New Kitchens Section
"Kitchens Direct" concept brings quite a confusion in the current market. In the past, the term indicated that prices of kitchens presented to distributors were directly offered to the customers. In other words, the distributors were by-passed. This meant that the kitchen furniture was pre-designed, pre-assembled and ready to be installed. A lot of home owners chose this option because the price for those new kitchens was very affordable. What's more, the "kitchens direct" products were still above the supermarket standards. But how is the concept of kitchens direct today?
The Current Times of 'Kitchens Direct' Term
Today, it is difficult to find any company which truly provides distributors' prices directly to the customers.
In most cases kitchen manufacturers act as distributors and this way they claim to slash the prices.
However, very few businesses offer pre-assembled kitchens.
If they do then they have a hard time to compete with hardware stores which also offer pre-assembled kitchen furniture and the related products.
For example, Bunnings can sell kitchen cabinets and cupboards in DIY kits or assemble them for you. Some of these products can furnish kitchens for as little as $2000. Kitchen manufacturers and kitchen showrooms have difficult time to compete with these supermarket style businesses. The reason is the high price for custom-made kitchens when compared with the pre-assembled products.
Kitchens Direct Businesses
Today, kitchens direct businesses are not exactly what the name suggests.
In most cases these are manufacturers who provide services of design, manufacture and assembly of new kitchens.
Thus, the term - kitchens direct - no longer suggests exclusive kitchen designs, for the factory outlet prices.
This does not mean that there are no bargains.
Some companies trading as kitchens direct manufacturers do have a great selection of imported or Australian made DIY kitchens and kitchenettes. Often, they customise the pre-assembled designs to your needs. They can provide the entire setup with or without the bench-top. The same is for appliances, splashbacks and sinks.
However, this customisation will not be cheap. The entire kitchen can cost around $6000. The price for the same setup without the benchtops can be as high as $5200. Therefore, you save very little by removing items from the pre-assembled kits.