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Stock Cabinets

Find budget-friendly options for replacing your cabinetry.

Thu, 5 Aug 2010|

Choosing your kitchen cabinets can be a big decision. Stock cabinetry offers you quality at a reasonable cost. And with a little creativity you can create a look on your own. It's all about balancing your budget with your need for special details. I'm Lacey Howard. Let's take a look. You'll find Stock cabinets in home centers and catalogs. Essentially you're buying a readymade product that you must fit into your kitchen space. Pricing for Stock Cabinetry is typically per unit so you can mix and match to suit your style and budget. Stock doesn't always mean in stock. You may need to order your cabinets and then wait a few days or even a couple of weeks to have them ship to a retail location or directly to your home. Although Stock Cabinets are often your lowest priced option, pay attention to quality construction of element such as reinforced box and drawer corners. Sides and boxes made of swell resistant vinyl plywood. Lesser cabinets use particle board. Stock Cabinets are available in a limited range of materials. Red oak and Birch are the most common woods although maple is beginning to show up. Thermoplastic heat set vinyl skin over fiberboard is an economical option that provides solid color or mimics natural wood. Stock Cabinet sizes range from 12 to 36 inches wide changing in 3-inch increments. Depths are pretty standard, 12 inches for upper cabinets, 24 for base cabinets. Most doors and drawers on Stock Cabinets are partial overlay or full overlay. Partial overlay allows about an inch of the face frame to show through resulting in a more traditional look. Full overlay has nearly all the face frame giving you a more contemporary look. Some stock cabinets come as flat pats that require assembly. This isn't a difficult task but it does require some time. So plan accordingly. A season do-it-yourself can install Stock Cabinets but a professional installer is practiced at achieving a tightly seen polished look. And don't forget that you can always give Stock Cabinets a style upgrade by mixing and matching hardware or choosing one finished for lower cabinets and another for uppers. So take Stock and decide if Stock Cabinets are right for you and your kitchen.