DIY Kitchen Renovation Tips – Are Flat Pack Kitchens worth it?

In the early 70’s, MFI was probably the worst flat pack kitchen that you could buy in Australia. They were however vulnerable to falling apart of carcasses during installation if slightly mishandled. MFI has nevertheless had a great impact on the flat pack kitchens market as they became obsolete and homeowners gave more preference to the pre-assembled units.

The Rebirth of flat pack kitchens – Anybody who knows about the flat pack kitchen industry would tell you that the main selling points were based on availability and cost. Storage and transport efficiency were major issues, but the main advantage was the fact that they were almost always available in stock as compared to the pre-assembled kitchens.

Kitchen Installation Snobbery – To a good number of homeowners, the memory of the earlier versions of flat pack kitchens was too much and the idea of flat pack installation was not adequate. The fact that the actual materials used in pre-assembled kitchen was exactly similar to the one on flat pack kitchens, seemed to matter less. The only difference was only marketing and some bit of old fashioned snobbery.

With the current boom of online sales for flat pack kitchens, most people are undertaking projects to purchase and fit their own kitchens featuring flat pack cabinets. Here are some things you need to keep ready before ordering for a DIY kitchen.

Plan Your Blueprint

It is easy to install a DIY kitchen when the blueprint is perfect. Take time to create a mental image of your dream kitchen. If you don’t have the exact idea, visit DIY kitchens showrooms or seek expert opinion. Remember; “failing to plan is planning to fail” as the saying goes.

Measurements and Space

Try to make your kitchen as decongested as you can. Always spare some space behind when you take the measurements, as this will help you minimize the confusion or friction during installation. Leave about 4cm to 6cm space between the kitchen cabinets or other units and the wall.


As you prepare the requirements chart, think about the possible future alterations. Kitchen needs keep changing with time especially as the family expands. This may necessitate more flat pack cabinets, sinks, shelves, basins and so on.


Budget is a key factor in all aspects of design. Make a rough budget according to your assigned requirements and the plan. Upon setting a budget, it will be easy to make changes in the requirement list if the procurement amount is too high.

List of appliances

Mark the home appliances and utensils in your current kitchens in order to arrange the kitchen units accordingly. Aim at planning your kitchen in a productive manner so as to utilize the maximum potential of your home appliances.

 Electricity, Water and Drainage

Avoid possible obstruction of these vital points by noting out their points in the plan. A good plan can help in increasing the productivity of your kitchen and save on energy as well. Spare some service space between kitchen units and walls to deter future inconveniences

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