Replacing your kitchen cabinets is one of the largest expenses that you will incur remodeling your home. Knowing whether stock cabinets or custom cabinetry is best for your space and budget can save you a lot of frustration and time during your remodeling project.
Custom cabinets are often the best choice to address specific kitchen challenges. These may include an irregularly shaped kitchen, unusual storage needs, or specific aesthetic requirements. However custom cabinetry are almost always more expensive and take longer to receive than stock cabinets. Some custom cabinetry can take twelve weeks to receive and install.
Most custom cabinetry will make use of better materials than kitchen stock cabinets. This can translate into a more refined aesthetic and studier cabinets. Custom cabinetry also ensures that you get exactly what you want; the customer can choose the material, size, and any special features they desire.
Small kitchens can also greatly benefit from custom cabinetry. With custom kitchen cabinetry you can carefully orchestrate every inch of space in the room to make sure that you get the storage and counter space you need. Cabinet makers can also make suggestions to best use your space that you may not have considered.
The cost of custom cabinetry is often the greatest deterrent when people consider these cabinets for their kitchen. While this is an important consideration, it is also important to evaluate how long custom cabinetry’s lifespan is when compared to cheaper stock kitchen cabinets. Better materials and better craftsmanship can insure that your custom cabinetry lasts up to three times the lifespan of traditional stock kitchen cabinets.
The biggest advantages of ordering stock cabinets for your kitchen are cost and the speed in which you can have them. Many big box retailers sell popular stock kitchen cabinets you can take home and have installed in a single day. However, this ease of installation will only hold true if you have a kitchen that is a standard size. A kitchen with irregular walls, as is common in an older house, can make it very difficult to install stock cabinets. Any irregularities must be addressed before you install the stock cabinets. Sometimes these fixes can cost more than purchasing custom cabinetry that can be built to specifically address your kitchen.
While you may only find a few stock options at your local home improvement store, most manufacturers make a wide variety of cabinetry that can be delivered to you in less than two weeks. Kitchen stock cabinets can also be found in a constantly expanding variety of color and material options to match the color palette and style of your home.
Considering the cost involved in choosing kitchen cabinets, be sure to take your time and do your research into both of your options before making decisions. Some stock options are more costly than custom cabinetry, especially if you live in an area with experienced cabinet makers. Conversely, stock options installed by the careful do it yourselfer can shave thousands of dollars off the cost of a kitchen remodel.
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