Wickes kitchens. Any useful tips or advice?(39 Posts)
I’m looking at the dark blue shaker style kitchen. The designer is coming on Tuesday and I have an idea of what I need in my kitchen.
Depending on the price they come back with I may go to DIY kitchens in S Yorkshire to see what they can do for me.
Please tell me if you have a Wickes kitchen and if you recommend them.
Never had a Wickes kitchen nor know of anyone with one. DIY have a comparison page here with some useful info on.
I saw that page yesterday. The showroom is quite a distance from me but I think they look like great kitchens. I follow them on Facebook and the customers seem happy with the product.
Ours is Wickes (Glencoe Larch) and it's been in a year and a half or so now and doesn't have an easy life.
We didn't go with their fitting service though.
Delivery - was spot on - we were given a 7-10 am slot and the lorry was parked around the corner at 6.30am (long story but my stepfather was arriving at that time and saw them waiting) ready to pull up at 7am on the dot. Had one damaged panel which they couriered a replacement out to us the next day.
Instructions for assembly of the units made the guy doing ours swear... a lot.
Actual units and worktops have stood up well though (2 kids, one very untidy husband, 2 dogs) and ours are really easy to clean - even being gloss finish. The sparkly bits in our worktop still make me smile on a sunny day. We didn't get the appliances through them though - could get better for less shopping around.
The one bit that's shown some wear is we have the long thin bar handles and the handle on the dishwasher door has bent ever so slightly because of the kids' habit of leaning back to pull the dishwasher open.
I have a Wickes kitchen. We installed it ourselves in 2001 and have been very happy with it.
Thanks. The designer came and we went through the options.
I’ll see what price they come back with but I am planning on taking a trip up north to the DIY kitchens showroom.
We had one - mid range white gloss, I think Atlanta - installed several years ago. We have since sold the property, but I was very pleased with it. Everything arrived on time, nothing missing or damaged, and it looked very nice.
No experience of Wickes but we've just had our diy kitchen delivered (without visiting the showroom). It looks lovely and our fitter was impressed with the quality.
We had one in our old house that was still looking good four years later when we moved. We're getting one through them for this house too. The appliances worked out cheaper to source ourselves (via a mix of AO and Currys).
Just watch out for the little extras the designers slip in (fancy pull out cupboard things etc) as we found them really expensive and removed most from the order. They also tried to order us mire worktop than we actually needed last time, and did it again this time. Both times it was a 'mistake' but we weren't convinced!
How easy was it to order without going to the showroom?
I saw their online pdf that I can download to plan it myself but I felt a bit daunted.
My kitchen isn’t a straightforward shape at all.
I was quite lucky, we have a standard 10 year old box and it's a galley kitchen, so had some flexibility if I was out an inch or two on any of the extras (e.g, corner posts, fillers). I didn't use their planner, I got a pencil ruler and graph paper and had great fun.
I spent several hours at wren who came up with my original design, this was a good start but I've got something much better now.
Maybe go into Wren, see what they suggest, remember what size units they say and start your plan from there.
I have the Tiverton from Wickes. I originally got the design done elsewhere (at an independent which would have been twice the price) then took it to Wickes, got them to make a couple of very small tweaks. They did exactly what I asked for and I love it.
The kitchen at my old flat was MFI and is still looking good after 20 years, this one is better quality and I expect it to last as long. It was fitted nearly 3 years ago and looks brand new. I do take care of them though.
I'd recommend them.
We used Wickes and they were excellent. The designer came out, measured up, created a design, I messed with it multiple times, or rather had her do so, everything was delivered just before the fitters came, the lead fitter redid measurements in advance to be sure, and they ripped out the old one, boosted electrics, installed new kitchen, in a very awkward shaped room, even putting cupboards at the height I wished and adding wood to thr back to make it flush as it’s an old listed house and the walls are uneven. They then organised for all rubbish to be taken away. Honestly I’d recommend, it was hassle free.
Sorrelforbs how did units online compare to diykitchens, did you look price wise? They have a style that I adore, but I fear it will be pricey. It’s close enough for us to visit, unlike diykitchens
Another glencoe larch here, love it and bearing up well, although it's not been in long so can't verify for long term. We had independent fitters and they rated it highly for solid construction and ease of fitting.
The designer we had was a bit crap and I'd have had things in different places if I'd been more knowledgeable in advance (dishwasher is in an awkward corner, which could have been avoided).
Don’t buy it from Wickes!
Not that there is anything wrong with Wickes but if you buy from Benchmarx it will be less than half the price. FOR THE EXACT SAME PRODUCT.
Benchmarx are a trade only supplier but they will sell to the public directly. They supply the kitchens for Wickes.
They also tried to order us mire worktop than we actually needed last time, and did it again this time. Both times it was a 'mistake' but we weren't convinced!
I know why this one happens - the software over-orders worktop lengths to a ridiculous level and is known for doing it. When we finalised the order with the designer she went through and double checked the worktop quantities and removed one run of it and told us it's a bit of an issue with their design system. We still have a bloody huge run of worktop spare but that was inevitable with the shape of our kitchen and worktop lengths.
They were actually more than helpful with us as our local Wickes closed down - so my mum did the outline planning with the designer up near her house and booked an appointment with us there later to finalise it and tweak it and pay. Not the most conventional way of doing things - but we really wanted that kitchen only they seemed to offer.
Plus their hanging rail of awesomeness as part of the design is bloody awesome - full length of the kitchen worktops with spice racks and kitchen towel rails and mug hooks and all sorts on it. Even has a little rack hanging off it for my tea and coffee cannisters!
Our kitchen is a right bastard of a shape incidentally - a C shape coming off the dining room with not many walls to put cabinets along so not easy to plan for as much storage as I needed - but it's working well layoutwise.
@4yearsnosleep They came up a little cheaper than DIY but not by much. We're down south so it was a much more convenient option for us when it came to visiting a showroom. They did our plan too and have been really helpful.
I have ordered from units online too. It's due next Thursday and I am more excited than I should be! The process so far has been excellent. We paid the £100 for design help and certainly got a better quality of input than I got from Howden or wickes. Also visited the showroom and got extra advice and time there too, very impressed. Compared to DIYK they were a bit more expensive however I wanted a true handleless and I couldn't get that from DIYK
Sorrel. Love your kitchen.
I’m planning on getting a dark blue kitchen with white worktops.
I've just had a diy kitchens fitted after getting costings from howdens and wickes.
Diy kitchens were considerably cheaper and had a better range of units. I'd thoroughly recommend them and would use again.
ihatethecold We're going for white work tops too. In fact the template came today and we're hoping it'll be fitted next week.
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