Stock Kitchen Cabinets

Consider stock kitchen cabinets as an option for an economical kitchen design.
Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Opaque Cabinets

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Opaque Cabinets

The 28th floor condo of Robert Holmberg and his fiance Alyssa in the Marina tower in downtown chicago has become a modern, spacious and comfortable Great Room designed by Design Star winner and Host Meg Caswell

Custom kitchen cabinets require a significant investment to design and build; refinishing them can increase labor costs. One way to keep your renovation on budget in spite of these factors is to use stock kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Knobs, Pulls, and Hardware

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Updating cabinet hardware is an easy way to change the overall appearance of your kitchen without investing a lot of money or time. Plus, there is a wide range of stores and online resources for finding the perfect pulls, knobs and handles to match your style. Kitchen design by Beth Haley

Dark walnut cabinetry, paired with thin bar-style door and drawer pulls, builds a modern foundation for this kitchen. Materials such as stainless steel, custom glass backsplashes and granite further the modern aesthetic while remaining elegant. Butter yellow hand-tipped leather stools add the perfect accent to the restrained color palette. Design by Gregory Augustine

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Contemporary hardware in a brushed-nickel finish blends seamlessly with the gray-colored cabinets and counter, as well as the stainless steel appliances, for a soothing, unified look in this galley kitchen. Design by Nicole Sassaman

Simple round black knobs complement the black in the countertops and allow the unusual wainscoting and embossed tin backsplash to grab the spotlight in this country kitchen. Design by Sue Adams

The hammered effect on these traditionally styled Arts and Crafts knobs and pulls adds to the rustic look of the hand-hewn cabinets.

In the HGTV Dream Home 2011 kitchen, small square cabinet door knobs offer a subtle but elegant contrast to the stacked rectangular Carrera marble tile on the backsplash. Design by Linda Woodrum

Similar, subtle accent notes are made with the small button-like knobs and drawer pulls in this transitionally styled kitchen. Instead, the decorative flourishes in the granite countertops and backsplash with stainless steel tile insets add drama to the space. Design by Christopher J. Grubb; photography by Jeromy Robert

Don't be afraid to mix and match hardware styles. The hand-painted archway, the cobalt blue and accent countertop tiles, and the decorative ceramic knobs all come together to give this kitchen an authentic Mexican feel. Stainless steel contemporary-styled handles and drawer pulls make an appearance, picking up the finish on the stove hood, stovetop and light fixtures in the adjacent dining room. Design by Erica Islas

A custom copper sink and faucet are showstopping additions to this formal kitchen. The ornate cabinet hardware and elegant chandeliers further the regal feel of the space. Design by Dave Stimmel

From: Dave Stimmel

Kitchen cabinet pulls, knobs and handles can be found in a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern to down-right funky. The colorful cabinetry paired with contemporary hardware provides visual delight in this artistic-styled kitchen. Design by Lou Ann Bauer

Stock kitchen cabinets are a more affordable cabinet option. True to their name, they're usually in stock and ready to take home from cabinet specialty or home improvement stores; this makes them popular among many home renovators. They are sold either fully assembled or ready to assemble, so that many DIYers are able to personally install them, thus reducing labor costs.

While once considered a less attractive cabinet option, improvements in materials and technology have made stock kitchen cabinets more durable and attractive. Particleboard and laminates are two examples of contemporary and more affordable materials used to make stock cabinets. To mimic the look of real wood cabinets on a budget, homeowners can buy stock cabinets made of particleboard for the cabinet base and interiors, while featuring natural wood doors.

Many stock cabinet showrooms allow you to pick custom stock cabinets that can work in the footprint of your kitchen. As with custom cabinets, you are able to choose from a range of standard features to customize your cabinet look. Stock cabinet doors come in many different styles: flat, raised, paneled, and Shaker are common examples. This variety allows you to create a traditional or modern kitchen, or whichever variant in between fits best with your style aesthetic.

One potential drawback of stock kitchen cabinets is that they come in standard sizes, so the choices you have can be somewhat limited. If you have a uniquely shaped kitchen space, stock cabinets may not fit and could be ruled out as an option. Also, older homes may not have level floors or walls, so standard-sized cabinets may measure accurately in the showroom but not fit exactly once they arrive at your home. Stock cabinets generally come 36 inches tall, so if you want taller cabinets, stock cabinets might not work for you. They also don't usually come with extras such as crown molding or hardware. Adding these features is possible, but doing so will add to the overall cost of the project.

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