knock down cabinets?
I’m looking to put in a new kitchen in my personal house. Does anyone know any good knock-down companies with decent cabinets and good prices. I’m selling this house next year and building a new one, so I’m just redoing the kitchen for resale and don’t want to put a fortune into it. At the same time, I don’t want to give someone a lousy kitchen when they buy this house.
Whaddya mean by "decent" as regards cabs?
And what is meant by "good" when it comes to price?
We get all our cabs from Scherr's, and I cannot tell you whether their price is "good" or not. I would say, however, that their cabs are "decent," or better.
What are your specifications? There is a lot to list . . . carcase material, thickness, assembly method, drawer box type and construction, hinge specs, slide specs, fronts design, species, grade, finish, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Edited 8/19/2006 12:11 pm ET by Gene_Davis
I'm looking for a middle of the road stock cabinet in both cost and construction. I don't want the cheapest partical board junk that some people sell but I don't need the quality of a custom shop built cabinet either.
So who do you know that makes KD cab carcases that doesn't use melamine-faced particleboard for the carcases?
There are other people in the world of KD boxes, but Scherr's, Vass, and Cab Parts all use the melamine as their base line. You can pay extra to get them in plywood, but why bother?
We do pretty nice kitchens, using all Scherr's stuff, boxes in maple-melamine over 3/4" particleboard, that means all tops, sides, floors, and dividers are all 3/4". Heavy and solid as a rock.
It is all frameless design, with fronts in 13/16" species wood (your choice of anything), 5/8 maple dovetailed drawers, any kind of slides you want, etc.
Are you near Chicago? Cabinet World has great prices. Limited styles and sizes, but I did a real nice kitchen with their stuff, before I sold the house. You can google them.
Buy the doors, make the boxes.
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Hi Stair guy ,
I would be careful about re doing the kitchen in any way that may turn some potential buyers off . We call the kitchen the money room , even a so so house with a spectacular kitchen will receive much interest from home buyers .
Check with the most experienced realtors or whomever you trust in your area to be an expert on the subject . Used home sales are in direct competition with new ones , the new ones as of late even if not a mansion are usually Granite / Cherry / up scale looking . IMO spend a few thousand more and make it so you would like it , you never know you may be there for some time to come .
Usually money spent on a kitchen gets recouped in the added price and value at sale time , but always makes the home easier to sell , just one less thing for the buyer to not like .
do it once do it right
good luck dusty
Some review, possibly Consumer Reports, gave the IKEA cabinets a reasonable review, especially when cost is in the equation. A friend of ours in Brooklyn redid her kitchen a few years ago with IKEA cabinets and they still look good. I probably would not buy their cabinets for myself, but they may be one of the best values.
One of my co-workers put in Ikea cabs. Look and work great, very reasonable price. The contractor she used is now recommending them to other people.did<!---->Cure Diabetes - Death Valley 2006!<!---->
I don't know who sells them state side but looks like I'll be importing a container load of KD kit cabinets from china for my loft project... I have looked over the samples they are all plywood construction, very nice finish, nice hardware, and even have the self closing drawers,
it seems there is a huge markup in KD stuff... so much so that i can purchase 5x as much as i need and still come out ahead even if i tossed the rest into the river.... which we know i won't do...
I checked (traveled 250miles) out one company that is selling the same units i'll be importing and they don't sell them knocked down... they put em together and sell them ready to install....
if i can import a 125cc motorcycle for under $350ea you can kinda guess the markup this stuff has...
this same company makes some pretty nice bedroom furniture.... not $6000.00 beds but in line with the stuff you see at maybe SAMS club
of all the cabinets i've researched importing from china none are partical board, the thinest thing i see is 8mm plywood backs.... I'd like to import all my appliances but not have'n alot of luck so far with that but....
my last container load imported was dead center of katrina, then moved on to Texas where it was hit again... hope'n this load has a less eventful ride...
the point is... there is some very good KD units and you don't have to have partical board... not that i'm against it...just prefer not to have it... I'd look outside the normal big boxes... there are many smaller supply houses that are getting these imports ...