Ready made file cabinets vs. custom?
I have purchased a small 1500 sq. ft. patio home where every inch count is important. My project is adding white painted cabinets to a tiny bedroom/home office. The headboard of my double (platform) bed is already centered on a wall. There is just enough room to install a 24"w x 42"h wall cabinet on either side of the bed. A bridge will connect the two cabinets above the bed, and crown molding will span the entire width. I plan to have this portion custom made by a RTA company or a local carpenter. My problem is the bids for the two mobile file cabinets (one beneath each wall cabinet) are coming in higher than I would like ($550 - $600 each). My research shows that Broyhill makes a birch veneered, cherry stained file cabinet in the dimensions I need (Mission Nuevo line). Walmart sells this cabinet for $111 and reviews on all websites are favorable regarding performance and quality. To use this cabinet the following would have to be changed:
1. paint to match the upper cabinets. Can these file cabinets be spray painted with a catalyzed conversion varnish, as the uppers will, and come out looking like a match?
2. cut off the legs to be flush with the bottom of the cabinet so I can attach a file caddy with wheels to the bottom of each cabinet.
3. prevent tipping, with the file drawer extended, by attaching an anti-tipping device to the cabinet or use some type of hardware to lock the cabinet to the wall
4. have a utility drawer made for the open space which currently exists above the file drawer.
5. perhaps replace the file drawer hardware with full-extension.
Would I be crazy to ask a carpenter to deal with these modifications, trying to stay within my available funds? Are these changes a reasonable consideration? I would hand over the parts, unassembled. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. I should add that the carpenter will also paint and modify 6 free standing wall units I already own in my living area, and build two new units for it, so this will not be his only job for me.