The Different Categories Of Kitchen Cabinets

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No doubt, purchasing new kitchen cabinets and having them professionally installed is a major investment. However, if they last 20 to 25 years, that investment pays for itself in the long run. The best place to start prior to selecting a professional cabinet installer is by learning more about your options. Most kitchen cabinets are classified into 3 categories – custom, semi-custom, and standard or stock. The common misconception is that each category represents a different quality level.

The differentiation between them is based on three factors, namely customization, price, and time. Here is a breakdown of each category:

Custom cabinets – these are designed and manufactured to the homeowner’s specifications so you have unlimited options where accessories, color, configuration, materials, and styles are concerned. Custom cabinets are usually built in a factory or made by a cabinetmaker so your cost is going to be higher and your wait time will be longer. The benefit is that you will have personalized, unique kitchen cabinets instead of what everyone else has in their home.

Semi-custom cabinets – this style of cabinet enables the homeowner to make some changes to an in-stock, standard product. You can usually purchase them deeper, shorter, or taller than what is in stock. However, there will be a delay in getting them and it will raise your cost. If the delay and increased cost are not that important, then semi-custom kitchen cabinets may be your best option.

Standard or stock kitchen cabinets – these cabinets will most likely be in stock at your local home improvement store and can be delivered faster than the other two types of kitchen cabinets. Due to their availability and being the most economical option, they are the most popular option. However, your choice of door styles, sizes, and types of wood are limited compared to custom and semi-custom kitchen cabinets.

Keep in mind that the lower cost of the standard or stock cabinets in no way means that they will be lower in quality. It is true that the sides may be manufactured out of particle board instead of plywood, but the lower cost is primarily attributed to mass production.If you are ready for new kitchen cabinets, you should rely on the experience, knowledge, and skill of professional contractors. Cardigans Kitchens and Baths is available to help you choose the right cabinets for your kitchen. Contact us today and speak with one of our helpful and knowledgeable representatives.

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