Kitchen Carpenter, Joiner, Cabinet Maker, Kitchen Fitter, Carpenter, Who Is Best To Install My Kitchen?

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Apr 25, 2018

You have many options when choosing someone to fit your kitchen, Carpenter, Joiner, Kitchen Fitter, but who is best to install your kitchen?​

There are key points in what to look for when choosing your fitter and we have tried to detail these below.

It’s not an uncommon question should we choose a Carpenter, Joiner, Cabinet Maker or Kitchen fitter? There are no specific qualifications for kitchen fitting, so a kitchen fitter or installer would have had basic training either as a carpenter, joiner or cabinet maker but has chosen to work exclusively in the domestic fitting market. In truth, if they are conscientious, carpenters, joiners or cabinet makers can all fit well but remember that a Kitchen Fitter has chosen to make this their specialist field so are likely to be the best equipped and would be considered an expert.

Many carpenters fit kitchens on building sites but the protocols are different to domestic fitting so make sure they have experience in the domestic market before letting them fit your kitchen. If you are going for a quote from a Carpenter, make sure they are not just a site contractor. Although the products used on building sites are similar, there are differences to the domestic market and fitting prices are based on quantity rather than quality. Even main contractors specify kitchen fitters rather than carpenters, as it is now recognised as a specialist field. Site carpenters will fit kitchen cabinets, worktops and sundries only and although they will cut the hole for a sink or hob, rarely will they fit these as supporting works like gas, plumbing, and electrics will all be undertaken by separate contractors. 

Although the general knowledge of where other trades fit in is good, there can be lack of awareness in how to manage and coordinate supporting trades as they have limited dealings with these during the fit process. Most good installers will advise you that, the ability to coordinate and manage all trades well is probably the single most critical factor in ensuring a kitchen fit runs smoothly.

Look for documented evidence of completed fits, as this will give you a clear indication as to whether they are up to the task in hand

Joiners or cabinetmakers have their grounding in a workshop background; however, as their expertise lies in workshop production there can be a very limited knowledge of other trades and how they fit into the process. 

They will certainly have the eye for detail and can make excellent kitchen fitters but feedback from customers is to expect significantly longer on a fit if you choose a joiner or cabinetmaker. The attention to detail is highly commendable and we would recommend that this is something you should be looking for, but at what expense. The kitchen is the hub of the home and the one true working room in your home so good fitters will be aiming to leave the customer without services for the very minimum period of time. The best installers would rarely leave services down over a weekend period so the key point to look for here is, get a commitment on time scales as overruns will impact on your home life. 

In truth most Kitchen fitters come from a carpentry or joinery background, so why the need for a label as a kitchen fitter? Kitchen fitters have chosen this field as their area of expertise and the best will work exclusively on kitchen fitting only and do not pretend to be anything else. Over time they have honed their skills, tooling, product knowledge and processes to meet the demands of the domestic market. They will have built up knowledge of the supporting trades and how they fit into the schedule. They will understand that domestic market demands are more intense than site work and that timescales are critical. They will always be looking for the finesse on the finished article and minimal disruption on the customer’s lifestyle.

Kitchen Carpenter Conclusion….

Whoever you choose, look for documented evidence of completed fits, as this will give you a clear indication as to whether they are up to the task in hand. Photos of recent fits are always a good call and recommendations always go down well. 

From experience though, customers often pledge a recommendation but rarely are they forth coming so although your fitter may be high quality, it’s possible there will not be recommendations to support this. 

Photos of recently completed work though should always be available. If these cannot be supplied, dismiss the offer of their services. Look for fitters that are at least NVQ qualified but preferably City and guilds craft certificate, better still advanced craft.

We really hope that you gained a good incite into whose services to use when installing your kitchen.  We do offer a professional, fully project managed kitchen fit, so please do contact us if you are looking to have your kitchen installed and we can discuss your works.​

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