My experience: Buy good solid wood kitchen furniture online

Plan your kitchen and order it online

This post is a small mix of sponsoring and a real experience report. Sponsorship, since the links contained are affiliate links, but still a real experience report, since we have our complete kitchen at it Baur and Neckermann have ordered, but the contribution was not paid by the mail order company. I just wanted to collect the information we researched in the course of our kitchen planning - in the hope that it might help some readers. So if you are thinking of getting a new inexpensive kitchen that is also made of solid wood, then you might find the right suggestions here.

We ultimately planned the kitchen on paper - the iPad apps that we tried out all had quite a learning curve and we only want to plan one kitchen and not 50 (photos: Sir Apfelot).

We ultimately planned the kitchen on paper - the iPad apps that we tried out all had quite a learning curve and we only want to plan one kitchen and not 50 (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Update 19.01.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX: Our Home Affair kitchen is ready, but we have more tips for you!

It's been a while since we started the "Buy solid wood kitchen online and pimp it up" project. The kitchen has been painted and is standing, but we would now do a few things differently, which we would like to briefly describe to you here in the update.

1st tip: buy a white kitchen range and then paint straight away

We had decided on an "untreated" Home Affair series "Alby", but unfortunately the wood wasn't as untreated as we thought, but oiled. That means my wife degreased, sanded, primed and then varnished all solid wood kitchen furniture before assembly. It is much easier to buy the kitchen furniture painted white and then just paint it too brightly. The links to the corresponding cabinets are available shortly.

2nd tip: Buy base cabinets without worktops

When we ordered our Home Affair base cabinets, there were only cabinets with countertops. These are also important for stability. The series is now also available without a worktop, which is designed so that you can put a worktop on it later. We would now order them (links will follow!).

3rd tip: screw the back panels together

The rear panels are relatively thin, as you are used to from cheap furniture. Small nails are included, but we didn't use them. Instead, we used small screws (and lots) to attach the back panels. That was a good idea.

4th tip: glue drawers together

The drawers are screwed, but come with screws like that, which you turn half a turn to tighten a pin – you know it from Ikea too. Since these connections tend to loosen from time to time, we would now glue them together and then tighten them so that nothing comes loose anymore.

5th tip: Fill the connections on the fronts

The fronts have some connections that are visibly recessed. My wife didn't like these indentations. That's why she filled it up and sanded it down to get a smooth surface.

6th tip: Reinforce drawer bottoms

The bottoms in the large drawers are not designed to withstand large stacks of plates. We have therefore glued strips (1 cm squared timber) all around under the floors. To do this, we had thin boards sawn to size at the hardware store, which could be placed directly in the drawers. This distributes the pressure and makes everything nice and stable - and it wasn't expensive.

We would now take this kitchen series

As described above, we would now buy the kitchen cabinets that are already painted white and have no worktop. So that you can find them quickly, here are the appropriate links to Baur:

Almost done... but you can already see how our kitchen has turned out. But you can have it much easier if you follow our tips (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Almost done... but you can already see how our kitchen has turned out. But you can have it much easier if you follow our tips (photos: Sir Apfelot).

Now the update is over and we continue with the original article...

Our initial situation: Looking for a kitchen at short notice

We are currently in the process of redesigning our "new" house (built in 1924). Some walls flew out and we now have a large room that we would like to use as a kitchen-living room. The craftsman now wanted to know where electricity, water and drains should go and we were completely unprepared because we thought there was still some time. But it didn't, which is why we had to go from planning the kitchen to ordering the kitchen furniture in a few days so that we can provide all the information for the craftsmen.

So much for a background story and an explanation of why we didn't go to various kitchen studios. However, time is only one factor. The second factor is money because we are not like that kitchen obsessedthat we want to spend five-digit amounts on it. From this point of view, ordering the kitchen equipment online seemed very helpful in saving time and money.

The "Alby" kitchen series has everything we were looking for: solid wood, beautiful looks, robust construction and a good price (Photo: Baur Versand).

The "Alby" kitchen series from Home Affaire has everything we were looking for: solid wood, beautiful looks, robust construction and a good price (Photo: Baur Versand).

Baur Versand: good, inexpensive solid wood kitchens with substantial discounts

My wife went to that through an acquaintance Online shipping Baur who, in addition to many other products, also supplies kitchen furniture. The range includes a kitchen line made of softwood, which we liked both visually and in terms of price. Since we want to paint the furniture anyway, the "pine, oiled" version is the right choice for us. According to some customers, the wood is only slightly oiled, so painting after a short sanding should not be a problem.

