You’d never know it when you first walk into Klyn Kitchens and Cabinets, but there are about 18 different styles of kitchens packed into just a handful of display kitchenettes.
“We wanted to show off all our options,” owner Martin Klyn said at their new location on Alexander Avenue.
He started his business in Ontario more than 20 years ago and moved to B.C. about 18 years ago. Klyn Kitchens was based out of the basement of his Rosedale home up until October of last year when they moved to downtown Chilliwack.
“The move has been great. I’m glad we’re here, I love the downtown,” Klyn said.
Their new location is about three times the size of their former one and they’ve incorporated multiple designs into each kitchenette on display.
Walk around one of the islands and you’ll see different planking on three of its sides – vertical, horizontal, and one with an X on it. Another kitchenette has various styles of cabinet doors, while a corner wine nook features six racks from which to choose.
The mix of styles throughout the showroom isn’t all higgledy-piggledy, though. With neutral greys and warm cream colours, it all flows nicely and the differences are quite subtle.
A lot of time and thought went into the design of the showroom to maximize space while keeping it warm and friendly, Klyn said.
They’ve packed a lot into that space. As you open different cupboard doors and drawers, you’ll likely find something you weren’t expecting.
“You pull something out, you’ll get some kind of feature,” he said.
Open one skinny, vertical cupboard and out folds a step stool. The drawer beside the washer and dryer contains a folding ironing board. That space underneath the dishwasher? It’s a hidden drawer for your pet’s food and water bowls.
Although some of these space-saving features may seem fancy, Klyn prefers to call them “creative.”
And they don’t just build kitchens. They do vanities, countertops, wall units and anything cabinetry- and countertop-related. Everything comes standard with soft-close devices.
About 60 per cent of their work is done in new builds and 40 per cent is renovation projects, including custom work.
“Whatever you want to dream up, we’ll build it,” he said.
Klyn has also noticed an increase in walk-in customers – it’s up about 50 per cent over their old location. Folks even come by when they’re not open (he can tell by the noseprints on the windows of their big bay door).
They have about 16 staff members at Klyn Kitchens, and when you walk in the door, someone will offer you a coffee. It’s just like how they greeted customers at their former location.
“It’s still a family, homey atmosphere here,” Klyn said.
Klyn Kitchens and Cabinets is located at 45870 Alexander Ave. More info: 604-794-5561, klynkitchens.com.