Kitchen cabinets can be a real burden if they need to be replaced and your budget just doesn’t include the cost of doing it. Beautiful handmade cabinets can cost a small fortune, and the truth is that even the stock models cost quite a bit. In fact, it may also be the case that you want to replace the kitchen cabinets in a cottage or rental property and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on fancy cabinets. In this case, looking for used kitchen cabinets is a good option.
If you’re lucky, you can find used kitchen cabinets custom made from solid wood. This means that they will certainly last for a long time. In addition, used cabinets can have various features such as storage on your stove, beautiful knobs and handles, drawers, Lazy Susans, bins, boxes and much more. The important thing is to do some research. It is possible to find well cared for kitchen cabinets at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets. Who knows the owner may just want a change and remodel, just like you!
It is also possible that if someone has taken out their old kitchen cabinets, they may have an appliance or two that are available.
Tips for buying used kitchen cabinets
1. There are many places to look for used kitchen cabinets. The first place you need to start is by doing a local search. There are thrift stores that stock appliances and furniture in the back. There want ads and yard sales. You can really make great deals at yard sales because they expect to trade, and you know they don’t want to drag those things back to the garage. They should probably pay you to take them. Then there’s Craigslist and eBay, although you may have to stick close to home because an eBay seller is very unlikely to ship cabinets.
2. You need to measure the space where the used kitchen cabinets will be placed. This needs to be precise and accurate. There is no point in getting a great deal on used kitchen cabinets, bringing them home with you and then while fixing them you find out they don’t fit as they are either too big or small. This is just a waste of time, effort and money.
3. Before buying used kitchen cabinets, make sure the cabinets match the overall design of your kitchen. While you may plan to refinish these cabinets for a whole new look after you buy them, basically what you see is what you get!
4. The finest used wooden kitchen cabinets are those that are made of solid hardwoods such as maple and oak. These cabinets are strong and durable, offering both style and comfort for years to come. In general, you should be aware that MDF products which are also known as engineered wood, particle board, fiber board, are not able to survive normal kitchen environments easily, especially if they are already used.
5. The best used metal kitchen cabinets are those in which the base is made of wood or plywood. These cabinets are superior to those made with particle board or fiberboard-base, which simply cannot deal with the high activity of a kitchen, especially on the second go-around.
6. Proper inspection and research is crucial before you buy. Used kitchen cabinets have no warranty, so we repeat, your inspection must be thorough. The wood can have warping, the support mechanisms can be broken and there are often marks and gashes. Some of these can be patched up with a little work. It’s just good to have a realistic picture of what needs to be done to make used cabinets part of your home.
7. If you notice several scratches, inconsistencies or dents in the used kitchen cabinets, you may be able to negotiate a discount or a better price. However, you must keep in mind that if you buy these used kitchen cabinets that have dents or scratches, you will have to fix them yourself. You will have some refinishing to do, and depending on the level of refinishing that needs to be done, any savings you may have had, could be lost.
8. Just to be on the safe side, try to get the opinion of a contractor before you buy and try to install the kitchen cabinets used.
9. The cost of shipping can be high, if you find used kitchen cabinets that are far away and the savings from buying them can be lost.
10. If you can find out who the manufacturer was, you may be able to check with them to see if there are any harmful chemicals that were used in their kitchen cabinets.