How do I do custom cabinets/wardrobes?
August 28, 2014 11:58 PM Subscribe
Where to look, what's a good price, what price is too much of a bargain to get a nice product, are there any tricks to the process? (And if we can get what we want ordering stock items that's great too)
posted by Anwan to Home & Garden (4 answers total)
We're in Chicago USA. We have a living room/dining room/kitchen and want an enclosed pantry thingy where we currently have an open shelf unit with crap falling out. We want it to be 40-44 inches wide, 24" deep and ~84 tall. Maybe narrower than that and with a pullout pantry alongside it. The door needs to closely match the look of the shaker kitchen cabinets it will be near but we want the stain to be darker. We'd also like a lower storage cabinet to fit between that pantry and the fireplace. We think it will all have to be custom-built but if anyone knows tricks for saving money by buying cheaper (custom?) cabinets and then ordering nice custom-made doors, please teach me how. I have looked at BarkerCabinets.com which looks great (and expensive) but they don't stain the wood???? Also at two Chicago companies, T2Cabinet and TrimLogic .
In our bedroom we'd love to cover a wall with "fitted wardrobes" like we've seen in England. The ones I saw in England are not all closet rods inside, there are also some drawers and cubbies, and I swear I even saw in a living room a set where the lower part was sliding doors, so when covered up by furniture it would be easier to get into the cabinet with the furniture pulled out just a little bit. However I don't even see anything like that on British sites for fitted wardrobes and as I don't see that as an option on any cabinet sites here I think I'm out of luck.
I've looked through Ikea and my mind has boggled. They do have wardrobes but none have any option other than tall door and closet rod inside. Some of their tall living room units might work for the bedroom but they only seem to sell them as a set with a low thing in the middle to hold a TV. I thought Ikea stuff was more modular, so if it is please tell me how to make it so.
Many thanks for sites and advice so we can have good storage!