Instead of buying a whole kitchen, just add new replacement doors. Here's a stylish selection – who knew they could look this good?
In need of replacement kitchen doors?
If the basic structure of your kitchen is in good condition, you can change the look of the room by simply replacing the cabinet doors and handles. You could even try a mix-and-match look by replacing just the wall or base cupboard doors of your existing kitchen. Take a look at these fabulous replacement kitchen doors for inspiration.
No Pattern doors in Bottle Green, from £82 for a 600 x 700mm door, Superfront, have given an old Ikea Faktum unit a fabulous facelift
PUT ON A FRONT
There’s no need to rip out a perfectly good kitchen just because the doors are dated or you want a new colour or finish. If you’re happy with your existing layout and your carcases are in good order, replacement doors not only make an easy and affordable option, they can also be a creative one, too. In the past, this would have been considered the budget approach but, with a definite move towards adding individuality to a room, changing doors is a great way to refresh a kitchen – even if it’s only a matter of replacing some of them. It’s also a greener, less wasteful option, and it is satisfyingly simple – it’s just a matter of unscrewing the old door and putting on the new one.
These White Ash doors on Savedel kitchen, from £12 for a 600 x 400mm door, all Ikea, are fresh and modern
Instantly upgrade your kitchen
For a speedy and cost-effective revamp, you can buy new doors from DIY and furniture stores, such as B&Q and Ikea. Price are competitive and there’s plenty of choice, but they will be in the store’s chosen standard sizes and limited colour combinations. Another option is to take a look at the increasing number of companies offering made-to-measure doors. The typical cost of a set of replacement doors is about £250, which of course that will vary according to the size of your kitchen. But remember that’s for a set of doors of the same quality and finish as a £10,000 to £15,000 kitchen. You can choose from a wide selection of traditional and contemporary looks: there are plenty of Shaker-style offerings, as well as simple slab doors and handleless designs. Hi-gloss and matt finishes, wood grain and plain colours allow you mix and match as you like.
If the thought of replacing the doors yourself is too daunting, you can find a local carpenter who is willing to do everything for you. Carpenters will also fit bespoke doors to off-the-shelf carcasses if you want a custom-made look. This is worth considering if you want a new layout. As a bespoke service, prices are likely to be considerably higher than an off-the-peg set of doors.
The timeless Cook & Lewis framed Carisbrooke Taupe kitchen, from £65 for a 720 x 500mm door, B&Q
Go bespokeFor something out of the ordinary, look out for companies that offer cabinets fronts with an individual design-based approach. Swedish door manufacturers, Superfront, has a range of good-quality, modern and imaginative designs, including handles and legs, that fit Ikea’s Faktum and Metod kitchen cabinets, enabling you to personalise your scheme. With prices from about £100 for a 600 x 700mm door, you can use them for a whole kitchen revamp, to pick out a bank of units or match them to a sideboard in the dining area. It’s a great way to achieve a bespoke look with an affordable price tag.
Singleton Olive doors and drawers fronts, from £24.95 for a 715 x 496mm door, Kitchen Door Workshop, lend a traditional touch
Check your carcasses
Before you buy new kitchen cabinet doors, it is worth checking that the bones of your existing cabinet carcases are in good condition. ‘A good-quality kitchen, even if it’s five to 10 years old, is likely to have plenty of life still in its units they are generally fixed to the wall and have no moving parts,’ says Robert Clark, MD of Kitchen Door Workshop. ‘It’s the doors that get the wear and tear, as they are constantly being opened, are subject to damage caused by sunlight, cleaning, and general use.’ He says that the carcases most likely, if any, to be damaged are those under the sink because of water leakage, or sometimes the end of a run of cabinets which take most of the knocks.
Combine Erin painted-oak doors in Gooseberry and Natural Oak for a classic update. From £170 for a 600 x 715 door, Burbidge
- Measure the doors, not the units – most doors are narrower and shorter than the carcass to allow for clearance. Measure the back of the doors as the front may have a profile or a rounded edge, making it difficult to get an accurate measurement.
- Note whether your doors are right- or left-handed opening, and measure the hinge-hole positions on every door. Many door suppliers offer detailed online instructions and videos.
- If you want to match an existing door, order a colour swatch (some companies offer them for free) or sample door.
- For a quick fix, paint your existing cupboard doors yourself, preferably with a hard-wearing, wipeable paint, such as Dulux Cupboard Paint, which is 10 times tougher than conventional satin, £2.99 for 600ml.
- Fitting new handles and knobs can also add instant imact.
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