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Have You Got A Small Kitchen?

Designing a kitchen that looks and feels spacious while also providing adequate storage can be a challenge, especially in small kitchens. But fear not, with the right design and expert installation, it is possible to make the most of even the smallest of spaces. In this blog post, we’ll explore practical tips for maximizing storage in a small kitchen, and how Buywell Interiors can help you achieve your goals.

At Buywell Interiors, we understand the importance of making the most of limited space in small kitchens. Our skilled fitters have years of experience working with a range of kitchen designs and can help you create a functional and beautiful kitchen that meets your needs.

One of the best ways to maximize storage in a small kitchen is to use every inch of available space. This means utilizing the vertical space in your kitchen with tall units that reach up to the ceiling. These tall units provide ample storage space for items that are not used frequently, such as seasonal cookware and serving dishes.

Another way to make the most of limited space is to choose multi-functional furniture. For example, a tall unit with a built-in washer can serve as both room for an appliance and a storage unit above, while a pull-out pantry provides additional storage space without taking up too much floor space.

At Buywell Interiors, we offer a range of custom-fitted solutions that are designed to maximize storage in small kitchens. Our experienced fitters can work with you to create bespoke cabinets and units that are tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that you have ample storage space for all your kitchen essentials.

In addition to custom-fitted solutions, we also offer a range of clever storage solutions, such as pull-out drawers, corner units, and wall-mounted racks, which can help you make the most of every inch of space in your kitchen.

In conclusion, designing a functional and beautiful small kitchen that provides adequate storage space requires careful planning and expert installation. At Buywell Interiors, we pride ourselves on our skilled team of fitters and our ability to create custom-fitted solutions that meet the unique needs of our customers. Contact us today by visiting our showroom in Thorp Arch or call us on 01937 844288 to learn more about our services and how we can help you create your dream kitchen. Live Well, Buywell.


As an independent retailer we are very conscious of the needs of our customers, and we strive to make sure that the products we offer will achieve a high level of sustainability and it is with this in mind that we share below some details about our main supplier in respect to what they are doing as a responsible manufacturer.

Symphony have always taken their responsibilities to the environment seriously and they are committed to playing their part by learning, innovating, and implementing sustainable actions to limit their impact on the planet.

With the furniture being timber based they ensure that the wood used is sourced from responsibly managed forests and is FSC » certified. Also, they strive to include recycled content where they can, such as in the cabinet board which includes a minimum of 50% recycled content and in our recent kitchen ranges that use 100% recycled chipboard.

All the timber-based products used in the furniture are sourced with full FSC® certification.

This ensures that the wood comes from a well-managed forest that is run in accordance with strict environmental, social, and economic standards. Symphony became the first in the industry to be accredited with a full Forest Stewardship Council * (FSC®) chain of custody and are committed to supporting international systems of timber sourcing from independently verified well managed forests.

No manufacturing waste is sent to landfill, waste materials are used to fire the factory biomass boiler which was installed in 2007 and it negated the need for a gas supply to the site.

Water Based Paints

New_england_doorSymphony have led the way in the quality of their paint finishing and proudly hold the accolade of being the first British furniture manufacturer to successfully convert all its paint from solvent to an environmentally friendly water-based option for all the paint to order ranges.

All the cabinets are made from chipboard that has a minimum of 50% recycled content.

Many of the chipboard frontals have a similar recycled content, however we were delighted to be able to recently introduce decors that use 100% recycled chipboard.

There are four decors in our collection that use 100% recycled chipboard: Concrete, Grey Walnut, Grey Driftwood and Light Driftwood. These are available across the standard kitchen brands and the handleless Linear brand.

We hope that by sharing these details with you it will make your decision to buy a new kitchen easier in the knowledge that we are partners with companies that care about the environment.

Live Well, Buy Well.

Spring Is In The Air!

SpringThe days are beginning to get longer, there is a smell of newly mown grass all around and the daffodils have made an appearance surely Spring is in the air! We shouldn’t get too excited because as they say – Never cast a clout until May is Out! – but at least we can start looking forward to the summer and you might even be thinking of getting around to some of those jobs that you have put of over the winter like – Buying a new fitted Kitchen or Bedroom. And right now is probably the best time to have a look around because there are some great deals to be had and further more we can offer you finance( see instore for details). There are some great new colours and shades out this year as well – Hunters Green, Indigo Blue, Providence Blue – all available  in the ever popular shaker door style.

If your thinking of sprucing up your bedroom we have also introduced a new sliding robe range with a super smooth gliding action available in all our standard bedroom coloursSliders

that can be tailormade to fit your room. Everything is made to measure with matching drawers, bedside cabinets, dressing tables as part of the range and of course manufactured here in the UK.

home_officeThe other room that has become important for many people now is the home office and we have a full range of door options for your new office with filing drawers a must for keeping all your paper work tidy!

