Purchasing the Best Kitchen Cabinets

If your kitchen’s condition is getting worse and you feel like is it time to change the whole look then you will have to evaluate each and every option well. A good thing is that if you are not able to afford to remodel your kitchen and change its look even then you can find plenty of options to still affordably remodel it.

The best way to do so is to purchase the online kitchen cabinets. These cabinets can make you save a lot of money. If you will purchase the cabinets from the branded stores then they will definitely be a lot expensive. You can find many ways to make changes in kitchen. Getting the cabinets replaced is the best option. There is a huge selection of cabinets available nowadays to make your kitchen a better place.

When you are purchasing the kitchen cabinets online then you can find discount kitchen cabinets too. If you are of the view that discounted cabinets will be poorly made and they will be of poor quality then you are wrong. Even if you purchase the second hand cabinets, they will be a great way to save money. You can get them painted, repair them or change a bit of their appearance to give them an improved look.

You will find a number of websites from where you will get discounted kitchen cabinets. You can take advantage of this thing. Do you know that because of the availability of these websites, each website owner has to make sure he offers cheap kitchen cabinets in order to retain customers? There are even online stores that offer discounts from time after time making you save money on the kitchen cabinets you purchase. You can find the best cabinets from these stores. You can even get the designer cabinets from these stores at affordable rates.

If you will go out to purchase cabinets from even a local store then you will find them a bit expensive. Although a lot of variety in kitchen cabinets is available out there in the market but when you will search for the best and modern designs in kitchen cabinets then you will see that these cabinets will get expensive. Therefore, look for cheap online stores to find latest but affordable cabinets. If you will purchase the cabinets in bulk then you will find them affordable. There are places from where you can purchase wholesale cabinets and these cabinets can be obtained at a cheap rate because of being in bulk.

Cabinets made out of material like hickory, oak, cherry, birch and maple are found everywhere now. There are plenty of designs, styles and colors available in the kitchen cabinets. Don’t always go with the looks of the cabinets. There are many people who have wasted their money on purchasing cabinets that look good only but are not functional enough to be used. Do not make such a mistake. You are the one who will be using the kitchen so the cabinets need to be functional as well as stylish.

Once you are able to find the best cabinets then you can get them installed in your kitchen. With a few changes in the kitchen, you will find the kitchen at its best. This will make you save money on the project too.

Custom Built Kitchen Cabinets

Have you been shopping for kitchen cabinetry and been dissatisfied with the selection of the big box stores and import cabinet dealers? Well perhaps you should really take a close look at considering custom built kitchen cabinets as an option for your kitchen remodel project. Here I will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of both stock and custom cabinetry.

Stock Kitchen Cabinetry

What are stock kitchen cabinetry? Stock kitchen cabinets are cabinetry that are pre-built to a specific size and then resold by a cabinetry dealer. Stock cabinets are typically produced in 2 inch increments. In some basic kitchen layouts such as an L shaped kitchen you can lay cabinets out without much problem. But what do you do when you are fitting cabinets between two walls? Well in this case the cabinet dealer can supply you with filler pieces to take up any large gaps that will eventually occur by using cabinets that are built within 2 inch increments. These cabinet filler pieces can be cut to fit the remaining gap relatively well. The main disadvantage with stock kitchen cabinets is the aforementioned incremental sizing but also the quality. Although as with anything the lower to mid range priced stock cabinets are typically made from thinner materials and have economy hardware such as cabinet door hinges and drawer slides. There are a few advantages with using stock cabinetry the very first one that comes to mind is cost. Since stock cabinets are mass produced they can be quite affordable. Another advantage is speed, in most cases dealers have access to larger warehouses where the cabinets are stored, and you can have your stock cabinet order within a few short weeks or in some cases days.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Custom kitchen cabinets are cabinets that are built just for your kitchen layout, design taste and needs. Custom kitchen cabinetry can easily be built to fit between two walls or to match odd angles, something not possible with stock kitchen cabinets. There are many advantages with custom cabinets that can not be had with stock cabinetry. The advantages that are at the top of the list are selection. Since a custom cabinet maker will be producing your new kitchen cabinets you can have them make just about any style that is imaginable. You can also have them produce cabinets that are in rare or exotic woods. You can also have a much larger selection of cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Some custom cabinet makers do opt to outsource their doors and drawer fronts, in this case they will usually have a very large catalog of doors for you to make your selection. With custom built cabinets you can select the type of hardware such as cabinet door hinges as well as drawer slides. Most are currently opting for hinges and drawer slides with the soft close feature. This is not only very popular but I wouldn’t be surprise if this becomes the standard in the next few years.

Custom Cabinet Cost

Most people want to know how much more custom cabinetry will cost as compared to stock cabinets. This is almost impossible to answer with any degree of accuracy. The real truth of the matter is that custom cabinets are going to cost more that the lower lines of comparable stock cabinetry. But we have seen custom cabinets be very competitive with the mid to higher range stock cabinets. Despite the higher prices of custom kitchen cabinets it is almost always worth the extra cost. The cabinets are built in a much more solid fashion as well as most custom cabinetmakers will use a ¾ inch thick cabinet case material, it doesn’t get much more solid than that. All cabinet shops will have varying prices, so we do recommend you always compare the same exact kitchen design from shop to shop for the most accurate estimations.

Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing kitchen cabinets doesn’t have to be confusing. With a little research on your part you’ll know what to ask for, what you want and need, and where to find it. All while saving the most money you possibly can.

First – Decide what you need, what you want, and what you can afford.

