Buying cheap cabinets for your kitchen can mean having a new kitchen NOW!
Consider all the possibilities - shop around!
What are you getting
for the money?
Will cabinets of lesser quality work for your situation?
I went to my local stores in Florida and got the prices on this page...cheap cabinet prices may differ where you live.
PROJECT SOURCE 36" unfinished sink base = $144
- Check with
your local home center. Lowe's carries a brand called Project Source with unfinished oak face frames, doors and
- They come fully assembled, though you'll have to
stain or paint them. The interior is finished in a wood-look laminate.
Limited sizes available.
KITCHEN CLASSICS pre-assembled 36" sink base - white = $231
HAMPTON BAY pre-assembled 36" sink base - white = $224
centers carry lines of pre-assembled inexpensive cabinets - colors and
sizes are limited, but for the money they look great. And they're
available now, no waiting for an order to come in.
"Kitchen Classics" is pressboard construction, wood face frames, doors
and drawer fronts. Interiors are finished in easy-clean laminate.
- Home Depot carries "Hampton Bay", pressboard construction with wood face frames, doors and drawer fronts. The interiors are laminate.
Name brand cabinets for less
your home center which name brand collection they sell has the least
expensive cabinets. This line may work for your budget.
a name brand line offers different construction "grades," the lower or
"standard" grade costs up to 20% less than all-wood construction.Avoid
specialty cabinets and go with the basics you need.
- Watch for your
favorite store's credit card offers with discounts and "6 months same as
Buying cabinets online
- If you want to save time, trouble AND money, consider an online purchase. Look for quality as well as price...and order just a door first to see if you like the finish.
- Look for offers of free shipping...or you may spend way more than you expect.
- Check out each website thoroughly to make sure there's an actual phone number for customer service. It wouldn't hurt to call the company first to see what kind of response you get, before you order.
you can find people getting rid of kitchen cabinets in preparation for a
remodel...Craig's List, newspaper ads, word-of-mouth.
- Sometimes these
are free! Beware of people charging a lot for their old
cabinets. By the time you get them the cabs may be scratched or damaged
from the demolition. Don't pay till you've seen exactly what you're
getting and its condition.
- Used cabinets from an
architectural salvage or "used stuff" type store are worth checking
out...you might want to visit weekly or leave your name for them to call
if they get in something great.
- When buying used,
you usually have to buy the whole lot, whether or not you need them
all. And sizes may not be the right ones for your kitchen. Helps to take
along a math whiz kid of any age - and your kitchen measurement
- You'll need a place to store
cabinets you buy this way, so start clearing out the garage now! NOTE:
Don't store cabinets in areas of humidity or extreme temperatures.
Here's my local Habitat for Humanity REStore in Sarasota, FL.
The cabs on this visit ranged from low to very high quality.
This photo at the top of this page is also from the REStore.
Habitat for Humanity has used cabinets, cabinet doors, appliances,
European hinges, lighting, etc. A friend of mine bought a $5 stainless
sink there, cleaned it up with Bar Keeper's Friend, and the thing looks
You may be surprised that used cheap cabinets from charity stores aren't so cheap they're almost free - that was my first reaction, anyway.
Then it hit me - oh yeah! They're raising money for their charity!
Other options for cheap cabinets
- Hang open shelving
instead of wall cabinets. Shelving everywhere may not be the look you
want, but you can skip a wall cabinet in just one area and put everyday
dishes and glassware there...they won't have time to collect dust.
your own cabinetry instead of buying cheap cabinets. If you or your
mate have woodworking skills, there are detailed plans out there for DIY
kitchen cabinets. WARNING: Not all plans are accurate! Buy from a name
- Make an easy version of kitchen base
cabinets. If you can handle basic woodworking, create deep shelving, a
simple face frame and supports. Use curtains or baskets rather than
doors and drawers.
- Refinish your old cabinets! If
you're less than thrilled with the quality of new cheap cabinets, this
may be the answer you're looking for! Check out
How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets
- wood or laminate!
- If your kitchen layout allows
and it fits your style, use a hutch or other piece of furniture you
already have (or one from a used or unfinished furniture store). A coat
of paint and you're on your way!
- Looking for an
affordable pantry cabinet? Check your home center's closet storage and
garage storage aisles for decent storage pieces priced for less than
those around the corner in the kitchen department!
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