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Kitchen refurbishments on a Budget?
The average cost of a new kitchen is less than you might think, but it can still be expensive for many people. It can take years to save up enough to cover the costs of your dream kitchen, but there’s an alternative route that’s both faster and cheaper than a total refit. If your existing cabinets are fine but the frontages look a little tired, why not just replace the kitchen doors instead?
The most cost-effective solution for a kitchen makeover is to replace the cupboard doors and drawer fronts while retaining the fitted units, reinventing the room for a fraction of the price.
Replacement kitchen doors are far more affordable than whole units, and installing them is easy and quick compared to a full kitchen renovation. Giving your kitchen a trendy new look can even increase the value of your home, which is a win-win if you intend to sell the property in the future.
Interested in swapping your kitchen cupboard doors? This guide goes through everything you need to know about replacing kitchen cabinet doors, including the why, when, and how. Keep reading to find out more about replacement doors with design and installation tips from William Cope.
Why would I need replacement kitchen doors?
Kitchens go through a lot, so visible signs of wear and ageing are bound to develop in the parts you use most often. Countertops and cupboard doors regularly come into contact with everything from oily fingertips to pigmented foods, and young children can have a habit of swinging on the doors in family homes. Whatever your kitchen goes through day-to-day, the following may appear:
Even when you use your kitchen responsibly and stay on top of cleaning, it’s practically inevitable that scrapes and splotches will build up over time. Exposure to sunlight can also cause colours to fade, making your finishes look patchy. It’s easy to ignore these issues as long as your kitchen is still functional, but there comes a point when a worn appearance really brings down the room.
Whether through want or necessity, due to badly ageing décor or poor condition, replacing cabinet doors is more viable for many than investing in an entire new kitchen suite. If your doors are the main feature letting your kitchen down, they’re the first thing you should update to give the space a new lease of life. This also gives you a great opportunity to explore design trends and preferences.
When should you replace your kitchen doors?
Like most furniture or appliances, kitchen cabinets have a limited lifespan, meaning they’ll only last a certain amount of time before you’ll need to replace them. This could be 5 years, 10 years, or even several decades, depending on the construction materials and how rigorously you use it.
When you see the room every day, it’s easy to become used to it, no longer noticing how shabby your cabinets look. It might take a passing comment from a family member, friend, or other visitor to see your kitchen through an outsider’s eyes and realise that it desperately needs an upgrade.
At William Cope, we want everyone to take pride in their kitchen and achieve the look and level of finish that they really want. This is why we recommend updating a run-down kitchen with replacement doors, which is a relatively fuss-free and quick way to give your cupboards a facelift.
It’s fine to endure minor cosmetic damage for months or even years, but if super-scruffy doors are making your kitchen a dingy and unpleasant place to be, then it’s definitely time to do something about it. With replacement doors, you won’t have to wait long to get the kitchen you deserve.
You’ll only need to save up for longer and invest in new kitchen units if the carcasses themselves are damaged or old and incompatible with the doors you want. Since hardwearing kitchen cabinets can last for a decade or more with proper care, replacing cabinet doors allows you to refresh shoddy frontages more frequently and at less expense. So, is it time for you to take the initiative?
5 benefits of buying replacement kitchen doors
Want to know one of the best-kept secrets about reinventing your kitchen? Spending money you don’t have to spare isn’t the only way to do it, but most people aren’t aware of the affordable alternative – replacement kitchen doors. Here are five major benefits of replacement doors:
1) Spending less money
As we know, buying kitchen units complete with doors and drawer fronts costs a lot more than just buying the doors separately. In times of economic strain, consumers are likely to gravitate towards cheaper options. Carcasses will last a lot longer than moving parts like doors and hinges, so why fix what isn’t broken? Changing the doors achieves the desired effect without breaking the bank.
2) Saving time and effort
Not only can replacement kitchen doors save you money, but they’re also less time-consuming to order and install, so you can enjoy your new kitchen sooner. Production and delivery will be faster than it would for entire units, and removing the old doors and attaching the new ones takes less time and doesn’t leave as much mess. It’s easy to DIY, too, instead of paying a professional fitter.
3) Providing a stylish new look
When the cupboard doors are closed, you’re unlikely to even notice the colour of the units behind them. It’s the style and finish of the outward-facing doors that leaves the biggest impression. By switching to a trendier type of door, you can create the illusion of a total kitchen transformation – without shelling out for new units. This is the number one hassle-free way to spruce up a kitchen.
4) Adding modern mechanisms & storage solutions
Replacing doors doesn’t involve any radical layout changes, but it does give you a chance to take your cabinets to the next level. At William Cope, all of our replacement doors come with soft-closing hinges from the German manufacturer Hettich, making it safe, smooth, and quiet to open and close them. You can also add kitchen accessories like built-in storage and new handles.
5) Getting more out of your units
Even the most well-made kitchen units will need replacing eventually, but they’ll hold up for many years beyond the doors. Due to all the pulling and pushing, swinging and slamming, and the light, temperature, and moisture changes that come with their location, exposed doors will deteriorate at
a faster rate. When you replace them, you’re making your kitchen last for longer by maintaining the still-functional framework. You can replace the doors several times throughout the unit’s lifespan.
How to choose replacement kitchen doors
If you’re considering new kitchen cabinet doors, you might not know where to start, especially if it’s been a while since you last browsed through kitchen designs. Luckily, William Cope has years of industry experience in supplying a vast range of high-quality kitchen units and doors. Here are some tips on shopping for replacement kitchen doors and choosing the best design.
Where to find replacement cabinet doors?
The first step is searching online for kitchen ideas to narrow down what you’re looking for. Our kitchen installation gallery has plenty of inspiration for both classic and colourful cupboard doors. You can also browse our replacement door collections directly on our site to see product images.
However, viewing in person is often preferable, as the photography in online kitchen brochures can’t always capture how a colour and finish looks in real life. If you’re within travelling distance of Ripon in Yorkshire, then we’d recommend visiting the William Cope showroom to check out our options with your own eyes. You’ll also have the opportunity to speak directly with our staff.
Even if you can’t make a trip to our showroom, you can still order kitchen door samples online. We’ll send you a small sample of the chosen door style so you can see how it looks in your kitchen. If you order a set of doors in that style, we’ll even deduct the cost of the samples from your order!