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What affects the cost of kitchen cabinets?

Planning a new kitchen can be fun, but if you aren't careful, the cost of kitchen cabinets can overwhelm you. What looks so wonderful in a showroom might lose some lustre when you compare its price to your budget.

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How do you know what to look for and what affects the cost of kitchen cabinets? Here are three tips that might prevent you from blowing your entire remodeling budget.

How to keep the cost of kitchen cabinets within your budget

There are three primary factors that affect the cost of cabinets; they can combine to make cabinets affordable or send them into the stratosphere. Keep the following areas in mind:

  1. Materials: Some wood varieties cost more than others--a case of supply and demand. Cabinetmakers may pay $2.90 a board foot for oak, while cherry may be around $4.45 and mahogany as much as $9.50. In addition, some wood is more difficult to work than others, so you have added labor cost.
  2. Construction methods: If you want furniture-grade cabinets with dovetail joints in the drawers and all-wood construction, you can expect to pay a premium. Cabinets using MDF (medium density fiberboard) in their construction and laminated particleboard shelving are much more budget friendly.
  3. Styling: Designs that require extra work during manufacturing can affect the cost of cabinets. Expect to pay more for styles such as cathedral or raised-panel doors and glazed finishes.

Most cabinet manufacturers such as Yorktowne Cabinetry and Merillat Cabinets offer a complete range of model lines and prices that can fit just about any budget and look great in your kitchen.

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