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5 Tips to Save Money on New Kitchen Cabinets

5 Tips to Save Money on New Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen remodeling is an exciting time for any homeowner. Picking out new kitchen cabinets, paint colors, appliances, and giving your design that personal twist to make it unique. However, as exciting as a kitchen remodel can be, the price tag can be a huge deterrent for many people.

You have likely already been planning and saving for your kitchen remodel. In order to help you out, we have put together a list of 10 ways you can save money during your project. Read on to find out how you make your dream kitchen for less.

1. Avoid Extras

We all want to have the convenience of a pull-out spice rack or trash bins. However, features like these are a great way to drive up the costs of your kitchen remodel. And so, one way to help keep the costs down is to skip the extra pull-outs and convenience items. Instead, you could choose a pantry or smaller cabinet to store your spices. Plus, things like pull-out spice racks and trash bins can be added to your kitchen later.

Other extras to can avoid now and potentially add later are soft close hinges and drawer slides. These can be great for houses with children, but if you have a lot of cabinets, the cost of soft close hinges can be significant.

2. Get Open Shelving Instead Of Wall Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are a great storage solution, but they are not always the most affordable option. One way to save money without compromising too much storage is to opt for open shelving instead of only having wall cabinets. Open shelving can be a great way to store decorative items or things like plates and glasses.

However, if you do opt for open shelving, you will need to be sure to keep them clean. Having overburdened shelves will make your kitchen look cluttered and can detract from your design. And so, before ordering your new open shelves, you should take an inventory of the items you plan to store on them. This will help you have a good idea of how many shelves you need.

3. Minimalist Door Styles

A minimalist kitchen with Nashville thermofoil cabinet doors.

Ornate, raised-panel cabinet doors can be used to create sophisticated kitchen designs. However, these doors typically have a higher price tag due to their intricate design and construction. You can cut costs here by choosing more affordable door styles and constructions.

I know what you are thinking, choosing budget-friendly doors styles won’t produce the end product you want. However, there are many more affordable options that are also trendy and look stunning. For example, Shaker-style cabinet doors have been around for over 200 years and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. These recessed panel cabinet doors are typically more affordable than their ornate counterparts. You could also explore slab-style cabinet doors for stunning modern designs without the large price tag of more intricate kitchen cabinets.

4. Affordable Wood Species

When you think of a kitchen remodel, you often think of installing new solid wood cabinets. While solid wood cabinets can be a good investment and look stunning, they do typically cost more than engineered building materials. If you choose CabinetNow for your cabinet doors and other cabinetry needs, we have three options for more budget-friendly building materials.

  • MDF panel/Paintable Hardwood Frame: Most of our unfinished cabinet doors are available with an MDF panel and paintable hardwood frame. This is a great affordable choice if you are planning to paint your kitchen cabinets.
  • MDF Doors: The majority of our cabinet doors styles can also be made using just raw MDF, which can help with the bottom line. MDF paints extremely well, but you cannot stain it.
  • Red Oak: Being able to grow all over the world, oak is not only a common wood but also an affordable one. Oak kitchen cabinets vary in color from dark brown to a light tan. It is suitable for most stain choices but does particularly well with yellow and red-toned stains.
  • Alder Select: Alder is a great choice for those looking to stain their kitchen cabinets' warm and dark tones.

5. Laminates to Save on Finishing

A modern kitchen with thermofoil slab cabinet doors

Another cost that some homeowners often overlook is the cost of finishing your cabinets. Finishing just refers to the paint, stain, or clear finish you choose. Ordering unfinished cabinets doors can help you save money, but if you don’t have the time or experience to finish them, then you may end up having to hire professionals. This can drive up costs very quickly. And so, you can opt for laminate options that arrive fully finished.

  • Laminate Cabinets: One of the cheapest options on the market is laminate kitchen cabinets. These types of cabinets are not only cost-effective but also durable and low maintenance.
  • Thermofoil Cabinets: Another affordable option is thermofoil cabinets that withstand wear, pressure, and damage. Plus, it has a lifespan of up to ten years, and they are more moisture and heat resistant than average laminate.

The Bottom Line

The way in which these tips look in your project will vary, but they are excellent starting points. It is imperative to have a plan and a set budget when undertaking projects like this. The plan and budget can be used to help keep yourself accountable when you are exploring your options. Remember, the kitchen is the heart of the home and any improvements you make will help increase your home’s value.

If you are ready to start ordering or if you need assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-855-669-5222 or send us an email at Our team of cabinet experts is here to help with everything from measuring to ordering.