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Mar 08, 2014, 05:08 PM
LewisFam
Using Used Custom Cabinets
Help!! We bought some custom built cabinets for steal price and want to use them for our kitchen. How difficult will it be to install custom built cabinets for our kitchen? Aren't all cabinets made in fairly same sizes?
Mar 08, 2014, 09:31 PM
Jaybee
Most kitchen cabinets are a stock height of 34-1/2" with a depth of 24". Cabinet width varies but usually starts at 12" wide and increases in 3" wide increments.

The big problem is exactly what is needed for a layout that will fit your kitchen. You can add fillers to fill in small gaps to make your 'new' cabinets fit your kitchen. Not so easy or even impossible to cut the existing cabinets down if needed. Beyond that are the design features of having your kitchen sink line up under the mid-point of a window or having wall cabinets evenly spaced over base cabinets or up against any openings.

Unless you have an open kitchen plan where you can end the cabinetry over a choice of areas, it will be difficult to get a perfect fit from used cabinets. That's why they are so cheap - there is hardly ever a market for them.


Jaybee
Mar 08, 2014, 09:31 PM
Re-mdlr
Might be the reason you got them at a 'steal' of a price is because it is so difficult to move cabinets from house to another. The measurements from wall to center of plumbing, or measurements from wall to wall, all have to be workable with the new cabinets. People try this all the time to save money, but it is not easy to do. Height of cabinets, depth of base cabinets, and depth of upper cabinets are all pretty standard, but width is the problem.

You can get cabinets from a custom built cabinet shop, or you can order cabinets in 3 inch increments, such as 27 inches wide, 33,21, 24, etc etc. But it's the design and layout of your kitchen that determines what you can do. Maybe you need to add or move a wall, or move the plumbing, or move the electrical to get everything to work.

It's a jigsaw puzzle that needs figuring out, and if you can't do it, then call in someone that can -- offer them some money for their time and knowledge and experience (or ask the lawn mow guy what he thinks). If you want good advice, you are buying someones time and for their knowledge and experience.

Also, it will depend on the style of your kitchen. Is it "U" shape, a galley kitchen, or "L" shape -- you have to make everything work.. And very few times have I seen everything fit properly.
Mar 09, 2014, 07:53 PM
LewisFam
Thanks Jaybee and Re-mdlr, Upon further measuring, we have the the same widths plus extra cabinets from the existing we will figure out something to do with. In addition, one side is open so we have a little play. We will still be hiring a pro. Thanks again.