Kitchen cabinets are a significant focal point when looking to renovate your kitchen. In essence, they are also the most expensive components of a kitchen that takes about the lion’s share of your expenses. According to Remodeling’s_2018 Cost vs. Value report, any midrange kitchen remodeling incurs a cost of more than $50,000. The cost of kitchen cabinets itself takes about 15-20 percent of the cost.
That hurts, right? Fret not. There are still alternate ways to find attractive, modern kitchen cabinets that don’t burn your pocket and in this post, we are about to explore the same.
Ready to Assemble cabinets
For people who are looking to keep the cost of kitchen cabinets under check, ready to assemble is a great option. If you are remodeling your kitchen for the very first time, it’s worthwhile to note that ready to assemble cabinets presents before an impressive storage option since they are mass-produced and highly flexible compared to pre-made designs.
Plus, not to forget the customization feature which works great if you are little space crunched in your kitchen. If you are a DIY kind of person, that’s one more reason to love ready to assemble cabinets that are shipped with an easy to follow manual that saves you from spending money to hire a professional.
The wonderful world of second-hand furniture
Does the term second hand irk you away? Wait! There’s more to the story than one knows. Sure, the second-hand market is a tad dicey, but if you are careful enough, you may land yourself some amazing deals with the cost of kitchen cabinets going as low as $5000-8000.Facebook marketplace, Craigslist and thrift stores are good places to check for cheap kitchen cabinets, where you can find such deals from folks shifting town or leaving the county for work, which makes it impossible for one to carry their cabinets along. Just ensure to call up the seller in person and discuss the distance and transportation costs involved.
That being said, no one can stop you from getting yourself a good deal on kitchen cabinets. Apart from used kitchen cabinets, one can also consider buying display kitchen cabinets which generally rest between a new and a used one. Although one may find them in a little beat-up state, they are far better than a used kitchen cabinet. Also, the dirt and dust that it receives have nothing to do with food or cooking residue as display cabinets are mostly kept in a home improvement store.
Imported Chinese Cabinets
Owing to advanced production, Chinese kitchen cabinets have been successful in making a strong foray into the market. The cost of kitchen cabinets from China is surprisingly low compared to American made. Furthermore, modern-day Chinese cabinets use a wide variety of materials that range from wood, plywood, particleboard, and medium-density fibreboards.
The cost of production itself is quite low compared to other countries and comes with easy to assemble features like cam locks. Apart from intelligent installation features, Chinese cabinets also bespeak beautiful Asian artistry that renders simplicity and elegance in equal measures. If you plan to sell or rent out your property, China made modern kitchen cabinets are great options to consider.
Painting, staining and refacing
The most inexpensive way to go about remodeling your kitchen cabinet is painting and staining. One can either do it by himself or call a professional. Now, if you plan on working alone, know that the process would take at least two to three weeks to be completed. It would require one to remove all hardware including the cabinet doors and clean them thoroughly before you start painting. Put primer like painting walls if you like working with a paintbrush.
Lastly, refacing is another process to make your kitchen cabinets look attractive all the way and is a worthy alternative to buying a new one. Refacing involves applying laminate veneer or wood in thin layers right over the cabinet boxes. You will be amazed to witness the difference in looks that refacing can bring. One can also choose from several designs to style it the way you want.
However, before you take to reface your cabinets, ensure that they are in good condition and can withstand the application of laminate veneer. Modern kitchen cabinets that have slab doors or flat panels can be refaced easily compared to other types, where it calls for a complete replacement of the doors. Also, while choosing to reface or repaint, it is advised that you install new hardware and locks as well, to complete the overall look.
So, you see, buying an attractive kitchen cabinet doesn’t have to incur heavy on your pockets. With a little bit of research and luck, you should be able to keep the cost of kitchen cabinets under check and find a piece that fits your budget, style, and space in tandem.
Sebastian was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Saad Mushtaq has contributed to many online publications including the PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Saad Mushtaq earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Saad Mushtaq follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.Thanks