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Buying your New Kitchen with Confidence

10 January 2024

Here at AK Fitted Interiors, we feel that choosing the right kitchen design company is a crucial step in ensuring your dream kitchen becomes a reality. The selection process involves careful consideration of various factors to guarantee not only a visually appealing kitchen, but also a functional and expertly planned space that suits your lifestyle.

 


We have compiled our key tips to guide consumers through the process:

Research and Reputation:
Look for reviews and testimonials on their website (click here for ours) and via search engines. There’s a tip to ensure these are genuine later in the article! A company’s reputation is a strong indicator of its reliability and the quality of its work. Recommendations from friends, family or colleagues are a great starting point as you will be aware of the expectations these people have. Check out AK Fitted Interiors Google reviews, they are useful for potential customers when they're honest and objective. In addition, check that the company and the manufacturers they use are in good financial health through a quick search online.

Showrooms & Gallery of Work:
It’s essential to get a firsthand look at a company’s craftsmanship and the quality of materials they use. Showroom spaces should be aspirational and reflect a variety of styles. Additionally, you may wish to ask to speak with previous clients who can vouch for their work. Furthermore, they should have a diverse project portfolio: an excellent kitchen design studio, especially one with great reviews, will regularly share photos of their installations on their website and through social media channels. See some of our recent projects here. 

Experience and Expertise:
Choose a company with substantial experience in the industry. They will be more likely to handle unexpected challenges effectively and provide innovative solutions. Will just one person be designing your space or is there a team creating the visualisation? Excellent product knowledge should be evident when discussing your project and a strong design team will receive regular training.

Communication and Collaboration:
Effective communication is paramount in any successful design project. From the initial showroom visit, you should be impressed by factors such as open dialogue and listening to your ideas. If you are having to chase a reply to emails and telephone calls after your first meeting, the chances are that any queries during and after the installation will be even harder to flag. At AK Fitted Interiors, we provide a complete service starting with a free, no obligation home visit with a dedicated post installation point of contact. Click here for your free design visit.


Budget Transparency & Guarantees:
Clearly define your budget and choose a design company that is transparent about costs. A reputable company will provide detailed quotes, outlining every item included within the project. Avoid any surprises by discussing your budget constraints upfront and ensuring that the design company can work within those parameters. Ask about guarantees on furniture and appliances: these normally range from 5 to 15 years on furniture and appliances. There should also be a written guarantee regarding installation. If not, you should be asking why not!

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AK Fitted Interiors has been designing beautiful interiors since 1982. Visit your local showroom to view a wealth of inspiration for your next kitchen, bedroom or home living project.

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