Why You Shouldn’t Buy a New Kitchen
You should know us by now that we do love a bargain and always do things the frugal way. So no, I’m not advocating that you do without a kitchen! Nor am I saying that you should just get by with an old, ugly, dated or even dangerous one. But you’ve got choices when you want to be frugal and spend your money on other things like a wedding, saving up for a deposit, or even if you just want to make sure you are staying within your budget.
Whether you’re a big family or you live alone, the kitchen is a huge part of your home. It’s not just where you cook and eat – it’s where you socialise and catch up on the day’s events. If you’ve outgrown your kitchen or you just want to change up your style, you might be tempted to head down to the nearest showroom to buy a brand new one. However, this isn’t very frugal, and quite often, you don’t need a brand new, showroom shiny kitchen.
Upcycle What You Have!
This is by far the most frugal option and you can really make a difference by improving what you already have. To transform your kitchen, start with the units. You can paint them a new colour – just make sure that you prep the surface before painting so that you can get a lasting finish. You can also swap the existing cupboard handles for something more contemporary. If you have a little bit more budget, play around with the lighting and flooring as this can make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your kitchen. The best thing about upcycling your kitchen is that you can do it in stages without needing to spend one bulk cash payment so you can budget for it accordingly. By the way, checking out that site left me salivating and so excited about all the options I have!
Buy Used/Ex-Display Instead
If you’ve got your heart set on a new kitchen, you might want to consider purchasing a used or ex-display kitchen. This saves a kitchen in good condition from being sent to landfill, which is better for the environment and for our pockets. To find the best quality used kitchens, you need to go to a recommended re-seller such as Used Kitchen Exchange. The company assesses kitchens for their quality and lists them on their website where you can arrange to view them or make an offer. You will be able to see full measurements – it’s recommended to buy a kitchen which is slightly too big for your space, in order to re-configure it to the best layout for the room. Don’t let things like colours, worktops and handles put you off a kitchen – these can easily be changed with a bit of DIY know-how. If you’d rather have a designer kitchen and you have more money to spend, Used Kitchen Exchange also works with showrooms to sell their ex-display kitchens. These kitchens are sold at clearance prices to make way for new stock, so you can grab a real bargain.
Sell Your Current Kitchen
I bet you didn’t even know that this was even a thing! Yes, it is, and you could be saving the environment.
Saving the environment is something that we should all be concerned about, so if you have a high-quality kitchen and you’re moving house, or you have bought a new one, you should sell your current kitchen. This will stop it from being sent to landfill which can be harmful to the planet.
Used Kitchen Exchange offers a specialised sales service where you can get your kitchen valued for free. Should you decide to proceed with the sale, they’ll come to your home and take professional photos before listing the kitchen on their website. The company operates on a no sale; no fee basis and your kitchen will be professionally removed before making its way to the new owner. Selling your kitchen is by far the most ethical and eco-friendly way to enjoy your new kitchen guilt-free.
If you have a kitchen to sell, you can fill in a valuation form on the Used Kitchen Exchange website. You never know, the money you get could be put towards your next holiday or kitchen!
Whether you opt for working with what you have or buying a used kitchen, you will be choosing a more frugal option than buying straight from a showroom catalogue.
Are you in the market for a new look to your kitchen space? What do you think of the options I’ve proposed? Give us a shout in the comment box below.