Kitchen cabinets are very important to your kitchen design. They lend a trendy look to the overall look of your kitchen. Sometimes it is worth it to spend a little more time and give a little more effort in choosing your kitchen cabinets. Many people talk to professionals when designing or changing their kitchen cabinets. You always want the finish of the cabinet to flow smoothly with the color and theme of your kitchen.
With the fast housing boom from several years ago, and the demand for the cheapest kitchen cabinets grew, many manufacturers of kitchen cabinets started looking to find plants and warehouses overseas. In order for them to conform to KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association) which required that the manufacturers of kitchen cabinets increase the quality of their materials they use and to increase the durability of their products.
Before this time, kitchen cabinets were made of fiberboard or particleboard. They used staples and dowels to keep the cabinets together. Most of these cheap cabinets had a veneer surface which, when it came into contact with water, would buckle or warp. Because of this, they did not compare at all to the cabinets that were being made in the United States of America.
They had to make improvements and because of this, kitchen cabinets are now made with solid plywood sides and a solid wood face frames and doors. And they used cam locks to hold all these pieces together. Because of this, you no longer can call them “Cheap Cabinets”. With all the improvements made in the design and the function of the cabinets, “Discounted Cabinets” started to be imported by many more companies. This is a way to provide alternatives to the brand name manufacturers in the US were asking. In some cases the brand name manufacturers were asking for 2-3 times as much as the discounted cabinets. This was in the knockdown and the pre-assembled kitchen cabinets.
There are some drawbacks to getting discounted cabinets. Most of the manufacturers of these cabinets only carry about 5-6 different styles and finishes. This of course limits your choices. In order to get discounted cabinets at the cheapest prices you had to buy them ready to assemble.
The good news about the discounted cabinets is that the cam lock assembly makes it so easy that you only need a screwdriver to build them.
It is always important to plan your budget before designing or redesigning your kitchen cabinets. There are so many styles and designs to choose from. You can get many at a fair price. This many seem to be a bargain to you at first but then, in the long run, they can be more expensive. They will most probably need to be replaced or repaired a lot sooner than a more expensive cabinet so also shop around and find what you are looking for, price wise and quality wise.