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Stock kitchen cabinets: sturdy, beautiful, and inexpensive!

by Kelly Richardson

Sure, a unique, dazzling kitchen would be nice, but custom kitchen cabinets cost roughly $16,000 to $20,000 for a 10 x 12' kitchen. In-stock kitchen cabinets from a building supply company are closer to $4,000 to $5,000. Unless your moolah is unlimited, these beautiful cabinets will update your kitchen without breaking your budget.

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Stock kitchen cabinets: the overview

Stock cabinets are well-constructed, aesthetically pleasing, off-the-shelf units that many homebuilders and renovators choose. You normally pay per linear foot or length of cabinet. Many DIY superstores carry a variety of cabinets, from finished wood to painted to laminate-covered, in stock. The pricing guide below lists standard sizes. Let it serve as a starting point for your budget planning and shopping needs.

Base cabinets for the kitchen's foundation

These strong, stable units come without a countertop, so remember to budget for a beautiful countertop of your choice. You'll still be way ahead of the price of custom-made cabinets, which also come without countertops. The prices listed below are merely estimates and averages from a few large home improvement warehouses (note that these prices are per cabinet):

  • 18'' cabinet: $115-150
  • 24'' cabinet: $120-160
  • 30'' cabinet: $130-180
  • 36'' cabinet: $145-200

Wall cabinets

Eye-level wall cabinets create a visual statement in your kitchen. As with base cabinets, the choice to buy ready-made, in-stock wall cabinets will result in a beautiful, welcoming look that will last for years. Below, you can see the costs of standard sized stock wall cabinets. The list translates to about $50-60 per linear foot. They're cheaper than base cabinets because they are shallower and don't have drawers. Here's a jumping-off point for budgetary purposes:

  • 18'' cabinet: $90-125
  • 24'' cabinet: $110-145
  • 30'' cabinet: $115-155
  • 36'' cabinet: $125-165

Nothing dates a home like dilapidated kitchen cabinets. Consider these budget and planning tips, then begin your basic kitchen remodel accordingly.

About the Author

Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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