admin, Thursday, March 23rd 2017. Some Types of Custom Kitchen Cabinets.
If you've already renovated a kitchen or are just beginning the process, you know how overwhelming the details can be. Our Fittings and Material Spotlights are quick guides to basic kitchen fixtures to familiarize you with terminology, pros and cons, and relevant reader reviews. Today we look at kitchen cabinets. What are the differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom kitchen cabinets?The first thing to know when noting differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinets is that the terms refer to the type of production methods used to make the cabinets, and not to the quality of the cabinets.
1. STOCK: Stock cabinets are readymade, pre-manufactured cabinets, meaning they're mass-produced in a factory and ready to ship when ordered. They're sold in modular units, and no customization is available. What you see is what you get! The advantages of stock cabinets are affordability and a quick delivery time. However, you usually have a limited selection of styles, shapes, colors, wood type, etc.
2. SEMI-CUSTOM: Semi-custom cabinets are basically stock cabinets with extra detailing options. The basic cabinetry sizes still apply, but consumers have the option to change certain dimensions, like resizing the cabinet drawers and door fronts, or increasing/decreasing the cabinet depth. The advantages of semi-custom cabinets is that you get the feeling you have some individual input into the design (however limited) without the cost of full-on custom cabinets. But sometimes that's all you need to get great cabinets without the expense of a custom job. Semi-custom truly is the best of both worlds.
3. CUSTOM: Custom cabinets are built to your specifications, so they can be pretty much anything you want! It is possible to buy "custom" cabinets, which means you start with a standard size cabinet and add on the details and features you want. Because of this, custom cabinets are expensive, labor-intensive, and usually take a few weeks or months to complete. Custom cabinets are either built on- or- off-site by a skilled carpenter, or manufactured on a build-to-order basis.
Kitchen cabinet construction isn't rocket science nor do you need to know every last detail about it. But even if you're not the type of person who's inclined to ponder "how things are put together", it's still helpful to understand the basic parts and how they're constructed.That way you'll have a better feel for the different levels of cabinet quality and what you do or don't get for the various levels of cost you'll encounter.
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