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Old 11-12-2016, 12:01 PM   #1
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What is a good recommendation for a quality cabinet at a decent price?

Should I be looking for local manufacturers or are there dependable resources that are national?
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What is a good recommendation for a quality cabinet at a decent price?

Should I be looking for local manufacturers or are there dependable resources that are national?
Eye of the beholder...

Without you defining what you mean by "quality cabinet" or "decent price", what most are asking when they ask this is what is the minimum level of acceptance of cabinet I can get at the best price...

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Its for my personal home. Seeing as I don't do kitchens, just wondering what some of the better thought of national brand cabinets are out there.
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Its for my personal home. Seeing as I don't do kitchens, just wondering what some of the better thought of national brand cabinets are out there.
Well again... what do you consider quality and/or decent price? Most cabinets will suffice for what you need, but do you like melamine, or wood, soft-close doors/drawers, thickness of shelves (5/8" or 3/4"), finish, dovetail drawers, cabinet components (i.e. - cutlery dividers, pull-outs, spice racks, garbage/recycle, susans, etc.), moldings, etc... there are a lot of variables...

Perhaps post a list of what you would like included or the dimensions of your room and we can not only better point you to a manufacturer solution that services your local market but help you come up with the most efficient design...
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Lets say you got a quote for a mid line from a big box store, then went to a local cabinet shop, you would probably find the local cabinet shop to be less money. The difference is the local shop is going to build custom cabinets that fit perfectly. You can add in things like double drawers, pull outs, garbage cabinets with auto doors, etc. They will also build them using glue! I know what a concept. No plastic corner pieces, and get this...3/4" plywood not 1/2"! Higher quality hinges, better drawer slides that mount underneath are all serious upgrades to the big box stores, yet the local cabinet shops tend to not offer any less. Most local cabinet shops buy the door fronts from a large supplier but build their own boxes. Some of the local cabinet shops may not be set up to dovetail drawers, for which the big box stores use as a selling point. *shrugs* Dovetails are only so important as long as the drawers are well built.

Of course the big box stores have nice displays and are a great place to see all the different options for the bosses approval. They even offer free design. Of course so do many local cabinet shops and they again do not have specific sizes they have to work within, as everything is custom. As an example the Big box offers a 24" wide box, but the local shop can build you a 25 1/4" box.
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IOW... help us, help you...

But if you make it any harder to drag the info out of you, you might just end up getting a bill...

Just sayin'...
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Lets say you got a quote for a mid line from a big box store, then went to a local cabinet shop, you would probably find the local cabinet shop to be less money. The difference is the local shop is going to build custom cabinets that fit perfectly. You can add in things like double drawers, pull outs, garbage cabinets with auto doors, etc. They will also build them using glue! I know what a concept. No plastic corner pieces, and get this...3/4" plywood not 1/2"! Higher quality hinges, better drawer slides that mount underneath are all serious upgrades to the big box stores, yet the local cabinet shops tend to not offer any less. Most local cabinet shops buy the door fronts from a large supplier but build their own boxes. Some of the local cabinet shops may not be set up to dovetail drawers, for which the big box stores use as a selling point. *shrugs* Dovetails are only so important as long as the drawers are well built.

Of course the big box stores have nice displays and are a great place to see all the different options for the bosses approval. They even offer free design. Of course so do many local cabinet shops and they again do not have specific sizes they have to work within, as everything is custom. As an example the Big box offers a 24" wide box, but the local shop can build you a 25 1/4" box.
This was pretty much my experiance. Just this year i got quote from Menard and Lowe's and from a local one man shop. The local guy was pretty close installed as what the big box were not installed.
One of the drawbacks was he did not have a showroom and i had to pick out door fronts from a catalog.
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If I may ask, where do you live (neighborhood)? I'm trying to paint myself a picture and maybe offer a couple local places to check out.

Also, who's going to do the install? You?

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Let me go in order here:
- I would like wood. Current cabinets are wood, but I don't like the finish and arrangement of the kitchen.
- Soft close would be nice.
- Thicker drawers
- Dovetail
- Don't really need the dividers and or lazy susan as there will be plenty of storage with the re-do
- Finish I am thinking darker. Whats up there now is like a Maple.

I do appreciate the help and guidance so for. I know what it is like when people ask for one size fits all questions about exterior crap. I feel your pain and appreciate you patience.

I am out in Western Loudoun County.
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Let me go in order here:
- I would like wood. Current cabinets are wood, but I don't like the finish and arrangement of the kitchen.
- Soft close would be nice.
- Thicker drawers
- Dovetail
- Don't really need the dividers and or lazy susan as there will be plenty of storage with the re-do
- Finish I am thinking darker. Whats up there now is like a Maple.

