To save money on kitchen cabinets, opt for ready-to-assemble cabinets rather than custom ones. Laminate cabinets are a good option, since they're less expensive than wood veneer or real wood. Choose a design without handles and pulls to further cut down on costs.
Ready-to-assemble cabinets are sold by item and usually range from $1,500 to $4,500 for an entire 10-by-10-foot kitchen. In contrast, custom cabinetry usually costs between $50 to $500 per linear foot plus labor.
Pre-manufactured cabinets come boxed and broken down into their component parts with a set of instructions and tools. Color, finish and style options can be limited in lower-end cabinet options, but some manufacturers provide semi-custom solutions with crown molding, side panels and glass doors that provide a more upscale look.
To save money, homeowners can tear out existing cabinets and assemble, level and hang the new cabinets themselves. Homeowners can also purchase wood cabinets unfinished so as to paint or stain them. If desired, hire a contractor to manage all aspects of the demolition and installation.
When selecting cabinets, look for retailers or wholesalers that offer free design services, such as measuring or layout planning. This ensures your kitchen design is efficient and effective.