Jul 30, 2019
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Different Price Range of Cabinets

Kitchen Cabinets are by and large the core of any kitchen. They can be highlighted by appliances such as the refrigerator, stove, cooktop, dishwasher and microwave, or these appliances can be modified to blend in by using panels that match your cabinets.

Shopping for them can be intimidating, especially for a first time buyer. There are hundreds/thousands of major cabinet companies, and many more smaller custom shops where you can get any cabinet made from any species of wood that your mind can imagine. Add to that list the explosion of RTA Kitchen Cabinet importers, and the laminated manufacturers, and suddenly the list can be overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that higher price always means high quality in construction, or more features being available.

In the past, pricing had always been the way to categorize cabinets. Traditionally, the higher-quality cabinets simply cost more money. As I mentioned before, with more and more importers conforming to the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) building standards, some of the RTA kitchen cabinets can actually offer a sturdier box than the traditional, made to order kind. Regardless of what type of kitchen cabinet you decide to go with, it does not take much effort to spend tens of thousands of dollars on the actual cabinets.

Most manufacturers build their base and wall cabinets in standard sizes. The base cabinets are often 34.5 inches tall and 24 inches deep. They come in widths starting at 12 inches and can go up to 48 inches often in increasing width increments of 3 inches. Wall cabinets are often 12 inches deep and 30 inches or 42 inches tall. They also come in the same size widths as the base cabinets. Wall cabinets also come in several different heights and depths for locations such as over the refrigerator or over the microwave/hood range unit. With custom kitchen cabinets, you have even more choices available, since they will be created specifically for your kitchen space.

Different semi-custom manufacturers make different-sized cabinets for all sorts of special looks and situations. It is not uncommon to have one cabinet extend beyond adjacent cabinets to create a distinguished look. It pays to shop around to see all of the different possibilities and special features offered by the custom and semi-custom cabinet manufacturers.

One of the biggest advantages to true custom cabinets is the ability to make one giant base or wall cabinet instead of separate boxes that are screwed together by the installer at the jobsite. A custom-cabinet maker can easily make one giant base cabinet 8 feet long that installs as if it were a piece of furniture. The same is true for wall cabinets. The advantage of this method is the lack of vertical seams where two traditional cabinet boxes would mate up to one another.

Pay particular attention to the materials used to build the cabinets. Some of them are made with minimal-quality engineered lumber, particleboard, or fiberboard. . If you plan to load a wall cabinet with heavy traditional china, the weight of the dishes may cause the cabinet to pull apart over time. This is particularly true when it comes to the semi-custom cabinets that the name brand cabinet manufacturers sell at the big box stores (which is why price is not always an accurate gauge of cabinet quality). Many of the RTA Kitchen Cabinet manufacturers use solid plywood sides, which obviously creates a stronger box than a particleboard or fiberboard box. When it comes to custom cabinets, the material choices are endless and can usually be specified by the customer.

Another factor that will determine the price of kitchen cabinets is the material used to hold it together. Custom manufacturers will often use a combination of dovetailed joints, wood biscuits, and glue to create tight joints. Mid-grade cabinets will have a wide range of materials holding them together (staples and nails on the lower end, to cam lock assembly and wood glue on the higher end). Most RTA Cabinet Manufacturers utilize the cam lock system, which creates a nice sturdy cabinet, and when enhanced with wood glue, can last a life time. Steer away from any cabinets that are using staples, wooden dowels, or just screws. The strength of the cabinet will be compromised at the joints with these weaker joining materials.

I have been remodeling houses for over 10 years, and have been able to weed out some of the kitchen cabinet choices that didn’t work for me. If you are interested in learning more about my personal preferences, check out my author bio.

I have been able to save thousands of dollars on discount kitchen cabinets by buying RTA cabinets. If you are interested in finding out my secrets, go to my Kitchen Cabinets article at Hubpages

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Jul 28, 2019
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Stocked Cabinets Fast Ready Quality

Selecting cabinets for a new kitchen or a remodel involves many choices. One choice, with a significant effect on your budget will be manufacturing styles. Stock kitchen cabinets will be one of the manufacturing styles you can choose.

Cabinets are sold in several manufacturing styles. Your choice of one of four manufacturing styles will directly affect the cost of your new kitchen. The cabinets account for 40% – 50% of the total cost of your kitchen.

Knock-down (KD) cabinets are the least expensive. They are in stock in most cabinet or home improvement stores and can be taken home immediately. In many cases, homeowners are able to install the knock-down cabinets without the assistance of a professional.

Stock kitchen cabinets are mass-produced in a factory. This achieves the greatest efficiency in production because they are always made only in standard sizes. Stock cabinets are also available in only limited styles and finishes.

Semi-custom cabinets are also available only in standard sizes. They are, however, available in more finishes and styles than stock cabinets. They also offer options for the interiors, including organizational devices and some accessibility options.

Custom cabinetry is sometimes available from cabinet companies. More often, however, custom cabinet are built to order by local cabinet makers. Custom work allows you to get exactly what you want in terms of wood, finish, measurements, sizes, interior options, customized door designs and more.

Stock cabinets are an economical option for most homeowners who cannot afford to install custom cabinetry but want cabinets in one of the more popular styles and kitchen design motifs. If they are made well, they can be a wonderful option.

Stock cabinets are available in standard sizes. What does this mean?

  1. The standard height for a floor-mounted cabinet is 34½ inches. With a countertop added, the work surface is 35 inches above the floor.
  2. Wall-mounted cabinets are between 12 and 30 inches high, depending upon the space available. Your choice can also be influenced by whether you want the cabinets to go to the ceiling.
  3. Floor-mounted cabinets extend 24 inches deep. Wall-mounted units are 12 inches deep.