If you are thinking of updating one of your rooms please call into our showroom on the Thorp Arch Estate or give us a call on 01937 844288 to arrange a free quotation.


Fitted Kitchens: Fitted or Supply Only?

Fitting a kitchen can be a stressful experience. Rightly or wrongly when customers visit our showroom, we still assume that they are probably looking for us to provide a full service when quoting them for a new kitchen. This has certainly been our experience over the years but there are signs that customer thinking has changed recently. More and more often potential customers are only wanting a quote for supply only as they “know someone that can fit kitchens’’ or the “builder is going to fit it’’ or “I can fit the units myself’’ All are valid reasons but is it really cost effective to do it yourself?

It might seem like it is going to save money by getting the installation done by someone else but what is the reality and what are the pitfalls.

The delivery – when we deliver a kitchen and our fitters are going to install it, we will be responsible for opening the boxes and checking for damages or missing items which will be replaced or delivered probably before the customer even knows that something is amiss. If delivery of the kitchen is on a supply only basis it is up to the customer to check for damages or missing items and unpacking bulky kitchen units is not easy.

Damages discovered during the fitting – again, if our fitters are installing the kitchen, they will take responsibility for any damages that might occur during the installation but if it is only supplied it is a massive grey area to establish where the damage was done if it was not picked up in the initial inspection on delivery.

Bad_electricsWhat does a fit consist of? Usually, a multitude of different skills are employed when fitting a kitchen. If a builder is involved, does he really want the responsibility of fitting someone else`s kitchen especially at the end of the build when he will already be thinking of his next job. If a builder is not involved in the project who is going to take care of the disposal of the old kitchen, the electrics, the plumbing, the fitting of worktops and the clearing of packaging? All these things are costly to budget for and add up dramatically when taken into account individually. A skilled kitchen fitter is worth his weight in gold because he has the experience and knowledge to cope with all aspects of the job.

Even if you `know someone’ who can fit your kitchen, our advice is to still get a costing for the installation of your kitchen from your supplier as this is usually priced separately. You might be pleasantly surprised at the cost, and it will ultimately give you peace of mind that if there are any issues they will be sorted. The suppliers’ reputation is of paramount importance to them.

Live Well, Buywell.

50 years old and still leading the way!

As one of our longest and most trusted suppliers the Symphony Group celebrates 50 years trading this year and it has underlined its commitment to sustainability.

Symphony Group have stated that they take responsibility to the environment very seriously. Whilst industry as a whole has started to respond to the ongoing climate crisis, Symphony have been leading the way for a number of years.

They are committed to playing their part through continual learning, innovating and implementing sustainable actions to ensure the business looks after employees, customers and the planet. Symphony has a history of innovation and have continuously reviewed and enhanced its operations to ensure that they are a leading example in sustainability within our industry.

In the past three years, Symphony says that it has reduced carbon emissions per million pound of turnover by 27% and recycles more than 98% of manufacturing and office waste over its three sites. The company installed a biomass boiler, which saved 1,762 tonnes of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of taking 381 cars off the road for one year or the annual energy usage of 203 homes.

In terms of its products, Symphony says that 49% of its cabinet chipboard is made from recycled material and 100% of its timber-based materials are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).The company also uses water-based paints and its plastic cabinet legs are made from 100% recycled materials. That also applies to all of the cardboard boxes it uses.

Symphony has also formed a partnership with The Used Kitchen Company to encourage its retailers to sell their old displays through that channel and suggests that our customers do the same with their old kitchens.

We are proud to have been a Symphony retailer for over fifteen years and that we can feel confident in promoting their products to you, our customer, safe in the knowledge that as a British manufacturer they are committed to combating the global climate crisis.

LiveWell, BuyWell.

What Is A Handleless Kitchen?

Fitted kitchens without a visible handle are becoming increasingly popular especially in smaller kitchens when handles can sometimes make the kitchen look too busy. The question often asked is how do we achieve the handleless look in a practical way? The answer is that there are several ways to design a kitchen without handles and the three most popular are as follows:-

Push/touch to open – In our experience this is the least practical solution to making a kitchen handleless. Each of the doors and drawers are fitted with a mechanism that enables the user to push lightly on the the door/drawer and it will spring open. The downside to this option is that the mechanism will not work with integrated appliances therefore a discrete handle would have to be fitted instead and this slightly defeats the object of the exercise. The other thing to bear in mind when considering this option is that mechanical openers tend to break down at some point and you may have to replace them in the future.

