If your budget is tight – or you just want to be economical – you can make easy savings in your new kitchen without compromising style, or having to purchase the cheapest units on the market. The best way to save money on your new kitchen is to spend time planning so you don’t fight the structure of the existing room and choose carefully so you have what you really need in the kitchen, and don’t spend money on things you won’t be using. A new kitchen will be expensive, but if you do it right, it will be a pleasure every day and will last you for a long time. Avoid fads and trends – trying to keep up with the latest designer looks, hardware, and tools can get pricey. Find timeless elegance and the colors you love instead of following fashion. The kitchen below has timeless charm that still reflects the personality of the owner, and the lighting options, seating and flooring make it very contemporary – but these elements can be easily and economically changed later if desired. And ElleDecor.com choose a style to suit your property: as a general rule, a cottage fits a cottage style kitchen and a modern home a modern kitchen. This isn’t a hard and fast rule – you can really play in mixing the ages, if you’re a confident designer, choose neutral and natural materials if you want a kitchen that will stand the test of time, both in terms of wear and tear. Style (like the kitchen below). You can add touches of color and design with paint, wallpaper, window coverings, and accessories – all relatively inexpensive to replace later. Neutral Kitchen Units with a Timeless Design – Image from ikea.com Find out what other people like and hate about their kitchen – and use their expertise to avoid pitfalls and spend money on really important pieces. For example, if you wash a lot, you will need a large sink, drain, and possibly a double. If you put everything in the dishwasher, the sink will be less important, and this is about how you use your kitchen and work properly. If you love baking, you need spacious surfaces for kneading bread, cold cakes and pastry rolls. If you also enjoy or eat large family meals, you will need a double oven, two separate ovens, or a wide cooker to have enough space for cooking and / or baking at any time. If you hate cooking and generally rely on ready meals, then a mid-range oven, microwave, and dishwasher will make your life easier. Look at the basic design of your room and decide if you can manage the floor plan roughly the same. If you do not have to change the electricity for the stove, sockets, lighting or plumbing for water, gas and sinks, then this will save a lot of money. However, if having the sink in its current location is going to make you go crazy every time for filling a bowl with water or washing vegetables, plan to move it and consider the money spent well. Budget to get the units you really want and plan to upgrade your appliances over time. Just make sure if you do it this way that you allow enough space for the devices you want in the future, not just what you have at the moment. Several kitchen companies will provide you with free design and planning service. You want a kitchen design consultant to visit your home, measure the space and someone who takes the time to figure out what you really want so they can work with you to design your dream kitchen. If you are designing the kitchen yourself, be sure to. Accurately measure everything from the room itself to the units and appliances you want to combine – most rooms aren’t square and you need to make sure you allow enough space to have everything. If you order the wrong amount of units or the wrong sizes, arranging replacements can be costly and time consuming. Most kitchen manufacturers will not return items that have been opened especially if they have been assembled. They also have very long order times in some stores so if you use kitchen fitters, they will need to come back for a finish which will likely add costs. On this note, it is a good idea to order everything you need for your new kitchen in ample time so that everything is at hand so that the kitchen experimenter fits in the correct order so that it is done in the most time-efficient manner. Time is money after all, when everything arrives check that all components are in place – as this may also slow down your fitting if essential parts are missing. Find functionality and hardware quality rather than what it looks like, and check it out. Find out if other sellers have offers on your chosen devices as this can really save you money. Really need the latest blue, burnt orange or white fridge for half the price? Of course, the burnt orange may be really beneficial to you when making your own morning tea in which case it might be worth the extra money for you. Consider purchasing stand-alone devices rather than built-in appliances – these are usually the cheapest. Deals on – Some will make deals where the hardware is free. Last season’s unit designs might be sold cheaper but they will still be of the same quality, and you may find a design that fits you just like any new designs. Be prepared to bargain – if you have the budget and can’t shop. They match perfectly, or you have found a similar design elsewhere at a lower price, you can always ask if they can take something out of the price, throw out fixtures, appliances, flooring etc. to bring down the price. If you have a small kitchen or similar idea of an eclectic mix of units, you can save money by purchasing a former showroom kitchen. Do this only when the original kitchen is of good quality, because inexpensive kitchens will not withstand dismantling and rebuilding. With good DIY skills you can fit your own kitchen and this will save you a huge amount. Even if you have the basic skills and can build corpses, this may mean that the right person for you will cost you less – it’s definitely worth checking in with them. Bear in mind though a good kitchen experimenter will do the job much faster than you and will be adept at small pieces like making miter joints for countertops, so we definitely recommend that if you are not confident it’s worth getting it done professionally. Living without a kitchen is annoying, and the least amount of time outside of work is the best. There are lots of helpful kitchen tutorials in our Projects section, if you want help with DIY work, or you can use the Find a Dealer section. To find a kitchen fitter in your area.