Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve added some of our most frequently asked questions below. Please contact us if you have additional questions.

How do I install my cabinets?2021-04-12T18:36:52+00:00

We have an installation guide for you to use.

How do I clean and care of my cabinets?2021-04-12T18:33:13+00:00

View our Care & Cleaning page for information on how to maintain your cabinets.

Do you have a showroom?2021-04-12T18:09:08+00:00

Yes!  We have a showroom with kitchen cabinet displays where you can see and experience our products.  We are located at 5000 West End Rd. Suite 3 in Arcata, CA.

What products do you carry?2021-04-12T18:09:53+00:00

We specialize in Cabinetry for Kitchens, Baths and other rooms in the home.  We also carry Decorative hardware (knobs and pulls).

Are you cabinets made in the USA?2021-04-12T18:23:17+00:00

Yes!  We only carry American Made cabinetry, made in factories in Oregon and Indiana.

Are your cabinets made of wood?2021-04-12T18:11:16+00:00

 Yes, our cabinet box construction is made from Plywood, our drawer boxes are solid wood and our face frames and doors are made of wood.  Some door styles vary with style and design.

Do you have painted cabinets?2021-04-12T18:14:47+00:00

Absolutely!  We have a range of standard paint colors that are applied at the factory to give you a durable, baked on finish.  If you are looking for a special color (purple, green, yellow, red, etc.), we can do any color of Sherwin Williams paint in our Decora line.

Do you have Modern Cabinets?2021-04-12T18:22:08+00:00

Yes, we do all styles of cabinetry and have many options for a Modern look.  We do flat slab doors in Wood, Painted or Specialty Laminates, or sleek recessed panel doors.  We also have many other Modern accessories.

What type of finish is most durable?2021-04-12T18:15:42+00:00

All our finishes are durable, however, if you are looking for the longest lasting finish that will hold up to renters or rowdy children or pets, our stained finish is best and can be touched-up easier than paint.

Can you help with design?2021-04-12T18:16:16+00:00

Design is what we do best!  We have done thousands of kitchens over the years and can guide you on layout, color and style.

Do you charge for design?2021-06-28T21:30:20+00:00

Our basic cabinet estimate is free. If the design of your kitchen has stumped you, and you need extra help with re-configuring walls, moving doors, windows, appliances, and general layout changes, we offer paid design services with our Certified Kitchen Designer.   Please see our Service page for details.

Do you have in-stock cabinets?2021-04-12T18:17:32+00:00

No, our cabinets brands range from Semi-Custom to fully Custom and are made to order, every time.  Check in with us on our current lead times. 

Do you do re-facing or refinishing of existing cabinets?2021-04-12T18:18:17+00:00

 No we do not, we specialize in brand new cabinets.

How long does it take to make cabinets?2021-06-28T21:21:26+00:00

 In general, our cabinets take from 5 – 8 weeks, depending on the brand.   Some specialty finishes and doors may take longer.  During Covid-19 we have extended lead times due to extreme disruptions in the supply chain.  Please check with us on exact lead times, as these are constantly changing.  

Can you do my home in Southern Humboldt or beyond?2021-03-26T17:04:24+00:00

We can provide cabinetry to most locations in Humboldt and anywhere in the US.  Some of our more rural and remote clients may need to pick up cabinets if your road is dirt or mountainous terrain.  Call us to discuss specific details.

Do you have cabinets for a small budget?2021-04-12T17:53:19+00:00

We have cabinetry to fit almost any budget.  We do rental units, custom homes and everything in between.

Are your cabinets good quality?2021-04-12T17:53:37+00:00

Providing quality cabinetry is our main goal.  We will discontinue any product that does not live up to our high standards.  That means that cheap, flimsy cabinet products are not available thru Arcata Cabinet. 

Do you have custom cabinets?2021-04-12T17:57:15+00:00

Yes!  Our Decora line is fully custom.  That means that we can get custom sizes, finishes and paint colors.  They also do custom cabinet requests.

Do you offer installation?2021-04-12T17:57:29+00:00

Yes, we offer expert installation.  Ask us about availability.  

Do you do the tear-out of my old cabinets?2021-04-12T18:01:53+00:00

 No, the homeowner or the contractor will be responsible for tear-out.

How do I prepare my space for new cabinetry?2021-04-12T18:02:14+00:00

You will need to have certain things completed before you are ready for cabinet installation.  You will need to have your old cabinets and all appliances removed from space.  You will need your walls textured and painted.  Plumbing & electrical in the correct locations for sinks, etc.  Some flooring can go in first.  See next question.

When does flooring go in?2021-04-12T18:03:31+00:00

 Typically flooring gets installed after cabinetry.  But it depends on your flooring type.  If it is a floating floor (luxury vinyl plank, laminate or engineered wood) this will go in after cabinets because it needs expansion gaps.  If you have a glue down product (some vinyl plank, sheet vinyl, solid wood, tile), this can go before cabinets.  Talk to your flooring provider about install, they can discuss the manufacturer requirements. 

What is the difference between you and a Big Box store?2021-04-12T18:03:14+00:00

 We offer experience, knowledge and design expertise that are unmatched.  For each job, we do our own measures, consultations, design drawings, ordering and follow-thru.  We are hands-on during the entire process.  We also have a larger selection and access to more products.  We have been told many times that our prices are also less than big box bids.  We also are invested in our local community, and truly care how your project turns out.  We have thousands of happy customers throughout Humboldt County.    