The `J’ Door – This is the most practical way of achieving the sleek handleless look. The ‘J’ door is so called because the top/bottom of the door is cut out in the shape of a J creating a finger grip. The advantage of the J door system is that any unit will take a J door so there are no restrictions concerning the design of the kitchen. The only thing to be aware of when looking to purchase this style is the thickness of the door used, ideally, you should be looking at a 22m thick door which gives a wider finger grip and makes the weak point of the door stronger and less vulnerable to snapping, a cheaper 18mm thick option might create the same look but will certainly be more of a risk and less comfortable to open.

The Rail System –  This is the style that most people associate with the true handleless system and is seen more often than not in German style kitchens. It is the most expensive option and usually suits galley kitchens or kitchens with the space to have an island and a bank of tall units. The handleless effect is achieved by adding a metal top, middle or side rail to all the cabinets creating a gap to allow for fingers. The end result is a very sleek, linear look but there are lots of components to account for and heights of built under appliances can be an issue if the cabinets have not been made taller to account for the top rail. It is certainly a wise move to  seek a  designer to help you plan this style of kitchen.

Handleless kitchens can really make a big difference to your space and hopefully the above information will help you choose the right product for you. We are always at hand in our showroom to give you more insights into the options that are available for any style of kitchen you are looking for, so why not pay us a visit. Live Well, Buy Well.

Spring is here and Finance is available!

It has felt as if Spring is here over the last few days and we can also afford ourselves a little bit of optimism as our showroom is due to reopen on April 12th.

We hope to see many of you that have decided to do something with your old kitchen or bedroom over the lockdown period and it might help you to know that we can now offer a finance package to help pay for your new project.

More and more people are seeing the benefits of finance to fund a house project because it has been proved that a new fitted kitchen can deliver a good return on investment when it comes to selling your home.

Even more good news is that you don`t even need a deposit to put down! All you need to do is come down to the showroom at the Thorp Arch Estate and choose from our extensive ranges the kitchen or bedroom you want, make an appointment for us to visit your home where we will do a free survey and then create a kitchen or bedroom design to suit your lifestyle and budget.

We will price everything up for you including a monthly payment plan (subject to status and affordability).

Our Lender have a digital platform that can provide you with a finance quote instantly on application, it is as easy as that!

Live Well, Buy Well.

Kitchen Units

What makes a good kitchen unit? The first thing to make sure of when you are considering buying kitchen units is panel thickness. They should be 18mm thick including the back panel but many cheaper kitchen units are often 16mm thick with an 8mm back panel. Not a lot of difference you might say for the extra money you might save but in the long term you would notice the difference – fixings and hinges coming loose, doors sagging, drawers catching – all common issues associated with a cheap carcase. Other things to bear in mind when purchasing kitchen units are: Edging- especially the front edge of the cabinet, the most vulnerable part of the unit where you are liable to catch it with a plate or pan.  Construction – how it is put together, the quality of mechanical things, hinges/drawer boxes etc.

Firstly the edging – cheap kitchen units will normally have an iron on melamine edging which is susceptible to chipping if banged, the better quality cabinets have at least a 0.9mm PVC edging all around which is bonded to the carcase and even better cabinets will have a 2mm front edge, a much sturdier edging that will definitely protect from impact.

Secondly construction, a cheap cabinet will simply be glued, doweled and screwed together (see left ), So what? – you ask. Well, if this has been pre-assembled and sold as a rigid kitchen ( I will get on to those soon!), and the assembler was having a bad day the chances of the unit being square and plumb are slim to none and rectifying this issue on site is made very difficult. The best form of construction is to use the cam and dowel system –  wooden dowels secured in holes with two sets of metal studs and cams. These are essentially discs that, once inserted into the holes and turned 90 degrees, secure the dowel in place but importantly no gluing is required and if necessary the unit can be taken apart.

This leads us nicely to the question of rigid( pre-constructed) or flat pack (ready to assemble) units. I think a lot of companies have tried to demonise the good old flat packed kitchen and I think it is unwise to dismiss them completely. What are the pros and cons? In reality all the pros of the rigid kitchen seem to be in aiding the installation of the unit, on paper it saves time for the installer as he is not spending time building them up – What if your walls are not level? What if a unit has to be modified on site? What if the unit is not square? All these issues are a reality and if the unit can’t be modified on site the fitter will be hanging around waiting for a replacement etc resulting in delays and frustrated customers! So, the pros of a flat packed kitchen( so long as the units have the specifications already discussed) are – easier to modify and also easier to store – Have you got enough room to store a rigid kitchen? Will it be easy enough to get bulky or tall units into your property? On balance I think there is a lot to say for the good quality flat packed kitchen but sadly a lot of manufactures are favouring the rigid kitchen. Luckily for us, we still have the option of both.

