As one of the most important, versatile, and useful rooms in the home, it’s no surprise that we can get frustrated if we have an old kitchen in dire need of an update. It’s also one of the most important rooms to upgrade if you’re looking to increase the value of the home. But a lot of people are held back by what they expect the costs to be when it comes to such a project. However, not all kitchen upgrades are prohibitively expensive. Here are a few that can still make a real difference.
Free some space
When it comes to the traditionally expensive changes that are made to the kitchen, a lot of them are done with the intention of making it a lot more spacious. This can often include rearranging the worktops, adding a kitchen island, or even extending the kitchen some into the exterior. While cheaper storage upgrades as shown by sites like Living Etc can’t exactly add the same amount of space as those investments, they can still make the kitchen feel like it’s making much better use of the space that’s available. So long as it frees up usable space on the counters and makes the room feel a little less cluttered and claustrophobic, then it should be considered an investment worth making, indeed.
Stay surface deep
Some of the most expensive upgrades for the kitchen are going to involve switching up some of the surfaces, like fitting a brand new countertop. However, there are some more affordable surface-level changes that you can make, as well. Adding vinyl flooring from stores like Flooring365, for instance, can help you change not just the aesthetic, but fit in a more durable and versatile flooring better suited for the room. Similarly, you can look at updating the backsplash of your worktop surfaces with new tiles or cladding. It takes a little more money, still, to update the cabinetry, but that can be one of the most cost-effective ways to change the entire look of the kitchen at its core, too.
Be smarter about your appliances
The kitchen is more than the design of the room itself, of course. It’s also about what you can do in it, and your appliances can have a very big say in that matter. Some of the bigger appliances, like the fridge or the cooker, will even contribute considerably to the aesthetic of the kitchen, so it can be a visual upgrade as well as a practical one. However, there are ways to buy kitchen appliances for cheaper if you’re cautious about the cost of something like a new fridge. For instance, you can offer to buy the floor display model in your local electronics store. Since these units have been opened and sitting out for some time, most stores can’t charge full price for them.
If you want to make serious improvements to your kitchen, you do need to make something of an investment. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep it to budget. Keep the tips above in mind.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.