One of the questions that comes up often is:
“what’s the difference between custom cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and stock cabinets?”
Well, there certainly is a difference, and there’s more to it than just price.
Stock cabinets are mass produced. Because, they are manufactured in high volumes, they are usually limited in features, finishes and sizes. Although stock cabinets are somewhat limited, you will find a few options in quality. For instance, less expensive options will use a laminate or faux wood finish. While stock cabinets are great for budget sensitive projects, their predetermined size doesn’t make them a great fit for all projects.
Like the name implies, semi-custom cabinets are a hybrid of custom and stock cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets are still manufactured, but offer a bit more liberty in choice. In other words, you’ll get to choose some of the components of your cabinets including finish, trims, molding, drawers, etc. Many semi-custom cabinet manufacturers will even produce custom sizes, at an additional cost, if your project requires it.
Custom cabinets offer the most flexibility and the highest price tag. Since custom cabinets are made exclusively for a particular home or project, there is no economy of scale in the production process. Although custom cabinets come with a higher price, you have complete control. You can choose the species of wood, stain color, paint color, finish luster, drawer configuration, and just about anything you can think of. What you end up with is cabinetry that meets your exact needs while adding a truly unique and exclusive feature to the home. Overall, Semi-custom cabinets offer a good value in both cost and features. If you’re on a budget, and just need a fresh look, stock cabinets might be the way to go. Custom cabinets are a sizable investment, but can really give an exclusive and unique quality to your home. Check out these resources for some cabinetry options, ideas and inspirations. If you see something you like, or have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!