The Difference Between Custom and Semi-Custom Cabinets
Are you wondering about the difference between custom cabinets and semi-custom cabinets?
In a nutshell, custom cabinets provide limitless options for special customization, installation, and one-of-a-kind appearance, while semi-custom cabinets offer limited customization options, less flexibility of placement, and less overall quality.
Let’s take a look at recap of custom cabinets vs. semi-custom cabinets further.Making a final decision regarding your cabinets depends on your ability to understand the similarities, the differences, and the reasons why and when you should choose one over the other.
First of all, knowing the definition of all three options can help provide a fuller and clearer understanding of the rest of the article:
#1 Stock Cabinets
Stock cabinets are pre-built, factory assembled cabinets that are available immediately at most local hardware stores. There are no customization options, what you see is what you get. These cabinets are the cheapest cabinet option with lower quality materials (like particle board) used in its build.
#2 Semi-Custom Cabinets
Semi-custom cabinets are cabinets that offer a limited amount of customization options such as colours, sizes, designs, etc. These cabinets are more expensive than stock cabinets due to more options for customization, their higher quality of materials, and their need to be pre-ordered.
#3 Custom Cabinets
Custom cabinets are high-quality cabinets that offer unlimited customization options. Any colour, style, carving, nifty space-saving design, wood, stain, unique sizing, etc. is available with custom cabinets. All the materials in custom cabinets offer exceptional quality such as wood, stains, and paints. Plus, custom cabinets are handcrafted piece by piece and designed to fit like a hand-in-glove in any desired room, no matter its unique setup.
There are some factors to Consider
● What is your main motivation for getting new cabinets? Is it for the increased beauty of a room? Is it a necessary “evil”, in other words, has it been put off long enough and just needs to get done? Is it on behalf of someone else?
● What is your budget like? Is your budget tight or are you free to invest in your ideal cabinets regardless of their price?
● What are the spaces to which your cabinets will be fitted? Are the areas where you hope to put new cabinets unique, tight, or straightforward?
#1 Why & When to Choose Semi-Custom Cabinets
Semi-custom cabinets are the ideal pick if the following closely portrays your situation.
● Your spending budget is tight
● You want a limited number of customizable options to choose from
● The setup of your kitchen or rooms offers a straightforward fit for the cabinets
● Affordability trumps functionality and unique appearance
● You are satisfied with semi-custom cabinet’s available functionality, customization options, build, and level of quality
#2 Why & When to Choose Custom Cabinets
Custom cabinets are the ideal pick if the following more accurately describes your situation.
● You want to increase the value of your home – Adding quality custom cabinetry will increase the value of the home, especially since kitchens are one of the highest selling points for home resale
● Your budget is wide open
● You want to ensure that no fillers or dead space remain after the cabinets are installed
● Functionality is a top priority
● You believe in quality just as much as beauty
● You wish to create a one-of-a-kind appearance in certain rooms
Hopefully, the above comparisons between custom cabinets and semi-custom cabinets helped you understand their similarities and differences and come to the best solution for your future cabinets.
Overall, semi-custom cabinets provide a good option for satisfactory storage.
However, custom cabinets will by far exceed your expectations for storage possibilities, customization, quality, beauty, and longevity.
If you discovered that custom or semi-custom cabinets are indeed your ideal route to transforming certain rooms in your home, Elegant Kitchen & Bath offers high-end cabinetry.
Plus, check out our portfolio of stunning custom cabinets and/or get your very own free consultation.