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5 design tips to save money on your kitchen renovation

Are you planning to renovate your kitchen soon? You might be thinking about a lot of things like where to start and how to save on renovations in general. Always remember that choosing to save money doesn’t mean that you have to get low-priced alternatives that easily break. You’ll realise that sometimes, spending a bit more can help you save a lot in the future as the bulk of expenses often come from kitchen repairs.

Remember that choosing to save money doesn’t mean that you have to get cheap alternatives, there are clever ways to get a great result.

It may seem easy at first but you now have to deal with changing everything about your kitchen - from the flooring to the lights, and even the cupboards. You have to admit that it can be pretty overwhelming but in the end, looking at your new and beautiful kitchen will make all the hard work worth it.

Here are some tips on how you can save money on your next kitchen renovation:

1. Opt for more shelving than cabinets

“But why?” you ask as more shelving means it’s harder to clean and that you’ll be sacrificing some storage space. However, getting new cabinets means more expense because you’ll have to spend a couple thousand rands on several cabinets and cupboards. So yes, you may sacrifice a bit of storage by getting rid of those cabinets, but at least you don’t sacrifice all of your savings for the renovation.

2. Choose affordable wood

One of the most expensive things you’ll need for a kitchen renovation is matching wooden shelves, cabinets and cupboards. You may want to reconsider using more affordable wood types, which can save a lot of money on your bill. Talk to your cabinet and shelf-maker, and discuss wood prices. The most expensive wood you can choose is probably maple, so the best alternative is to go for oak or hickory, which are also good types of wood but won’t make a hole into your savings.

3. Hire a carpenter

While a DIY renovation is always a wonderful idea, you may want to consult with a carpenter on how you would want to go about the renovations. A carpenter would know the details to focus on when renovating your kitchen.

Hiring a carpenter will save you lots of money and time because all the work is professionally done. What’s more, they would know where to source good yet affordable materials.

If you want to do the renovation yourself, learn the basics first and ask the carpenter to supervise at the beginning. When you’re used to the measurements, sanding, and even assembling the shelves properly, then you can say goodbye to the carpenter and go full-on DIY.

4. Buy good brands for your kitchen equipment

You must notice that a chic design catches your attention more than the brand itself at times. The biggest saving you would ever get is to buy a good brand of new kitchen equipment like stoves, toasters and even a refrigerator.

Yes, good brands may cost more money but in the long run, these brands last. You may also consider the value of this brand in case you renovate in a few years and sell everything. Good appliances make for a higher selling price.

5. Skip the interior designer

You don’t need to hire anyone for this as most people do. If you have an idea of the utensils you want to use, then you can go to a nearby supplier and get your kitchen’s accessories yourself. You can also read more on the different must-have items your kitchen may need.

It’s not that hard as people at the store may be able to help you get uniform sets with matching table cloths and serving plates, pots and pans, and other accessories you’d want to have in your new kitchen.

One way to make the accessory hunting even easier is to have an idea board before you renovate your kitchen. You can pin different ideas and ‘looks’ you’d like to copy for your brand new kitchen. You can even consult friends if your proposed colour scheme and ideas would work out. After that, it would be easy to go out and buy the stuff yourself.


Renovating may be hard, especially if you decide to do-it-yourself. But always remember: with these tips provided above, you will have an easier time changing the overall look of your kitchen. Remember that saving money doesn’t always mean not spending, as spending more now can make you spend less in the future.

Also, read up on measurements and on how most people DIY renovate their kitchens before doing this yourself. Create a schedule and make sure you only get the best stuff for your kitchen. By planning all these things out, you will not only save money but also save lots of time.


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