Modified: January 18, 2014, 11:21 am
Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets
Not all kitchens are created equally. While it’s common knowledge that most wooden furniture is assumed to be finished, some of it can look just as appealing with an unfinished surface and frame. Unfinished cabinets are an old-fashioned twist on modern kitchens today. There’s always the homemade way to install kitchen cabinets; which is building a cabinet at home without putting a finish on the wood. But unfinished kitchen cabinets can actually be purchased from furniture stores and online retailers. Some of them are even sold at a reduced price, which is a major plus for new homeowners. Unfinished cabinets are unique in their style and they can make any kitchen look completely original.
To find unfinished kitchen cabinets on the market, there’s always the Craigslist option; plenty of people sell used, unfurnished cabinets for a reasonable price. The older ones from “back in the day” seem to be of better quality as well; so when shopping for a decent unfurnished cabinet, be sure to look for ones designed in the 1940’s or earlier. For some reason, cabinets from more recent years have been made more flimsy and of cheaper material. The ones from years ago have thicker dimensions so they can hold up better and last much longer.
Unfinished cabinets can be bought in two different ways. The first way is pre-assembled, meaning the cabinets are completely put together and will only require some screws to be installed. The other way is unassembled, meaning the cabinet is broken apart into the main components and the customer must install it themselves. There is usually no difference in pricing between the two different methods, but some people prefer to buy them unassembled, because they like to put the pieces together by hand. The pre-assembled cabinets take very little time and effort to attach to the wall.
Before purchasing unfinished kitchen cabinets, the customer should make sure they measure the dimensions of their wall where they would like the cabinets to go. This includes the inches, feet, depth, width, length, and anything else that would aide in buying the right-sized cabinet. This is especially vital to kitchens with limited space, because the unfuinished kitchen cabinets that are purchased will need to be the exact right size to fit in small spaces. Also, many unfinished cabinets are antique and can’t be returned to the dealer, so if the one bought is too big, it will be a complete waste.
People like to buy unfurnished cabinets for many reasons. Besides the possibility of reduction in price (depending on where the cabinets are purchased from), unfurnished cabinets can be designed with the customer’s choice in specific stains or colors. Some people buy the cabinets unfurnished and leave them as is; others stain them at home when they receive their purchase. People find several ways to be unique with their unfurnished cabinets.
Unfinished kitchen cabinets can be made out of several different woods. The box of the cabinet is generally made out of plywood, while the face frame and doors are normally made from red oak. Red oak is more durable than other wood types and won’t face the same wear and tear. Many people prefer red oak as the material for this very reason; although unfinished cabinets can also be purchased in pine or birch.
Experts on home remodeling and people who are familiar with the use of kitchen cabinets strongly suggest not to cut corners on kitchen cabinets. Solid wood cabinets may be more expensive than plywood or pine cabinets, but they will last longer and be more resistant to wear and tear throughout the years. Solid wood is very rare and difficult to locate, however. Some antique furniture stores are known to sell it. Plywood can last for decades as long as it’s taken care of properly. This just means not placing too many dishes or heavy kitchen appliances inside and tightening the screws frequently.
So where can one find cheap, durable, and convenient kitchen cabinets, both furnished and unfurnished? Antique furniture stores are always an option, and they’re available in pretty much every area of the U.S. Buying antique unfinished cabinets is a smart option to with because the plywood is stronger than plywood made today. And of course, shopping online is another option. People are constantly getting rid of the cabinets in their homes, and sometimes they even leave them pre-assembled. Places like Craigslist, EBay, and Amazon sell new and used unfurnished kitchen cabinets for reasonable prices, and the customer pretty much has any choice they desire of the wood type and dimensions.
Some companies offer their cabinets completely assembled for purchase. One of these companies have cabinets that are high quality and manufactured in Pennsylvania. The doors, panels and drawer fronts are ¾” thick. The doors are also pre-hung with concealed adjustable hinges. Kitchen Cabinet Depot not only offers pre-assembled unfinished cabinets, but kitchen cabinet accessories as well. They offer the wood options of oak, maple, pine or cherry and their customer service is available for any questions regarding their kitchen cabinets.
Lowe’s is a trusted source for anything relating to home improvement and they are also very helpful when it comes to home improvement questions. They have a wide array of unfurnished kitchen cabinets for sale on their website, which are all of decent quality and at the lowest prices possible. The customer has the option to refine their search options by departments or price. Lowe’s offers unfinished cabinets and unfinished cabinet accessories.
The Home Depot is another reliable source for unfinished furniture and kitchen cabinets. They have everything from storage cabinets to cabinets with drawers attached to pantries. The customer can refine their search by price and review rating.
Buying unfinished kitchen cabinets is a smart alternative to buying already finished cabinets. This way the customer can be completely creative about how they want to stain it, and they can even add their own decorations. Kitchen cabinets are one of the most essential items in a kitchen, so getting the right cabinets is crucial.