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Stock kitchen doors: attractive and affordable

by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Stock cabinetry is often seen as the lesser option for your kitchen remodeling plans. But just because it's "stock" doesn't mean it's "boring." Though there are a few of stock cabinet options out there that fall short on quality, there are plenty of good, solid and attractive stock cabinet doors that can make your kitchen look like a custom-made cooking haven.

What to expect from stock cabinets

Many homeowners expect stock cabinets to be flimsy, ill-fitting and an ugly color. The truth about stock cabinets is much more flattering than that. Here's what to expect:

  1. Unique and traditional looks. Whether you are looking for something flashy and modern or a timeless wood look, stock cabinetry can give you the best of either world. Stock cabinet doors can be anything from simple, no-frills fiberboard perfect for a rental property to thick, handsome wood that works for your dream home -- the choice is yours.
  2. Choose your own hardware. A common complaint about stock cabinets is the hardware -- it might tend to be cheaper than what you expect. In that case, a quick trip to your local home improvement store for your own hardware can be a good investment.
  3. The little extras. Unique moldings, inserts that can change the look of your cabinets on a whim, or fine details that make stock cabinets look like custom cupboard doors are available when you choose stock cabinets. This is especially good for those on a tight budget who want to spend a bit less on the doors in order to have the little touches that enhance their kitchen.
  4. Quick delivery. Since stock cabinets are mass-produced, they are ready to be shipped or picked up when you place the order. That means no waiting on your remodel to get started.

Remodeling kitchen cabinets with cost-effective stock doors

Now let's talk about the best part of stock cabinets: The price. Refacing kitchen cabinets with real wood veneer can cost between $2,500 and $6,000. High-quality veneers can cost between $7,000 to $9,000 or more. But ready-to-hang cabinet doors of rigid thermofoil or laminate can cost as little as $1,000 to $3,000. These stock cupboard doors come in a wide variety of colors, styles and sizes to create the kitchen you want at a fraction of the custom price.

Though stock cabinets might seem like a one-size-fits-all solution, remember that any cabinet door installation takes knowledge and patience. If you have never hung cupboard doors before, one of our pre-screened, certified contractors can help you save time and costly mistakes by professionally handling your kitchen refacing project.

About the Author
Shannon Lee has written professionally for two decades on a wide variety of topics, including medical and health issues, home repair, education and relationships.

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