Buying a Full Kitchen Cabinet Set

A full kitchen cabinet set can transform your space. It stores everyday items like plates and cups, as well as those you pull out less often (like that big KitchenAid mixer and large pots and pans). The standard depth of base cabinets without a countertop is 24 inches, while wall cabinets are typically 30 inches tall.

You can find ready-to-install silhouettes that ship in two days at retailers like Ikea or Home Depot, or customize them yourself with the help of a local cabinet maker. If you’re on a tighter budget, though, look for stock or semi-custom cabinets at discounters like The Home Depot and Lowe’s. Their buying power lets them offer discounts, especially at the end of the month and holidays.

Other options include IKEA, which offers a wide selection of colors and finishes, including those that are more traditionally styled. Its RTA cabinets (ready to assemble) are easy to assemble, and the company’s site features a video that walks you through the process. Another option is Fabuwood, a newcomer that operates a 1-million-square-foot factory in New Jersey and ships its cabinetry nationwide. Its doors are crafted from solid wood around MDF panels and are available in many styles, including more traditional options.

Other brands, such as Omega and Rutt, offer framed and frameless cabinets in various construction types. They’re more expensive than stock and semi-custom cabinets, but they offer a more customized look. These cabinets can be custom-cut to fit your kitchen for a truly built-in look.