Everything you need to know about DIY

Do It Yourself, build-it-yourself, Co-built kitchen, Hobbyist, Home Construction - there are many words that describe DIY and many reasons to do it yourself. But the most obvious reason for choosing DIY is — discount.

On average

you can save 15% on a kitchen

if you choose full DIY

But there are many other things to consider than just the money you can save - and we want to be sure you make an informed decision when you choose DIY. So, let's talk about how much you can save, why you should choose DIY, when you maybe shouldn't.

DIY life saving links: This is your direct link to our DIY guides and instructions

All serious DIYers read manuals and watch tutorials. Of course they do!

So, we've gathered all our videos in one place to help you find them. And we've got a searchable database of all our written assembly instructions - you can find precisely the one you need by typing in the item number from your order confirmation. 

If you're serious about DIY, we're serious about the DIY discount

It is actually quite simple - your project price has 2 major parts:

  1. The hardware (kitchen elements and appliances)
  2. "The software" - that's the nice people that deliver, assemble and mount everything for you in your home. So the DIY discount, you could be looking at, is the price of their time and effort. 

So how much IS that?

It would be unserious to name a specific figure, since projects vary greatly in size and complexity - but statistically, the average on DIY Kitchen, Bath and Wardrobe projects ends up with an approximate DIY discount of 15% if you choose to fully install your project yourself. We offer more than one DIY method, and you can choose the one that suit you the best - you can read about them below.

 

3 ways to spend your DIY discount

It 's perfectly OK to do it just for the money —

this actually what our installers do.

— but you can also do it to fulfil your kitchen dreams

Choose DIY in order to afford that Quooker or a wine fridge or an upgraded worktop. It makes great sense to use your whole budget to get your dream kitchen if you are able to install it yourself.

— or you can extend your style to your bath or wardrobe

Maybe installing it yourself means you can carry your new Danish design style through another room, like your bath or entryway.

Let's talk skills for a Kvik DIY project

As you probably know, we always deliver high quality Danish design tailormade to your measurements and precise in every detail.

Danish design focuses on precision lines and perfection in the details. If we didn't extend that craftsmanship all the way to the installation, DIY would probably be easier. Everything could be assembled by anyone, using an allen wrench that came in the box. 

But then there would be bound to be gaps and misses - "standard" sizes that just didn't don't fit your space, worktops out of level and wobbly cabinets. No Danish design can make up for that.

No allen wrench.  No standard solutions. Just Danish design.

That means our instructions aim at that craftsmanship, and the necessary tools are not an allen wrench included the package. You have to have a decent set of tools yourself and you need to have the skills to use them safely..

Watch this video to get an idea of what it takes.

Should you choose DIY?

Of course it is completely up to you whether you choose the DIY route.

But in our experience, the successful DIY’er is able to do it just as precisely as our installers - the "nice guy" in the video above, though perhaps not as fast as him. The video gives a good indication of the type of challenge it is. The installer in the video has nice tools, but they are not specialised, and could be found in his private toolbox. He puts screws in straight in all types of walls and cuts circular and square holes in cupboards with precision and on the first try, because he's experienced at reading a carpenter's instruction manual. He's an experienced Kvik installer, but he doesn't necessarily have formal carpenter's training, nor is he an electrician, but he can install the kitchen, including appliances. And so can you if you have the tools, the know-how, a bit of patience and the nerve to do it. 

Who should not choose DIY?

Actually our kitchens (or baths or wardrobes) can be successfully installed by men or women, young or old. But if you think your Kvik DIY project will be as easy to assemble as a flatpack bookshelf you pick up at one of those big warehouse places, you'll be unpleasantly surprised. And we wouldn't recommend that you choose DIY.

What are the benefits of DIY?

Our customers choose DIY for many different reasons - and you probably have your own. While the choice is completely up to you, here is the main advice we usually give.