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The Secret to Buying Wholesale Cabinetry

by Aretha Grant

The term "wholesale" can be misleading. It can imply that you have to buy the item in bulk, as though you were outfitting an entire apartment building and not just one kitchen. Well, fear not: You don't have to buy twenty-three cabinets just to get a good price. All wholesale really means is that you're cutting out the middleman by going directly to the source: the company--or, even better, the person--who made the item.

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What You should Know about Buying Wholesale Cabinetry

  • Know your lingo. You'll see the acronym "RTA" often when searching for your wholesale cabinetry. Don't be alarmed! RTA stands for "ready-to-assemble" and is good news for those of us who don't know how to bevel or square.
  • Know your materials. One of the most important things to consider when buying any cabinetry is the quality of the material that it's made out of, and a good place to start is knowing your woods: Hardwoods such as mahogany and walnut are going to be more resistant to scratching or denting than a softer wood like bamboo.
  • Know your manufacturers. Often, we as consumers rely on our retailers to choose the manufacturers for us, which is why we're wiling to pay their marked-up price. Part of the joy of buying wholesale is that you're saving that mark-up. But you'll need to know that you can count on the product. The most ideal situation would be to be buying from a local craftsman whose workshop you can visit and see the work for yourself, but some major manufacturer's with good reputations are Thomasville Cabinets, Armstrong Cabinets, and American Woodmark Cabinets.

So, instead of heading down to a retail store, research wholesale cabinetry online and save yourself some money!


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