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    Where to Find New and Used Kitchen Cabinets for Sale



    Where can you buy kitchen cabinets? This is a question that many homeowners ask themselves when they are renovating their kitchen. If you’re looking for new cabinets, there are several places to shop. However, if you want used cabinets, your options may be more limited. In this blog post, we will discuss the pros and cons of each option so that it’s easier to make your decision!

    New Kitchen Cabinets

    There are a lot of reasons to buy kitchen cabinets new instead of used. Even though you can save money with used cabinets, it can be very tricky to move them due to their heavy weight and bulk. It is not recommended to move used cabinets without the help of a professional, which itself can add up! Additionally, you will need to be certain that the dimensions of the cabinets work with your layout so that you have the right fit.

    RTA Cabinets

    Ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets are the golden mean in terms of pricing and convenience. Click here for an overview of some of their advantages, which include affordability, quick and easy shipping, variety, and the convenience of managing your own time and project. You can purchase them from online specialist retailers like Nelson Cabinetry as well as from big box stores or other local retailers.


    Custom Cabinets

    While RTA and pre-assembled cabinets are available for purchase online, it’s difficult to purchase truly custom cabinets online since they should be measured to order. Generally, they will require the services of a cabinetmaker, though there are some companies that offer “custom” cabinets with a more limited selection of styles and options than you would get from a cabinetmaker. Some of these are also available through big box stores, and costs will depend on your location and individual design needs, but they will definitely be on the higher end of the price range.


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    Semi-Custom Cabinets

    If you have specific needs in terms of certain dimensions like the depth or size of cabinet drawers, semi-custom cabinets may be the right pick for you. You can order them online and also find them at home improvement stores, though pricing is not always clear from the outset and often requires consultation and quote, making it difficult to browse.

    Prefabricated (Stock) Cabinets

    Since the dimensions of stock cabinets are standard, they are easy to find both online and in retail stores. As with RTA cabinets, they can be made to fit perfectly through the use of fillers – even if the dimensions of your kitchen don’t fit RTA or stock cabinets exactly, there are easy ways to get the right fit! Buyer beware, though – stock cabinets are often of lower quality than RTA cabinets, so it’s important to check customer feedback and testimonials, and make sure the cabinet boxes are made of plywood. RTA cabinets often feature quality details like steel shelf pins, cam lock assembly, and dovetail drawers that are not available with stock cabinets. In addition, if you are buying online, RTA cabinets arrive in convenient packages, which give are easier to move and give you some flexibility; stock cabinets, on the other hand, arrive in boxes.

    Why Some People Prefer Used Kitchen Cabinets

    Some intrepid homeowners may opt for used cabinets for several reasons: they want to choose an option that reduces waste, buying used cabinets can be cost-effective, or they are interested in undertaking a DIY project that gives new life to old cabinets. These are all compelling reasons to search for used cabinets, but don’t expect old cabinets won’t be in particularly good shape, given that they’ve seen years of use. There’s a reason they’re not being used anymore! But if this is the path you’ve chosen, where to begin your search?


    There probably won’t be a lot of offers on Craigslist, but it’s always worth a shot. Sometimes people really strike gold! Be sure to refine your search by typing “kitchen cabinets,” as there are also filing cabinets, storage cabinets, and all kinds of other cabinets that might be listed free or for sale.


    This is another resource for used kitchen cabinets, and if you are lucky you might even find a good deal on brand-new cabinets listed. For the most part, these are not shipped and are only available for local pick-up.

    Buy Nothing and Facebook Marketplace

    You might be surprised at what you find here, though the range of items that these groups offer is so vast that you might end up getting ideas for other items that you could get from these groups. Sometimes Buy Nothing users will post an “ask” and another user will just so happen to have what they’re looking for! Be prepared: this can take a lot of luck and patience.




    Whether you need new or used kitchen cabinets, there are many places where you can buy both, and the decision really depends on what you’re looking for. We’ve compiled a list of stores that sell both new and used kitchen cabinets so that it will be easier to find the right one for your needs. Let us know if we can be of any further guidance!

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