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At IKEA our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.

Luxury Kitchens on a Budget?

A luxury kitchen is something that many of us aspire to in our home, but creating a luxury feel doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. If you’d like to add a sense of comfort, class, and opulence to your kitchen on a smaller budget, check out our top 10 ideas…

1. Get the same effect as marble flooring

Marble flooring is a signature ingredient of luxury kitchens and is expensive to install. There are, however, lots of affordable ceramic tiles that re-create the look of marble. Using these will save you money, while still achieving the sense of luxury that the marble appearance brings.

2. Choose stainless steel sinks

Solid stone sinks like granite work really well in a luxury kitchen but can be very expensive. Choosing a stainless steel inset sink, like the BREDSKÄR sink by IKEA, maintains the clean, classy, and sleek style without breaking the bank.

3. Use granite top overlays

Nothing says luxury quite like a granite work top. If you’re looking for ways to get the granite look and feel for your kitchen work tops on a smaller budget , why not use granite top overlays which simply go on top of your existing surface. They look great, feel great, and are a fraction of the price of solid granite.

4. Stylish taps and fittings

The effect that the smaller details in your kitchen have on the overall sense of style and luxury can’t be overstated. Choosing elegant and stylish taps, fittings, and decorations will give your kitchen a sense of luxury, regardless of how much they may have cost. The TÄRNANsingle lever kitchen tap from IKEA is a great example of a simple, stylish, and elegant tap at an affordable price.

5. Lay laminate wood flooring

Luxury kitchens will often have high quality hardwood flooring that can be expensive to install, and troublesome to maintain. To achieve a similar look, lay laminate wood flooring, like the click-lock TUNDRA from IKEA, that is hardwearing and looks just like real hardwood.

6. Replace cabinet doors

A quick and easy way to change the whole appearance of your kitchen is to replace the doors on your kitchen cabinets. Replacing the doors alone, and leaving the existing cabinets in place, is a great way to save money that can then be spent on achieving a high-end look for your cabinet doors. Choosing simple monochrome doors, like the ABSTRAKT range from IKEA, is an affordable way to bring a modern luxury style to your kitchen.

7. Buy self-assembly cabinets

Stores like IKEA that offer self-assembly cabinets are perfect for keeping your costs down, while still achieving the luxury look. While one-off, bespoke, handmade cabinets offer a wealth of flexibility and control over your cabinet design, the additional labour costs soon add up. In many cases an equally good result can be achieved with cabinets that are designed to be easy to self-assemble.

8. Add high-tech appliances and gadgets

A life of luxury is one in which everything is just a little easier, and the same goes for a luxury kitchen. Add appliances and gadgets that include the latest technology to help take the effort away from everyday kitchen tasks. For example, self-cleaning ovens, such as the IKEA FRAMTID OV10, make cleaning your oven a breeze. Oven cleaning doesn’t get much more luxurious than that, unless someone else does it for you!

9. Upgrade your kitchen in stages

Creating a luxury kitchen in your home can be extremely expensive when done all at once. If you have your heart set on truly luxurious kitchen, why not upgrade your current kitchen in stages to spread the cost out over time.

10. Do as much as you can yourself

When creating a luxury kitchen, a great way to reduce costs is to do as much of the work as you can yourself. From planning and design, through to installation and decoration, conduct plenty of research and if you feel confident enough with any elements, no matter how small, then go for it! It all contributes to bringing down the final cost.
Ikea have 18 UK based stores and with displays showcasing kitchens Manchester and beautiful kitchens in their kitchens Warrington store, Ikea have adequate coverage in the NW, plus the other corners of the UK. Ikea are renowned for the cheap kitchens and flat pack ethos and whilst cost wise, are towards the lower end of the modern kitchens available in the UK cost wise, they do fair better than other flat pack manufacturers.