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The Pros and Cons of Buying from a Kitchen Cabinet Outlet

by Shannon Dauphin

Those gorgeous kitchen cabinet showrooms make the most of lighting and space to appeal to your every kitchen design dream. You may wind up paying more in a kitchen cabinet showroom because you are swept away by the beauty of a perfect kitchen setup.

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But what about kitchen cabinet outlets? These outlets offer the same beauty at a fraction of the cost. They do it by providing cabinets that have been replaced by newer styles, have been slightly damaged during shipment, or have been assembled with a small mistake along the way.

Why Go With a Kitchen Cabinet Outlet?

There are many reasons kitchen cabinet outlets can be an attractive option:

  • The cabinets you really want at a fraction of the original price
  • The opportunity to explore all the cabinets without sales pressure hovering around as you shop
  • Most nicks, dents, or scratches can be hidden with careful kitchen configuration
  • Many cabinets are perfect, but have simply been replaced by newer models in the big showrooms

Then again, there are reasons to steer clear of kitchen cabinet outlets:

  • Very little customer service compared to showrooms and dealer stores
  • Little or no kitchen design programs or other help
  • There might not be enough matching cabinets to create the kitchen you want
  • Installation may not be standard with the sale

Before you visit the outlet or surf the options online, take good measurements of your kitchen space, and think about ways you can change your kitchen design if you find the perfect cabinets during your search. If you have an eclectic kitchen design style in mind and don't have a problem with the occasional scratch or dent, a kitchen cabinet outlet could be the perfect choice for you.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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