  • What style are you looking for? Shaker, Country, Retro, Classic, New England, Cottage?
  • Are you open to suggestions and ideas?
  • Do you want wood, laminate, frame cabinets or frameless (Euro-style)?
  • What type of countertops are you going with? Laminate, solid surface, marble, granite, quartz, concrete, tile, glass?
  • Do you need an entirely new kitchen, just a bath vanity, or only a rollout fixed?
  • Do you need help with the entire process, which means you might need to hire or be your own contractor, or is your project small?
  • What is your budget? If you have $200 you can paint your cabinets for a fresh look or get new handles or knobs. If you have $5,000 or more you will be able to get an entirely new kitchen, depending on size. If you have $10,000 you might even begin thinking about remodeling (changing walls, plumbing, etc.). Kitchens really can run from a few thousand to several tens of thousands depending on where you live and what you want. You’ll pay much more for a kitchen in New England or Oregon than you will in Kentucky or Wisconsin.

Thinking about these questions will help get you going in the right direction.

Second – Decide where you are going to look when choosing kitchen cabinets – don’t limit yourself to factory cabinets only.

After you’ve decided what you want and need and are choosing kitchen cabinets, check around. If you need to purchase new cabinets, don’t fall prey to the idea that all custom kitchen and bath cabinets are out of your pocket-book range. There may be cabinet shops out there that are actually less expensive than many factory cabinets (especially when you figure in all the costs like installation, tac, moldings, etc.). But, do be sure to check out the factory cabinets too. Some semi-custom cabinets (which are factory cabinets with more options) may be just what you’re looking for and what your budget can afford.

Bids should be free – at least once. If you have to pay someone to bid on your project – RUN. But, don’t expect someone to bid on your cabinets more than once for free. If you make changes to your plan, or change your mind as to what you want and it needs to be re-bid, expect to pay a small fee at a custom cabinet shop.

Factory cabinet bids will likely continue to be free no matter how many changes you make. But, remember, the more times you change your mind, the more chances there will be for errors, especially with factory or semi-custom cabinets.

Explore rural and small shops – you may find some bargains. If you are in a metro area, take a look on the internet or phone books from outside your area, under the headings cabinetry or kitchens. Rural cabinet shops have cropped up all over in the past 20 years. They are usually very good and usually less expensive than metro custom shops (although don’t rule them out either!). Again, check around.

Remember to always check any cabinet shop out first, before you put your hard-earned money down. Here are some things that you can do to protect yourself as you compare kitchen cabinet companies:

  • Check with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Go to the local grocery store or coffee shop and ask if anyone has heard of XYZ Cabinet Shop, and what kind of work they do.
  • Ask the cabinet shop for references.
  • Ask to see a kitchen they have completed.
  • Ask to talk to one or more of their previous customers, get phone numbers and call on your own.
  • Ask to tour their shop.

You can get some relative bargains out there, but you can also get taken – keep your eyes wide open while choosing kitchen cabinets!

Keep in mind: Sometimes factory quotes can be sneaky! (i.e. home centers, lumber yards)

When choosing kitchen cabinets, don’t just look at the bottom line price. If you quote factory cabinets (even some custom shops will leave these things out, too) make sure that the following are included in the price, or that you get prices for and consider the following:

  • Is tax included?
  • Is top trim included? What kind?
  • What about toe kick? And if quoted, what kind is it? Just some black thing that won’t go with your kitchen and bath cabinets?
  • Are the handles an extra expense? If they are this could run you $200 on up.
  • What about countertops? Are they anywhere in the price, and what kind were figured?
  • Who is going to install this, or is it included in the price?
  • How much will they deduct if I can install it myself?
  • How much will they deduct if I can stain and finish the kitchen and bath cabinets myself?

Third – Get what you need, what you want, and what you can afford.

While choosing kitchen cabinets, make sure you are given a quote for what kind of kitchen and bath cabinets you want. If any cabinet shop or salesperson is hesitant to quote what you really want (especially if they can’t explain why) be concerned.

They should be helpful and not just push what they want to sell or what they have on hand. If they think something won’t work for you, they should be able to give legitimate reasons as to why, not just that they don’t sell those things. It’s okay if they lead you in the right direction, but after you weigh your options, you should get what you want.

Finally – Don’t forget about countertop options. They really make a bid difference in price.

When choosing kitchen cabinets, ask your supplier what they offer for countertops.

  • Laminate Countertops – what edges do they offer?
  • Wood Edge Countertops – what edges do they offer?
  • Marble Countertops (be cautious, there are different qualities of marble). I’m talking about cultured marble here. Real marble is very spendy, but if it’s in your price range and you like it – go for it.
  • Solid Surface – what companies can they get? Do they install or does a third party? Can they make the seams look seamless? What kind of guarantee comes with the product and how long after the cabinets are installed will the countertop be installed?
  • Quartz Countertops – (Cambria, Silestone, CaesarStone, etc.)
  • Granite Countertops – for granite and quartz, also find out when installation will be. It is usually a week or more after the cabinets are installed (sometimes up to a month).
  • Tile – do they tile, do you tile, or do you hire someone else to tile? Also, who prepares the surface for tiling? Will there be a wood edge around the tiles, will the tiles be bull-nozed, or fully wrap-around?
  • If you want concrete, glass, or stainless steel – can they suggest a good supplier or do you have to find your own? Please note that concrete, glass, and stainless steel are relatively rare and will be expensive – more so than granite or quartz.

Keep the above ideas in mind as you are choosing kitchen cabinets. You will make informed decisions and save yourself some money.

And remember – HAVE A HAPPY KITCHEN!