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8 Words of Advice Before Shopping for Cabinets Online

Are you thinking of joining the many homeowners who have opted to buy cabinets online? The past few years have seen unprecedented growth in the online cabinet business, and for many good reasons. It’s easy to comparison shop when making your purchases from the comfort of your home office, for example, and also make sure the warranty periods and quality of the materials meet your standards. Before you start to explore your options, here are 8 words of advice to follow to make the most of your shopping experience!

Measure Your Kitchen for Cabinets

This is a fundamental step because it allows you to determine what size cabinets will be right for you. All you need is a tape measure, graph paper, and a pencil or pen. Check out our article here on how to go about the measurements, or our video tutorials for measuring a straight kitchen or L-shaped kitchen.

Determine if You Need a Floor Plan

If you are aiming for a comprehensive kitchen remodel, it’s a good idea to also create a detailed floor plan so you can figure out where all the different elements will go and how they will all work together. See our blog post about how to make a floor plan here. But if you’re just swapping out the cabinets, there’s no need for a full floor plan.

Take Some Photographs of Your Kitchen

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as making a comparison between “before” and “after” photos when doing a kitchen makeover. In addition, photos of the kitchen can help you and designers decide what will work best in your space. The camera on your smart phone will do the trick. 


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Establish a Design Theme

Have you already got a contemporary style kitchen that you want to make even more streamlined by swapping out your old cupboards for some elegant Shaker cabinets? You’ve got your kitchen measurements and some photos — now comes the fun part! In this step, decide on the overall atmosphere that you want your kitchen to have. This will help you eliminate certain styles early on and be more targeted in your search.

Get a 3-D Kitchen Design

Nelson Cabinetry offers 3-D kitchen design so you can visualize what the cabinets will look like in your kitchen. Best of all, it’s free! One of the main advantages to this is that it gives you a look at which cabinets will work with the theme and also the functionality of your kitchen. Be sure to mention any features you’ve been thinking about, like a lazy Susan or standing pantry, so the specialists can be sure to tailor the design to your particular vision.

Set a Budget

It’s easy to go overboard with home remodeling projects, so setting out a budget before settling on any final purchases is always a must. Be sure to include costs for shipment, which will vary from one retailer to the next. When buying cabinets online, ready-to-assemble cabinets are a great choice because shipment rates tend to be lower, and there are no installation costs. There is a great variety of RTA kitchen cabinets online to choose from, but the shipping fees will vary, so be sure to factor them in to your overall budget.

Check the Quality of the Materials

Be sure the cabinets you are buying use high-quality materials. In particular, look for cabinet doors that are made of hard wood and cabinet boxes made of plywood. Materials to avoid include particleboard, which is weaker than plywood, and medium density fiberboard (MDF), which some manufacturers use for doors instead of hard wood. 



Make Sure the Delivery Times Work for You

In addition to sticking to a budget, it’s also important to set a timeline and do your best to stick to it. 2021 witnessed a lot of slowdowns in supply chains, so make sure you can expect to receive your delivery in a timely fashion. What’s most important is that you’re buying from a trusted cabinet maker who is reliable.


Visit us at nelsonkb.com to find out more about our outstanding products and stellar customer service. We’ve been making cabinets in the USA for 4 generations and are proud to offer stunning cabinets at competitive prices.

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Evan Nelson is a skilled content writer with over 5 years of experience specializing in kitchen and bath design. His expertise in the field and ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible way have made his articles a valuable resource for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike. Evan's insights have been featured in top publications like Homes & Gardens, Family Handyman, and Real Homes. He focuses on providing practical advice, innovative ideas, and detailed guides to help readers make informed decisions about their kitchen spaces. With a passion for creating content that educates and inspires, Evan's writing helps transform kitchen dreams into reality.

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