Buy used kitchen cabinets and you can snap up a designer kitchen for 80% less

Used kitchen cabinets could be the key to the designer kitchen of your dreams

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(Image credit: Brookmans by Smallbone)

If you've not considered used kitchen cabinets to achieve the kitchen of your dreams, it's worth looking at what's on offer at Used Kitchen Exchange.

It's not just used kitchen cabinets from residential homes, there are plenty of ex-display kitchens and appliances from high-end retailers such as Smallbone, Gaggenau and Leicht.

One canny customer bought a second hand Mark Wilkinson 'New England' kitchen, complete with Subzero/Wolf appliances for 80% less than the original price. 

It was still an eye-watering £40,000 but the original cost was £200,000. 

It's not just cost saving, it's planet protecting too, reusing precious resources. This kitchen regeneration saved approximately 9 tonnes of carbon. Equivalent to a family of 4 being carbon neutral for 18 months.

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(Image credit: Used Kitchen Exchange/Mark Wilkinson kitchen)

The home owner had the kitchen adapted by a professional joiner to fit his own unique specifications - including the addition of new cabinets - and used the Farrow & Ball colour consultation service to complete the look. 

He also commissioned Used Kitchen Exchange to sell his previous kitchen, generating a significant contribution towards the purchase price of his new kitchen as well as making additional environmental savings.

The above example demonstrates that regeneration is a savvy way to renovate and realise financial savings without compromising on quality, design or further damaging the environment.

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(Image credit: Used Kitchen Exchange)

Like buying anything pre-owned you have to shop around for the style and size that's right for you. 

But we've already spotted this gorgeous sage green kitchen, the K1 Brookmans By Smallbone from Used Kitchen Exchange, available in a choice of Bancha, Railings and Hague Blue colourways.

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(Image credit: Brookmans by Smallbone/Used Kitchen Exchange)

The deal includes all the units that can be viewed in the image which can be configured and designed to suit the buyers needs. 

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(Image credit: Brookmans by Smallbone/Used Kitchen Company)

The cabinet doors and frames are made from solid wood, and they offer solid oak soft close drawers.  Normal RRP is £47,500 but it's now £18,999 including VAT.

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(Image credit: Brookmans by Smallbone/Used Kitchen Exchange)

Used Kitchen Exchange is an on-line platform offering a personalised service that enables homeowners to sell and/or buy premium, preowned kitchens, making home renovations ‘greener’ and more affordable. UKE has a range of kitchens from £2,000 upwards.

The Cheshire-based business is on a mission to change the way we think about kitchens - by promoting not only the financial benefits that accrue to buyers and sellers, but also the environmental savings. UKE research shows that when one of the home’s most expensive assets is regenerated, an average of six tonnes of carbon is saved (equivalent to a family of 4 being carbon neutral for a whole year).

The carbon savings have been calculated using UKE’s own Kitchen Sustainability Calculator, created in conjunction with the Liverpool John Moores University and funded by Europe. 

The company has also been recognised as a sustainable business of the future. 

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Jacky Parker

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.