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At Inspiring kitchens we are as passionate about your home as you are, which is why we consider ourselves your partner in creating your ideal custom designed kitchen, or improving your existing living space through additional built in cupboards and shelving to suit your requirements.

Inspiring Kitchens is an owner-run business that provides unique cupboard and shelving solutions, with a focus on functional design that is tailored to suit your personal needs, style and cost profile.  Our personal attention and superb workmanship result in products that will last and look good for many years to come. 

As importantly, we strive to maintain competitive prices while using quality wood and laminates, and top brand accessories.  The use of top brand accessories enables us to give you a product of outstanding quality that will work as designed for many years to come.  Using the best suppliers for different components enables us to be price effective while supplying the best products on the market at competitive prices.

Whatever built in cupboard and shelving ideas you have, give us a call and we’ll be happy to come and talk to you about it, with no obligation.

We service the following areas in Johannesburg: Sandton, Rosebank, Illovo, Morningside, Bryanston, Fourways, Randparkridge, Craighall, Craighall Park, Sandhurst, Inanda, Athol, Sunninghill, Midrand, Randburg and Houghton.

We specialise in:

- Built in cupboards and upgrades to existing cupboards
- Design to installation of new kitchens
- Revamping kitchens and bedrooms with new doors and panels
- Vanities and medicine cupboards
- Designer furniture and tables
- Storage solutions
- Garage cupboards
- Studies and study areas

Different materials and designs have different costs attached, this is a rough idea of how these materials and designs affect the total cost of your project. Below is a list of items that influence the price and each is explained from most expensive to least expensive.

Complexity, for example curved surfaces, necessitates the creation of moulds that are used once and discarded.  Tops that have to be specially cut, turned legs and grooved pillars as well as angled surfaces also increases costs.

Paint finish:
Duco and Varnish
Either spray painting (Duco) or varnishing requires the piece to be sanded, a base coat to be applied, then sanded again and a final coat to be applied, if the final coat is not perfect it is sanded again and given another final coat. High gloss and some colours like red and black are more difficult to paint and therefore results in a cost increase.
Hand painting, also known as paint techniques
Many of the top companies are using Paint techniques in place of Duco as the price is considerably less and the finish not much different.
Wrap and melamine cupboard doors don't need painting.

Solid wood and Veneer
Solid wood is marginally more expensive than veneered wood and you’ll find different prices for woods and veneers depending on scarcity which is mainly what drives the prices.
Solid wood as the name implies consists only of wood.  It may be prone to movement as a result of natural moisture changes such as during rainy and dry seasons.  Colour may vary from plank to plank and is not unchanging as it will transform over time with exposure to UV.  There may also be marks (knots) and grain differences from one piece to the other.  Wood is a natural product and these differences are normal and add to the aesthetics of the pieces created from it.
Solid wood is prone to warping, although if this has not occurred in the first month of use it should be stable for life. Different woods have different stability so it’s worthwhile to consult you designer to assist you in selecting the most suitable wood for your needs.
Veneer is when a thin sheet of real wood is glued onto a board (normally chip board). The advantage of veneer is that it is much more stable than solid wood. An option exists to apply solid wood strips on the sides of the chip and then to veneer over it (veneer over solid edges) this gives you the advantage of a more robust finish that can take a ding on a corner without exposing the chip interior.
The next option with veneer is to put a thick edge of solid wood on the sides.  If you don’t do the veneer over solid edges, this will typically be 2mm thick.  It gives a superb finish and natural look. The glues and technology used when manufacturing veneer have been perfected over many years and this gives a very high quality stable finish.
Superwood (MDF medium density fibre)
Superwood (MDF medium density fibre) is the base used for Duco and hand painted cupboard doors and can be shaped by machining it.
Wrap cupboard doors are manufactured out of Superwood, and in some cases chip board, and then covered with a thin layer of plastic referred to in the industry as foil.
Coloured melamine
Coloured melamine have a variety of finishes from smooth to wood grain and can be imprinted with a range of colours and finishes that match real wood in look and are near indistinguishable from the real thing.
White melamine
White melamine is used for carcasses that are not in sight and are covered by your choice of finish - be it wood, painted or a wood grain melamine.

Cupboard door finish:
Cottage pane windowed cupboard doors out of solid or Superwood
Solid wood raised panel and flat panel for varnishing
Superwood raised panel and flat panel cupboard doors for Duco or hand painting
Flat cupboard doors with beading, either Solid wood or Superwood
Flat veneer cupboard doors for varnishing
Flat Superwood cupboard doors for Duco or hand painting
Wrap cupboard doors are machined to your finish size and shape then covered with a plastic foil with many finish options that give a good looking durable cupboard door with high aesthetic value
Melamine cupboard doors can be found in a variety of colours and imitation wood grains, many people cannot see the difference between these products and wood or veneer from a metre away.
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