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Should you buy from a cabinet door depot? 

by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Purchasing kitchen cabinets online can help you save a great deal of time and money. However, there are also a few downsides to getting your kitchen cabinets and drawers from a door depot. If you are aware of those pitfalls when you begin your search, the outcome is much more likely to be a positive one.

Reasons to get your cabinets and drawers online

Online shopping has become much more popular in recent years, and for good reason. Busy homeowners can do their shopping when they happen to have time, even if that means in the middle of the night. They can also compare prices right on their screen instead of heading for one store after another.

Here are a few other reasons why buying cabinets and drawers online might work:

  1. Price. In many cases, the price of cabinets through an online store is much cheaper than what you get through a showroom. However, installation is not included. Remember to check out the fine print.
  2. No pressure. When you enter a showroom, salespeople swoop down on you immediately. The door depot cuts out the pressure and lets you decide with no hassles.
  3. Classic styles. In most cases, a door depot sells doors that are cheaper simply because they are last year's model. If you are looking for a classic style, this could be the way to go.

Some good reasons to avoid the door depot

On the other hand, ordering your cabinets and drawers online can lead to certain problems if you aren't absolutely sure of what you are getting. Here are a few things to watch out for:

  1. No customer service. Sure, you might get away from the high-pressure sales game, but the flip-side is that you might not get much customer service. That can make things tough if you have a problem with an order.
  2. Delivery costs. Many door depots online offer great product prices, but they sometimes slam your pocketbook when it comes to delivery charges. Shipping those heavy components can be pricey, but watch out for delivery charges that seem exorbitant.
  3. Difficulty with returns. In some cases, door depots sell as-is, no returns possible. This means that you have to be very careful when ordering, and hope you get the right cabinets without any damage.

Some homeowners have had incredible success with online ordering of their kitchen cabinets, while others can chime in with a cautionary tale. By knowing what to expect from the start, you can help make your kitchen remodel story a good one.

 

 

 

 





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