One of the numerous judgments to be made when picking or planning your new kitchen is whether to have the furniture transported to your door as a wholly assembled ‘rigid’ kitchen or as a ‘ready to assemble’ flat pack kitchen.
When visiting us, it’s always worthwhile asking the question as to how your kitchen will be delivered as it’s not always obvious from inspecting the display alone. Which is a testament to how good and indistinguishable or flat pack kitchens actually are for the sturdier brethren.
Rigid kitchens are assembled in the workshop by typically using the ‘glue and dowel’ technique where all the workings are put in place inside a very precise jig. The assembler then initiates the process and the parts are lightly pressed together. It is then kept in place for a few minutes while the glue starts to set, making certain that each cupboard is flawlessly square before being detached from the jig and onto the next part of the construction route.
Naturally there is an added cost for this process though, as you have to take into consideration that you are also paying for the manufacturers approval and the use if the jig.
Flat pack kitchens also have to be factory-made to the highest standard regardless. As a flat pack kitchen hypothetically may be put together by somebody with no knowledge of building a kitchen from scratch, the tolerances for fabrication have to be extremely precise.
Putting your kitchen together yourself obviously saves you money as well, as long as you have the time to do it yourself. This is where the savings are all made.
Flat Pack kitchen furniture usually employs the ‘Cam and Dowel’ technique and can be evidenced with the dowel pin itself being screwed into the upright vertical panel and the cam being put in place into the horizontal panel, with an easy quarter turn, then they are locked together.
Whether you decide to plump for a flat pack kitchen or not, both the flat pack and rigid versions are equally fit for purpose, it is simply up to the fitter to decide if they have the extra time needed to assemble the flat pack version themselves, and if they would appreciate the saving they make.