Best Kitchen Cabinets for the Money Guide

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Posted on Feb 16, 2017

Are you searching for “Best Kitchen Cabinets For The Money“, in hopes of finding a cabinets buying guide? If so, this guide should help you out tons! 

Picking out new cabinets can be really expensive when you start remodeling and could account for 40% of the budget for your kitchen renovation. They are what sets the design style for the kitchen and they will be there for years. So, no pressure?

When there are big demands for designs and dollars, the main trend right now has to be conservative. White cabinets are pretty popular, so are the ones that are more streamlined and less fussy like clean lines and square corners of the Shaker cabinetry.

You can use this buying guide to help you pick, but you should know that consumer reports don’t test cabinets at this moment.

Tips: What is in store for you?

It used to be all about dovetail joints inside of the drawers where what you needed to show the world you had high end cabinets. This type of distinction blurred as more manufacturers begin to offer premium features on low end cabinets. The past cabinets on consumer reports has proved that you can have these as well as other exclusive features and still get bad construction.

Doing a bit of research beforehand, will save you money and your time. Be sure to research manufacturers and retail sites then look at store displays; this is how you will be able to tell quality cabinets from polished shoddy ones once you are able to know where to look. Trust in your taste. Your kitchen should complement your home, so pick what you love.

Consider the budget

There are going to be three cabinet styles: custom, semi-custom, and stock. Stock cabinets will normally be sold at home centers where you would buy preassembled drawers, where stores like Ikea have versions that you will have to assemble. Stock cabinets come in limited styles and colors. Semi-custom cabinets will offer more style configurations and options, which allows a better fit for your kitchen. Custom cabinets will be your most expensive option, but you can include many features that you picked and of course your exact specifications.

Picking a style

Frameless or framed? Framed cabinets are made of a cabinet face and box frame, in which the drawers and doors are attached to. Frameless cabinets known as European style cabinets skip a cabinet face frame and the drawers and doors attach to the cabinet box. The look is a lot more contemporary and the interior access is a lot easier. The lack of a cabinet face frame can really compromise the rigidity. Better manufacturers will compensate for this by using a box made out of three quarter inch plywood instead of half inch particleboard. If you are wanting to have that European look but want to have a framed cabinet, select a full-overlay door. It will cover all or most of the cabinet face frame.

Inspect the construction

The well build cabinets tend to come with wood drawers that have dovetail joinery; full extension drawers; as well as doors that are made with wood frames that surround plywood or a wood panel.

Focus on the Features

Even though it could increase your cost by 20%, useful features such as pull-out trash cans and a built in charge station, or a lift cabinet that has a spring loaded shelf that will swing up and out will offer easy access to food processor or stand mixer.

Consider just revitalizing your old cabinets

If your cabinets that are square, sturdy, and plumb you could consider refinishing or repainting them. In order to do it right, remove the drawers and doors and clean them with a degreaser agent, sandpaper, and then apply a primer and several top coats or pay someone to do it for you. Cabinet refacing happens to be an option. It is great for framed cabinets and will involve replacing the drawers and doors and then applying veneer to the face, ends, and frames. You will be able to make old cabinets easier to use by adding a lazy Susan, pull out shelves or other types of inexpensive upgrades. The last touch could be to install under the cabinet LED task lights.

Kitchen cabinets for every budget

Cabinets will vary in price. Below is an overview of three cabinet types that have broad prices that you will find in stores. Most kitchens have about 25 feet to 30 feet of cabinets.

Budget cabinets

These are often called stock cabinets, and are inexpensive, off the shelf type of cabinets. Some will come assembled while some will need to be assembled on site. Most will use a frameless construction where the door has no reveal or lip around it.

Pros: This is a money saving pick if you aren’t really picky about your options or fits. Some brands have better construction, solid wood doors, and other pricey features. The past tests have found that basic models will often perform better in wear tests than expensive models.

Cons: They are often made of veneered particleboard, instead of plywood. Trim and style options, accessories, and sizes are limited. Figure about an hour for assembly time for every set of base and wall cabinets.

Cost: around $70 per foot.

Mid-level cabinets

These are semi custom models and are perfect for most kitchens. Most use a face framing construction, where a wood frame is shown around the drawers and doors.

Pros: these models offer a lot of custom options that include materials, finish, size, trim and more. That can make them the best value over all.

Cons: Just like with basic cabinets, the features and qualities will vary. Boxes may be veneered particleboard instead of high-quality plywood.

Cost: $150 per foot.

Premium Cabinets

These are close to made to order cabinets, these are semi-custom models that will offer the most storage and style options.

Pros: These models will normally come with plywood boxes and other premium hardware and materials. Widths do come in ¼ inch increments, instead of 3 inch increments.

Cons: Although they are less expensive than custom units, models that have the most features and highest quality may cost as much as completely custom unit.

Cost: Starts at $500 per foot.

Thank you for reading “Best Kitchen Cabinets For The Money”. Stay tuned for more from the experts at Cabinets By Design. 

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