A lot of people have a habit of trusting cabinetry companies just because the said shop has made a name in the industry. But to tell the truth, this is not always the ideal way when buying products such as cabinets. It is known that before a cabinetry shop goes into full bloom and become one of the most respected companies, service and careful presentation of products must be checked first. But, being one of the topmost brand names does not guarantee a flawless service, and though rare, there can be cases of poor customer service coming from the cabinetry shop giants. With all of these, you as a customer should be very careful in buying and even in choosing what kind of cabinets you should buy, where and when you should buy it, and you must know the do’s and don’ts before you consider buying online.
What to buy online
The modern age has really reach us deep to the bone that everything that we would like to buy can be found over the internet. Having the knowledge of using technology has really given us comfort in so many ways, including the freedom to choose whatever you want to buy whenever and wherever you are. No sweaty run under the heat of the sun or bulk up clothing due to cold. With just one click, the world is closer to us now, and this is the reason why almost all people with access are addicted to the internet.
That is also the reason why almost all cabinetry companies have made their website to cater all possible customers wherever they are. With the help of the internet, you can easily find the most famous kitchen cabinets like KraftMaid cabinets, Lily Ann cabinets, cherry kitchen cabinets, and shaker kitchen cabinets. You can also choose over thousands of designs and styles that will perfectly fit your taste, and if you are lucky enough to know the prize (because not all show their prices), then you can even look for something that will fit your budget. You can start by looking at pictures of kitchens and by using your kitchen cabinet ideas, you can think of possible combinations for you to have an edge even before you try to buy a real one. As with over thousands of designs and styles, some of the best are the so called RTA cabinets or ready-to-assemble cabinets, shaker style cabinets, and wood cabinets. You can also find cabinets that you can use as pantry cabinet, or laundry room cabinets. Remember, you are looking for kitchen cabinets online, so you must be really careful before getting into the real act of buying. You can do a little research about the company where you intend to buy to, and if you think that they don’t match what they are selling for, then you can look for customers’ review as they are proven tobe really helpful to other fellow customers.
Narrowing down the search
If you are very observant, you would see that basically, there are two kinds of cabinets that are being sold online and either offline, the one with face frame cabinets, and the frameless cabinets. The frameless cabinets, or more commonly known as the European style cabinets are the most widely used in the world because of its style and finish. By frameless we mean that additional space used for frames will be utilized now for better storage capacity, and even though these cabinets are frameless, it does not mean that they are less durable and weaker than those with frames. These European cabinets are also cleaner and simpler than those with frames, and these cabinets are now becoming the basis for cabinets used in schools, offices and other institutions.
On the other hand, the cabinets with the face frame are commonly known as the traditional cabinets, and these cabinets are made in the USA. Although some say that traditional cabinets are less desirable than frameless-styled cabinets, they are generally not weaker, it is just that the frameless is another version. Traditional cabinets have frames in order to support the entire structure, but in case the cabinet would be installed to the wall, then having no frames will be less of a problem since the wall can act as additional support. This is where frameless cabinets are well-known.
Framed or frameless cabinets share a lot in terms of how they are built. Basically, it will be just the frame that the frameless does not have compared with the traditional, but now that the production of frameless cabinets have been made on a larger scale, then the difference between the two became more and more distinct, having the frameless cabinets more diverse. And because a lot of difference were seen that frameless cabinets are now known as another style of cabinets more commonly known as European cabinets, the price of both cabinets are sure to be of different range.
First of all, the type of material that are used would be the first thing that customers would ask for. If the material are very sophisticated and elegant, then the price would be costly. Same as those having been imported from different parts of the world, which would be what the company will boast to its customers. But believe me, things like that would not be necessary if you are looking for cabinets that you can use for your everyday living, not those for displays. Imagine that you have that very elegant cabinet that will face the dirt of your kitchen.
One of the most widely used material in building cabinets are particle boards, and these particle boards are not jut the typical boards that you think, there has been a lot of variations in order to produce more durable and stronger cabinets. But particle boards are sometimes unnecessary to use, hence other materials such as plywood are used.
Also, the wood that is used is very important. Two examples of the widely used wood for cabinets are maple and oak. Although these woods vary in durability and strength, they are desirable for usage. About other wood, some may change color as years pass by. Some may turn into blackish or brownish, but when the utilization is good, the quality will remain the same. Some may even get stronger as it gets older!
In addition, the amount of material that are use will really matter. In most cases, more material means more money to leave your pocket.
Moreover, the finish will indeed put you to test if you are really into a certain type of cabinet. There are lots of designs, and the more you get attracted to things that are getting more and more intricate and luxurious, then the more money would be needed to get those cabinets installed inside your house.
Assessing the situation
After looking for so many designs and styles of cabinets, you must now have come up with the company that you think is the best for you. Check for the company’s website to get hold of the services and the cabinets that are considered best buys. You would be shocked when you see that almost everything there is to know about the company is already uploaded to their website, hence no need to go to the actual shop to get the first impression and to go sightseeing. However, not all companies include the prices of the cabinets to their websites so if you want to know, you can contact them using their provided phone number or email address. If you have questions, do not hesitate to get in touch again with them. The company you are contacting to will be very glad to help you, just ask and don’t pretend that you understand if you really don’t. You can ask for things like what would be best for your own kitchen style. Also, you can now look if a particular cabinet with the right design, type, and finish will fit not only your budget but also your house.
Finally, after meticulously looking and picking the best company and style of cabinets that you want, either European cabinets or traditional, the real thing comes into view: ordering. Buying furniture online is not like ordering smaller things there. At first, you might want to back off after knowing that the delivery time for the cabinet that you ordered will take up months for the least, but as you can see, these cabinets can come from places very far from you as you have just ordered them through the internet. You will also need to fill out forms before getting to the proper business process. When times get rough, say after waiting for weeks, wrong furniture will be delivered to your home. This mistake has been happening for a great deal of time now, and you will never want this to happen to you so you better take every caution that you have, be very careful in filling out forms because one mistake could mean longer time to wait. If you are confused about the terms and conditions of the furniture delivery, then you can ask the staff of the shop, and you can also join in the forums and discussions over the internet just to avoid mistakes. This way could save you in the long run, and it will always be better safe than sorry, as common clichés say.