• Deb Reardon

How to choose the right Kitchen Designer for your home.

Updated: Apr 20

Your Kitchen is one of the most important parts of your home.


A kitchen hub is for family time, supervising homework on the kitchen bench, food and cooking fun!


Kitchens are not just practical spaces anymore, a Kitchen is one of the showpieces of your home.

Choosing the right Designer is the most important decision you can make.


Experienced kitchen designers have seen a lot of kitchens – small, & large with spaces with challenging layouts. They will have the experience, ability and supplier range to see your kitchen in ways you may not be able to. Their resources and ability will ensure any challenges around layout, services and spatial factors can be suitable resolved.



Choosing the right designer will be critical.


So how do you get the right designer to cover everything you need to make your kitchen the very best it can be?

Here are some tips:

  1. Look for experience and reputation. For example Kitchens R Us are featured in Trusted NZ brands & highly commended by Readers digest as a trusted brand for the last 4 years! So you can relax and enjoy the process knowing your dealing with one of the most trusted Companies in town.

  2. A kitchen Showroom with lots of displays & samples demonstrates that the company you are working with, are committed to giving you the best experience and their kitchens designers will have the knowledge and experience with products across the industry to give you the best advice & guidance. There are so many things to consider in a kitchen renovation from the more obvious benchtop and door styles through to appliances, handles and flooring. A professional designer will be across the options available to you and will have knowledge as to the right products and finishes for your lifestyle, budget and style.

  3. Choose your Kitchen Designer by the time they take to listen to you and discuss your needs. A good kitchen designer should get to know a bit about you and your family and what your plans are into the future, only then, can they start to come up with the unique plans and design ideas, to suit your situation.

  4. Ask to see some of a designer’s previous work. Most Designers are tremendously proud of their work and how happy their customers were with it and so will be happy to show you their kitchen images.

  5. Ask to see testimonials from previous customers. Is so important when you engage a designer for such an important job, that the relationship is warm, honest & they will always have your best interests at heart. The opinions of their previous customers can guide you.

  6. Look for transparency when dealing with your chosen Kitchen company. How does your designer charge for their services? Are they independent and design for a flat fee or an hourly rate? Ask about the costs involved upfront. Plus, do they have recommended manufacturers they work with or do they just supply the plans, for you to take away and find a manufacturer? At Kitchens R Us, we offer FREE kitchen design appointments that offer a number of benefits including a colour consultation and design service, 3D layouts and customised designs to suit your home, budget and lifestyle.

  7. Does your designer have a solid manufacturing team backing them up. Ask to see their factory & team at work, you'll soon make a judgement if the cabinet making team has facilities, equipment and technology to make you a world class kitchen.

  8. Do not go for Kitchen Designer who rigidly thinks that they know best. Remember the best designs come from a collaboration between you both.

  9. Can your Designer organise discounts on appliances and trade work? Most Kitchen companies have strong and beneficial alliances with the associated trades who specialise in kitchen services. Ask & take advantage of this knowledge and save a truck load of money on your new kitchen! Kitchens R Us work closely with local suppliers and can get you the best quality & discounts that may not be available to other customers.

  10. Finally the best advice I can give you is choose someone to design your kitchen that you have a good feeling about, trust your instincts, if it feels right it more then likely will be a good choice and you will enjoy the process so much you'll be planning your wardrobe or laundry renovation!

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