The standard units available in “standard sizes” are:

  • Base unit
  • Drawer base
  • Sink base
  • Blind corner base
  • Corner base
  • Corner carousel
  • Drop-in range base
  • Wall unit
  • Tall cabinet (oven, broom closet, pantry)

The width of cabinets ranges between nine and 48 inches, in increments of three inches. This enables homeowners to choose stock kitchen cabinets for most projects.

Stock cabinets are generally available in only a few different wood choices. Often a mid-range wood will be used to make all cabinets. The finished cabinetry is then stained to reproduce the color of a more expensive wood or it is painted white or black (sometimes other colors).

A somewhat limited number of door panel styles are available. For example, there might be only one style of frame and panel, one style of raised panel and one style of flat panel.

The most important characteristic of stock kitchen cabinets is construction. Before you buy cabinets, it is important to check for several markers of solid construction:

  • The best construction will use dovetail drawer and cabinet corners (no nails, glue or staples).
  • Drawers should be sturdy enough to support at least 75 pounds.
  • The case of the cabinet should be ½ inch thick or more.
  • The interior of the cabinets and drawers should be finished.
  • Adjustable shelves need to be 5/8 inch thick or more.
  • Good hinges.

Check construction of the cabinets, measure your kitchen carefully and look for the finish and style you want for your kitchen. You might find that well made stock kitchen cabinets are the perfect choice for your new kitchen.

Scott Dostal is the President of Kitchen Cabinet Value, LLC, Clinton Township, MI, serving homeowners and real estate investors throughout SE Michigan. His company specializes in modifying structurally sound inexpensive kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities to look like cabinetry found in high value homes. To find out more how to buy stock kitchen cabinets that contain the quality and look of expensive custom cabinets at a fraction of the price, get his free report at http://freereport.kitchencabinetvalue.com.

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Jul 26, 2019
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Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinets

Whenever you need to make a major purchase if you are budget-conscious — by choice or by necessity, the best (I would say, only) place to start is by accumulating as much information as you can about the available possibilities. When buying cabinets, an extremely important consideration is to be sure that the measurements you are working with of the involved area(s) are accurate. You certainly do not want to learn too late that your cabinet choices and/or the resulting layout of them might have better met your needs.

In straight-run base-cabinets, one consideration that should be a priority is, if at all possible, to include “roll-outs” (variably called roll-out shelves, trays, etc.) factory-installed inside them; this is because “roll-outs” provide much better accessibility to items stored there (but, if your budget will only allow one roll-out per cabinet, be sure to place it on the cabinet’s bottom level). But, in case you happen to not be replacing perfectly fine base cabinets which do not have “roll-outs”, all is not lost; that advantage can be added later via “inserts”. And, if you are then unable to find “inserts” from a manufacturer, they can be self-built and installed.

If you are remodeling your kitchen (or building anew), you may need to choose a corner cabinet although not all kitchens need them.For example, a “galley” kitchen is called that because the walls (holding cabinets and appliances) that make up the kitchen face each other and, therefore, preclude the need for corner cabinets. Another possible arrangement in this vein would be an “L-shaped” kitchen with a straight-run of cabinets along one wall and another straight-run of cabinets on a wall that is perpendicular to it but separated from it by a doorway or floor-to-ceiling window. Cabinets installed in a straight run do not pose the variety of choices that corner cabinets do; therefore, if your new kitchen, bathroom, or office needs a corner cabinet, having a list of the types of corner cabinets currently available should help you make an educated choice in their shape and size.

Beginning with base corner cabinets, we have: (1) the symmetrical easy reach — this cabinet is the same length on each side of the corner and contains either shelves along its rear walls or a carousel with shelves “pie-cut” to accommodate the doors (a center hinge allows opening either the first door or both); (2) the asymmetircal easy reach — this cabinet is a little shorter on one leg (if it includes a carousel, that diameter will be the length of the cabinet’s shorter leg); (3) the revolving — this cabinet is like cabinet #1 but its doors revolve with the carousel shelves; (4) the diagonal-front — this cabinet allows a full-circle carousel; and (5) the blind — this cabinet looks like a straight-run cabinet but it extends into the corner along the side of an adjoining cabinet, structure, or appliance thus making its “buried” shelves accessible only from the front door (to allow better use of the “blind” corner cabinet, some manufacturers have cleverly created a cabinet with a first section which, on opening the door, pulls out and pivots to the side to expose roll-out trays which can then move forward to present their contents). Finally, there is a sink base corner cabinet that can be either an “L-shaped” cabinet to hold a butterfly sink or a diagonal-front cabinet with a regular straight-line sink — a caveat whenever a corner sink cabinet is used: be sure that adequate standing area (for loading and unloading the dishwasher) is created by placing a 12-inch wide regular cabinet between the dishwasher and the corner cabinet’s side.

Wall corner cabinets include: (1) the diagonal-front — this cabinet has a modified pentagon shape (this is the one most frequently chosen for this position); (2) the easy reach — this cabinet appears to be two adjoining wall cabinets (it has a center hinge to allow opening the first door or both and allows direct access to the contents on the shelves); and the blind — half of this cabinet is buried in the corner itself and can be accessed only by the front door of the cabinet — this cabinet is the unfortunate choice in instances where structure or an appliance allows no other option.

In conclusion then, when choosing cabinets in general and wall or base corner cabinets in particular, your best choices will depend on the size and shape of available space, your budget and the items that you plan to store there. Additionally, you really should make every effort to: (a) be as fully informed as possible about your cabinet options and (b) carefully review all of your decisions before ordering any cabinets — whether or not you have bottomless pockets.

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