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Cheaper line cabinetry

4/4/18       
Ryan Member

Hi,
We only do high end cabinetry now, and I have been toying with the idea of offering a lower line of cabinetry, we do all plywood construction now and would like to stick with that but am open to doing it different, is there anybody that does this what makes the midline cabinetry different besides different hinges and hardware, limited colors? Is it moving from plywood to particle board? Give me some feedback please, thanks!

4/4/18       #2: Cheaper line cabinetry ...
Jerry

I don't think you have to stick with furniture grade plywood. Save that for the high end cabinets. On the low end consumers really don't care about how it's built. They only care about how it looks, and the problems you solve for them. When you start lecturing about the veneer core plywood vs. mdf core their eyes will start to glaze over.

4/4/18       #3: Cheaper line cabinetry ...
james e mcgrew Member

Website: mcgrewwoodwork.com

Just price and qualify Quality, Keep building we did this back when we did residential, after all the setup and marketing it became a waste of good time and money.

Now if you want to bid quantity apartments or track homes then this is a good idea

4/4/18       #4: Cheaper line cabinetry ...
Mark B Member

When we have requests for down and dirty we can buy in already assembled builder grade cabs (and a couple grades lower than that and several higher) and just turn them around taking on a decent margin. We dont even have to handle them as our supplier delivers on their truck.

There is no way we can build a 36" 2 door sink base, finished, for a hundred bucks.

4/4/18       #5: Cheaper line cabinetry ...
Bill Member

I agree with Mark if you want to fill that niche then sell pre built or look into knockdown. It is not a bad idea to sell a lessor line. If presented correctly it will drive customers to your higher line.

4/5/18       #6: Cheaper line cabinetry ...
Bruce H

One of the things that makes cabinets cheap is no service. A "supplier" of cabinets makes the same thing day after day without regard as to weather it fits your customers house or not. They don't go to the jobsite, talk to the homeowner or care if the floor is level or the wiring in the right place. All of these issues are what cause your cabinets to cost more.

If you want to provide a custom cabinet at a lower price point what do you plan on changing from your current service level? Downgrading your material and hardware will only get you so much. I see it as a race to the bottom unless you do a high volume. There is a shop near here that builds volume junk and sells it by the container load. He has a Lear jet and I don't. It's possible.

4/10/18       #7: Cheaper line cabinetry ...
Dan DeNeal

Website: http://DeNealsCabinets.com

I have been selling a variety of cabinetry lines in addition to our custom cabinets for 20 years. It has allowed high end clients to also save a few bucks in guest baths and laundry rooms when they want and it has also allowed us to do tract homes, retirement facilities, spec homes....

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