Kitchen Cabinets from Components
With careful layout and efficient assembly, you can piece together affordable cabinets from mix-and-match doors, drawers and boxes.
Synopsis: Two cabinetmakers describe how kitchen cabinets can be made from stock components purchased from outside suppliers. The approach helps to control costs while speeding construction. The article includes an annotated list of hardware and cabinet-component suppliers.
For more than 13 years we’ve been building premium furniture and custom cabinets in Albuquerque, N.M. In that time, costs have risen, but competition has kept our prices low. About five years ago, we began looking for a partner who could help us stay competitive. That partner turned out to be not just one but a group of companies that make cabinet components.
Component manufacturers make everything from a single, simple square box to elaborate assemblies that will cover the wall. The cabinets arrive in tightly packaged bundles of flat panels (called knocked down, or KD). Large retailers such as IKEA sell KD cabinets to brave and thrifty do-it-yourselfers. The retailers include…