You’ve undoubtedly been to a big box home improvement store that carries an array of different cabinets, all in a range of prices. If you wander around long enough, you’re bound to stumble upon those inexpensive ready-to-go cabinets that are stocked somewhere in the back. If a kitchen remodel is on your radar, how do you know what to buy? Here’s a list of the differences between custom, semi-custom, and stock cabinets:
- Are ideal for kitchens where you’d want more configuration options or a perfect fit.
- May be constructed to any size, using whatever finish and woodgrain you’d like.
- May take several weeks or up to a month to order and deliver, depending on the cabinetmaker.
- Are the most expensive.
- Are found at kitchen showrooms or through cabinetmakers.
- Are still available in a range of configurations, but you are still limited to what the manufacturer sells.
- The inside of the cabinet is usually made from plywood, but the outside may be constructed using higher-end materials such as solid wood.
- Thermofoil or wood veneer could be incorporated to keep costs down on the door.
- Price is considered middle-of-the-road.
- Delivery may take five or six weeks.
- Can be purchased at home centers or showrooms.
- Are the best option for families on a budget.
- Are most limited in terms of sizing, color, and materials.
- Typically made of particleboard sheathed in melamine.
- Are readily available in most cases.
- Find them at most big box stores.
Used custom cabinets that are in good shape are another great option, as they’ll most likely afford the best quality at the lower prices. They can be a challenge to find, however, and you may have to compromise on finish, fit or size.
If you’re interested in meeting with a kitchen designer to determine the best for your kitchen remodel, consider setting up an appointment for a free in-home consultation with a professional at JK Cabinets & Design. We’re happy to meet with you and discuss your options.