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    Kitchen cabinet shop recommendations

    There seem to be a lot of kitchen cabinet shops around. The prices seem to vary quite a lot. So far I've been to 3 shops and the price difference can be as high as RM3,000 for same design and material.

    My kitchen is an L shape with a total length of 19 feet. The cheapest so far is RM5,800 for ABS, and about 20-30% more for semangkok. Most expensive is RM9,500 for ABS (crazy!).

    Do you have any reasonably-priced kitchen cabinet shop you can recommend me? There's just too many kitchen cabinet shops to go to, and I'm afraid if I just go to, say 5 shops, I might accidently choose the 5 most expensive shops and ended up getting my throat cut.

    So any advice or recommendations would be great, thanks.

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    I checked out many shops myself before I finally decided on Ebac. Here's their website:http://www.kitchencabinetwardrobe.co...Ebac/index.htm

    If you decide on them, ask for Sarah. She's very helpful.

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    Thanks Flynn

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    Quote Originally Posted by denver
    So any advice or recommendations would be great, thanks.
    Perhaps u can draw the layout/design u want with measurement, name the material u prefer, send it to me & I can get someone to quote.

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    Have you considered IKEA kitchen cabinets?.
    Sorry but I'm biased with local made components, i.e. ABS, MDF and laminates. I've seen so many installations and they look horrid after 5 years. That aside, I'm also wary of local kitchen cabinet installers. You want cheap, there's a possiblility of them skimping on the quality of materials used.
    Oh well, your choice!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bslee
    Have you considered IKEA kitchen cabinets?.
    IKEA cabinets (if under heavy duty usage) are not durable enough.

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    When I installed my kitchen cabinets 5 years ago, I did comparative cost for per square foot of cabinet space and exhaustive research on 8 companies that spanned the DIY types to the more wellknown companies. There would be more companies in the market now. I was tempted to go with the attractive innovative options of Ikea but decided on Ebac's range of natural wood in the end because to me, Ikea's products were not as sturdy.

    For the handles, I opted not to buy from Ebac as they were more expensive. It's cheaper to buy exactly the same thing from shops that sell them separately. There's a shop in the old wing of One Utama that specialises in locks, door handles and the like, which was where I got the handles at much cheaper prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorgio
    IKEA cabinets (if under heavy duty usage) are not durable enough.
    Please define "heavy usage"?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bslee
    Have you considered IKEA kitchen cabinets?.
    Sorry but I'm biased with local made components, i.e. ABS, MDF and laminates. I've seen so many installations and they look horrid after 5 years. That aside, I'm also wary of local kitchen cabinet installers. You want cheap, there's a possiblility of them skimping on the quality of materials used.
    Oh well, your choice!.
    Ikea cabinets is not on my list, because once you use their product, you'll be stuck with Ikea products only.

    Quality material and workmanship, of course, goes without saying. My current house uses membrane press with the "normal" kitchen top. After 6 years, the kitchen (door leaf and kitchen top) still looks like new. The trick is to wipe any water that falls on the kitchen top (e.g. drips/spills from sink etc) immediately to prevent it from wrapping and damage. It works so far. Unfortunately, our kitchen cabinet company has moved and I don’t have their new number. Hence, gotta look for new one.

    I know that when we look for kitchen cabinets, we go to at least several shops before deciding the “right” one. I am just wondering which kitchen company u choose, and why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorgio
    Perhaps u can draw the layout/design u want with measurement, name the material u prefer, send it to me & I can get someone to quote.
    PM sent.

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    anyone here used Ikea's kitchen cabinets? Any comments from the real users?
    We are thinking of getting our kitchen cabinets from Ikea as the price seems quite reasonable and sturdy.
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    I think the most important 2 components that one should insist on best available quality is the worktop and cabinet doors/hinges. I think Ikea and other available imported brands excel in their quality.
    The other components like the chipboard/mdf shell is less important.
    As I said, I'm always wary with Made in Malaysia worktop & laminate MDF doors but could accept their SOLID wood quality if there's nothing else to choose from and severly limited on budget..(even then its NOT really much cheaper).

    I've come across too many local cabinet doors and components with laminates peeling off and doors coming apart. Owners may seem take good to extreme care but not with maids or people who don't give a damn!. There's always exceptions of course.

    Mine was from MFI UK (long defunct) and I've NEVER regretted!..7 years on..and still rock solid!.

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    I just did my kitchen. I got a carpenter to do it. The top I used granite.It is much better than the man made stuff and cheaper than even corian (which is man made) If yours is straight L then can do. Granite is harder than man made materials and definitely better than those chipboard laminates. If you can afford solid wood, go for it. Pine is cheaper and is priced about the same as the more expensive wood veneer. I used man made veneer on plywood for the doors. I think they are ok. The carcass is about the same anywhere.

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    You may want to check out Hosana Kitchen located at SS18 same row with TeoCheow bak kut teh (opposite SS17 police station). You can contact 03-56384691. I've been using them since my previous house ('98). Price quite reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterHng
    You may want to check out Hosana Kitchen located at SS18 same row with TeoCheow bak kut teh (opposite SS17 police station). You can contact 03-56384691. I've been using them since my previous house ('98). Price quite reasonable.
    I've been to that row of shop lots, there are about 3 or 4 kitchen cabinet shops there. In fact, the one that gave the the highest quotation (the RM9,500 for ABS) was one of the shops there. It was not Hosana though, will check them out later.

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