Live well, Buy well

Discount Offers And Finance Now Available!

As we approach the end of the year, we look back on what has turned out to be an unprecedented one. Who would have believed anyone – had they said that the world would come to a standstill because of a new strain of virus – that we would be socially  distancing and isolating, even from our closest family. Certainly not me!

As a result of these strange times it has been an extremely tough year for many businesses – hospitality, travel and the high streets have all been hit badly – and we can only hope that next year things might start getting back to normal. But it is not all doom and gloom, as we do have something to cheer about with the recent news about the vaccines, and there is light at the end of the tunnel!

So, we want to get our New Year off to a flying start by announcing that our winter sale starts on December 28th with up to 30% off our kitchen units (minimum purchase of 5 units to qualify), and we are also pleased to announce that we are now able to offer finance on all of our products. So why not spread the cost of your dream kitchen or bedroom out on a monthly basis? Please ask in store for details.

All of us at Buywell interiors want to thank everyone who has purchased from us this year, and helped to support a local family business. We want to wish you all a Happy New Year for 2021.

Kitchen Designers

A Kitchen DesignDesigning a kitchen involves choosing materials and appliances – determining a layout – working through plumbing and electrical configurations- and so much more. A professional kitchen designer can help put all of these pieces together so you get the kitchen of your dreams.

It is best to search for companies that employ designers who are not on commission only fees, usually they are independent retailers like us of course! But seriously, it is best to research a suitable company and when you have found one make an appointment to start the process, here are some tips to help you prepare:–

At your initial meeting with the designer take a current floor plan of your kitchen and gather a wish-list ideas for appliances, cabinet styles and finishes. You could even compile a portfolio of magazine photos that shows your style preferences. Also, make the designer aware of the scope of your requirements – supply only, building work to be done etc.

A Kitchen PlanThe designer will want information from you, but you should also seek information from the designer too, including actual photos of his or her work — not brochures from manufacturers.

The designer will want to know about your lifestyle: Who’s in the family? What’s your cooking style? Where do the kids do homework? Are there ergonomic considerations — height or accessibility needs? Do you have pets? Are the cooks right- or left- handed? All of these things can be of great help to the designer to come up with an initial proposal that suits your needs.

A Wall ElevationTalking about the scope of the project should also include a candid discussion about budget, an emotive subject but one that has to happen at some point. Unfortunately budget is more often than not discussed at the end of the process when a price has been given and the customer, still reeling, says “ Oh! that’s way too expensive” This awkward situation can be avoided if you trust in the designer to be fair with you right from the start and you both jointly plan the kitchen together. If an honest designer asks you “What is your budget?” He will be wanting this information to steer you in the right direction, it is a waste of his time and yours to go through what can be a long process only for both parties to feel let down at the end of it.

Getting the right designer and company to deal with your new kitchen can seem daunting but if you choose wisely it can make the whole process a lot easier than you think.

Why not try us at Buywell interiors for a free design service!

Live Well, Buy Well.


Just a note to say how pleased we are with the new fitted wardrobe… Paul was most thorough in his work and did an excellent job of fitting the wardrobe, despite the precautions and social distancing still required… Thank you again for all you have done, and we look forward to visiting you in your new showroom before too long.

E & C, Harrogate

I would just like to say a big thank you to you for my lovely new kitchen and to Michelle for all the help she gave me…

A.B., York

I would just like to thank everyone for the success of my new kitchen…very pleased with the fitter and electrician.

J M (Mrs)., Wetherby

Now that the tiling and floor covering in our new kitchen are finished I write to let you know that I and my wife are absolutely thrilled with everything. The quality is superb… we were so very impressed with Buywell Interiors from sqaure one.

M.F., Wetherby

We just wanted to express our appreciation for the work done in our kitchen. We are delighted with the results and the workmanship is first class.

Mr & Mrs S., Wetherby

We would like to congratulate your good selves and your excellent colleagues… for the work involved in supplying and fitting of our new kitchen… a very friendly and professional job done by all.

Mr & Mrs W., Boston Spa

Now that our kitchen is nearing completion, we would like to take this opportunity to express our satisfaction of the work that has been carried out by your company… in particular we would like to commend the skill and work ethos of your fitter Peter, he is an outstanding , skilful craftsman… we would have no hesitation in recommending Buywell interiors to future customers.

L and J S., Pontefract.

Dear Simon and your lovely sidekick Michelle, your service is great without the hard sell…They`ve fitted my kitchen with zeal and zest, but in all sincerity they are infinitely the best

C and F C., Wetherby