Sick and tired of your boring old kitchen?
The idea of a new kitchen may just have you sitting in your seat. But what about the cost? Most of us simply cannot justify the costs that come with remodeling. The average cost of a kitchen remodel is around $22,000. If that figure makes you feel a little dizzy, you’re not alone.
Luckily, there are several budget-friendly ways you can design a kitchen you love, without breaking the bank. Cut the cost of remodeling, with our list of 5 top tips for kitchen design on a budget. They can save you thousands.
1. Save on a new device
Maybe you just can’t wait to see the back of your old fridge freezer or dated oven. Maybe you have been lusting after the latest technology from big name domestic brands. But with the latest technology and modern design comes added costs.
If you’re willing to be a little savvy, however, you can make big savings on a new device. Enough to buy that new dishwasher you’ve had your eye on. You can find outstanding offers on either graded former display device online. These appliances receive rigorous testing to ensure they are up to scratch. They may come with a few scratches or small dents (which can be easily fixed), but the resulting discount can be hundreds less than the price.
2. Get savings
Take a look beyond the shelves of large retailers or expensive boutiques. You’ll be amazed what you can find in the humble thrift store. A vintage hutch for storing crockery, or an old dresser that can be made into a kitchen island. Sure, they may need a lick of paint or a coat of varnish. But the amount you can save is certainly a reason to give it a second look. People have done amazing things with items they discovered in the back of Goodwill. Who knows? You might find a treasure or two.
3. Guess the cost of materials
Get the look of high-end materials, without the cost. There are many inexpensive alternatives to those expensive materials designers like to display in their kitchens. Love those elegant marble countertops? You can find engineered stone or laminate that looks the part, without the price tag. There are also tutorials online using contact paper to create a sleek marble finish. Or how about a natural stone floor? Embossed luxury vinyl tiles look convincing, are more comfortable underfoot and much easier to keep clean.
4. Spend wisely on features
It can be tempting to try to go high-end for all aspects of your new kitchen. But sometimes this can mean that the effect is lost in the middle of it all. Go for impact rather than overwhelming. Instead of blowing cash on all the expensive features, pick a few focal points and invest in them. When you step into the kitchen, your eye will be drawn to those striking accents, rather than getting lost in all the clutter.
5. Give the cabinets a facelift
Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean knocking everything out and starting from scratch. Odds are you already have a good structure that you can build upon to create the kitchen you’re after.
The most expensive element of a kitchen remodeling by far is new custom cabinets. These can cost you thousands and take you over budget. You can still achieve an incredible transformation by updating or mirroring your existing cabinets. Adding new hinges, paint, handles, even doors can turn drab into beautiful. And potentially save thousands.
If you’re desperate for a new kitchen, but can’t afford to blow your life savings, try these tips. See how much you can save!