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There are many things we do without necessarily thinking too hard about it. We might buy a new type of biscuit to go with our tea without trying it first or we might buy a pair of shoes online knowing that if they aren't perfect, there is no harm done. However, how many of us would buy an entire kitchen without seeing it in the flesh first? Lots of us actually and this applies to replacement kitchen doors as well.


Sometimes it takes seeing the perfect kitchen door in the flesh to know it is right for you - just like this Mira Cosa door from our Visions range


One of the issues people have with buying items online is the fact that they can't see and touch the item before they commit to buying it. It puts many people off and they choose not to buy anything at all. They will usually choose to go to their local kitchen studio or DIY store and buy what they can see. However they may not realise that they will often be paying more than they need to and not getting the service which an online and smaller operation can provide.

Then there are the people who will buy whatever they see online without thinking it through. These people will then often complain that the item was not as they expected and that it doesn't look like the picture. While online stores do all they can to make sure their website pictures are representative of what the item actually looks like, it is hard to show colours and materials in a 2-dimensional picture.

This is why you should always take advantage of free and paid for samples before you go ahead and spend money on a product like replacement kitchen cabinet doors. After all, replacing kitchen doors and revamping your kitchen is not something you should undertake without careful thought.

Thankfully here at Kitchen Door Workshop we offer samples of the colours and designs of all our doors, allowing you to make the right choices in the comfort of your own home. Of course what you do with your samples when you get them is pretty important too.

  • Always check the colours in different types of light. This includes early morning light, afternoon light and the artificial light of your kitchen bulbs or lamps.
  • Compare the quality of the door sample with those you already own or those you will see in DIY stores. Note how the door is constructed,  how the top coating or veneer is applied and how sturdy the door sample seems to be.
  • Bear in mind that the door you like may come in a huge range of similar designs and finishes - there is only one way to choose these in an effective way - see them in the flesh.
  • Don't be afraid to try scratching the sample, getting it dirty, spraying it with cleaning products and more to simulate proper prolonged everyday use.

While it may seem like an unnecessary expense, getting plenty of door samples is worth the investment. At £10 each, you will have the pleasure of choosing a door which fits your needs by seeing it in the environment it will live in for the next 10 to 20 years. Surely this puts the whole sample issue into perspective.

If you are considering replacement kitchen doors and the online company selling them to you isn't willing to send you a sample, you should move on and click elsewhere. Never make such a huge choice based on just the skills of the website designer and photographer. See it with your own eyes and make the right choices.

If all else fails you can always travel to our workshop to see our doors for yourself. We are happy to see our customers and you will receive the VIP treatment. Just give us a call first.

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