Getting Cabinets-Home Depot or Lowe’s
From an installers view, getting kitchen cabinets from Home Depot can be frustrating because of the way they are manufactured. Lowe’s cabinets seem to have some of the same issues that accompany purchasing ready made kitchens from super home centers.
From twenty seven years of experience in manufacturing custom European cupboards, I’m going to offer my opinion concerning some of the materials and fabrication methods used in these prefabricated bathroom vanity and kitchen cabinets. Even though the kind of cabinets you find at Lowe’s might not be the sort of thing that you would treasure forever or take out an insurance policy for at Aviva.co.uk, you’re sure to want to know what you’re getting. Take a look below to find out exactly what you can expect to get when purchasing these cabinets.
From twenty seven years of experience in manufacturing custom European cupboards, I’m going to offer my opinion concerning some of the materials and fabrication methods used in these prefabricated bathroom vanity and kitchen cabinets.
What’s the quality like of the cabinets you find at Home Depot or Lowe’s?
Like all kitchen or bathroom manufactures, each brand has its own unique design, so my views do not sum up all of the options that are available from these two construction materials supply companies.
- Particle Board Used in Cabinets– Kitchen cupboard quality varies from brand to brand, but I have noticed that there is a lot of particle board used, which is not necessarily a bad thing unless the pressboard touches the floor. This has been a common thread that I have discovered with these pre-made cabinets available from Lowe’s and Home Depot, the sides, back and toe parts that touch the floor are flake board. These parts will be affected by cleaning floors with water and if there is ever a minor flood, you will have water damaged cabinets.
- Cabinet Hinges and Plates-Low quality hinges and plates are used more often than not. The industry leaders in hinge production are Grass America and Blum. I don’t think I have ever seen a Grass or a Blum hinge in any of the cabinetry that I have installed from either of these construction supply companies.
- Drawer Construction and Runners/Slides– Many of the drawers are fabricated from solid real wood and most of the actual drawer slides seem to be of good quality, even though they are not name brands. However, the installation of the slides is usually not very good. By this, I mean that the solid built drawer’s slides do not get secured with enough screws and oftentimes the screws are not tightened to full capacity. Thus, a good product becomes a poor one over the course of time if the installer doesn’t take sufficient time to tighten all of the loose parts.
- Doors-The lower priced cabinet’s doors are not of great quality, but the mid to upper level priced brands generally have quality doors with durable finishes.
- Exterior Cabinet Surfaces-Almost always the exposed sides on the cabinets from Home Depot and Lowe’s are vinyl. Even refrigerator side panels get shipped with a vinyl coating on them. They have the appearance of real wood or even a painted white finish when in actuality it is a vinyl coating. This is very poor quality in comparison to custom fabricated kitchen or bathroom cupboards. These areas can be covered with either plywood or door panels but these are upgrades to the pricing that got you interested in getting cabinets from Home Depot or Lowe’s in the first place.
- Tip: Old school says that: “you get what you pay for.” The same is applicable to cabinetry. What may have the appearance of beauty on the outside and is really cheap will have a short lifespan when it comes to usability.
One of my biggest grips about the way these cabinets are built is that on the base cabinets the sides, toe kicks and backs extended all the way to the floor. This means that when they are being installed that if there is a hump in the floor in the rear of the kitchen base cabinet, the back will have to be cut. This makes for a lot of extra work for the installer. Not to mention the possibility of having water damaged cabinets. of the cheap bathroom vanity cabinets, which come in boxes, have the backs cut short to help the customers not have to deal with cutting around plumbing. This just looks cheap.
Problems with Getting Cabinets from Home Depot or Lowe’s
Here are just a few of the problems with ordering cabinets from these construction supply companies. Home Depot or Lowe’s both have these same issues with their kitchen and bathroom cabinetry departments. Before the cabinets actually make it to the customer’s home, they have passed through many hands and have traveled thousands of miles. Common sense tells us that there’s going to be missing pieces and damaged parts.
- Missing Parts-Very rarely have I ever installed a cabinet job supplied by either company where all of the parts actually made it to the job site. There is always something missing and oftentimes it causes a major delay in the installation process. The past three jobs I installed, two of them were missing the toe base stock rips.
- Damaged Cabinet Parts– Chips in panels, broken cabinet sides, door finishes rubbed off and broken hinges and drawer slides are just a few of the things you can expect when you order kitchens or bathrooms from Home Depot or Lowe’s.
- Wrong Parts– Incorrect molding pieces can be an occasional occurrence. Even the wrong cabinets get delivered at times.
- Job Delays– You can just imagine how much time gets wasted because of the mistakes that accompany kitchens and vanities purchased from Lowe’s and Home Depot. Broken parts or missing pieces of the puzzle can take up to two to three weeks to get. This causes a huge delay in scheduling. It creates a ripple affect that costs a lot of time and money.
If you plan on getting cabinets from either of these home centers, there is the possibility of having potential problems. It’s a gamble you will take to save a few dollars. Your savings from getting Home Depot cabinets may end up costing a lot of time, money and frustration. The same applies to ordering your kitchen or bathroom vanities from Lowe’s. There are just too many hands in the pot for things to go smoothly, they just won’t because they vary rarely do.