The Ultimate Choice: Custom or Stock Cabinets?

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll have plenty of choices in terms of color, material, and texture for your countertop, fixtures, or appliances. Cabinets can add a splash of color or pattern or to offset the color-heavy situation in the rest of the room.

How do you choose which cabinets would be best? Having options is nice, but too many choices can also be debilitating. We’ll walk through the three types of cabinets (stock, semi-custom, and custom) then examine the pros and cons of each.

Stock Cabinets

Stock cabinets come in two options: pre-assembled and ready-to-assemble. They operate under the impression that one-size-fits-all. But that isn’t the case. Their pre-made sizes don’t work for most rooms, which means wobbly, unstable cabinets, false drawers, or fillers.

Ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets are shipped in boxes and have to be assembled at home. This adds significant time to the whole remodeling process. If time is of the essence, RTA cabinets may be a bad choice.

Stock cabinets are less expensive than the other two choices, which is why a lot of people opt for them. But they limit you in terms of color, make, and size choices. They are also made of a cheaper material that doesn’t last as long. In the short term, stock cabinets may seem like the more cost-effective choice, but custom cabinets will last longer and look better.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

Semi-custom cabinets mean you get stock cabinets with a few custom pieces. These are pre-made with some customizable options. You can customize other details according to your room’s aesthetic. You can add an edge or border, a distinctive color or pattern, alter the size slightly, and choose the type of wood. Semi-custom cabinets cost more than stock cabinets but are less expensive than custom cabinets.

Semi-custom cabinets are a good compromise if you can’t afford custom cabinets. These cabinets give you the freedom to add some flair and panache to your kitchen or bathroom while still staying within your budget.

Custom Cabinets

When installing cabinets in your home, we recommend going with custom cabinets. These are cabinets designed to fit your space and your style and not the other way around.

You have the ultimate freedom with custom cabinets. Size, wood, color, texture, design—everything is customized. If you have a unique space, maybe your bathroom is smaller or you need more kitchen storage space, you can get drawers that are shorter to fit more in a small space or deeper so all your big spoons can go in lengthwise. Maybe you want a rotating spice rack, a pull-out rack, or a few lazy Susans. Custom cabinets let you do it all.

In the short term, custom cabinets may seem like a bigger investment, but considering the ease and comfort they will bring you for a long time, it’s a sound one.