In order not to make the article excessively long, I would like to list a few things here as bullet points that, in our opinion, for the Baur shipping and the "Alby" kitchen line speaks:

  • The kitchen cabinets can be delivered at short notice: delivery time at Baur (with us) 2-3 days, with other providers often 4-6 weeks.
  • As already mentioned, the furniture should only be oiled if possible, because we wanted to paint it ourselves (here Baur offers the "Alby" and "Oslo" series from Home Affaire, which however only differ slightly.
  • Since pine is a soft wood, we initially had concerns about whether the furniture was of reasonable quality and would not break too quickly. A friend of ours recently bought this piece of furniture in “pine oiled” and was very satisfied with the quality. The wood would be quite sturdy and the cabinets are well made.
  • Our friend also mentioned that the kitchen furniture is easier to assemble than Ikea furniture - so even we can do that with two left hands.
  • The Alby and Oslo kitchen lines have drawer cabinets where the drawers look a bit "weak" at first glance, but they actually can withstand a lot. A customer wrote that she kept her plates and glasses there and that the drawer was not yet at its limit. The kitchen furniture seems to be well made - despite soft wood and good price.
  • Also important for us: In contrast to the typical Ikea furniture, which somehow seems to be made of cardboard and pressboard, the Alby furniture is actually made of solid wood and can be sanded and treated, as is usual with solid wood furniture.
  • In terms of price, we then wanted to see whether you might get cheaper at Ikea, but since you have to buy all the individual parts separately (pull-outs, doors, handles, etc.), you are about the same when it comes to the price.
  • But here comes the trick that made us order the kitchen from Baur: They offer a 20% discount on items from the "Living" area, which amounts to a good 3.000 EUR discount with a total order value of almost 600 EUR. In addition, you receive Payback points on the order, which is also not insignificant with this amount. This means that we are well below Ikea in terms of price.
Here you can see the structure of the base unit of the "Alby" kitchen series. Of course, the drawers run on pull-outs - but you still have to attach a worktop (Photo: Baur Versand).

Here you can see the structure of the base unit of the "Alby" kitchen series. Of course, the drawers run on pull-outs - but you still have to attach a worktop (Photo: Baur Versand).

20% discount also on kitchen furniture at Baur

I wrote to Baur's customer service to make sure that there isn't some exception to the 20% new customer discount or whether kitchen furniture is excluded. But this is not the case, the answer from customer service came less than 24 hours later:

Of course, you will also receive our new customer discount of 20% on our kitchen furniture.

With that we could theoretically order the furniture, but unfortunately we had to order a base cabinet from Neckermann-Versand because it was no longer in stock at Baur. At Neckermann there is "only" a 15% discount for new customers or with a voucher, but this did not mean a great loss in price.

Conclusion: ordering kitchen furniture online is definitely recommended

Even if I usually find it difficult to order these products online for clothes and furniture, in this special case you can give the green light - ultimately also due to the good experience of our friends. You don't get help with kitchen planning, as is the case with a kitchen studio, but with a little paper, pencil and weight you can also achieve your goal. In addition, ordering kitchens online is inexpensive in terms of price.

As soon as our kitchen is up and the house looks less like a construction site, I'll add a few more photos here.

List of mail order houses and kitchen series

Finally, here are the references to the "Alby" and "Oslo" kitchen lines from the "Home affaire" brand Baur, Neckermann, and Otto. In terms of price, none of them give themselves much, but those who are not yet a Baur customer benefit from the 20% new customer discount (valid until August 27.8.2020, XNUMX). If individual parts are not available, it may be helpful that the other mail-order companies are also mentioned.

Kitchen series "Alby" from Home affaire (solid pine wood)

Kitchen series "Oslo" from Home affaire (solid pine)

 

 

 

 

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6 comments

  1. Dare says:

    And? What is your experience with the kitchen? is she still standing

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Yes, she is still standing. Is ok for us so far, only the drawers are quite "windy". One of them fell apart, which is partly our fault, since we tilted the drawer and then pulled it out with force. The extracts from Ikea are somehow more durable. But for the price and for the fact that it's solid wood (softwood!), we're quite happy.

      • Dare says:

        Thanks for the assessment! And the deletion also worked as planned? We're thinking of doing the same for you...

        • Jen Kleinholz says:

          Yes, that worked too. My wife degreased, sanded, primed and painted. But she just said that if she were to do it again, she would take the cupboards in white and then paint them in color. Then you save yourself all the intermediate steps. And the kitchen turned out really nice. Can't get it anywhere else for the price. Oh, my wife said she saw that the series is now also available without a worktop and with a center bar. That's great, because you can then build a beautiful oak panel on it yourself.
          And she has a few more tips:
          – for the backplates, use screws to attach (not the nails that come with it)
          – Reinforce the drawers (we glued strips under the boards all around and had the boards cut to size at the hardware store so that the weight of the plates is better distributed
          I can also send you photos again if I may. 😊

  2. Dare says:

    Thank you very much for the many tips and the update! (also to the wife). You can already see a lot on the current pictures, but I'll be happy to leave my email address if there are other photos that help.

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