a reality. Harvey Jones designers will listen carefully to what you want, helping you to build a picture that includes your specific needs and wants for your new handmade kitchen. They’re not just there to help you to find the style of kitchen you want, though. A good designer is integral to a successful kitchen project, helping to take you through all the options available, from cabinetry – be it Shaker, modern flat-fronted, or a more traditional design with beading – appliances and surface choices, as well as looking at other things you may not have given much thought to, such as lighting, colour options for hand painted cabinetry and plumbing and electric issues. Once you have consulted with your designer, they will produce a personalised CAD drawing for you to illustrate how everything will look. Once that design is agreed, then and only then do the makers at our workshops in Cambridgeshire and Worcestershire start building your cabinetry to your exact specifications.
Each Harvey Jones kitchen has a 10-year guarantee and is hand-built using traditional joinery meaning no two are the same and are constructed with premium quality materials. Doors are set into solid hardwood and feature durable and attractive butt hinges that ensure they won’t drop. Finally, for complete peace of mind, Harvey Jones is also a member of The Furniture Ombudsman, so you can rest safe in the knowledge that our kitchens more than stand up to their rigorous standards.
If you’re ready to start designing your new kitchen space then call 0800 389 6938 to speak with a designer at a Harvey Jones showroom near you.