1. Choose Common Wood Types
Choose oak or hickory instead of maple or cherry. More common wood types typically equal a lower price tag.
2. Design with Simplicity
Pick a simple door and drawer style over an elaborate design. Instead, spend your money on storage features (think roll-out shelves) that will make your kitchen more efficient.
3. Use a Standard Stain
Choose a standard stain or finish. Paints, glazes, antiquing and distressing cost more.
4. Place Quality over Quantity
Opt for fewer cabinets in larger sizes. Even though they may be smaller, incorporating more cabinets will be more expensive.
5. Choose Overlay Hinges
Go with standard overlay doors and hinges, rather than full-overlay cabinets (where the hinges are concealed).