Evaluating Cabinetry Choices From Large 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 varieties of cupboards out there from most large field {hardware} shops. 

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

After a lot analysis on what sort of cupboard to make use of for our basement kitchenette challenge, 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 value of high quality assembled cupboards. It appeared they have been rising in worth by the day! 😬

I did not contemplate 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 after I need them, however principally as a result of the value is unbelievable and so they can simply be up to date quite a lot of methods. 

However I needed somewhat larger high quality for this house, so after 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 plenty of the bells and whistles of upper finish cupboards, however they value manner much less since you’re doing many 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 bins have been HEAVY (these are made with plywood as a substitute of the cheaper furnishings board the inexpensive variations are product of).

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 type of weirdos who would not thoughts furnishings meeting, so this was nearly enjoyable for me…like a puzzle. 

After a pair I had the method down by coronary heart. I used to be completely 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 edges slide collectively after which are simply joined with the supplied nook braces and screws: 

corner brackets on base cabinets

And the cupboards include every thing you may want — together with smooth 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 items took about 45 minutes to an hour. 

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

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

(These are primarily based 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 smooth shut, no paint. 

The items are usually product of particle board, which isn’t nice, however I’ve discovered it holds up simply advantageous 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 would like.

2. The second possibility are assembled and painted in inventory cupboards.

This feature is what I used for our pantry — I put in the Hampton Bay Courtland Laminate cupboards: 
tall pantry cabinets for food

These value greater than the unfinished variations, however come assembled and painted. And so they are available a couple of extra configurations (sizes and choices) as properly.

This feature would not include smooth 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’d have gone with the variations I used within the basement. The pantry cupboards are holding up simply advantageous, 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 dwelling, due to the standard and excessive finish particulars which can be included. 

It is the little issues — the drawers are FULLY extendable. This can be a element on our kitchen cupboards that I really like! You’ll be able to entry every thing within the drawer simply:

full extension kitchen drawer

The meeting wasn’t onerous in any respect — a newbie DIYer may simply do it. It might take extra time in the event 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 can not communicate to them personally. However they are often made to suit your room specs and the drawer and door design choices are limitless!

Customized cupboards can 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 value of those cupboard choices.

Let’s speak 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 vast 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 advocate going with the unassembled cupboards in the event you’re in search of a deal and do not thoughts the additional time and work they entail.

I made a useful graph so you possibly can see the professionals and cons in a single spot: 

comparing store bought cabinets

I ought to point out, IKEA is at all times an amazing 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 store 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 house. 

Here is a peek at how they got here collectively: 

light gray Avondale Home Depot cabinets
We began with these cool brass pulls which can be put in excessive of the drawer fronts, however they have been somewhat fashionable for my style, and so they have 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 house out there so I made a decision to make use of it for baskets. 

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

DIY fridge enclosure

You’ll be able to see a little bit of the flooring in these pics. I lastly bought that put in over the vacations and I can not 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 might love to listen to your expertise.