Updating cabinets is a great way to add value to a house, and it can help your home fit both your style and your needs better. Whether you’re investing in new cabinets for a kitchen, bathroom, or other room in the home, striking a good balance between design and function is the key consideration.
Custom. These cabinets are constructed to fit existing dimensions. Because of this, there will be a longer waiting period while the cabinets are crafted. Custom cabinets can accommodate special shelf sizes and unique details in addition to glass doors or interior lighting. Semi-custom cabinets are also available; they offer a smaller range of options than fully custom cabinets, but they carry a smaller price tag as well.
The appeal of custom cabinetry lies in not having to sacrifice the desired look for functionality. For example, a modern feel might require frameless, uniquely shaped cabinets with contemporary lines. For an old-world look, cabinetry styled to look like pieces of furniture may be preferable. But regardless of outward appearance, all custom cabinets can be built to maximize the particular room’s storage capability.
Stock. Manufactured in standard sizes, stock cabinets are put into kitchens as is. Making these cabinets fit in the available space sometimes requires spacers, which can stand out to the trained eye, but good installers can minimize the appearance of any adjustments they made. There are many kinds of high-quality stock cabinets available, and the time between purchase and installation is far shorter than with custom cabinets; their price is also lower.
There is still a big difference between durable, attractive, well-made stock cabinets and those of poor quality. Lower-quality stock cabinetry will not stand the test of time in terms of functionality or appearance, due to such deficiencies as sub-par materials, thin laminate, and mismatched woods. Buying a good-quality stock product is a much better investment.