Expertly Designed, Installed With Precision.

Some Brands We Work With

We source the highest quality cabinets and hardware built to last.

Diamond Cabinets part of the MasterBrand family
Decora Cabinetry
Top Knobs

What Our Customers Are Saying

5 star review

Working with Nicolette and her team was a wonderful experience! Doing business with a small town, a family business added the extra touch of intentionality and attention to detail that we desired. Nicolette was professional and engaging, she asked all the right questions and really got to know us. She gave us options for various designs to cater to our lifestyle as well. They were able to help us stay within a budget while not sacrificing quality. I would definitely recommend Arcata Cabinet & Design Company!

5 star review
Nicolette is as excellent to work with. Patient, responsive, and their product is wonderful. The prices are great and the installer was fantastic. Nothing but praise for this company. My wife and I love our new cabinets would highly recommend them.
5 star review
I cannot say enough wonderful comments about the Arcata cabinets. We recently remodeled our kitchen. Nicolette worked with me from beginning to end. She is experienced, competent, and wonderful to work with. Casey who installed was meticulous, a real perfectionist, and a hard worker. When we had a couple of doors that were just not quite not plum and a few knobs with faint scratched. They went way above and beyond and replaced them free of charge. I could go on and on. You do not have to worry about Arcata cabinets when it comes to quality, workmanship, and experience.
5 star review

Our house was built in 1953, a well built and fairly straightforward craftsman style. The kitchen was the original, having only replaced the countertop Formica and adding a dishwasher. We needed more [and more efficient] cabinets, more counter space, and a rework of the entry/mudroom and adjacent bathroom. We wanted to do this remodel without removing load-bearing walls, and with keeping to the style of the rest of the house. Importantly, we wanted to work with a local company. Nicolette and Arcata Cabinet gave us exactly what we needed and wanted! From her first visit to assess the project, to all the ending details, she listened to us and responded with ideas and solutions that reflected our objectives. Since we were going to be doing a lot of the work ourselves, we wanted to work with someone who would be comfortable with that dynamic. Nicolette incorporated our ideas along with her own design perspective, guiding us to make better decisions and avoid mistakes. She gave us complete and detailed plans for the cabinet installation, along with accurate pricing at all points along the way. She made numerous visits to the house, responding quickly and professionally. When questions and concerns came up, Nicolette was responsive and provided solutions. All deadlines were accurate and met, and most importantly, the quality of the cabinets was great! Additionally, we hired Nicolette to help with countertop and tile selection and design. She was able to translate our tastes into reality, steering us towards the design choices that will last beyond current trends. In closing, we are thrilled with our experience with Nicolette and Arcata Cabinet and Design Co., and couldn’t be happier with the end result. We have a kitchen-mudroom-bathroom remodel that will hopefully last another 65 years!

5 star review

Nicolette at Arcata Cabinet and Design was a pleasure to work with. She was patient, communicative and created a beautiful, functional design for our kitchen remodel. We received our cabinets on time, the installation was seamless, and we love our new kitchen.

5 star review

We hired Nicolette to create a new design for our aging kitchen. She came to our home and took the time to get to know us and our preferences. Her careful listening paid off because the outcome is more beautiful, efficient, and spacious than we dared imagine. Her design was a bold departure from the original floor plan, adding a large island and encompassing an adjacent sitting area with a wall of windows into the new kitchen. Brilliant! The finished project is a huge improvement in traffic flow within the kitchen and to the outside, and we have much more storage and counter space. Nicolette advised us throughout the construction process on the appliance and fixture selection, all of which have proved to be outstanding choices, thanks to her impeccable taste and attention to detail. The cabinets she provided are beautiful with excellent organization features and functionality. She was available to answer questions and solve minor glitches as they came up, and we greatly appreciated her expertise, communication skills, and experience. Nicolette was sensitive to our budget and style preferences at every decision point and guided us towards the highest quality within our range. She is extremely knowledgeable about everything having to do with the kitchen, and if I asked her a question she didn’t have an answer for, she immediately researched it and got back to me. Always professional and articulate, Nicolette was an invaluable resource. Friends who come and see our kitchen invariably ask who designed it and if they can hire her too. Everyone admires our beautiful new kitchen, including us!

5 star review

We had Arcata cabinets design and install our kitchen cabinets. They did an excellent job. They were very patient in working with us on the design process and had very good ideas to add to what we in mind. The installation was perfect and quick. As things go in remodeling there were some small changes that had to be made during the install and they communicated with us very well when issues raised. We are very happy with their product and the quality of work.

5 star review

Arcata Cabinet & Design did an incredible job for me. I live in an old house (1930’s). It is small. They installed natural cherry cabinets which are absolutely spectacular! They were amazingly patient with the changes required as the design unfolded. Casey did an impeccable job dealing with the installation in such a tight space. Tim and Casey are professional and super easy to work with. I would give them my highest recommendation! Thanks so much!!!

5 star review

If you are looking for the BEST service, install & product in Humboldt County, Tim and Casey are your guys! They are professional, knowledgeable, and have great cabinets. The installer is a perfectionist and takes his time to get the details right. Tim taught me the incredible value of quality work and service. We worked on numerous successful kitchen and bath projects together. Every single client walked away extremely happy. They also work great with contractors & designers. Hands down, they are THE most creative and talented cabinet people in Humboldt County- if you are looking for quality products and an outstanding experience, visit their showroom.