From Ace & Acme to Yorktown & Youngstown:
Our guide to
80 82 83 84 85 86 85+ brands of metal kitchen
cabinets made after World War II
NOTE: I am in the process of working to integrate all existing research on to this page –it’s gonna take a while!
The product that started it all — the blog, that is: Vintage steel kitchen cabinets. I wanted to renovate my kitchen. Vintage steel kitchen cabinets entered my consciousness. I went on a five-year quest to find a set. Along the way I also obsessively researched how to put a 1950s-1960s kitchen together. When I was all done, it turned out so well that I started the blog to share what I had learned. In my cabinet-quest, I already had identified many brands of steel kitchen cabinets made back in the day. And in the years since — very often with the help of readers — we have identified a total of 80+ different brands of metal kitchen cabinets built before, during but most after World War II — mostly steel, mostly in the U.S.
First up, please read:
Then dive in:
8O+ brands of metal kitchen cabinets — pretty amazing, huh!
- Acme Metal Products Corp.
- “Standard” was the original or earlier name of the company (perhaps Standard merged with American? I don’t know the history). See this 1938 catalog of Standard kitchen cabinets — in colors!
- American Central Division
- More research required: This may be the same company as Regency/Quality e.e. Alabama Metal Products
- Anemone Kitchen Furnishings (U.K.)
- Art Metal Cabinets
- Beautycraft Custom
- Beauty Queen
- See my Berger Steel Cabinets for Kitchens catalog from 1949. This company was owned by Republic Steel. Berger steel kitchen cabinets may subsequently have been subsumed by Republic Steel Kitchen cabinets.
- Blietz Construction, Chicago; maybe; (added per spotting by Jim, Sept. 2016)
- Briggs Beautyware
- Dieterich Steel Cabinet Corp.
- English Rose (U.K.)(Aluminium)
- Galgo Steel Kitchens and Vanities — Mexico brand see reference here
- Hallmark Custom Steel Kitchen Cabinets, manufactured in Wellsburg, W. Va. (added Jan. 2017)
- Harrison Steel Cabinet Co.
- Humphreys Manufacturing (#85, added August 2017)
- J&L Steel
- Kirby (Australia)
- Kitchen Kraft
- Kitchen Queen
- Lustron (The latest addition, as we suspect they made their own steel cabinets for their steel houses. Thanks, Jim!)
- Leisure Made
- Midwest Mfg. Company
- Miller Metal Products, Inc.
- Modern Steel Co., Geneva, Ill. *added 12/21/16
- Montgomery Ward
- Morgan Kitchen Cabinet
- Morhand Kitchens
- Olympia Aluminum Kitchen Kabinets
- Palley Manufacturing Co.
- Paul (U.K.)
- Roberts & Mander Corp.
- St. Charles
- Servel, Inc.
- Shirley All-Steel Kitchens and bathroom cabinets
- United Lifetime Kitchens
- United Metal Cabinet Corp.
- The White House Line — early brand, precursor to St. Charles
- Whitehead Monel
- Wood-Metal Kitchen Cabinets (added Jan. 2017)
Note: In my compendium, I do not include companies that seemed only to have made single-unit items. That is, some companies made steel hoosier cabinets… some made only a sink base with sink… and companies like Dwyer made apartment kitchen combos. I don’t include these — I want to focus on companies that made complete kitchens with lots of mix-and-match models that you could order in bulk to fill out a typical family fitted kitchen. In this sense, I should probably not include Lustron on the big list above, as it was bespoke only for Lustron houses; I may take out of the list at some point — or perhaps make and put it into a supplementary list along with the other such units described in this section; pondering.
- Our complete steel kitchen cabinet category
- BE SAFE / RENOVATE SAFE — get informed when using vintage products.
- Note, we’ve featured one reader, Melita, who used steel cabinets made today — from Moya Living
- Another company — Toro Kitchen Cabinets — has entered the market, putting powder-coated steel doors onto wood cabinets.