September 29, 2023


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Evaluating Cabinetry Choices From Massive Field Shops | Thrifty Decor Chick

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How I saved on our kitchen renovation by buying unassembled kitchen cupboards.

I am breaking down the variations in high quality and pricing among the many 4 varieties of cupboards obtainable from most large field {hardware} shops. 

I’ve used three of the 4 choices for my DIY initiatives through the years and have provide you with a favourite!

After a lot analysis on what kind of cupboard to make use of for our basement kitchenette undertaking, I made a decision to go together with unassembled kitchen cupboards for the primary time ever, and I am so glad I did! I will be sharing the advantages of those easy-to-assemble cupboards. 

One factor that shocked me was the value of high quality assembled cupboards. It appeared they had been rising in value by the day! 😬

I did not think about customized cupboards simply because I can add so most of the fancy particulars myself.

I’ve at all times utilized in inventory unfinished cupboards for my DIY builds, partly as a result of I am normally impatient and need to go get them once I need them, however largely as a result of the value is implausible they usually can simply be up to date plenty of methods. 

However I wished slightly increased high quality for this house, so after choices for our new kitchen, I made a decision on unassembled cupboards: 

avondale 36 inch drawer base

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We select the Hampton Bay Avondale shaker cabinets from House Depot. I discovered you get quite a lot of the bells and whistles of upper finish cupboards, however they value manner much less since you’re doing a lot of the work. 🙂 

I arrange my cupboard meeting on our lengthy eating desk within the basement with an enormous drop fabric and scrap cardboard from the cupboards on high. 

The one onerous a part of this cupboard constructing was getting them down the steps. The containers had been HEAVY (these are made with plywood as a substitute of the cheaper furnishings board the inexpensive variations are product of).

For the bigger cupboards, we opened them up and took the elements down in journeys.

As soon as down there although, the method was pleasantly straightforward and fast. I am a type of weirdos who would not thoughts furnishings meeting, so this was virtually enjoyable for me…like a puzzle. 

After a pair I had the method down by coronary heart. I used to be totally impressed with the standard — the drawers have dovetail joints: 

dovetail drawers Home Depot

You do not want any fancy instruments for this cupboard meeting. A mallet and drill or screwdriver is all you may want. 

The perimeters slide collectively after which are simply joined with the offered nook braces and screws: 

corner brackets on base cabinets

And the cupboards include the whole lot you may want — together with comfortable shut drawer and door {hardware}: 

soft close drawer hardware

Once I obtained going, the method went fast! I assembled 9 cupboards in a pair days — the smaller ones solely took about half-hour every. The extra complicated drawer models took about 45 minutes to an hour. 

Let’s look nearer on the completely different cupboard choices.

I am breaking down the three varieties of cupboards I’ve used and their value, plus throwing in particulars of extra customized choices as properly. 

(These are based mostly on House Depot’s pricing simply because that is the place I’ve bought from most frequently.)

1. First up, the unfinished cupboards.

dark gray DIY entertainment center

They arrive unfinished and are very fundamental. No frills, no comfortable shut, no paint. 

The models are usually product of particle board, which isn’t nice, however I’ve discovered it holds up simply wonderful for DIY initiatives like these constructed ins. 

They’re cheap and really straightforward to replace your self!

I like utilizing these for bookcases like this as a result of I haven’t got to fret about priming and portray over a paint end. I can end them nonetheless I need.

2. The second choice are assembled and painted in inventory cupboards.

This selection is what I used for our pantry — I put in the Hampton Bay Courtland Laminate cupboards: 
tall pantry cabinets for food

These value greater than the unfinished variations, however come assembled and painted. They usually are available in a couple of extra configurations (sizes and choices) as properly.

This selection would not include comfortable shut drawers or something like that, and are additionally made with cheaper supplies. 

Total I wasn’t thrilled with the standard on these and need I might have gone with the variations I used within the basement. The pantry cupboards are holding up simply wonderful, however the basement kitchen ones have all of the bells and whistles! 

3. Unassembled cupboards (what I used for our kitchenette). 

These are by far my favourite of the three I’ve utilized in our dwelling, due to the standard and excessive finish particulars which are included. 

It is the little issues — the drawers are FULLY extendable. It is a element on our kitchen cupboards that I really like! You possibly can entry the whole lot within the drawer simply:

full extension kitchen drawer

The meeting wasn’t onerous in any respect — a newbie DIYer might simply do it. It might take extra time in the event you’ve by no means assembled furnishings. 

House Depot gives nice directions and how-to movies for these as properly.

4. Particular order customized cupboards.

I’ve by no means used customized cupboards in our properties, so I am unable to communicate to them personally. However they are often made to suit your room specs and the drawer and door design choices are infinite!

Customized cupboards can be constructed with helpful organizational additions like pull out cabinets, spice racks, and many others. 

As anticipated, these are normally the costliest of the 4 choices. 

Evaluating the value of those cupboard choices.

Let’s speak pricing, because it varies fairly a bit relying on what you decide! 

I gathered costs for 2 cupboards (a base cupboard with drawers and a 36″ sink base) to check the pricing for every. (Once more, these are all House Depot cupboards.)

Thirty-six inch huge sink base:

  • unfinished sink base/$189
  • assembled in inventory sink base/$200
  • unassembled completed sink base/ $339
  • customized sink base choice/$658

Thirty-six inch drawer base cupboard:

  • unfinished (largest measurement I might discover is 24″)/$215
  • assembled in inventory drawer base/$462
  • unassembled completed drawer base/$360
  • customized drawer base/$1073

For probably the most half, the unassembled cabinetry goes waaaay additional for the cash. 

I extremely suggest going with the unassembled cupboards in the event you’re on the lookout for a deal and do not thoughts the additional time and work they entail.

I made a useful graph so you’ll be able to see the professionals and cons in a single spot: 

comparing store bought cabinets

I ought to point out, IKEA is at all times a fantastic choice for cupboards, however I am overwhelmed each time I look into them. There are such a lot of choices and elements, it freezes my mind. 🙂

To not point out they normally find yourself costing greater than the ironmongery shop choices I’ve used.

We had our cupboards put in by contractors and I am so glad we did. I’ve put in many cupboards, however not with the variety of corners and spacers we would have liked for this house. 

Here is a peek at how they got here collectively: 

light gray Avondale Home Depot cabinets
We began with these cool brass pulls which are put in excessive of the drawer fronts, however they had been slightly fashionable for my style, they usually had been so jiggly. 
pull out trash can cabinet
shelves with baskets in base cabinets

My little inbuilt cabinets work so properly for us! We had some awkward house obtainable so I made a decision to make use of it for baskets. 

As an alternative of utilizing the fridge enclosure elements obtainable on this cupboard assortment, we used plywood ripped all the way down to measurement to border it out: 

DIY fridge enclosure

You possibly can see a little bit of the flooring in these pics. I lastly obtained that put in over the vacations and I am unable to wait to point out you.  

dusk cherry LVP flooring

A lot to catch you up on! I will be sharing extra progress quickly!    

Have you ever used any of those cupboard choices in your house? I would love to listen to your expertise. 

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