A new set of kitchen cabinets can really make a big difference in the look of your kitchen, and how useful it is. However, putting in new cabinets can also be pretty expensive. Most of us don’t want to spend any more than we have to on new cabinets, and it’s no surprise. If you’ve been wondering whether it’s possible to get cheap kitchen cabinets, read on for some important information.
There are some dangers in buying anything priced much lower than the market average, and cabinets are no exception. It doesn’t mean you can’t find inexpensive kitchen cabinets that’ll do what you need them to. It does mean you need to be careful about what you’re buying. Don’t expect to get an incredibly high quality cabinet for a cheap price. There’ll be some defect or downside to any cheap set you buy. Many of these are tolerable, but you should know about them in advance.
One option for getting cheap kitchen cabinets is to get in touch with your local cabinet shop. Apprentice work, of lower quality than you might expect from more experienced cabinet makers, might be available at a low price. If the defects are minor, or the cabinets are only slightly off of true, you may not care that they’re not “perfect.” A good cabinet shop will tell you up front what’s wrong with them.
Look for mass produced cabinets at discount stores. These can be slightly damaged, or they may just be made from cheap materials. Remember to examine the cabinets first if at all possible. You should be aware of the potential problems before you get them home!
You can also try building your own cabinet, if you have a little bit of woodworking skill and don’t mind putting in the labor. The cost of materials is much lower than the cost of brand new cabinets, as long as you already have the tools and experience to put them together. Learning as you go can be a lot harder, however. For most people, it’s not a good idea to start the learning process with a project quite this large.
Don’t forget about second hand options, either. Cheap cabinets can often be found at yard sales, when people are remodeling their kitchens, or at resale stores like Habitat For Humanity’s Homeworks. It might take some searching before you find something that’ll work in your home. However, there are some pretty good deals out there if you know what to look for. Remember that these cabinets may require repair or refinishing, and inspect them carefully before you buy. Most of the time, no returns are possible on kitchen cabinets you buy second hand.