Kitchen cabinets are one of the most important aspects of a kitchen, both in terms of function and decor. Adequate, well laid-out cabinet space is essential in storing all the dishes, utensils, and appliances that are needed in a home. Together with storage space, the cabinet layout will determine the counter space available, which is essential for preparation and serving. As well as being extremely important, kitchen cabinets can also be extremely expensive. High-end custom cabinets are the stuff that dream kitchens are made from, and the price reflects this. Not everyone can afford a dream kitchen, nor is it a wise investment into every home or every space. In some cases, it is more appropriate to use discount kitchen cabinets.
If you choose to look for kitchen cabinets on sale, you have a few options for how to purchase them. One option is to use standard stock cabinets that you measure, order, and install yourself. They are also known as RTA or “ready to assemble” cabinets. Using these cuts your costs substantially because you are not paying for the time and expertise of professional designers or installers.
If you choose to take this route, you will need to measure and plan carefully. You will want to leave at least 18 inches of clearance for doors to open and 3 feet for walkways. You can order these stock cabinets from discount websites, often paying wholesale prices. Often, you will find the prices on stock cabinetry to be lower when you order yourself than when you purchase stock cabinets through home improvement retailers such as Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Another option for discount cabinets is to use a store such as IKEA, where you use the help of a professional designer to plan and lay out your kitchen storage solutions, but where you do all of the assembly and installation yourself. These cabinets, if well done, don’t necessarily look cheap, although they are significantly less expensive than a comparable style of Kraftmaid or Thomasville cabinets, for example. If you use this option, be sure to allow plenty of time for assembly and installation, as this can be quite complicated for even professionals. No matter which kitchen cabinets you buy, you can save significantly by being willing to do some more of the planning and installation work yourself.