What is the Difference Between Stock, Semi-Custom, and Custom Cabinets?

Posted by & filed under Blog.

Are you trying to decide what cabinet type is perfect for your kitchen remodel? Before making any definite choices, it is important to evaluate each option and understand the differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinets.

Understanding the Difference Between Types of Cabinet

Each cabinet type has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the perfect choice will vary from homeowner to homeowner. Let’s take a closer look at each cabinet type.

Stock Cabinets

If you are in the middle of a kitchen remodel on an older home, you likely have stock cabinets in your existing kitchen. Stock cabinets are mass-produced, standard-built cabinets that are ready-made upon installation. While you do not get an opportunity to customize stock cabinets, they are the most affordable option as well as the quickest.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

While “semi-custom” might sound like an oxymoron, this cabinet type simply allows for some flexibility when purchasing stock cabinets. For example, semi-custom cabinets can be changed to fit your wood preference, finish, cabinet depth, etc. While you may not get exactly what you want as far as personal design goes, they allow you to make small changes without the price tag of fully custom cabinets.

Custom Cabinets

In and of themselves, custom cabinets are the ideal cabinet type. They are built-to-order specifically for your home, and you can customize them down to every last detail. The catch is that they are also the most expensive option, and they take some time to build.

Which Cabinet Type is Right for Your Kitchen?

Custom cabinets are not for everyone. After all, if a more affordable option works just as well for what you want and need, it makes more sense to save the money. Choosing the right cabinet type for your home is all about evaluating your personal needs. It is helpful to take the following factors into consideration.

1. Storage Space

How much cabinet space do you need or want? Will a stock cabinet fit the bill? If you can obtain the right measurements with stock or semi-custom cabinets, custom cabinets might not feel necessary to you.

2. Kitchen Use

Consider how much time you spend in the kitchen. If you love to cook and spend a lot of time staring at those walls, it might be important for you to add a little flair.

3. House Style or Theme

Naturally, your kitchen should complement the rest of your home, whether in matching style or tasteful contrast. Look at the big picture and decide which cabinet type will help you achieve stylistic solidarity.

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *