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Self-assembly cabinets are commonly known as knockdown or flat-packed
cabinets among manufacturers because they come in several pieces instead
of single units.
An increase in labor costs will push more people to opt for self-assembly
cabinets. Assembling certain cabinets would require skill when it comes
to the joining of parts - if you don't fix it well, it will come apart.
Fearing that they might damage the cabinets, many people still shy away
from assembling more complicated cabinets.
A similar pattern can be found among Ikea's customers - people are able
to assemble small cabinets but they would request and pay for Ikea's
assembly services for more complicated products like kitchen cabinets.
Self-assembly cabinets come in various forms, sizes and prices. Most
people associate such flat-packed cabinets with cheaper prices as there
is some cost savings involved. Flat-packed cabinets involve less wastage,
which translates to lower cost. The containers carrying these flat packs
are filled to maximum capacity and this reduces logistic costs like
trans-ocean shipment and parking services.
Assembled cabinets come in single units and can be bulky, making them
difficult to ship. Also, it runs the risk of being damaged, in contrast
with its flat-packed counterparts, which is securely packaged. Consumers
save on service and delivery charges when they purchase self-assembly
cabinets.
Cost savings can also be derived from the usage of more inferior types of
wood found in cheaper ranges of self-assembly cabinets that is found in
hypermarkets or supermarkets. The cabinet is not made from hard wood,
thus it is of lower quality. The cabinet is usually made of fiberboard
with wood skin surfaces. As a result, they can be half the price of
furniture made from solid wood.
Given the cheaper cost, generally, self-assembly cabinets are not
expected to last very long. For instance, cabinets using fiberboard
(purchased from supermarket) can't really support too much weight and is
practical for a short period of time - maybe one year or so. Moreover, if
the cabinets are exposed to water, the wood will bloat and warp or glued
parts will come undone.
While some self-assembly cabinets can last for a reasonably long period,
problems will crop up if the cabinets are assembled and disassembled
repeatedly as the joints will loosen. A lot of the cabinets today use
medium-density fiberboard, which is not meant to be screwed and unscrewed
repeatedly. The key maintenance of such cabinets is to keep them
stationary because moving them around can cause the hinges to loosen.
When shopping for flat-packed cabinets, one should look at the type of
wood used. You also need to accept that there might be problems with
quality control. Stores like Ikea and some hypermarkets offer a return
policy, which gives customers the assurance that they can exchange
purchased goods. If there is anything wrong, they can go back and get it
changed.
The target market for flat-packed cabinets is young adults just starting
their careers or newlyweds looking to furnish their first home with basic
cabinets. Only when they are more settled in life and are looking to move
to another home do their tastes change to acquire more intricate
cabinets, which usually come in single units.
Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Cabinets