Evaluating Cabinetry Choices From Massive Field Shops | Thrifty Decor Chick

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 forms of cupboards accessible from most huge field {hardware} shops. 

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

After a lot analysis on what sort of cupboard to make use of for our basement kitchenette undertaking, I made a decision to go along 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 worth of high quality assembled cupboards. It appeared they had been rising in worth 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 principally as a result of the worth is unbelievable they usually can simply be up to date quite a lot of methods. 

However I needed slightly increased high quality for this area, so after taking a look at 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 Residence Depot. I discovered you get loads of the bells and whistles of upper finish cupboards, however they price approach 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 a giant drop material and scrap cardboard from the cupboards on prime. 

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

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 simple and fast. I am a kind 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 supplied nook braces and screws: 

corner brackets on base cabinets

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

soft close drawer hardware

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

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

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

(These are based mostly on Residence 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 fabricated from particle board, which isn’t nice, however I’ve discovered it holds up simply superb for DIY tasks like these constructed ins. 

They’re cheap and really simple 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 possibility 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 price greater than the unfinished variations, however come assembled and painted. They usually are available in a number 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 superb, 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 house, due to the standard and excessive finish particulars which might be included. 

It is the little issues — the drawers are FULLY extendable. It is a element on our kitchen cupboards that I like! You may entry all the things within the drawer simply:

full extension kitchen drawer

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

Residence Depot offers 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 may also 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 worth of those cupboard choices.

Let’s discuss 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 match the pricing for every. (Once more, these are all Residence 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 possibility/$658

Thirty-six inch drawer base cupboard:

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

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

I extremely suggest going with the unassembled cupboards when 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 may see the professionals and cons in a single spot: 

comparing store bought cabinets

I ought to point out, IKEA is at all times a terrific possibility 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 area. 

This is a peek at how they got here collectively: 

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

My little in-built cabinets work so properly for us! We had some awkward area accessible so I made a decision to make use of it for baskets. 

As a substitute of utilizing the fridge enclosure elements accessible on this cupboard assortment, we used plywood ripped right down to dimension to border it out: 

DIY fridge enclosure

You may see a little bit of the flooring in these pics. I lastly bought 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.