flat pack hacks for a designer look

Homeowners use flat pack solutions to save on costs but worry that the end result is going to look obviously like a flat pack solution. With a little bit of creativity, the humble flat pack hack can quietly take on a designer look. They’re versatile, and it’s one of the reasons why so many homeowners love them!

Flat pack solutions are incredibly versatile and can be used throughout the home from the classic kitchen through to entertainment units, buffets, wardrobes, vanities, laundries, pet homes and so many other ways. If you’re interested, and would love to lose a few hours down the flat pack hack rabbit hole jump onto Pinterest and search for hacks. They’re endless and amazingly creative and sometimes downright ingenious!

Handles and Legs.
Adding your own handles, sourced outside of the flat pack provider, is one of the easiest ways to introduce a design solution that suits your personality and one of the easiest flat pack hacks. There is a myriad of choices available and because they’re small items, they can be easily shipped from outside of Australia. Handles are also one of the easiest ways to either make a statement, or add another layer to the design. The same can be said for changing out the standard legs, or in some flat pack hacks, adding custom legs can make a huge difference to the final design.

Custom colour the back panel on the island/peninsula
If you’re installing a flat pack kitchen and have opted for an island bench, whilst flat pack solutions can be built from the front end quite easily, it’s the back of the island or peninsula that the panel sizes available can sometimes let down the design. Quite often you’ll find the largest length of panel is less than 3m which means you’ll need to have a join on the back of the island or peninsula which to me looks a bit messy. This is where I’d suggest getting a joiner to custom colour a panel that spans the full length.

Add open shelving.
If the space you’re working on doesn’t fit the standard widths of the flat pack available and you’re left with an odd gap, here’s a great opportunity to add open shelves to the design. A great spot to add relief to the design, to add character, and inject a bit of your own personality to the flat pack hack. Like the handles I’d suggest sourcing this from somewhere standalone so that it really does add character. Of course, you can take this further and deliberately add open shelves to other areas of your design, but it’s a good starting point to get you thinking about how you’d like to customise the space to suit your own personal style and aesthetic.

Frame the flat pack with walls.
One of best ways to ensure your flat pack moves past its humble origins is to frame out the space with walls. In other words, we’re looking to go beyond the standard end panels and into a purpose designed space. This works especially well for kitchens, study areas and if it suits the entertainment unit. Following on from this, adding a bulkhead, if appropriate, to the design elevates the design beyond the flat pack.

Introduce materials outside the flat pack scope
Apart from the cabinets themselves, the tops, benches and splashbacks are dominant features of any design. This is a perfect opportunity where you can go beyond the flat pack and a great way to flat pack hack your way to a designer look. Even on a budget, there are some amazing cost effective solutions available from Australian manufacturers that are worth hunting down.

Find yourself a flatpack installer.
My last tip is to source and meet with a flat pack installer. Nope, I’m not suggesting that you blow the savings on having someone else put all those cabinets togethers and install it for you. What I am suggesting is it’s smart for you to have someone available you can bring into the project when things don’t make sense, or for those tricky bits you’re not confident in doing yourself. You may pay for a couple of hours of advice, but it could save you a whole lot of money in the long run.

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