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Kitchen Cabinet Cheat Sheet

21 December 2018

Your kitchen is the heart of your home and the cabinets are the glue that hold your kitchen together. With many options to choose from, we’re here to help you ease your search. There are three types of cabinets: stock, semi-custom, and custom. Let’s talk about the differences.

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets are exactly that, stock. They are ready-made, pre-manufactured and ready to ship when ordered. If you’re looking for a swift fix to update the allure of your home, stock cabinets are a stylish option that won’t hurt your budget. While a stock cabinet is an uncomplicated fix, it doesn’t leave you with many options. With stock cabinets, you’re limited to colors, styles, shapes, wood types and finishes. Some manufacturers offer up to 10 different options for door styles, colors and wood types but they also have a predetermined number of doors and drawers. A number of stock cabinets are made with lower quality materials and hardware, making them easier to mass produce. A common misconception about stock cabinets is that they’re less expensive than options at a kitchen and bath showroom. In fact, showrooms position choices to offer more range of stock cabinet options because they’re not limited to one or two manufacturers.

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Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets come in sizes similar to those found in stock cabinets.  However, semi-custom cabinets offer several advantages.  Most notably, cabinets can be combined and specialty finishes can be utilized.  Increasingly popular are distressed finishes which add a rustic touch.  Semi-custom cabinets also offer specialty inserts which allow for better organization.  Like stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets are accompanied with durable, long-lasting finishes, particularly in painted colors.  Semi-custom cabinets come in at a price point that is palatable to the majority of homeowners looking to do a kitchen overhaul.   kitchen

Custom Cabinets

Custom cabinets are built the way you envision them. By providing a blank canvas, the possibilities of size, wood type, color and finish increase. Custom cabinets are built to order on a project-by-project basis, giving you the ultimate opportunity to build the kitchen you envision. The options for style and finish are unlimited.  Wood choices are plentiful and include bamboo, zebrawood, and mahogany, giving you tons of options to consider. While there are many benefits to having custom built cabinets, there are some drawbacks as well. Because they’re fitted specifically for you, they’re more labor intensive than stock cabinets and take longer to fabricate.  These factors all add to the final cost.


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