How to update your kitchen on a budget

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  • Redesign your kitchen without breaking the bank - simply follow our top tips and save money

    Do as much of the fitting yourself

    The simplest way to save money on your new kitchen is to do as much of the fitting yourself as possible.

    Cabinets: Fitting them yourself can save you hundreds of pounds in installation costs. Take a look at this guide to installing cabinets for advice, and use Ikea’s fantastic kitchen planner for help with the layout.

    Worktops: You can install tile, laminate and wooden worktops yourself, but you’ll need a specialist fitter for granite, marble, stone and glass. Find out how to buy a kitchen worktop.

    Flooring: This is one way to really save money. Vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles, wooden and laminate kitchen flooring are all relatively straightforward to lay.

    Plumbing: If you’re a confident DIYer, you should be able to fit your sink and taps, especially if you haven’t needed to move any pipework from your old scheme. If the plumbing needs to be moved however, it’s best to get the professionals in.

    Paint and Wallpaper: This is the simplest of tasks, and an easy way to save a couple of days’ labour costs. See our video on how to hang wallpaper.

    Splashback: If you’re using tiles for your kitchen splashback, this is another way you can save money by doing the work yourself.

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