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Why Wholesale Cabinets From Cabinet Corp Are Contractor’s Best Option?

Why Wholesale Cabinets from Cabinet Corp are the Contractor’s best option?

As you search for premium cabinets to remodel a kitchen without custom cabinet prices, you’ll find endless. Wholesale online retailers seem to be popping up overnight, which is why you need to look for reliable information about how such cabinets rate for quality, durability, and manufacturer’s warranty.

With this information close at hand, you can choose cabinets for your client with the most desirable characteristics and at a price point to fit the budget. At Cabinet Corp, we’ve pulled together competitors’ ratings for cabinet quality, durability, price, warranties, design, and assembly assistance. For the sake of simplicity, we’ve chosen to go with an industry-standard 10’ x 10’ kitchen layout in each example.

Exploring the competition

As you well know, there’s a massive amount of information available online, which makes it tough to find what you’re looking for at the right price point. Let’s compare available options from online wholesale cabinet manufacturers, online retailers, and big-box stores.

Online Wholesale Cabinet Retailers

IKEA

IKEA has grown its U.S. presence in the last ten years. it’s now easy for contractors and homeowners alike to stop into an IKEA store and browse the cabinets. IKEA has a strong reputation for its easy-to-assemble furniture offered inexpensive price points – but how does this manufacturer fare in comparison to cabinet manufacturer that sells online?

Cabinet Characteristics

IKEA

Cabinet Corp

Cabinet Ratings

Not rated

Certified with the KCMA

Quality

Particleboard, MDF, and rubberboard, screw-in hinges, staples, and glue.

All-plywood, dovetail joints, I-beams, soft-close hinges and drawer glides

Durability

1-5 years

20-30 year lifespan

Warranties

Limited 1-year warranty from manufacturing defects.

5-year warranty for hinges and drawer glides. Limited lifetime warranty for cabinet frame. 

Assembly Help

In-package instructions

Designer and contractor available for live calls; in-package instructions

Cabinet Layout Design Assistance

None

Expert kitchen designers on staff; services offered at no charge.

Style and sizes

Limited, stock sizes

Semi-custom styles in a wide variety of sizes

To offer reduced prices, IKEA buys reduced quality cabinets. Cabinets constructed from particleboard and MDF are notorious for susceptibility to water and humidity. The laminate is likely to peel, and the cabinet will swell if exposed frequently to a high-moisture environment.

The cabinets have snap-on hinges, staples, and wood glue for construction components. IKEA does not offer any design or assembly help other than in-package instructions. But they are inexpensive. They are the middle man. They do not manufacture any of the cabinets. 

Wayfair

Wayfair is an online retailer where you can find inexpensive cabinets in limited quantities and styles. Wayfair offers free shipping on orders over $49, as well as regular clearance sales. You can find all sorts of cabinets and accessories for your client’s kitchen.

Cabinet Characteristics

Wayfair

Cabinet Corp

Cabinet Ratings

Not rated

Certified with the KCMA

Quality

Rubberwood, melamine finish, soft-close doors and drawers

All-plywood, dovetail joints, I-beams, soft-close hinges and drawer glides

Durability

5-8 year lifespan

20-30 year lifespan

Warranties

Limited 1-year warranty from manufacturing defects.

5-year warranty for hinges and drawer glides. Limited lifetime warranty for cabinet frame. 

Assembly Help

In-package instructions

Designer and contractor available for calls, in-package instructions

Cabinet Layout Design Assistance

None

Expert kitchen designers on staff; services offered at no charge.

Style and sizes

Limited, stock sizes

Semi-custom styles in with wide variety of sizes

Wayfair is another middle man. You have little into construction quality or product durability other than what they share on their website. There are in-package assembly instructions but no other guidance. Wayfair does not manufacture any of the cabinets they sell. 

Big-box stores

Lowe’s

Lowe’s is a nationwide big-box retailer that contractors and homeowners shop for stock cabinetry. Lowe’s carries a wide variety of fully-assembled cabinets in stock sizes. Pre-assembled cabinets cost more than RTA cabinets but tend to offer good durability. However, many Lowe’s cabinets are manufactured with particleboard and MDF and assembled with Cam locks which lack durability. Cam locks bend, break or separate over time. 

Cabinet Characteristics

Lowe’s

Cabinet Corp

Cabinet Ratings

Not rated

Certified with the KCMA

Quality

Plywood, particle board and MDF, adjustable hinges

All-plywood, dovetail joints, I-beams, soft-close hinges and drawer glides

Durability

5-15 year lifespan

20-30 year lifespan

Warranties

Limited lifetime warranty from manufacturing defects.

5-year warranty for hinges and drawer glides. Limited lifetime warranty for cabinet frame. 

Assembly Help

In-package instructions

Designer and contractor available for calls, in-package instructions

Cabinet Layout Design Assistance

Store employee will help design

Expert kitchen designers on staff; services offered at no charge.

Style and sizes

Limited styles, stock sizes

Semi-custom styles in wide variety of sizes

Lowe’s offers both stock and semi-custom cabinets and installers a homeowner can hire for custom cabinetry. With an uncredentialed Lowe’s employee helping with the design, you need to know about cabinet quality and function to get what you want for your project. 

Fully assembled cabinets purchased at Lowe’s will cost more than buying RTA cabinets. You are limited to what’s in stock or can wait for backorder. As a retailer, Lowe’s is another middle man. If there are problems with the cabinets, you will need to work through them to get to the manufacturer. 

Home Depot

Home Depot is one of the largest home improvement stores in the U.S.; it is popular with kitchen contractors and homeowners alike. Home Depot does offer design services for custom cabinets and RTA cabinetry. The cabinets are constructed with particleboard and MDF with Cam locks. 

Cabinet Characteristics

Home Depot

Cabinet Corp

Cabinet Ratings

Not rated

Certified with the KCMA

Quality

MDF, standard door hinges and drawer glides

All-plywood, dovetail joints, I-beams, soft-close hinges and drawer glides

Durability

5-15 year lifespan

20-30 year lifespan

Warranties

Limited lifetime warranty from manufacturing defects.

5-year warranty for hinges and drawer glides. Limited lifetime warranty for cabinet frame. 

Assembly Help

In-package instructions

Designer and contractor available for calls, in-package instructions

Cabinet Layout Design Assistance

Design services for custom cabinets only

Expert kitchen designers on staff; services offered at no charge.

Style and sizes

Limited styles, stock sizes

Semi-custom styles in a wide variety of sizes

Like other options, Home Depot is a middle man between you as a contractor and the cabinet manufacturer. You’ll need to work within the store warranty and product warranty limits if there are any defects.

Home Depot does not have expert kitchen designers, but their employees can help you design a custom kitchen. These employees do not have the experience or expertise to provide specific design advice to improve functionality or kitchen efficiency. 

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