Anyone know how howdens trade prices are vs ikea? More or less? Our builder had said he will get us a howdens kitchen for trade price and just charge us for fitting....which is great unless howdens prices are ££££. Anyone know? Thanks
We found Ikea just slightly cheaper than Howdens, but the range of interior fittings etc made us plump for Ikea. I also read somewhere that Howdens wall units are not as deep as Ikea and don't fit dinner plates in them! So worth checking dimensions out too. We're on our second Ikea kitchen (different properties) and we're about to move and will go with Ikea again.
I fitted most of my last one and just got a chap in to do the worksurfaces and tweak the doors straight. And a gasman to do the hob. Planning on doing the same this time, it takes a while and a fair bit of tweaking but fitting prices are basically daylight robbery.
We've recently moved into a flat with a new Howdens kitchen and LiveInABox is right, the dinner plates don't fit in the wall cupboards .
Our last place had an IKEA kitchen which we fitted ourselves and in terms of quality I prefer the IKEA fittings. I'd do it again, but I'd do what MummyToMog did and get someone to do the worktop.
Obviously don't know about the price of Howdens, but it seems to me that this idea of only selling to trade and the price being vastly inflated so that fitters can offer huge "discounts" is a bit suspect.
Howdens trade discount, iirc from 4 years ago, was about 80%. So if you have a good builder who will let you just pay that price as I did (dh & fil fitted it for me) then it's worth it. Had IKEA kitchen in a previous home which we had to do lots of very clever cutting up to make fit as they don't factor in British homes having need for space behind to house pipe runs, etc...