I do appreciate the help and guidance so for. I know what it is like when people ask for one size fits all questions about exterior crap. I feel your pain and appreciate you patience.

I am out in Western Loudoun County.
Why don't you give us an overhead of the room with wall measurements...
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Why don't you give us an overhead of the room with wall measurements...
I will draw something up and scan it tomorrow AM.

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Let me go in order here:
- I would like wood. Current cabinets are wood, but I don't like the finish and arrangement of the kitchen.
- Soft close would be nice.
- Thicker drawers
- Dovetail
- Don't really need the dividers and or lazy susan as there will be plenty of storage with the re-do
- Finish I am thinking darker. Whats up there now is like a Maple.

I do appreciate the help and guidance so for. I know what it is like when people ask for one size fits all questions about exterior crap. I feel your pain and appreciate you patience.

I am out in Western Loudoun County.
You're out there, alright. A family member is west of Waterford.

How about a local cabinet shop, including in WV or MD? But if you want to go the standard route, there Tart Lumber off 28 (as you know) with their various lines.

Edit: After a quick search, you have several local options. I envy your position. Good luck! Invest in the locals and you just might a couple jobs out of it yourself.

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Lets say you got a quote for a mid line from a big box store, then went to a local cabinet shop, you would probably find the local cabinet shop to be less money. The difference is the local shop is going to build custom cabinets that fit perfectly. You can add in things like double drawers, pull outs, garbage cabinets with auto doors, etc. They will also build them using glue! I know what a concept. No plastic corner pieces, and get this...3/4" plywood not 1/2"! Higher quality hinges, better drawer slides that mount underneath are all serious upgrades to the big box stores, yet the local cabinet shops tend to not offer any less. Most local cabinet shops buy the door fronts from a large supplier but build their own boxes. Some of the local cabinet shops may not be set up to dovetail drawers, for which the big box stores use as a selling point. *shrugs* Dovetails are only so important as long as the drawers are well built.

Of course the big box stores have nice displays and are a great place to see all the different options for the bosses approval. They even offer free design. Of course so do many local cabinet shops and they again do not have specific sizes they have to work within, as everything is custom. As an example the Big box offers a 24" wide box, but the local shop can build you a 25 1/4" box.
Ya, I'm not doing it less than HD....ever.
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Ya, I'm not doing it less than HD....ever.
There are a few cabinet makers in the state that will blow away Home Depot box cabinet prices. One in particular. They do serious volume, though.
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The nice website makes me wonder why he's asking here, especially with such a wide open question. Market research?
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Ya, I'm not doing it less than HD....ever.
Quality dictates price. Your cabinets are probably very high end

As I am sure you know, most all the cabinet manufacturers that sell thru the Big Box stores are junk. It's not hard to build a better quality cabinet that would work for most tract homes, for a reasonable sum of money.

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Lets say you got a quote for a mid line from a big box store, then went to a local cabinet shop, you would probably find the local cabinet shop to be less money. The difference is the local shop is going to build custom cabinets that fit perfectly. You can add in things like double drawers, pull outs, garbage cabinets with auto doors, etc. They will also build them using glue! I know what a concept. No plastic corner pieces, and get this...3/4" plywood not 1/2"! Higher quality hinges, better drawer slides that mount underneath are all serious upgrades to the big box stores, yet the local cabinet shops tend to not offer any less. Most local cabinet shops buy the door fronts from a large supplier but build their own boxes. Some of the local cabinet shops may not be set up to dovetail drawers, for which the big box stores use as a selling point. *shrugs* Dovetails are only so important as long as the drawers are well built.

Of course the big box stores have nice displays and are a great place to see all the different options for the bosses approval. They even offer free design. Of course so do many local cabinet shops and they again do not have specific sizes they have to work within, as everything is custom. As an example the Big box offers a 24" wide box, but the local shop can build you a 25 1/4" box.
I am amazed how true this is, at least in my home state of KY. You can get amazing quality cutom cabinets for the same or less money than from the bix box store. I worked in a custom cabinet shop when I was younger and for over 10 years I had a contract with Lowes Installing kitchens for them. THERE IS NO COMPARISON. The only downside I would say some cabinet shops have is there lack of finish options. Not all cabinet shops have the options for all of the different glazes, etc.
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I am amazed how true this is, at least in my home state of KY. You can get amazing quality cutom cabinets for the same or less money than from the bix box store. I worked in a custom cabinet shop when I was younger and for over 10 years I had a contract with Lowes Installing kitchens for them. THERE IS NO COMPARISON. The only downside I would say some cabinet shops have is there lack of finish options. Not all cabinet shops have the options for all of the different glazes, etc.
The cabinet place I mostly use can do 5 finishes in house but if you want something else they send it to a local finish shop which is nice.

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