Off-the-shelf versus custom cabinets, what are the differences?
Storage or store cabinets are what you see if you go to a big box home improvement store. Typically, each store will have a very basic line of unfinished cabinetry that is stocked at the store and ready to purchase and take home that day. These are usually the cheapest option, but the selections are very limited. Most of the time, these will need to be finished by you or a contractor. Don’t expect anything spectacular, these are usually cabinets in their most basic form. Drawer fronts are often made from glued-together strips of wood rather than a single piece of wood. The doors are usually paneled doors rather than raised wood panel doors. Cabinet casings are usually cut from particleboard and if there is a back panel, it is usually 1/8″ hardboard.
Standard cabinets are typically offered in extremely limited sizes and while most cabinets are offered in 3″ increments, some standard cabinets may only be available in 6″ increments. This is important when it comes to the overall design of your kitchen remodel, as common cabinets are mass-produced to the same size and spec no matter where they go. You will typically need infills and end panels to create a finished look when using standard cabinets. The exposed end of each cabinet, both upper and lower cabinets, should be finished to match the front of the cabinets. This will include cutting and attaching finished panels to the cabinet shell itself. Keep in mind that if you are running the cabinets wall to wall, it is not important to finish the ends as the wall will hide the ends.
Special Order Cabinets
Upgrading store cabinets would be ordering them from your local home improvement store or local lumberyard. The quality will be much higher than standard cabinets, but your options are still somewhat limited in what you can order. Expect to see white or maple laminate interiors, solid wood drawers and doors, and upgrades like soft-close hinges or soft-close drawer slides. These cabinets will come finished and ready to install. These will typically be offered in 3″ increments, typically ranging from 12 inches wide to 36 or even 48 inches wide. Doors and drawer fronts can be customized a bit in terms of styles and colors, but options are still limited Still expect 1/2″ thick cabinets (the box portion of cabinets) and 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick cabinet backs.
Semi-custom cabinets are usually offered by specialty stores that deal in a specific line of cabinets, but do not make them themselves. The customer will be able to choose the color, finish, style of the doors and drawers, as well as many upgrades such as ball-bearing slides and soft-closing hinges. The dealer will work with you and will also include any fillers or other parts that may be necessary to properly install the cabinets. Although you can often choose your own colors etc, the dealer will have limited options because they can only offer what their supplier offers. Typically, a semi-custom cabinet dealer will also be able to offer to install the cabinets and combine them into one lump sum for you.
Custom cabinets will almost always be the best quality cabinets you can find. The cabinetry company will usually visit your kitchen or bathroom and take field measurements and, together with you, design a functional layout for your project. As for the quality, the cabinetmaker has to make each piece of furniture individually, so the quality will be very high. Cabinet casings are typically made from 5/8″ or 3/4″ material, either a laminate material for easy cleaning or a hardwood plywood, it will be substantially stronger than particle board or fiberboard. medium density fiber. For cabinet backs, you’ll typically see 1/2″ thick material, with thicker areas made specifically for mounting screws. The tops will always incorporate a countertop tie-down strip on the front and back of the cabinets. base cabinets, which you won’t see in stock cabinets. When it comes to design and aesthetics, the only limitations are your imagination and your budget. Almost anything is possible because your cabinets will be built specifically for you. You have full access to options like pull-out sliders, bin organizers, an unlimited number of hardware options, pantry organizers, and much more.The cabinet maker will often install these cabinets as well, saving you the headache of doing it yourself.Although obviously more expensive, you can design and get exactly what you want, instead of settling for what you can find.