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Posted August 18, 2019 by pmcalary

Customers often ask us how much a particular cabinet costs per linear foot. The answer is that cabinets are never sold by the linear foot and that the linear foot price you see for cabinets on kitchen displays inside home centers is intentionally misleading.

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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.

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The linear foot price for a cabinet style uses a formula created by the cabinet industry to both compare one cabinets cost to another and also to mislead customers as to how much cabinetry costs.

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The linear foot price for a particular cabinet is calculated by adding up the cost for the cabinets in a mythical L shaped kitchen that is 10′ x 10′. 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.

Example of a the industry standard 10′ x 10′ Kitchen


To calculate the linear foot price you simply add up the cost of the cabinetry in the 10′ x 10′ kitchen pictured above up and divide by 20 (10 + 10) to create a starting linear foot price for that cabinet line in that door style. Notice that the corners in this calculation were counted twice.
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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. When you get to the dealership it turns out that 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.”
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The reality is that once you upgrade and price an actual kitchen for your size home in your door style and finish with moldings and extras like a drawer base and maybe a lazy susan or a trash pull out, you will find out that you are closer to double the linear foot price. And 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 it’s inflated list price and nearly all cabinet dealers sell cabinetry EVERY DAY for 25, 40, and 50% off of list price depending on an individual cabinet lines list pricing.

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Main Line Kitchen Design tries to explain these industry tricks to our customers, and would certainly never advertise or use these methods to attract business.

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Helping people make sensible choices and educating customers about our industry and the products we sell is what helps people spend their budget wisely. Pressuring people to buy now is never a good idea with complicated construction projects like kitchen renovations. And if someone is pressuring you to buy now you can be certain that they do not have your best interest at heart.

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Wishing all our customers a great rest of the summer . . .

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Bon Appitit!

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

Main Line Kitchen Design

3 Comments

  1. Kevin, September 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm:

    Thank you for exposing a disingenuous ploy, so common in the kitchen cabinetry industry. Your platform, of seeking transparency in such matters, is refreshing.

    Prospective kitchen remodel customers, have the right to be properly educated, so they can make the best decisions to suit their needs, from a technical, aesthetic, and economic perspective.

  2. Sue, September 23, 2019 at 7:41 am:

    As a retired Interior Designer, I have always “stressed” when dealing with Cabinet Companies for the very reasons you have noted above. Cheers to your honesty and for bringing a higher level of integrity to the Industry…

  3. ITSAdmin, September 23, 2019 at 12:20 pm:

    Thanks Sue. I think that not being transparent breads this kind of thing. Thankfully the internet forces transparency on companies whether they want it or not. The result has been good for the cabinet industry and construction in general.

    Unfortunately HGTV renovation reality shows dispense misinformation by the barrel full so while we are improving in some ways we not in others. It is such a shame that the renovation shows all started with This Old House and Hometime on PBS which were honest and realistic.

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