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How Long Should A Kitchen Last?

Are you curious about how long your beloved kitchen should last?

Well, you're in the right place. In today's post, we'll explore the lifespan of a typical kitchen, factors that affect its longevity, and tips for keeping it in tip-top shape.

So, let's dive in and discover how to make the heart of your home stand the test of time!

How Long Should A Kitchen Last?

A well-built kitchen should last around 10-15 years, considering normal wear and tear.

However, the actual lifespan depends on the quality of materials, craftsmanship, usage, and maintenance.

With proper care and occasional updates, you can prolong your kitchen's life and keep it looking fresh for years to come.

What Can You Do to Increase the Lifespan of Your Fitted Kitchen?

To increase the lifespan of your fitted kitchen, follow these tips:

  • Choose quality materials and craftsmanship when installing or renovating.
  • Maintain cleanliness; wipe spills promptly to avoid damage.
  • Use gentle cleaning products to protect surfaces.
  • Regularly check and fix plumbing issues.
  • Avoid excessive weight on cabinets and worktops.
  • Use protective mats for hot pots and pans.
  • Update hardware, such as handles and hinges, as needed.
  • Refinish or repaint cabinets when they show signs of wear.

By following these tips, you'll keep your kitchen in great condition and extend its lifespan.

Click here to see our range of Kitchens for DIY Installation Online from JMT Trade...

How Do You Know When Your Kitchen Needs Replacing?

Here are some signs that your kitchen may need replacing:

  1. Significant wear and tear: Damaged worktops, chipped cabinets, or peeling paint.
  2. Outdated design: The kitchen looks dated or doesn't match your current taste.
  3. Limited functionality: Insufficient storage, poor layout, or lack of modern features.
  4. Structural issues: Problems like water damage, mould, or warped cabinets.
  5. Appliance failures: Old or faulty appliances that are energy-inefficient or unsafe.

If you notice these signs, it might be time to consider replacing or renovating your kitchen to improve its appearance, functionality, and safety.

Can You Just Replace Doors and Drawers for Kitchen Cabinets?

Yes, you can replace just the doors and drawers for kitchen cabinets. This is often called a "kitchen facelift" or "cabinet refacing."

It's a cost-effective way to refresh your kitchen's look without replacing the entire cabinetry.

Simply choose new doors and drawer fronts that match the existing cabinet frames, and you'll give your kitchen a fresh, updated appearance.

Click here to view our replacement kitchen doors.

Tips From an Expert Kitchen Fitter

Investing in a high-quality kitchen and employing a skilled fitter is essential for several reasons:

  1. Durability: Quality materials and craftsmanship ensure a longer-lasting kitchen that can withstand daily wear and tear.
  2. Functionality: A well-built kitchen provides optimal storage, workspace, and ergonomics, making your time in the kitchen more enjoyable and efficient.
  3. Aesthetics: Quality kitchens have a better finish and design, elevating the look of your home and potentially increasing its value.
  4. Safety: A professional fitter will ensure that your kitchen is installed safely, with proper electrical, plumbing, and ventilation systems in place.
  5. Warranty: Quality kitchens often come with better warranties, giving you peace of mind in case of any issues.
  6. Cost-effective: While it may be a higher initial investment, a well-built kitchen lasts longer, saving you money on repairs or replacements in the long run.

Overall, investing in a quality kitchen and an experienced fitter will give you a beautiful, functional, and long-lasting space that you'll enjoy for years to come.

Can You Buy Fitted Kitchens Online?

Yes you can buy fitted kitchens online, but before we go into that, let me ask you something…

Would you rather:

Buy an off the shelf standardised kitchen that isn’t bespoke that lacks customisation and the exact same kitchen can be bought again by someone else. Or…

Build your own customised dream kitchen, that not has the neighbours talking, but it’s also affordable and can fit within your budget?

It’s an important question you ought to think about, because while standardised kitchens are okay, they usually come with their fair share of problems. Like:

  1. Not fitting in the space you have
  2. Pieces missing
  3. Parts broken needing replaced
  4. You can’t modify or add elements to it that makes it unique
  5. And many more.

Choosing a new kitchen should be an enjoyable experience, especially when it’s going to become a permanent feature, so it would make sense that you take your time to customise your kitchen, adding features to make it pop!

Well, unfortunately, you won’t get that when you buy a standardised kitchen…

Homeowners who walk into the chain outlets to buy kitchens, that offer zero personalisation or customisation, are no different to those walking into a tattoo parlour, picking out a tattoo from a catalogue and having it on their body forever.

Only to see someone else sporting the exact same tattoo!

And this is why JMT Trade does things very differently.

Having been in the kitchen industry for 40+ years, we know a thing or two about designing gorgeous dream kitchens that turn heads.

We’re proud of the fact that all our kitchens are manufactured and built in the UK using UK material.

From selecting your design, colour scheme, additional fixtures, fittings and features.

We’re there every step of the way to ensure that your dream kitchen comes out exactly how you want it with no fuss.

All our kitchens are pre-built which means no confusing and awkward flat pack.

All you have to do is line up your units, make sure they’re level and then fix them in place.

We’ve done it this way to help the fitter get the job done quicker so our customers can start enjoying their kitchen sooner.

With ranges from Zola, Strada, Aldana all the way up to the Netherby range which is our budget friendly premium range.

Our handcrafted kitchens can be customised to fit any shape or size of room, with gloss or matt finish, you have a hundred different colour schemes to choose from.

So check out this link to see our our complete kitchen range here...

Final Notes On How Long a Kitchen Should Last

Here’s a quick summary of the most important points from this article.

A well-built kitchen lasts 10-15 years, but lifespan depends on materials, craftsmanship, usage, and maintenance.

To prolong your kitchen's life, choose quality materials, maintain cleanliness, and perform regular updates and repairs.

Signs your kitchen needs replacing include significant wear, outdated design, limited functionality, structural issues, and appliance failures.

A kitchen facelift or cabinet refacing can refresh the look without replacing the entire cabinetry.

Investing in a high-quality kitchen and professional fitter ensures durability, functionality, aesthetics, safety, and cost-effectiveness, resulting in a long-lasting and enjoyable kitchen space.

 Phil Tuddenham

Author - Phil Tuddenham

Philip Tuddenham is the force behind JMT Trade Ltd. Philip stepped into the family business in 1998, and has taken JMT to new heights.

He has decades of expertise and experience in designing, manufacturing and installing kitchens, bathrooms, domestic and commercial furniture.

In 2007, Philip broadened JMT's horizons. Introducing new ranges and diversifying into new territories such as media walls and school furniture.

While embracing this innovation, JMT remained true to its origins, continuing to provide excellent bedrooms and bathrooms.

Under Philip's leadership, the company continues to uphold its long-standing tradition of exceptional customer service and high-quality products.