The Truth About Discount Kitchen Cabinets

by Joanna Stewart

Mon, Jan 29, 2018

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The idea of discount kitchen cabinets is appealing - I get it. Why spend tens of thousands of dollars on brand name cabinets when you can get others at a fraction of the cost?

The truth is that you get what you pay for.

It’s no secret that cabinets are the most expensive part of any kitchen remodel. That’s why so many of my clients start looking for ways to save money on their cabinets from the beginning.

The good news is you can get your dream cabinets and still save money at the same time, you just have to know where to look.

In this exclusive guide on discount kitchen cabinets you’ll discover the pros and cons of buying cheap cabinets.

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There is an overwhelming number of cabinet manufacturers, wholesalers and galleries that want to sell you cheap kitchen cabinets. How can you tell which ones will give you the best bang for your buck?

Here are a few of the most popular discount kitchen cabinet brands and styles available. Obviously, there are way too many to list, but these should get you headed in the right direction.

IKEA Cabinets

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The first thing most people think of when they’re looking for cheap kitchen cabinets is IKEA. It’s no surprise considering they offer stylish furniture at extremely competitive prices.

IKEA cabinets are cheap because they are made of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) and you have to assemble them yourself. Unlike natural wood cabinets like Oak or Maple, MDF has a shorter lifespan and does not stand up well to water damage or abuse.

That being said, IKEA cabinets are a great option if you are looking for discount kitchen cabinets that look great.

RTA Cabinets

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Ready to Assemble (RTA) kitchen cabinets are just as they sound - they come in a flat pack box and all you need is a screwdriver to install them. Well, that’s what most RTA cabinets wholesalers tell you, but you might need a few more tools than that.

Since you assemble and install the cabinets yourself they are considerably cheaper than brand name cabinets.

RTA cabinets are available in a wide range of styles and colors. Two of the most popular online wholesale companies are the RTA Store, Shop RTA Cabinets. You can get discount cabinets at Home Depot too.

The Home Depot carries RTA cabinets from Heartland Cabinetry in a variety of styles and colors.

Used Kitchen Cabinets

One of the most rewarding ways to find name brand kitchen cabinets at discount prices, is to use your creativity.

There are a few companies that sell showroom kitchen displays to consumers for discount prices. The benefits are that you get high quality kitchen cabinets and the prices cannot be beat.

Unfortunately, these are stock cabinets and are designed for a showroom layout. That means if you need to make changes, you might have to hire a carpenter to modify the cabinets to fit your kitchen layout.

Another alternative is to look on Craigslist and your local classified ads for used cabinets. It may be hard to find your dream kitchen cabinets on Craigslist, but you could get lucky.

Might as well look for discount kitchen cabinets in the classifieds before you put your money down on a custom made set of cabinets.

The Verdict on Cheap Kitchen Cabinets

As you can see there are a few places to get kitchen cabinets at discount prices. But, be careful not to get seduced by the sticker price alone. Kitchen remodeling projects have the highest return on investment when it comes time to sell your home. However, if your cabinets are worn and sagging after a few years you might have a hard time recouping your investment.

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