White Gloss Kitchens, Spot the Difference.

Article by Steven Tyler.

We often have customers come into our showroom and ask for a comparative quote for a slab white gloss kitchen which they have had from one of the DIY stores down the hill or another local kitchen company.

We had a nice couple visit our showroom the other week asking the very same question. Sounds simple enough I here you say. I then asked, What type of slab white gloss door have you been quoted? and got a confused look in return. I pulled a white gloss slab door out of the sample door rack, leant it up against the wall and asked if this is what they had been quoted for? They were delighted that we had what they thought was an identical door to what they had seen; A white high gloss slab door . . .

I then pulled out another white gloss slab door from the rack and stood them side by side. Which one do you prefer? I asked. Oh they said, the second one has a much smoother, glossier finish than the first they replied, we prefer that one."

I then went on to pull out another white slab gloss door and placed it between the first two. Oh dear they said, that one looks greyer than the second door. After deliberations, they preferred the latter.

After talking with the customers about appliances and worktop options and it soon became clear that this couple were really in the market for a higher end designer modern kitchen. The brief was for top end Neff appliances to include an induction hob and downdraft extractor and Silestone quartz work surfaces.

I then went on to ask if they were looking for a cheaper door or would they prefer a high-end quality door? What’s the difference? they asked.

I went on to explain that gloss kitchen doors vary enormously in terms of quality and that three doors we have just looked at are considered budget doors. The first door we looked at was a vinyl wrapped gloss door. On closer inspection they were able to see the faint lines running up and down the door where the gloss vinyl was pressed onto the MDF base and I pointed out the orange peel effect on the edge of the door usually associated with this type of construction.

We closely examined the second door that had a lacquer paint finish. Although it had a much smoother, mirror like paint finish which they preferred, the square cut and visible edging made the door look cheap.

I took out another door from the rack, slightly more up market which offered several coats of paint and was completely lacquered across the door and around the edges. The last and probably the nicest door I showed them, although slightly more expensive was in fact 22mm thick and not 18mm thick as were all the others.

We had looked at no less than eight white gloss slab doors which included a vinyl, various gloss lacquer paint finished doors and couple of acrylic gloss doors.

So, going back to the original question What type of white gloss door have you been quoted on? the nice couple didn’t really know any more.

The moral of this storey is, not all white gloss slab doors are the same. Furthermore, not all customers are the same and not all customer requirements are the same.

If you're looking to buy a white gloss kitchen or any other colour for that matter it might be worth checking out the 3D Kitchens showroom in Halesowen. We source our doors from 7 different door manufacturers and we are proud to offer unbiased advice, so you get exactly the right product for your kitchen project. In total we have over 700 door styles and colour options for you to choose from and our well informed, highly trained staff really do know what's what.

The most common door size, a 715 x 597mm in a white gloss slab finish varies in price from £35 to £65 including VAT each. Generally, higher priced door ranges not only offer a better finish they also offer much more in the way of accessories, so you can create the kitchen that's right for you.

In addition to the door colour choice, you might like to choose a unique cabinet colour to enhance your kitchen. An example of works well with white gloss doors, Egger (F501) Brushed Aluminium board with 2mm white gloss PVC edging on the front edges. This will make your kitchen units extra special on the inside, as well as the outside; or you just might want a plain white cabinet, the choice is yours . . . we offer over 150 cabinet decors for you to choose from.

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