Spring is in the air, and with that comes spring cleaning and home improvement projects. Your kitchen is at the top of the list this year, starting with cabinetry. The list of options when it comes to cabinetry can be overwhelming, so a great first decision is whether to purchase custom or stock cabinets.

What Type of Cabinetry Do I Need?

Before you choose which type, it is important to first know what you want in your cabinetry.

  • What features are important to you?
  • What kind of detailing do you want on the face of your cabinets?
  • Is there a particular color hue or wood type that you want to coordinate with other fixtures, crown molding, or existing cabinetry?
  • Is there a particular size or shape you envision when picturing your updated kitchen?

If you have a very specific image in mind (like this project we did on HGTV), then it may be difficult to find what you’re looking for in a stock cabinet, as they are pre-­made and do not allow for customization. They come in standard sizes and cannot be altered. If, however, you are on a tight timeline and are flexible with the style, then stock cabinetry may be a reasonable option for you. Custom cabinetry is typically labor ­intensive and can take several weeks longer than stock. There are also semi-­custom cabinets, which come in standard sizes but can be modified in style, finish and detail.

Since cost is usually a factor for most people, this is another consideration. Most people think of custom cabinets as being more expensive than stock, but you may be surprised when you actually begin comparing estimates. Often, manufacturers will add on separate costs for items such as drawer inserts, which may be included in custom cabinets. If there are very specific features and sizes that you desire, the custom cabinets can often end up costing less than stock, and you end up getting exactly what you want.

Choosing Custom Cabinets vs. Stock

Before you make a decision on the type of cabinetry you want, here are a few tips to help you zero in on the best fit for you.

  1. Create a Pinterest Board and pin your favorite ideas. This will help your cabinet company understand your style.
  2. Create a list of your desired features, size and shape
  3. Know your preferred timeline and budget for the project.
  4. Gather estimates and see what the best fit is for your kitchen.

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Here’s to a Beautiful Home,

Team American

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