example of a stock kitchen cabinet
Photo: courtesy of IKEA
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Buying Guide: Stock

Good for: Tight budgets and fast turnarounds; some require assembly. Limited selection of styles, configurations, and finishes.
Sizes: Widths for uppers and lowers change in 3-inch increments. Heights vary in 6-inch increments on uppers; lowers are fixed.
Materials, hardware: Carcasses are typically ½-inch MDF (medium-density fiberboard) or particleboard sheathed in melamine; doors are usually MDF covered in thermofoil or wood veneer. Drawer glides tend to be lightweight metal and don't allow the drawer to fully extend.
Buy them from: Home centers and home outfitters, such as IKEA. Allow one to five weeks for delivery.
Cost: Starts at $35 per linear foot.
Shown: Adel door in white thermofoil over MDF; available from IKEA
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