Cabinet Linear Foot Pricing- Buyer Beware
I am always disappointed when I’m on-line or in a big box store and I see either 10′ x 10 ‘ or linear foot pricing. I know that it is a great way to get potential customer attention, but you need to understand just how misleading this type of pricing can be and why it is just another marketing ploy. It is just like the marketing you will see for 50% off cabinetry sales. Always ask 50% off of what?, because almost all cabinetry is sold at 50% off the MSRP pricing.
When you see advertising like this you might think that cabinetry is priced by the foot. This is incorrect. So the first thing you need to know is what exactly does that 10′ x 10″ pricing includes and how those items would fit into your kitchen design. What you will come to find is that there are too many variables in any kitchen to establish a per foot price. Cabinets are always priced according to the materials that is used, the size, width, height and depth, accessories included, type of finish used, door style etc.
Here is why a linear foot price should never be considered.
Take a three foot section of kitchen space and let see how using different cabinets to fill that space effects the pricing.
Option 1 ) A single 36″ sink base cabinet with 2 doors and a false drawer, no shelf. Since most sink cabinets are placed under a window there are no additional cabinets needed to fill that 3′ space. This is the least costly way to fill the space. You can figure some where around $350.00 for this cabinet.
Option 2) Two 18′ wide base cabinets that are 24″ deep and 34.5″ high and two wall cabinets 18″ wide x 30″ tall and 12″ deep. These cabinets will fill that same 3′ of space. If you make one of those base cabinets a 3 drawer unit and put a cutlery drawer and two roll out shelves to the other base cabinet and then add a spice rack to one of the upper cabinets and a glass front to the other upper cabinet That same 3′ of space now cost some where around $1200.00 or more than 3x as much as option 1.
Option 3 ) Lets say you need pantry space so you decide to fill that 3″ of space with a 36″ wide x 84″ tall x 24″ deep pantry cabinet with a wire pull out pantry insert, and then you add crown molding to the top of the cabinet to give it a more finished look. Now you are looking at some where around $1750.00 or more than 5X as much as option 1.
There are thousands and thousands of options that are available to you and every space is unique in how it can best be configured to meet your individual needs. I hope you can see how the three options I used meet three drastically different needs. So if someone mentions, or you see linear footage pricing in an advertisement, please be aware that it is far from being what your final pricing will end up being.
So how much will your kitchen remodel cost? To arrive at an accurate price you will need to meet with a professional and spend some time figuring out the quality of the cabinets you want to use, add the accessories and the details and then you can arrive at a true price for the job.
Maybe you just want to get an idea of what your space might cost. In that case, you can search online at www.houzz.com or remodelers magazine cost versus value reports. These studies show that the average home owner invest somewhere around $10,000 to $15,000 or more for the AVERAGE in cabinetry purchases.
In a nut shell – don’t pay any attention to linear pricing it is very misleading. Instead seek help from an experienced kitchen designer who can walk you through the process to arrive at the right fit at a fair price.
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