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Posted October 6, 2019 by ITSAdmin

Today cabinets can be purchased online at prices as much as 20% below what cabinet dealers and showrooms sell them for. Some of the online cabinet sellers even make pretty well made cabinetry. So why would saving money and buying your cabinets online not make sense?


The answer simply put, is that buying kitchen cabinets is not like buying a toaster or a pair of pants. It is the first and most important purchase that locks you into a renovation, design and construction strategy. And it is just the tip of the iceberg. Many thousands of dollars in choices are made after finalizing the kitchen design and purchasing the cabinets. Flooring, countertop, lighting, backsplash, appliances, sinks, fixtures, molding, and even the types and locations of windows and doors determine how your kitchen functions. How much you decide to spend on these choices determines whether your money is well spent or wasted.


When you buy cabinets online or at IKEA, Costco, or other extreme discount retailers, you are giving up having knowledgeable kitchen design help. Having a professional measure your home, weigh design choices and help you make sensible decisions is worth far more than what you might possibly save on cabinetry. Without expert design help the majority of kitchen renovations are a waste of money and poorly designed. Left to their own devices, homeowners nearly always spend more and spend it ineffectively.


The truly sad part for these homeowners and the frustrating part for good kitchen designers is that people seldom realize how foolish the choices they are making are. Precisely because they aren’t kitchen design professionals. See our funny video on this topic here.


Worst of all even if homeowners get good design help and recognise how much better their design is after working with an expert, they could decide to go right back and buy cabinetry online. Believing that NOW they don’t need any MORE help. I especially don’t have sympathy for these customers. Once unencumbered by knowledgeable help they eventually make the poor decisions that get them the kitchen that they deserve.


Embarking on a 20. 40, 80, or a 200 thousand dollar kitchen renovation without the help of an expert kitchen designer makes no sense. And thinking that your architect, contractor, interior designer, or other pseudo kitchen professional is all you need is even more senseless. Expert help usually comes free from the cabinet dealers when you purchase your cabinetry from them. So avoiding getting that free help by buying cabinets online is the most senseless decision of all.


Hoping you will allow Main Line Kitchen Design or another kitchen design professional to help you create a well designed kitchen, and to spend your renovation budget wisely.


Paul, Julie, Ed, Chris, John, Lauren, Tom and Stacia

Main Line Kitchen Design


  1. H. Hudson, October 15, 2019 at 3:52 pm:

    I designed and purchased a kitchen through IKEA about 8 years ago. I am very happy with the performance. I bought a second smaller house recently which has an ugly kitchen. This time I have been looking at other manufacturers for modern design, frameless cabinets. I have found several more expensive lines, but none that is really any better than the IKEA I bought.

  2. ITSAdmin, October 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm:

    We would recommend that you stopped designing your own kitchens and got help from a kitchen designer. They could help you design a more professional kitchen and advise you on what would be a good value for the style and type of cabinet that you want.

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