Choosing a cabinet supplier boils down to three main issues: Look – Value – Reputation
You need to feel confident that your cabinet supplier is able to create the overall look and feel you are after. Are there pictures of previous jobs with a similar look? If not, is there a sample door that matches your idea? Do you feel the supplier understands you vision?
Value is about getting your money’s worth. Baseline stock cabinetry is a great value for low usage storage cabinets (basement, garage, etc). However, the same stock cabinets are a low value for high usage areas (kitchen, master bath, etc). They can’t stand up to frequent daily use for very long. Which means they’ll need replaced sooner and cost more in the long run.
The reputation of the cabinet supplier is another key are to look at. Some suppliers are great salesmen, but can’t deliver what they’ve promised. Always ask for references. Suppliers should be able to give you a list of recent clients. Call a few and ask about their experience. Are they happy with the finished results? Were they happy with the process? Was there anything that they were unhappy with?
You need all of these things to work together. Why would you bother remodeling or building if you weren’t going to get the look you want? What use are beautiful cabinets that fall apart in five years? How frustrating is it to be promised one thing and receive another?
There is no cabinet supplier that is right for all jobs. I should say “Choose us and never worry about any of these issues.” But I know that’s not right. We are great for long-term, high use, beautiful cabinetry. But our cabinetry would be overkill (on quality and price) for a seldom used basement cabinet or spare bathroom vanity.
First you need to decide what you are trying to accomplish. Then, consider Look, Value and Reputation in regard to your specific project.