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Kitchen Cabinet and Other Supply Chain Delays in 2022

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For kitchen cabinetry there are 3 tiers of possible timelines

  1. The least expensive well-built cabinet lines will have no delays if the parts and materials are in stock to manufacture the cabinets. Lines like Fabuwood import most of the materials for the cabinetry they assemble, so if all the parts and pieces are available assembling the cabinets and shipping then has no delays and 6 weeks is a common delivery time. However, if there are missing parts there is no telling when a back order will arrive as the needed parts may not even be in the US. Fortunately, Fabuwood has very little out of stock issues. Ask your designer about possible delays and expect them if you are told to.
  2. Mid-price and higher-end semi-custom US lines like the Bishop, Timberlake or the Legacy lines we carry have lead times ranging from 10 weeks to 16 weeks on average. The longer timelines are due to delays in the manufacturing of the cabinet fronts and in disruptions in the workforce and shipping.
  3. Custom cabinet lines we carry such as Brighton and Wellsford can take anywhere from 22 weeks for Brighton and six months for Wellsford. Many full custom lines are now taking over 30 weeks, so these timelines are faster in comparison.

Interior cabinet devices like two-tiered cutlery dividers or pantry pull outs have also had stocking problems. Most cabinet companies buy these components from companies like Rev-a-shelf or Hefele. Often new cabinetry will ship without the interior cabinet device if it is holding up an entire order. Even cabinet roll outs have been in short supply over that last two years.

Appliances are also delayed according to price.

The most expensive professional appliances can take a year to get, even those long delays are not guaranteed. Many of our customers now make do with old appliances. European ranges and high-end wine refrigerators can test everyone’s patience.

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Windows and doors are also delayed, lead times seem about double the pre-covid wait time.

Countertops have generally not been affected.

Some Engineered Quartz brands have stock issues, but Main Line Kitchen Design and other proactive retailers simply switch the quartz brands we carry to avoid delays. Natural surfaces like granite, soapstone, and quartzite, will be in stock for customers to see so while sometimes selections could be more limited there are no installation delays.

Cabinet hardware like handles and knobs comes in a matter of days (when in stock).

Helping customers make smart decisions by selecting materials that are less effected by delays is what good kitchen designers do. Main Line Kitchen Design looks forward to helping you make those smart decisions.

2 Replies to “Kitchen Cabinet and Other Supply Chain Delays in 2022”

  1. John Moore

    Interested to hear how these timelines have changed for better or worse in 2023

    1. pmcalary[ Post Author ]

      Hi John,
      Supply chain delays for cabinetry are mostly gone. For example, the brands we still sell are all back to within a week or two of when they were before 2020. We did dump a couple of brands that couldn’t get organized post Covid. Some of the very inexpensive brands and a few of the higher end semi-custom brands still have delays but generally the better brands are back on track. High end appliances are still very backlogged. For example, some Subzero refrigerators can take 9 months to get. Windows and doors can have very long lead times too. Other than we are close to back to normal.

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