The decoration of the kitchen is dictated by the style and appearance of the cabinets. The purchase of kitchen cabinets is therefore a decision that you need to think seriously in terms of durability, material, appearance and of course your budget. It also requires a careful comparison of the products available and their price range. Then you can make an informed decision about one that fits your style and budget.
Get your requirements right
When buying kitchen cabinets, you should accurately measure the space of your kitchen that will be occupied by the cabinets. Decide on how much budget you will keep aside for the same. Once you finalize the budget, you can easily make a choice between the following:
- Stock cabinets, semi-customized or fully customized.
- Cabinet accessories such as dividers, handles, knobs etc.
- Cabinet styles and colors.
Where to buy kitchen cabinets?
Once you finalize your requirements, you need to know where to buy kitchen cabinets. Or you can buy them from kitchen appliance stores, showrooms, kitchen cabinet dealers or buy them online from a well-known kitchen appliance retailer (sponsored link). The advantage of buying it from a store is that you can check the measurements, look, feel and style of the cabinets. While this may not be possible online, you can get to browse a wide variety of sites that offer competitive products. In addition you can also get some interesting discounts or offers.
Buying kitchen cabinets online is an easy and comfortable process as you can browse various sites and options sitting in the comfort of your home. Choose the cabinet dimensions according to the measurements of your kitchen space. Choose the styles and colors available. Once you have selected all the features of the cabinets, you can proceed to payment and shipping address details. Payment can be made either by credit card or cash. Payment terms may vary from seller to seller.
Once the cabinets are shipped, you need to check the complete order, manufacturing damage if any and the overall quality of the product. In case of damage, they can be returned and re-sent. The downside is that unlike a store you cannot check out the cabinets at present and there are shipping and restocking fees to pay if the product is returned due to damage. And if they are custom built, they may not be returnable – which can be an extra expense for you.
Buy used kitchen cabinets
Another option is to buy used kitchen cabinets that are readily available online. You can visit a variety of sites such as eBay where the cabinets may be for sale. It is a great choice as it can bag a lot compared to those available in kitchen appliance stores or showrooms. You can also come across local classified ads and you can find a lot. Local kitchen hardware stores can also be contacted for any second hand cabinets they come across; as such dealers often meet people who want to dismantle their old kitchen cabinets and replace them with new ones. There may be some minor flaws with such cabinets but they can be easily fixed and it is a great compromise if you are on a tight budget.
Unfinished kitchen cabinets
Unfinished kitchen cabinets are also a good option to consider in case you want to save some money and do the finishing yourself. With unfinished kitchen cabinets you can choose from a wide variety of colors, materials, glass doors, cabinet accessories such as handles and knobs etc. For reference you can check out various cabinet styles online or check home decor magazines.
Whether you choose to buy from a local kitchen hardware store or online, it’s important that the dimensions are accurate and the cost fits your budget. For online orders, check their payment options and also check their shipping terms and conditions. If you are buying used cabinets, check out a few local hardware stores. However, installing the cabinet is a difficult task and cannot be changed easily. So consider your options carefully before making the final decision.