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2021 update to kitchen cabinet buying guide

Below is our simple list of the top 10 things to do when you are buying cabinets for a new kitchen.

buy american

Made in the USA. Is it always smart to buy American cabinetry?

The simple answer is yes. The most reliable and the best value for kitchen cabinets are all American owned companies. However the best value at the lower price points in cabinetry will be US companies assembling cabinetry in the United States but having their cabinet doors and drawer fronts made in other countries.

coco thai bistro

Main Line Kitchen Design has over 30 contractors that we recommend to our customers free of charge.

These general contractors take over the day to day responsibilities of the renovation project once the construction work begins. By recommending contractors and not subbing out to them, as most kitchen showrooms and cabinet dealers do, Main Line Kitchen Design’s clients save 20 to 30% on their construction costs.

Bishop Framed Ultimate Box2

Paul talks to Sam, who like many podcast callers and people that write us on our blogs, is concerned about selecting the best cabinet brand for her kitchen. Paul explains why comparing kitchen cabinetry brands can be difficult and how pricing works at different cabinet dealers and showrooms. Paul also explains to Sam why the design of her kitchen is more important than the cabinet brand that she selects. Paul discusses with Sam and later with Felipe what makes a cabinet well constructed and what the difference is between framed and frameless cabinetry. Towards the end of the podcast, Paul and Felipe discuss incorporating pets into the design of a kitchen.

Fabuwood Kitchen

Kitchen Cabinet ratings for 2021. Reviews for the top selling cabinet brands.

Below is our comprehensive list of the top selling cabinet manufacturers in the United States and how they rank for construction quality and for value considering the price point of each cabinet line. Price point is rated from 1 to 6 with 6 being the most expensive custom cabinetry on the market.

Paul talks to Olga who called in previously to get advice on her kitchen design. Olga talks about her bread making and gets Paul’s help getting the appliances and the countertop she needs worked into her kitchen design. Paul explains why you shouldn’t use a particular design feature just because you like it. Design elements and appliances need to work well in the design and fit. Olga’s original design, seen below, was too tight and left her without a kitchen table. In the revised kitchen design seating is comfortable and spaces actually work.

Paul talks with Jeremy who has a small kitchen in Manhattan New York. Maximizing the usable space in the apartment is discussed, not only for Jeremy’s kitchen, but also for his living room and bath. Jeremy plans on renting the apartment in the future and Paul talks about the do’s and don’ts when designing a kitchen for a rental property.

Paul talks with Michael who has a kitchen design just a little too tight. Or as Paul says “ten pounds of sausage in an eight pound wrapper.” Paul also talks about The IKEA Effect which is a common phycological delusion that all kitchen designers must face daily from their customers.

Emilio Mignucci

Once the dust clears and the grout dries on Main Line Kitchen Design’s customers’ kitchens we send them a thank you, usually a cookbook or a Di Bruno Brother’s Cheese book.

Red Flags

Why do red flags go up when Main Line Kitchen Design receives an email like the one below?

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