Customers often ask us how much a particular cabinet costs per linear foot. The question is based on the kitchen industry’s mythical 10′ x 10′ kitchen. In reality, cabinets are never sold by the linear foot. And the linear foot price you see for cabinets on kitchen displays inside home centers is intentionally misleading.
Cabinets are always sold by the individual cabinet, molding, panel, and part. No cabinet store or home center like Lowes or The Home Depot sells cabinets by the linear foot.
The linear foot price for a cabinet style uses a formula created by the cabinet industry to both compare one brands’ cost to another and also to mislead customers as to how much cabinetry costs.
The linear foot price for a particular cabinet is calculated by adding up the cost for the cabinets in a mythical L shaped 10′ x 10′ kitchen.
This small kitchen always has a big window and a big refrigerator and so two large spaces without cabinets to price. It also usually has 4 small 30″ wall cabinets. Blind or dead corners, no molding, no roll outs, no panels and is all particleboard with the cheapest hinges and tracks that the cabinet line offers.
To calculate the linear foot price, you simply add up the cost of the cabinetry pictured above. Then divide by 20 (10 + 10). This calculates a starting linear foot price for that cabinet line in that door style. Notice that the corners in this calculation were counted twice.
This linear foot price is sort of like the ads you see for a new car saying, “nothing down and $100 per month for a brand-new car”.
We all know this deal doesn’t exist. To get the deal you have to trade in a two-year-old car with low mileage and qualify for veterans, senior, and return buyer discounts. Oh, and sorry “that car was sold off the lot yesterday.”
An actual kitchen will be closer to double the linear foot price. Moldings and extras like a drawer base, glass doors, a lazy Susan or a trash pull out increase costs. For big kitchens with tall ceilings and with lots of panels and roll outs – far above double the price.
Misleading customers as to what a kitchen will cost is not ethical in my opinion. It is also misleading advertising cabinetry sales of 25, 40, and 50% off.
These fake sales are based on the list price of cabinetry. No kitchen place sells cabinetry for its inflated list price. Nearly all cabinet dealers sell cabinetry EVERY DAY for 25, 40, and 50% off of list price. It depends on an individual cabinet lines list pricing.
Main Line Kitchen Design tries to explain these industry tricks to our customers. We would never advertise or use these methods to attract business.
Helping people make sensible choices and educating customers about our industry helps people spend their budget wisely.
Pressuring people to buy now is never a good idea. Especially with complicated construction projects like kitchen renovations.
Below are some other blogs on related topics:
Wishing all our customers a great rest of the summer . . .
. . . and of course . . .
Paul, Julie, Ed, Lauren, John, Stacia, and Tom
Main Line Kitchen Design