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Why hire a kitchen designer?

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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If you’re confused by all the kitchen cabinet styles and can’t figure out which countertop to buy and how much storage you need, it might be time for professional help.



Kitchen design is an art that comes naturally to some people. For others, it’s time to bring in the kitchen designer to help!



What’s a kitchen designer?


Kitchen designers typically go to school to study the fine art of pulling a kitchen together. They:



  • Create an overall design and layout for the room, including colors, textures and layout.

  • Help with many product selections, including the kitchen cabinets. Here’s more from The National Kitchen and Bath Association on what designers should consider with cabinet selection.

  • Meet with you and the contractor to help coordinate material selection with any functional issues.


Here are some common scenarios when having a designer makes sense:



  • You have major kitchen cabinet storage issues or are working with an odd shapes room. The kitchen designer might be familiar with some of these spacing saving tips from HGTV.

  • You’re planning a two cook kitchen, a kosher kitchen or another style with specific requirements.

  • You’re trying to blend your new kitchen design with an open space next to it and need an eye for continuity.


What about those kitchen designer fees?


Kitchen designers often charge a project fee or $40 to $90 per hour, which applies to meetings, product selection trips and traveling to and from appointments. The cost can add up to several hundred if not thousands of dollars. Is it worth it? Only you can decide.


Would you have spent more in time and aggravation trying to finesse the design yourself? Thekitchendesigner.org thinks so, although those with small kitchen projects might disagree. Do you have the design skills to pull it off? Can your contractor envision all the storage options you need?


Weigh all the options and see for yourself.


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  1. 2 Responses to “Why hire a kitchen designer?”

  2. jamie
    Feb 17, 2011

    Interesting spacing in your blog…it kept me scrolling.

    A cheaper alternative is to use the “free” design services often found at a cabinet showroom (plus some common sense about how you use your kitchen)

  3. Feb 24, 2011

    What a breath of fresh air. Thank You. There is such a difference between kitchens designed by DIY’er and professionals. When someone has designed hundreds of kitchens…they will have ideas the average, very capable, web educated, individual can’t come up with.
    Remember, All cabinet shops have designers, unless you are purchasing on-line RTA cabinets on the cheap, Find a shop where you like their product, and the designer makes you feel welcome and comfortable. Designing your kitchen is a fun, exciting project. It will be a comfort to know you made your kitchen the best it can be, without the complications and regrets, you can have designing it yourself.

    Designing and installing your own kitchen is like cutting your own hair – The only difference is … If you don’t like the results…Your new kitchen won’t grow back in 6 weeks! :)

    Linda Berg, ACW Kitchen & Bath

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