Pros and Cons of Pre-Assembled Kitchen Cabinets

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A new kitchen is definitely something to get excited about. Finally, you can do away with the out-dated, worn-out kitchen that you’ve been putting up with for years to enjoy the bright new kitchen that you’ve been dreaming of for years. I’m already jealous!

However, while this is an exciting time, it can also be a very stressful time. That’s because choosing a kitchen is no easy task – at all! There are so many options at hand and so many considerations to make that ultimately, deciding on a set kitchen can be very daunting, to say the least.

Custom-made, flat-pack or pre-assembled? Which one to choose?

Given that you’re taking the time to read this article, I’ll assume that you’re considering pre-assembled kitchen cabinets for your kitchen, and I can honestly say, you’d be making a smart decision in doing so. However, given my position here at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, I am obviously biased.

So, to make your own decision, I’ll take an unbiased look at the pros and cons of pre-assembled kitchen cabinets.

Pros of Pre-Assembled Kitchen Cabinets

Purchasing kitchen cabinets pre-assembled offer many benefits.

The greatest being the time-saving factor. Think about how long it takes you to assemble one item from IKEA, times that by 10 or more and that’s how much time you will save. Not to mention the frustration you’ll be saving yourself!

Secondly, there’s the assurance that they have been constructed correctly. Pre-assembled cabinets will be stronger and more robust when assembled by the manufacturer because they will have used the right tools and machines.

Thirdly, they are a much more affordable option than having a cabinetmaker custom make the kitchen cabinetry and fit it onsite.

Fourthly, you can install them yourself! You don’t have to pay a cabinetmaker to fit them. They are purposely made to offer DIY installation.

Lastly, they are made from top-quality materials to provide superior longevity. Ross’s Discount Home Centre’s cabinets use HMR (Highly Moisture Resistant) board for the carcases and MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) on the doors. The exteriors of the cabinets and the doors are sanded and primed, then coated twice with 2 pack epoxy.

Cons of Pre-Assembled Kitchen Cabinets

Of course, there are some disadvantages to purchasing kitchen cabinets pre-assembled.

Firstly, pre-assembled kitchen cabinets are more expensive than flat pack kitchen cabinets, but only marginally.

Secondly, there may be longer shipping times with pre-assembled kitchen cabinets over flat pack kitchens to account for the assembly of the cabinets.

Thirdly, the warranty may not be as long as that offered by a cabinetmaker. 5 to 10 years is standard. (Discount Home Centre’s cabinets come with a 5-year warranty.)

Lastly, pre-assembled kitchen cabinets are limited to the range on offer. You may not find the exact style, design or colour of choice as you would otherwise have with a custom cabinetmaker.


Designing a new kitchen is fun. But, with so many types to choose from, knowing which is the right choice for you can be a difficult task. If you’re having trouble choosing between a custom-made, flat-pack and pre-assembled kitchen, then this article will at least help you decide if a pre-assembled kitchen is an option.

The pros of pre-assembled kitchen cabinets are that they will save you time, are constructed correctly, are more affordable than a custom kitchen and don’t require a cabinetmaker to install them and lastly, they offer superior quality. While the cons of pre-assembled kitchen cabinets are that they are more expensive than flat pack kitchens, they may take longer to ship, the warranty may not be as long as custom kitchens, and the style, colours and designs are limited.

Still, if you agree that the pros far outweigh the cons, then Ross’s Discount Home Centre has you covered. You won’t find better quality cabinets at lower prices anywhere in Perth. Visit our online store to view our range or come and visit us in Guilford.

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