IKEA vs. Howdens Kitchens
IKEA is a furniture store that specializes in everything. They have bookshelves, patio furniture, beds, mattresses, and kitchens. They even make sure the food they sell is the cheapest in a 30-mile radius. This bodes well for them. Because of their versatility, they have long-lasting customers who buy most all their products from IKEA. Unfortunately, this also means they can’t focus too much attention on a specific room as other companies do.
Howdens Joinery is a hardware store that specializes in kitchens. In fact, most everything from Howdens Joinery is hardware, doors, and cabinets. They work hard to maintain their brand. They don’t need fancy furniture to keep the business afloat.
Comparing IKEA to Howdens is no easy feat. They are two stores with more differences than similarities. What they both have, however, are kitchens.
Howdens is not a store known for its affordability. Most of their kitchen units don’t have prices listed and are quoted based on the space. They tend to double the price of IKEA kitchens. This is because the kitchens are of a much higher quality. They last a while, have a warranty and truly are durable. The fitters quote the price for consumers so it can be on the pricier side, but buyers get what they pay for.
IKEA is not like this. Their kitchens are affordable and have no big issues, but are not on the same level as Howdens. They truly don’t have that impenetrable durability. A kitchen remodel is great for those who don’t intend to stay too long, but for those who want something that will last, Howdens is the better option.
IKEA kitchens also don’t take into consideration empty space. Spaces needed for pipes or wires are often lost in IKEA kitchens. Fitting the furniture becomes a task on its own when using IKEA kitchens.
But many don’t have the budget for Howdens kitchens. In this case, IKEA is the way to go. They’re not perfect, but they’re definitely sturdy. There have been no major complaints about IKEA. In general, most people have simply said if you have to choose between the two, choose Howdens.
Howdens is great for those in the United Kingdom, but they lack stores elsewhere. IKEA has stores all over the world. They are easier to locate and buy furniture from. Howdens is great for British citizens, but they’re not much help for the rest of us looking for kitchens.
As mentioned before, they also only sell hardware. Sometimes shoppers want to get their furniture shopping all done in one trip. Howdens does not offer this luxury. If a kitchen is brought from them, the shopper still has to go to IKEA to get dining room chairs.
Simply put, both stores are unique to themselves. They are so different. It’s hard to say which is better because they both have their strengths and weaknesses. If there is money is to be spent on a kitchen, go to Howdens. But if the money not spent on a kitchen remodel results in a trip to Hawaii, it’s probably best to stick with IKEA.