Getting Quality Affordable Kitchen Cabinets

 Looking for perfect but affordable kitchen cabinets can be quite a challenge. Most internal designers and layout artists would say that cabinets occupy a significant portion of one’s kitchen budget. Thankfully, we are not without options.

According to Hitachi parts online catalogue, here are three types of kitchen cabinets to consider: stock, semi-stock and custom. After choosing the type of cabinet that you want, you must next consider the drawer quality, construction, wood type and finish. By knowing which type you want, and its corresponding design, you’ll be able to find high quality but affordable cabinets.

Type: Stock Cheap Cabinets

Finding the right value.Discounts on stocks are usually the heftiest during seasonal sales so you’ll be able to get cheap cabinets during this time. If you want to add that high-end feel for your cabinet, you can install a crown moulding for that royal quality look.This type is usually available in home improvement stores. With quite a number of styles available readily available in the store premises, you’ll get the cabinet you want without having to order it. Stock base cabinets are usually 34 ½” in height and 24.5” in depth. Upper wall cabinets, on the other hand, are 30“ in height and 12” in depth.

Kitchen Cabinets Cheap: Semi-stock

This type is typically acquired by ordering one at your home improvement center. These cabinets usually take at least a month before it can be delivered as these need the touch of a kitchen designer. Albeit available in the same standard sizes as stock cabinets, the width of this type can be increased in increments of 3 inches. Odd-sized spaces can easily be covered with a filler piece. Also, semi-stock cabinets have solid wood fronts and made of a higher-end plywood side construction. If you want to customize your piece, you can ask the cabinet makers to add plate racks, pantries, appliance garages and spice racks. You can also choose to have glass cabinet doors.

Finding the right value.Make sure that the drawer is made of solid wood and that the slides are firmly installed to ensure longer useful life of cabinets. Storage cabinets with thicker plywood used for side construction are definitely better.

Type: Custom Affordable Kitchen Cabinets

This type follows the specifications of the users; from the cabinet hinges to the cabinet doors. And since this piece needs to be crafted in detail, delivery of the cabinets takes time. Customized cabinets come in solid wood construction. You can also have custom replacement cabinet doors. Having custom cabinets will surely provide a personal touch to your kitchens.

Finding the right value.You can always specify that you want the cabinet sides to be done using engineered wood if you want to get kitchen cabinets cheap. Also, keep yourself updated about the new discounted orders the shops may have by paying them a call every now and then. It’s just that, if you use this method, you might end up having to do cabinet refacing so that the cabinet will suit your fancy and initial requirements.

Thrift Shop Cabinets

Affordable Kitchen UpdatesLet us not forget another reliable method of getting affordable cabinets – the thrift store. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is still filled with such wonderful cabinets. Sometimes, when there are leftovers from construction projects, builders usually donate certain pieces. Renovating homeowners also usually donate their old but still high-quality furniture pieces. I was even able to purchase a $600 wrought iron chandelier for a whooping $10 because the piece wasn’t to the owner’s taste and style. A really great deal, indeed!

If you still cannot find a suitable cabinet or your budget is still a little bit short, you can always recycle those old eyesores. You can always transform that corner cabinet or the wall cabinet into eye-catching storage furniture pieces.

Cheap kitchen cabinets don’t necessarily have to look cheap! Know what you want, do a little research, practice your bargaining skills and prepare yourself for a little DIY and you will get that stunning and attractive kitchen that is sure to be the talk of the town. A sumptuous luncheon for all those who may want to admire your new cabinets is entirely possible too with the money you have left!


Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets: Bamboo Edition FAQs

Bamboo cabinetry currently holds a minor segment in the kitchen and bath cabinet industry. Despite that, it is gradually flourishing. In this article, we’ll outline the basics that you will have to remember about cabinets as well as a list of companies with these products on hand. But if you want to order a shoe cabinet or wall cabinet online, it will be difficult as cabinet manufacturers often provide vague or incomplete information about bamboo products in their websites. Listed below in the “Where Can I Buy” section are a few websites that we found quite useful.

  1. Why buy bamboo cabinets?

Bamboo is one of the most popular materials used in furniture-making for the past decade. Even so, we only see it used as flooring. But can we use it for cabinets as well?

Definitely, yes! Most buyers perceive bamboo to be a more environmentally friendly material than the other options present in the market. Since bamboo is a type of grass, this material does not involve deforestation. However, there have been issues about using bamboos including clearing out forest to have more space for bamboo to grow; political issues since most bamboo come from China and lastly, the use of formaldehyde in the production of bamboo products.

Even so, bamboo is considered to be an ingenious and beautiful material. Even with only a clear coating, bamboo provides a warm and radiant glow for your cabinet doors and even the entire cabinet hardware for your kitchen and bathroom.

  1. Do all bamboo cabinets come with a natural finish?

Not necessarily. Dark-stained bamboo cabinets are readily available in the market. It’s just that the natural finish tends to be much more common and popular for bamboo cabinets since it offers such an exquisiteappearance to the cabinet.

  1. Are the cabinets made entirely of bamboo?

No. The doors, the drawers and its panels are usually made of bamboo ply. The cabinet’s superstructure, instead, is made of plywood usually used for other kitchen cabinets.

  1. What sizes are available?

Perhaps because the demand for this product is not that high, available cabinet sizes are also limited. Mr. Bamboo, a leading supplier of bamboo cabinets, offers 9 base cabinets, 7 upper wall cabinets, 2 pantries, and a wall oven cabinet. The largest of the base cabinets has a measurement of about 36 inches in width, 34 ½ inches in height and 24 inches in depth. The largest wall cabinet, on the other hand has a measurement of 36” in width, 42” in height and 12” in depth.

  1. What styles are available?

A pantry cabinet often made of bamboo usually comes in slab-door and Shaker-style forms. A slab-door cabinet has no bevels or raised panels. Bevels are difficult to incorporate into the design since cutting the bamboo plywood would uncover the layers. The shaker-style cabinet possesses a low frame around the perimeter of the cabinet door.

  1. Where can I buy these cabinets?

Eco Cabinets: One of the few cabinet makers in the industry of bamboo products on this list, their website provides great picture

BambooCabinets.com: They serve the Bay area in San Francisco. Online ordering, however, is not possible.

Kitchen Cabinet Discounts LLC: They offer bamboo cabinets although they don’t provide that many pictures in their website. No online ordering is possible.

RTA Kitchen Cabinets: Primarily sells ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets. They offer 8 different types of bamboo cabinets. Please read our profile of the RTA Cabinet store.

Mr. Bamboo: They advertise that they offer solid bamboo cabinets but their website doesn’t provide much information. Ordering’s difficult as well.

Green Tech Cabinetry: They have great pictures of their products. Online ordering is not available and they don’t provide a list of retailers.

Grasswood Cabinets: Provides excellent pictures of kitchens plus an interactive website. No direct ordering available.